Information for Foreign Artists, Culture Professionals and Organizations for Projects in the U.S.A.
1.1. Introduction to the U.S.A.
1.1.1. How the United States Funds the Arts
This report provides a comprehensive overview of the diverse network of public and private funders that directly and indirectly support the arts in the U.S. It explains the role of the National Endowment for the Arts and other public partners at the federal, state, and local levels as well as that of private partners, such as foundations, corporations, and individuals . A concise report not to be missed before starting a project in the U.S.A.
1.1.2. Meaningful Engagement International
Check the publications listed by this agency in relation to cultural diplomacy, cultural diversity and cultural diplomacy and international cultural engagement.
1.1.3. Preparatory Action: Culture in EU Cultural Relations (Country Reports, Including the U.S.A.)
The country reports examine the cultural situation, potentials and challenges in the respective countries, focusing on strengthened cultural relations between the EU and the country in question (including the U.S.A). A second report not to be missed before starting a project in the U.S.A.
1.1.4. US State Department of Educational and Cultural Affairs
The website lists opportunities both for US and foreign citizens.
1.2. Administrative Information to the U.S.A.
1.2.1. Artists From Abroad
A complete and up-to-date arts-specific online resource about immigration and tax policies for foreign guest artists, their managers and performing arts organizations. Produced in partnership by the League of American Orchestras and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters with support from the National Endowment for the Arts
1.2.2. MAP Fund- Fiscal Sponsorship
Provides general and site-specific information on fiscal sponsorship and a partial list of artist services organizations that provide fiscal sponsorship
1.2.3. National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE)
Established in 1995, the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State and administered by Mobility International USA (MIUSA). NCDE goals are to increase the participation and inclusion of people with disabilities in the full range of international exchange opportunities
1.3. Resources on Performing Arts in the U.S.A. (selection)
1.3.1. Americans for the Arts
America’s leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education. Provides networking, research and other practical resources
1.3.2. Center Stage – International Performing Arts Resources
A useful short introduction to organizations and resources for incoming and outgoing mobility in the U.S.A. (including resources included in this chapter).
1.3.3. Chicago Artists Resource
An artist-curated directory of professional advice and development, resource links and community-based opportunities. There are some international options to be found in the “Calls for Artists” and “Jobs” sections as well as a listing of grant-making foundations.
1.3.4. Contemporary Performance
CP is a social network and community organizing platform providing artists, presenters, scholars and festivals a platform to meet, share work, and collaborate. The term Contemporary Performance is used to describe hybrid performance works and artists that travel between the fields of Experimental Theatre & Dance, Video Art, Visual Art, Music Composition and Performance Art without adhering to one specific field’s practice.
Owned and operated by Festival Transaction Services, KadmusArts maintains an up-to-date database of information on performances, artists, festivals, and organizations worldwide in various sectors, including dance, music and drama
1.3.6. New International Theatre Experience, NITE
New International Theatre Experience is a global service organization that supports and empowers theatre makers by revolutionizing the way artists and administrators create, connect and cooperate in the twenty-first century. Founded in 2012 in Madrid & NYC by Beatriz Cabur and Douglas Howe, NITE transforms the theatrical landscape by providing physical and virtual platforms for investigation, innovation and interaction. News and information relevant for the sector are shared.
1.3.7. The Performing Arts Alliance
The Performing Arts Alliance is a national network of more than 33,000 organizational and individual members comprising the professional, non-profit performing arts and presenting fields. For more than 30 years, the Performing Arts Alliance has been the premiere advocate for America’s professional non-profit arts organizations, artists and their publics before the US Congress and key policy makers.
1.3.8. Theatre Without Borders
Theatre Without Borders (TWB) is an informal, volunteer, virtual community that shares information and builds connections between individuals and institutions interested in international theatre exchange.
1.4. Websites with References and Tips on Funding in the U.S.A.
1.4.1. Foundation Center
The leading source of information on philanthropy worldwide. Through 5 levels of subscription, the website provides a directory of grant-makers and funding opportunities nation-wide
1.4.2. The Grantsmanship Center
The Center’s job is to help private and public non-profits make better communities. And they do that by offering training and publications to help organizations plan solid programs, write logical, compelling grant proposals and create earned income opportunities. Check their funding pages (at the level of U.S. States and at an international level).
