Cultural Exchange (Performing Arts)


To help ensure that the excellence, diversity and vitality of the arts in the United States are represented at international festivals.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/02/2006 (Program concluded in 2004 as planned.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants.
Program Accomplishments
The Fund is expected to award approximately 105 grants to artists and/or arts organizations for their participation in international festivals in fiscal year 2003.
Public Law 87-256, as amended, 22 U.S.C. 2451 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
(A) Must be performing artist(s) (including traditional artists) working at a professional level; (B) must be citizens or permanent residencies of the United States; (C) the festival(s) must take place outside the U.S. and be international in scope with representation from at least two countries outside the host country or have a U.S. theme with representation from at least three U.S. performing artists or groups; (D) must have a non-U.S. based organizer as the primary sponsor or organizer; (E) must be open to the general public and reach wide public audience; (F) must provide the applicant with a letter of invitation to perform at the festival; and (D) may be single-discipline, one-time, or a first-time event.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The artist(s) must be creative, interpretive, or traditional performing artists working at a professional level and a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
The Artist(s) must be creative, interpretive, or traditional performing artists working at a professional level and a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Not applicable. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
Artist(s), agents or presenting organizations wishing to apply to The Fund should contact Arts International for an application at: The Fund for U.S. Artists, 251 Park Avenue South, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10010.
Award Procedure
The Fund is particularly interested in supporting artist(s) invited to festivals in areas of the world where U.S. work is less frequently performed such as Africa, Asia, the Near East and Latin America.
January 16, May 2 and September 5.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Ten weeks.
How are proposals selected?
Application will be judged by the panel according to the following criteria: (A) artistic quality; (B) significance of the applicant's presence at the festival as it relates to the artists' creative and/or professional development; significance of the festival; (D) evidence of reasonable financial support from the festival.
How may assistance be used?
The Fund makes grants to individual performing artists and organizations that have been invited to participate in international festivals around the world. The fund also aims to support the creative and professional development of U.S. artists through the presentation of their work at significant international festivals worldwide.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reports are required from all grantees of the Fund within 30 days after artists return from a festival.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
As prescribed by grant terms.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
The Fund is supported by two Federal agencies and three private foundations; the Department of State and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trust and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Program support is: The National Endowment: $207,570; the Rockefeller Foundation: $250,080; The Pew Charitable Trusts: $200,000; the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation: $50,000; and the Department of State: $136,250; for a total of $843,900, in annual grant support.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Not applicable.
Headquarters Office
Arts International for The Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions, 251 Park Avenue South, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10010.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Grants) FY 01 $843,900; FY 02 est $893,900; and FY 03 est $893,900.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The applicant must provide evidence of reasonable financial support from the festival in relation to the local economic situation and comparable to what is provided to artists from other countries. Grants to organizations will seldom cover the applicant's total expenses and generally range from $2,000 to $10,000; they will not exceed $25,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Performing Arts Guidelines and application issued by The Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions, 251 Park Avenue South, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10010. Telephone: 212-674-9744. Fax: 212-674-9092. Web address:
Examples of Funded Projects
Some examples which illustrate the scope of The Fund's activities in FY 01 include: Jazz saxophonist Kenny Garrett at the Jazz Yatra International Festival, India; The Los Angeles Opera at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland; Philadanco at the Inchon World Dance Festival, Korea; Yara Arts Group at the 10th Berezillia Arts Festival, Ukraine.


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