The Japan Foundation is now accepting project proposals for Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboration grants for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. To apply for the program, please read the following guidelines carefully, complete the Application Form, and submit it along with other necessary materials to the Japan Foundation, Toronto (for Canadian organizations) or New York (for U.S. organizations) no later than October 31, 2017.
PAJ Guidelines 2018-2019 (PDF)
PAJ Application Form 2018-2019 (doc)
PAJ Application Budget Sheet 2018-2019 (doc)
PAJ Application Checklist 2018-2019 (PDF)
PAJ WorkSampleSheet 2018-2019 (PDF)
SAMPLE PAJ Budget Sheet 2018-2019 (PDF)
Deadline for applications is October 31, 2017. 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 31, 2017. The Japan Foundation PAJ Advisory Committee will review applications in December 2017. 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 2018.
The PAJ program was started by the Japan Foundation in 1994 with the mission to establish a system for promoting Japanese performing arts in North America. The PAJ program supports the initiatives taken by nonprofit organizations in the United States and Canada to provide geographically diverse audiences with greater exposure to Japanese performing arts. PAJ also encourages collaborations between Japanese and American/Canadian artists, which will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to audiences in the United States and Canada.
To date, PAJ has funded 283 projects (including 138 touring, 125 collaborative, and 10 special projects) of Japanese performing arts in both traditional and contemporary art forms. In the “2017-2018” fiscal year, 13 projects (8 touring and 5 collaborative) were funded under the program, for a total amount of US$161,500 and CAD $34,000 (please see the List of Awardees below). PAJ is advised by an annually appointed panel composed of approximately ten performing arts specialists from across North America.