The Japan Foundation is now accepting project proposals for Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboratrion grants for the 2016 - 2017 fiscal year. Application deadline is 5:00 p.m. EST, October 20, 2015.
This program is designed to provide financial assistance for non-profit organizations in the US and Canada that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences. PAJ Touring Grants help present Japanese performing arts at multiple locations in the United States and Canada, with an emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas. PAJ Collaboration Grants help Japanese and American/Canadian artists develop a new work, which will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to American/Canadian audiences. The grants are made to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada only. Click on one of the links below for information on eligibility, grant coverage, review criteria and the application form.
Deadline for applications is October 20, 2015. The applications must be received by mail or hand delivery (facsimile transmission or email will not be accepted) by 5:00 p.m. EST, October 20, 2015 at:
The Japan Foundation PAJ Advisory Committee will review applications in December 2015. Based on the recommendations of the Committee, the final selection of awardees is made by the Foundation's Headquarter in Tokyo. Written notification of awards will be mailed in April 2016.
To date, PAJ has funded 261 projects (including 127 touring, 124 collaborative, and 10 special projects) of Japanese performing arts in both traditional and contemporary art forms. In the "2015-2016" fiscal year, 8 projects (4 touring and 4 collaborative) were funded under the program, for a total amount of USD216,000 and CAD14,000 (please see the List of Awardees below). PAJ is advised by an annually appointed panel composed of approximately ten performing arts specialists from throughout the United States.