The Cultural Exchange Fund (CEF) is a travel subsidy program supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to assist U.S. based presenting professionals and their organizations and companies in building partnerships and collaborations with international touring artists, companies and their collaborators and to experience the work of artists from around the world in its cultural context. The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) recognizes that promoting global exchanges of artists and their work and cross-cultural programs is essential to fully engage audiences and communities in the breadth and diversity of performing arts experiences and provides an opportunity for presenting professionals to expand and deepen their knowledge of artists, traditions and cultures from around the world. APAP strongly encourages but does not limit travel to the following regions: the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Africa.
APAP awards travel subsidies to individual presenting professionals including agents, managers and producers, presenting organizations and to groups of presenting professionals traveling to see the work of artists and companies, or to develop and advance projects with international artists and their collaborators. All applicants must be active members of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.
Beginning in the fall of 2011, the Cultural Exchange Fund will launch a pilot travel subsidy program for artists who wish to travel abroad to conduct research for a project or presentation. The Cultural Exchange Fund will not fund artists that are performing in festivals or touring in or outside of the United States, or traveling abroad to meet with international presenters about performance opportunities.
Artists — please note: Artists seeking funding for festival performances should visit the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.
CEF does not fund for-profit organizations that cannot demonstrate a mission and history of relationship building, or project development that serves the presenting field, presenting organizations, or a particular community.