Arts and Cultural Exchange [Culture]

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

1. Grant Program for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists

This program is designed to provide financialsupport for 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 October 9, 2020

Eligibility Area Japan
Applicant Organization / Individual
Application Deadline 1st Round: December 1, 2020
2nd Round: June 1, 2021
Application Form Q-DACS
Application Instruction /
Application Form

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

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

Last updated October 9, 2020

Eligibility Area U.S.A. / Canada
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline November 2, 2020
Application Form QH-PAJ NA
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 support for performances and co-productions in European countries that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences.

Last updated October 9, 2020

Eligibility Area Europe*
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline November 2, 2020
Application Form QU-PAJ E
Application Instruction / Application Form For detailed information, please contact The Japan Foundation overseas offices in Europe (see the appendix (PDF:82KB)). 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 overseas that organize exhibitions introducing Japanese art and culture to audiences overseas. In addition, this program is designed to support overseas international exhibitions such as biennials/triennials introducing Japanese artists and their works.

Last updated October 9, 2020

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline December 1, 2020
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 constant and 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 2021 has not been determined yet. If the Foundation starts call for proposals for fiscal year 2021, it will be announced on the website.

6. Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan

This program is designed to provide partial financial support for overseas publishers intending to translate and/or publish books originally written in Japanese. The program aims to foster better understanding of Japan by encouraging overseas publishers to translate and publish Japanese books. The grant covers part of the translation cost and/or publishing costs (e.g. costs for paper, typesetting, printing and binding). Applicants may apply for one of the following categories: “translation only” “publication only” or “translation and publication.”

Last updated October 9, 2020

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Organization
Application Deadline November 20, 2020
Application Form Q-TPS
Application Instruction / Application Form
Reference

7. Ishibashi Foundation/The Japan Foundation Fellowship for Research on Japanese Art

This program aims to support the development of professionals specializing in the study of Japanese visual arts by providing an opportunity for curators and researchers from abroad to conduct research in Japan, and by so doing, promote the study of the field and the introduction of Japanese art overseas.
This fellowship is implemented by the Japan Foundation with generous funding from the Ishibashi Foundation.

Last updated October 9, 2020

Eligibility Area Overseas
Applicant Individual
Application Deadline December 1, 2020
Application Form Q-FW
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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