The French-American Jazz Exchange (“FAJE”) celebrates the shared and uniting cultural passion for jazz between the United States and France. A partnership of FACE Foundation and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the program is designed to initiate and extend the creative, professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States. FAJE fosters the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States through support for the collaborative investigation of artistic practice and activities providing exposure to new audiences and professional relationships.
FAJE supports projects jointly conceived by French and American professional jazz artists that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue, and contribute to the dynamism of the art form. FAJE annually awards individual project grants up to $25,000, through an open, competitive application process for projects that take place either in France or the United States, and/or their respective territories, within a 16-month period. The program supports activities that may result in the creation of new work, establishment of new creative and professional partnerships, and development of new audiences. Projects may include jazz artists in France and/or the United States working with artists from different musical genres.
Additional opportunity for funding support is available to artists or projects already funded through FAJE. An annual roster of FAJE projects is identified for touring in the United States with fee support available specifically to presenters of the mid-Atlantic region of Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia. For more information about the French-American Jazz Exchange Regional Tours, click here.
For further assistance, contact:
American applicants: Contact Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Jess Porter at email@example.com
French applicants: Contact FACE Foundation, jazz@face-foundation
FAJE is made possible through generous support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Institut Français, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, and Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique (“SACEM”).
The application deadline for the French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE) was May 27, 2016 for projects taking place between September 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017.
Trumpet-player Antoine Berjeaut will work with “beat scientist” Makaya McCraven and three other musicians from Paris and Chicago to bridge the modern jazz, post-rock, and hip hop scenes. They will compose, collectively improvise, perform, and record live and in the studio in both cities. The material developed from this unique collaboration will then be used as a resource to be decontextualized and remixed into a creative mashup, or sonic collage, using modern post production techniques. The final product will be tracks that stand alone as complete works but that also lend themselves to further collaborations for poetry, rap, and additional remixes.
French trio FOX will work with saxophonist Chris Cheek to develop a musical investigation about French roots in Louisiana and mixing African-American grooves and rhythms with French influences. The instrumentation features accordion and banjo along with guitar, bass, drum and saxophone.
Saxophonist Gaël Horellou and drummer Ari Hoenig make up the duo Nasty Factorz, a group with little name recognition in France.This FAJE project will allow the duo to work in residency in Paris while composing and releasing a new album on the DTC Records label. The duo will also perform several concerts in France.
This project will result in a repertoire of music composed by pianist Karim Maurice and harmonicist William Galison. The work will include music for a chromatic harmonica accompanied by a jazz quartet and a classical string orchestra with harp. A jazz quartet and 17 string instruments will be highlighted by the nostalgic rushes of the melody played by harmonica, one of the most traditional instruments in the United States.
Bassist Keith Witty and saxophonist Christophe Panzani are undertaking a continuation of prior musical endeavors with the ensemble THIEFS, incorporating two new musicians and three vocalists. The body of work, entitled Up-Rooted/Re-Rooted, explores the migratory element of the human experience in both a broad, abstract sense and in a way that is quite literal, pertaining to the immigrant struggle and notions of belonging.
Trumpeter Yohan Giaume and clarinetist Evan Christopher will collaborate on a recording inspired by the musical universe of Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Gottschalk played a key role in the development of American music and significantly influenced the art music of his day by integrating ethnic elements especially African-American and Caribbean traditions. Building upon Gottschalk’s interest in subjects of death, love, and the celebration of life, the work will utilize many of the same imprints that inspired Gottschalk such as Afro-Creole folk melodies, syncopated rhythms from the Americas and Caribbean, folk songs from New Orleans & France, works by Chopin & Berlioz and even poetry.
Manage Your Grant
Note: Grantees who received their French-American Jazz Exchange Grant Award Agreements directly from FACE Foundation should visit face-foundation.org for information pertaining to your award and final report forms.
Changes in Project Proposal
Any changes in the content, schedule, or budget of your project as proposed must be submitted in writing for approval prior to being implemented. Requested changes must be submitted to Phillip Harmon, Grants and Operations Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding Acknowledgement and Crediting
Credit and Logo Usage Details
Grantees must clearly acknowledge support from the French-American Jazz Exchange program through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below. Use of the logo does not replace the credit language. Copies of the required crediting materials must be submitted as part of the final report.
- The following statement and the logo of the French-American Jazz Exchange program must prominently appear on all promotional and advertising materials, including programs, brochures, flyers, postcards, press releases, recording liner notes , websites, and other publicity produced by the Grantee or its agents whether in hard copy or electronic format.
In addition, the following crediting language must be permanently affixed to any works created as part of the funded project and must be provided each time said work is performed or presented.
(working title) has been made possible through the French-American Jazz Exchange, a joint program of FACE Foundation and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, with generous funding from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Institut Français, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication and Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique (“SACEM”).
When no written materials are available, such as television, radio or Internet broadcasts, Grantee shall ensure that the above crediting statement is announced or included among the program’s listed credits.
Grantee shall ensure that in all interviews where their French-American Jazz Exchange project is discussed that the program and its funders are acknowledged.
Funded artists are required to link their websites to the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (www.midatlanticarts.org) and FACE Foundation (face-foundation.org) websites. The links MUST remain active during the entire length of the grant period. You are requested, but not required, to use the FACE Foundation and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logos to indicate the link on your website. Electronic versions of the logos can be found on the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website at www.midatlanticarts.org, and on the FACE Foundation website at face-foundation.org.
Final report requirements and instructions were included as Exhibit B of the Grant Award Agreement.
Grantees are required to submit a final report which is due thirty (30) days after the end of the grant period on record as listed in the Grant Award Agreement.
Final reports must be submitted using the form downloaded below.
For questions about your grant and the crediting or final reporting requirements, contact Phillip Harmon, Grants and Operations Officer at email@example.com or 410.539.6656 x109.