1.4.3. WomenArts-Emergency Funding
A list of emergency funding for artists in all disciplines, prepared by WomenArts
+WomenArt – Fundraising Basics
An article focusing on basic strategies for securing funding from individuals
+WomenArt – Fiscal Sponsors
An article providing information and resources on fiscal sponsorships
+WomenArt – Women’s Companies/Festivals
A list of theatre companies and festivals focused on women
1.5. Organizations Related to Freedom of Expression
The goal of freeDimensional is to support culture in the service of free expression, justice and equality. freeDimensional advances social justice by hosting activists in art spaces and using cultural resources to strengthen their work.
2. Information for U.S. Artists, Culture Professionals and for Projects Abroad (Particularly in Europe)
2.1. Closer Look: European Cultural Networks in Practices
The handbook offers in-depth information on the networks, how they operate and how they are formed with a series of examples; it also provides general tips and guidance on how to network. A great guide to know better and in a fast way cultural networks in Europe!
2.2. Compendium: Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe
Initiated over 15 years ago, the Council of Europe/ERICarts “Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe is a web-based and permanently updated information and monitoring system of national cultural policies in Europe. It is a long-term project which aims to include all 50 member states co-operating within the context of the European Cultural Convention.
ENCATC is the leading European network on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy education. ENCATC is the only European network gathering together higher educational institutions and training organizations dealing with cultural management education and training. In December 2014, they organised an ENCATC academy focused on the Americas.
2.4. European Commission: Creative Europe
All you need to know about the Creative Europe program (2014-2020) in terms of calls for applications, selected projects and opportunities.
2.5. European Cultural Foundation
ECF bridges people and democratic institutions by connecting local cultural change-makers and communities across wider Europe. Their website includes relevant publications, listing of events, online communities. See also ECF’s portal, Lab for Culture, a cultural platform between Europe and the rest of the world
2.6. EFA – European Festival Association
The European Festivals Association is the umbrella organisation for festivals across Europe and beyond. One of the oldest cultural networks in Europe, it was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1952 as a joint initiative of the eminent conductor Igor Markevitch and the great philosopher Denis de Rougemont. Since its foundation, the Association has grown from 15 festivals into a dynamic network representing more than 100 music, dance, theatre and multidisciplinary festivals, national festival associations and cultural organisations from 41 countries.
2.7. FACE -Fresh Arts Coalition European (Network)
Fresh Arts Coalition Europe (FACE) is an international network of arts organisations that supports and promotes emerging, socially engaged, contemporary cross-disciplinary art forms. It covers fresh and ground-breaking practices such as public art, community, immersive or participatory projects, site-specific arts, physical and visual theatre, contemporary circus and live art.
2.8. IETM -International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts
The mission of IETM is to stimulate the quality, development and contexts of contemporary performing arts in a global environment by initiating and facilitating: Professional networking and communication; the dynamic exchange of information and the know-how transfer and presentations of examples of good practice
2.1.9. PEARLE*- Performing Arts Employers Associations League Europe
Pearle* is the ‘Performing Arts Employers Associations League Europe’, the European trade federation of Performing Arts organizations. Pearle* represents through its members associations more than 4,500 theatres, theatre production companies, orchestras and music ensembles, opera houses, ballet and dance companies, festivals, and other organizations within the performing arts sector across Europe. PEARLE* is very active on issues related to visas and taxation (in particular towards the U.S.A.)
2.10. Touring Artists – Cultural Mobility Related to Germany
An information portal for touring artists, specific to Germany, that provides resources on visas, customs, taxes, insurance and copyright laws but also on residencies, funding opportunities and other subjects. Formed in partnership between the International Theatre Institute and the Internationale Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste and supported by the German Federal Government for culture.
The Rest of the World
2.11. Coalition for Cultural Diversity
The Coalition for Cultural Diversity is the cultural milieu’s main voice in debates on culture and trade, notably on the national front, as well as to support the government’s will to assert its right to apply policies that promote the diversity of cultural expressions.
2.12. Culture Agora
An online platform where you search or publish on culture, arts and the creative industries.
