FACE Foundation

Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts

Jazz & New Music


Next Deadline: To Be Announced.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to deeply affect the world in many ways. As cultural institutions and artistic exchanges have been hit particularly hard by the global crisis, today, more than ever, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the FACE Foundation are proud to encourage, promote and support artistic performances and creations.

In 2004, FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy created two music programs, encouraging collaborations between French and American artists and ensembles, in the field of jazz and contemporary music.

Over the past fifteen years, the French-American Jazz Exchange granted $ 1.4 million in funds to support 104 creative projects, resulting in more than 40 recordings and 300 concerts in France and in the United States. The Contemporary Music Fund, later renamed the New Music Fund, granted $ 1.9 million to support 193 commissions, tours, and residencies for more than 100 ensembles and solo artists.

Since 2019, the Jazz & New Music program – a merge of the two independent programs: French American Jazz Exchange and New Music Fund – continues to support fruitful collaborations. Designed to encourage the creative and professional development of French jazz and contemporary composers, musicians and ensembles in the U.S., Jazz & New Music granted $435,960 to support 56 projects, resulting in 18 recorded albums and more than 110 concerts since 2021.

Today, FACE Foundation, in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., is pleased to launch its call for projects supported by the 2021 Jazz & New Music program.

Jazz & New Music program is a program of FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. In 2021, it has received support from the French Ministry of Culture, Institut français-Paris, Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Éditeurs de Musique (SACEM) and Centre National de la Musique (CNM).

The Grants

Financial support is given through Creative Grants for new creations & new commissions; Residency Grants for residencies of French artists in the U.S.; and, Touring Grants for tours of French artists and ensembles in the U.S.

NEW! Jazz & New Music has adjusted its criteria to better answer the needs of artistic cooperation between France and the United States in today’s world by encouraging the development of digital and hybrid (digital + in-person) projects.

Please read carefully the eligibility criteria and updated guidelines for each grant.

Creative Grants

Jazz & New Music Creative Grants support projects jointly conceived by French and American professional musicians and institutions that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue, and contribute to the dynamism of the musical aesthetics it defends. It also supports new commissions to French composers, especially in the field of new music.

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Residency Grants

Jazz & New Music Residency Grants support French musicians and composers seeking to develop specific projects including research in collaboration with an American organization. The residency enables artists to immerse themselves in their community, and develop new contacts and networks. It also allows artists to generate new collaborative projects that may continue beyond the residency.

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Touring Grants

Jazz & New Music Touring Grants support touring projects of French musicians and ensembles with a minimum of three performances in the U.S.

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Sponsors & Partners

Jazz & New Music Program is a program of FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, with support from:

— French Ministry of Culture
— Institut français – Paris
— Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique (SACEM)
— Centre National de la Musique (CNM)

Calendar / Application

Next Deadline: To Be Announced.


Dylan Hadida
Music Project Manager