Japan U.S. Friendship Commission, National Call for Applicants: United States/Japan Creative Artists Residencies 2017, with stipend

Cherry blossom tree GGP 2014 Japan U.S. Friendship Commission, National Call for Applicants: United States/Japan Creative Artists Residencies 2017, with stipend

Notice: The application process has changed to electronic submission
There are two deadlines: February 1st, 2017 for submissions of a writeable PDF cover sheet application form emailed to JUSFC.creativeartist@arts.gov
Second deadline: February 15th, 2017: for attachment of the narrative application and electronic submission of work samples.

Artists in a range of disciplines can apply for United States/Japan Creative Artists Residencies, to live in Japan for 3-5 months and pursue creative projects.

A grant award in the amount of up to $24,000 depending upon duration of the residency will be provided to each artist to cover housing, living, and professional expenses. Artists will be responsible for converting their dollar award into yen. Disbursement of the grant and financial responsibilities of the grantee will be outlined when awards are made.

.Travel Stipend: Up to $2,000 for round-trip transportation will also be provided.

.Because of the limited number of awards, artists supported as a collaborative team will receive one award of $20,000 and a maximum of $2,000 for travel of the team. In addition, while artists may wish to apply for other grants concurrently with the application to this program, selected artists may not hold a second award for financial assistance during the period of support of the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program.

.The U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program is extremely competitive; only five artists are selected for travel to Japan. Applicants should anticipate a highly rigorous review of their artistry and should have compelling reasons for wanting to work in Japan. Their work must exemplify the best in US arts. Generally this means that only those artists who have demonstrated expertise and established professional recognition (e.g. awards, featured shows, publications, etc.) in their field either regionally or nationally or who have shown truly exceptional promise at the local level are likely to be competitive. Proficiency in the Japanese language is not required.

.Eligibility:
-Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
-Candidates must live and work professionally primarily in the United States.
-Candidates must be professional creative artists (contemporary or traditional) working as: architects, choreographers, composers, creative writers, designers, media artists, playwrights, librettists, visual artists and solo theater artists who work with original material (including puppeteers, and performance artists). Artists who create original work in a multidisciplinary form are also eligible. (Filmmakers who wish to travel to Japan to complete a film related to Japan should consult with the JUSFC staff to determine eligibility for other Commission grant support.)
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Link to information how to apply, guidelines and criteria, as well as an application form: http://www.jusfc.gov/creative-artists-programs/creative-artists-program-how-to-apply-2/

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About: The Japan-US Friendship Commission is an independent federal agency established by Congress in 1975 to strengthen the US-Japan relationship through educational, cultural, and intellectual exchange.  Its mission is to support reciprocal people-to-people understanding, and promote partnerships that advance common interests between Japan and the United States.

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