Performing Arts Japan

The Japan Foundation is now accepting project proposals for Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboration grants for the 2020-2021 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, 2019.


Proposal deadline October 31, 2019
Funding opportunity Institutional funding
Coverage Includes travel costs, performance fee for performers and other costs. Grants are made on a cost-sharing basis. PAJ will not fund more than 50% of the project costs, nor will it fund the overhead or administrative costs of the applicant organization.

This program is designed to provide financial assistance to non-profit organizations in the U.S. 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 U.S. 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 non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada only. For information on eligibility, grant coverage, review criteria and the application form, please click on one of the links below.

Application Materials

PAJ Application Materials 2020-2021 (zip)
PAJ Guidelines 2020-2021 (PDF)
PAJ Application Form 2020-2021 (doc)
PAJ Application Budget Sheet 2020-2021 (excel)
PAJ Application Checklist 2020-2021 (doc)
PAJ Work Sample Sheet 2020-2021 (doc)
PAJ Budget Sheet SAMPLE 2020-2021 (PDF)


Deadline for applications is by by 5:00 p.m. EST, October 31, 2019. The applications must be received by mail or hand delivery. Applications submitted by email or fax will not be accepted.

The Japan Foundation, Toronto (for Canadian applicants) 
Attention: PAJ Program
2 Bloor Street East, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M4W 1A8

The Japan Foundation PAJ Advisory Committee will review applications in December 2019. Based on the recommendations of the Committee, the final selection of awardees is made by the Japan Foundation’s Headquarter in Tokyo. Written notification of awards will be mailed in April 2020.


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 304 projects (including 151 touring, 143 collaborative, and 10 special projects) of Japanese performing arts in both traditional and contemporary art forms. In the “2019-2020” fiscal year, 10 projects (6 touring and 4 collaborative) are to be funded under the program, for a total amount of USD 200,000 (please see the List of Awardees). PAJ is advised by an annually appointed panel composed of performing arts specialists from throughout North America.

List of Awardees