2.13. culture360.org: The Cultural Portal by the Asia-Europe Foundation
A great online platform to be updated on opportunities and information related to Asia-European art and cultural exchange. Includes as well repertories of organisations in 49 countries in Asia and Europe and cultural mobility funding guides (see as well page 1 of this report)
2.14. Dancing Opportunities
Dancing Opportunities was launched in 2012 with the main goal of enabling dancers discover auditions, residencies, open calls, scholarships, festivals, internships and workshops worldwide. DO helps dancers find jobs and make the right choice for their successful career development.
The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) is the global network of arts councils and ministries of culture. They publish numerous reports and documents including in relation to cultural mobility.
2.16. Istikshaf Mobility Policy Agenda (Arab Region)
The Arab Education Forum (Jordan), the International Association for Creation and Training (Egypt), and Roberto Cimetta Fund (France), in collaboration with 36 social and cultural organizations so far, identified 4 policy areas that included 16 policy positions and recommendations and 21 advocacy actions that should be implemented on a regional level.
2.17. On the Move: Other Funding Tips (Including for Africa and Latin America)
Check the pages of funding “other regions’ (including with Africa and for instance the Arterial Network and Art Moves Africa) and the page ‘tips’ for additional references (also on crowdfunding in Europe)
2.18. The Apro (Online Magazine) Korea/English
The Apro promotes cross-cultural exchanges among the performing arts. It is co-sponsored by Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Korean Arts Management Service as a way to improve the international competitiveness of Korean performing arts. Articles, resources, news and other opportunities are included.
2.19. World Cultures Connect
World Cultures Connect is a new generation global cultural information site. It connects artists and cultural organizations across the globe, putting artists, creators and producers in touch with promoters, spaces and festivals and services and giving access to a world-wide market for work, audiences, ideas and collaborations.
3. Special Focus on Residencies
3.1. Alliance for Artists Communities
Provides resources for artists such as residency networks and a free residency directory; facilitates workshops; provides tips on applying for funding; provides emergency relief programs and fiscal sponsorships for members; and a library of resources on the field of residencies.
3.2. China Residencies
China Residencies is a non-for-profit organization creating a directory of artist residencies in mainland China. These residency programs offer time and space to artists from all over the world to create new works. Our website provides thousands of creatives with an easy way to discover these opportunities.
One of the biggest sources of residency programs worldwide. Includes first-hand accounts, contacts, and advice. Check also the GALA (Green Art Lab Alliance) project (EU funded project) coordinated with Julie’s Bicycle.
3.4. J-Air (Residencies in Japan)
A great resource for residencies in Japan (all disciplines covered).
A Netherlands-based NGO made up of members from over 70 countries that aims to further develop the international network of organizations and individuals engaged in the field of arts residencies. ResArtis collects and provides information on artist residencies, while representing these residencies’ interests to governmental agencies and the corporate sector internationally.
3.6. Residencies in France
The National Centre for Visual Arts in France has published this online guide to residency places in France.
3.7. Residency Unlimited
Residency Unlimited (RU) supports the creation, presentation and dissemination of contemporary art through its unique residency program and year-round public programs.
3.8. Transcultural Exchange
Incorporated Sept. 17, 2002 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, TransCultural Exchange’s mission is to foster a greater understanding of world cultures through high-quality art exhibitions, cultural exchanges and, most notably, a biennale Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts.
4. More on the Topic of Cultural Mobility
4.1. Mobility Matters
The reference study on the mobility of artists and cultural professionals first published in 2008 by Ericarts
4.2. Charter for a Sustainable and Responsible Cultural Mobility
An On the Move online tool of reference for funders, policy makers and cultural organizations/artists to fund/support or practice mobility in a more sustainable way.
4.3. Canary Islands Declaration on Culture and Artistic Mobility (Roberto Cimetta Fund)
This Declaration, initiated by the Roberto Cimetta Fund, is signed by different mobility funds and organizations: Safar Fund (Arab world), Art Moves Africa (Africa), CEC ArtsLink (USA), the Russian Theatre Union (Russia), Arts Network Asia (Asia) and the Roberto Cimetta Fund (Euro-Arab zone).
4.4. Online Library: Cultural Mobility Resources
Find on On the Move’s library close to 200 online resources (reports, guides, declarations, toolkits etc.) related to various issues to mobility. You can also check the reports and online toolkits co-produced by On the Move.