Performing Arts Japan
Program Guidelines 2013-2014
Now Accepting Applications for 2013-2014
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 234 projects (including 113 touring, 111 collaborative, and 10 special projects) of Japanese performing arts in both traditional and contemporary art forms. In the fiscal 2012-2013, 12 projects (6 touring and 6 collaborative) are to be funded under the program, for a total amount of US$300,000 (please see the List of Awardees). PAJ is advised by an annually appointed panel composed of approximately ten performing arts specialists from throughout North America.