Knowledge is power. We recommend these resources for American artists and companies to empower themselves:

Online  |  Networking  |  Funding  |  US Regional  |  Tech Riders


Useful websites for finding festivals and other opportunities.


Tips for where to connect with performing arts professionals.

Relationship-building is an artist’s best road to entering the international landscape. Cold calls rarely foster lasting dialogue; genuine conversations do. Some suggestions for networking resources:


General Funding Resources

  • Rapid Response – American Dance Abroad’s travel subsidy program to assist American dance companies and artists who receive invitations to perform, teach, or conduct creative research outside of the United States.
  • The Cultural Mobility Funding Guide
  • USArtists International – three competitive funding rounds yearly for travel to perform at international festivals.
  • The Fulbright Program is not just for students – they are actively seeking U.S. artists to send to other countries.
  • For APAP members, APAP’s Cultural Exchange Fund can help support international travel.
  • The Foundation Center – search here for grants for individual artists in cultural exchange.
  • The Foundation For Contemporary Arts – awards artist grants and emergency grants for artists.
  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)– houses a number of cultural exchange partnerships including International Literary Exchanges, ArtsLink, USArtists International, U.S./Japan Creative Artists’ Program, and U.S./ Mexico Cultural Connections.
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)– offers funding, support, and prizes for a wide variety of arts related projects that promote international understanding and communication.
  • The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has two relevant programs:
    • Arts Envoy (funding for 5 days-6 weeks of community outreach)
    • On-Demand (situation-specific funding – check with your local embassy to see if you qualify)

Region-Specific Funding

U.S. Regional Arts Organizations

Six non-profit entities created to encourage development of the arts and to support arts programs on a regional basis.

  • New England Foundation for the Arts serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
  • Arts Midwest – serves Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
  • Mid America Arts Alliance – serves Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.
  • Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation – serves Delaware, District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia.
  • South Arts, Inc. – serves Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
  • Western States Arts Federation – serves Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.


Writing a clear technical rider.

Too often U.S. dance company technical riders are overly long and complicated for international engagements. Clarity and flexibility during tech negotiations are essential to establishing a good working relationship with international partners.  The document attached here is one example of a well done tech rider – clear, succinct, and one page only. Thank you to Verb Ballets for allowing us to share their tech rider for their project, Dark Matter.

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