The Japan Foundation is now accepting project proposals for Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboration grants for the 2019-2020 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, 2018.
PAJ Application Materials 2019-2020 (zip)
PAJ Guidelines 2019-2020 (PDF)
PAJ Application Form 2019-2020 (doc)
PAJ Application Budget Sheet 2019-2020 (excel)
PAJ Application Checklist 2019-2020 (doc)
PAJ WorkSampleSheet 2019-2020 (doc)
SAMPLE PAJ Budget Sheet 2019-2020 (PDF)
Deadline for applications is October 31, 2018. 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, 2018. The Japan Foundation PAJ Advisory Committee will review applications in December 2018. 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 2019.
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 294 projects (including 145 touring, 139 collaborative, and 10 special projects) of Japanese performing arts in both traditional and contemporary art forms. In the “2018-2019” fiscal year, 11 projects (7 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.