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Call for Applications: Jazz & New Music 2021

THIEFS, 2020 Jazz & New music grantee ©Avi Loud

The 2021 call for applications for Jazz & New Music – a program designed to encourage the creative and professional development of French jazz and contemporary composers, musicians and ensembles in the U.S. – is now open!  

New deadline to apply is March, 1st, 2021 (Midnight - PST). 

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to deeply affect the world in many ways. As cultural institutions and artistic exchanges have been hit particularly hard by the global crisis, today, more than ever, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the FACE Foundation are proud to encourage, promote and support artistic performances and creations. 

NEW! Jazz & New Music has adjusted its criteria to better answer the needs of artistic cooperation between France and the United States in today’s world by encouraging the development of digital and hybrid (digital + in-person) projects.

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 and institutions that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue, and contribute to the dynamism of the musical aesthetics it defends. It also supports new commissions to French composers, especially in the field of new music.

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•    Residency Grants

Jazz & New Music Residency Grants support French musicians and composers seeking to develop specific projects including research in collaboration with an American organization. The residency enables artists to immerse themselves in their community, and develop new contacts and networks. It also allows artists to generate new collaborative projects that may continue beyond the residency.

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•    Touring Grants 

Jazz & New Music Touring Grants support touring projects of French musicians and ensembles with a minimum of three performances in the U.S.

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The deadline to apply for these grants is February 28, 2021 (Midnight - PST). New deadline is March, 1st, 2021 (Midnight - PST). 

Digital and hybrid (digital + in-person) projects must take place between March 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022.
In-person only projects must take place between September 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022.  

Notifications of the Committee’s decisions will be sent out in May 2021.


Jazz & New Music is a program of FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. In 2020, the program received support from the Florence Gould Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture, Institut français-Paris, Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique (SACEM) and Le Bureau Export.

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