Japan Foundation: Seeking Proposals for Performing Arts Japan Programme for Europe (PAJ Europe)

Deadline: 31 October 2017

The Japan Foundation is currently accepting proposals for its Performing Arts Japan Programme for Europe (PAJ Europe) that will take place from 1st April 2018 and 30th June 2019.


  • To support the effective introduction of carefully selected Japanese performing arts projects that have a plan for an even geographic coverage across Europe.
  • To assist well-envisioned Europe-Japan collaborative projects through the creational phases of new
  • To encourage educational and outreach activities in addition to the actual performances, such as workshops and residency activities; to acquaint European audiences with Japanese performing arts in the context of their history, culture and development.

Grant Categories

  • Touring Grant: assists the presentation process of Japan-related performing arts projects in which the Japanese artist is included in the tour at multiple cities in Europe, with emphasis on locations outside major capital cities where there is no regular exposure to Japanese performing arts.
  • Collaboration Grant: assists the development stage of a project in which Japanese and European artists work collaboratively in order to create a new work through research, residencies, artists’ discussions etc., that has the potential of being developed into a touring project in the future, enhancing the understanding of Japanese culture when presented to European audiences.

Grant Information

The grant amount provided by PAJ Europe can vary according to each application. The maximum amount awarded to an application for the year 2017-2018 was €22,500.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The purpose of the project must be to present Japanese performing arts and/or to conduct Europe-Japan artistic collaborations in the field of the performing arts.
  • The project must take place between 1st April 2018 and 30th June 2019.
  • Applications can be accepted from performing arts-related organisations, such as festivals, theatres, or arts promotion companies which are based in the list of eligible PAJ European countries (mentioned below).
  • Applicants can submit only one application for consideration and this must be for either the Touring category or the Collaboration category
  • The project must be undertaken by professional artists. Non-professional members can be included only if the objective of the project is to present performing arts of high quality and not to train or educate the members.
  • Commitments to the project must be secured from the venues and the artists/professionals concerned at the time of application.
  • The project must not be used for religious or political purposes.
  • In the case of an adaptation, the copyright arrangements concerning the original work must have already been completed. The applicant is also requested to attach a copy of the documents which prove that the applicant has already cleared the copyright.
  • If a project receives a grant from any other of the Japan Foundation’s programmes, such as the Grant Programme for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists and Local Project Support Programme, it cannot be funded through PAJ Europe at the same time.
  • For Touring Grant only:
    • The project must tour at least two locations in the listed eligible PAJ European countries. Multiple venues in the same city are considered to be one location.
    • Application for the grant must be made by one representative on behalf of an organisation or group of collaborative organisations which plan to organise the tour together.
  • For Collaboration Grant only:
    • The project must be for the development process of creating a new work jointly explored by Japanese and European artists.
    • Revivals of existing pieces and the creation of recorded products are ineligible for this programme.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit the complete application form with other necessary materials to the Japan Foundation offices in Europe via given website.

Eligible Countries: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Vatican City.

For more information, please download the pdf Performing Arts Japan Programme.

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