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Jazz & New Music Program

      FACE Foundation, in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., is pleased to launch its call for projects supported by the 2020-2021 Jazz & New Music program.

      The Jazz & New Music program – formerly two independent programs: French American Jazz Exchange and New Music – is designed to encourage the creative and professional development of French jazz and contemporary composers, musicians and ensembles in the U.S.

      Applications are open for projects taking place between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021. The deadline to apply is March 2, 2020, 11:59pm EST. 

      The Jazz & New Music Program awards three different kinds of grants:

      Creative Grants

      Jazz & New Music Creative Grants support projects jointly conceived by French and American professional musicians that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue, and contribute to the dynamism of the musical aesthetics they utilize. These grants also support new commissions by French composers, primarily in the field of new music, including computer and electro-acoustic forms.

      Residency Grants

      Jazz & New Music Residency Grants support French musicians and composers seeking to develop specific projects, including research endeavors, in collaboration with an American organization. The residency enables artists to immerse themselves in a specific community and, develop new contacts and a broader network. The Residency Grants also allow artists to generate new collaborative projects that may continue beyond the duration of the residency.

      Touring Grants

      Jazz & New Music Touring Grants support U.S. tours by French musicians and ensembles that include a minimum of three performances.

      Notifications of the Committee’s decisions will be sent out the second half of April 2020.


      The Jazz & New Music Program is an initiative of FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, with support from the Florence Gould Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture, Institut français-Paris, and Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique (“SACEM”). Additional support for women artists has been provided by CHANEL Fund for Women in the Arts and Culture.