Arts and Cultural Exchange[Culture]

The Japan Foundation organizes programs to introduce various aspects of Japanese arts and culture all over the world. In addition, it promotes networking and human resources development in arts and cultural fields by interactive collaboration/co-production, and through dispatching and invitation of specialists.

※ We are no longer taking application for FY 2018, except for the following program. Information about application for FY 2019 will be available around autumn 2018.

1. Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists

This program is designed to provide financial assistance to artists and Japanese cultural specialists who participate in cultural events (e.g., performances, demonstrations, lectures, and workshops) overseas with the aim of introducing Japanese arts and culture or of contributing to international society through arts and cultural projects.

Last updated September 22, 2017

Eligibility Area Japan
Applicant Organization / Individual
Application Deadline 1st Round: December 1, 2017
2nd Round: June 1, 2018
Application Form Q-DACS
Application Instruction /
Application Form

2. Performing Arts Japan (“PAJ”) for North America

This program is designed to provide financial assistance for performances and co-productions in North America that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences.

Last updated September 22, 2017

Eligibility Area Canada / U.S.
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline October 31, 2017
Application Form QU-PAJNA
Application Instruction / Application Form For detailed information, please contact The Japan Foundation, New York / Toronto. Please also see the webpage.
Reference

A list of grant awardees and a wide range of information about performing arts in Japan is available on the “Performing Arts Network Japan” website.

3. Performing Arts Japan (“PAJ”) for Europe

This program is designed to provide financial assistance for performances and co-productions in European countries that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences.

Last updated September 22, 2017

Eligibility Area Europe*
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline October 31, 2017
Application Form QH-PAJE
Application Instruction / Application Form For detailed information, please contact The Japan Foundation overseas offices in Europe (see the appendix (PDF:34KB)). Please also see the webpage.
Reference

A list of grant awardees and a wide range of information about performing arts in Japan is available on the “Performing Arts Network Japan” website.

4. Exhibitions Abroad Support Program

This program is designed to provide financial support for museums and art institutions outside Japan that organize exhibitions introducing Japanese art and culture to audiences overseas. In addition, this program is designed to support international exhibitions such as biennials/triennials introducing Japanese artists and their works.

Last updated September 22, 2017

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2017
Application Form Q-EAS
Application Instruction /
Application Form
Reference

5. U.S. and European Museum Infrastructure Support Program

This Program is designed to provide financial support for U.S. and European museums to promote effective use of their Japanese art collections, and thereby assist the establishment of an infrastructure to exhibit Japanese art. The call for proposals for the upcoming fiscal year 2018 has not been determined yet. When the Foundation starts call for proposals for fiscal year 2018, it will be announced on the website.

6. Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan

This program is designed to provide financial support for foreign publishers to translate and/or publish Japan-related books. The grant shall cover part of the translation cost and/or publishing cost (paper cost, plate-making cost, printing cost, binding cost, etc.).

Last updated September 22, 2017

Eligibility Area Overseas (/ Japan*)
*Japanese publishers (corporations) may also apply only if there is a written contract/agreement with foreign book distribution companies.
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline November 20, 2017
Application Form Q-TPS
Application Instruction / Application Form
Reference
  • *Please read the details of each program and the appropriate application forms thoroughly.
  • *Please refer to FAQs for more information.

[Contact Us]

  1. (1)Applicants from outside Japan:
    Applicants should contact the nearest Japan Foundation overseas offices. When there is no regional office in the applicant's country of residence, please contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate-General of Japan.
  2. (2)Applicants from within Japan:
    Applicants from within Japan should contact the section in charge at the Japan Foundation domestic offices.

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