Knowledge is power. We recommend these resources for American artists and companies to empower themselves:
Useful websites for finding festivals and other opportunities.
- APAP’s International Festival Guide – get a scope of the landscape
- Mid Atlantic Art Foundation’s USAI database – search for festivals by location, discipline, or month
- World Cultures Connect – a database, directory, and networking site
- DancingOpportunities – a user-run platform for sharing opportunities
- American Dance Abroad’s Events & Opportunities page – a mix of international opportunities and events, frequently updated
- Canada Council website – very useful information on touring abroad
- Theatre Without Borders – a grassroots information-sharing community
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:
- International Choreographic Competitions – often for emerging and/or younger choreographers
- North American booking conferences such as Performing Arts Exchange (PAE), Western Arts Alliance (WAA), Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), CINARS, International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY), and Arts Midwest.
- Networking Organizations – can lead to collaborations, partnerships, and introductions. Research the makeup of the membership and/or attendees to match your goals, experience, and size of institution.
- International Festivals, Marketplaces, Platforms, and other Curated Showcases
- American Dance Abroad organizes American Corner delegations to many major international events, such as CINARS, PAMS, APAM, and the international tanzmesse.
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)
- FUSED, a project of NEFA and FACE – U.S.-France exchange
- The Asian Cultural Council
- Trust for Mutual Understanding – United States-Russia, Eastern, and Central Europe exchange
- CEC Artslink – U.S.- Central Europe, Russia and Eurasia exchange
- ArtMoves Africa
- National Performance Network – cultural exchange funding in partnership with La RED for projects in Latin America.
- Scandinavia House – the American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) promotes understanding through educational and cultural exchange between the United States and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
- Visiting Arts– promotes the flow of international arts into the UK through funding and project support.
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.