Black and white horizontal image of 2016 FAJE Grantees Yacine Boularès and Vincent Segal with their project, Abu Sadiya featuring drummer Nasheet Waits.

2016 FAJE Grantees Yacine Boularès and Vincent Segal with their project, Abu Sadiya featuring drummer Nasheet Waits. Credit: Tom Payeur.

FAJE celebrates the United States and France’s shared passion for jazz. A program of FACE (French-American Cultural Exchange) Foundation and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, FAJE is designed to foster the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States. The 2018 relaunched FAJE program has been designed to encompass two complementary grant components: grants for French and American musicians (Creative Project Grants) and grants for American presenters booking FAJE collaborations (FAJE On Tour).

FAJE annually awards Creative 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 an 18-month period. FAJE supports creative projects realized through the collaboration of French and American musicians by supporting 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 music genres. FAJE encourages applications from collaborators for creative projects resulting in works that may be considered for live performance and touring in the United States and France.

The opportunity for touring support is available to artists or projects already funded through FAJE.

MAAF’s regional touring program, FAJE Tours features a staff curated roster of performing ensembles that have completed a FAJE project. The roster is available 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 2017-2018 FAJE Tours engagements or the 2018-2019 FAJE Tours Roster, click here.

MAAF and FACE are excited to announce that an expanded version of FAJE Tours, FAJE On Tour will launch in 2018.  FAJE On Tour will feature an expanded roster of recently completed FAJE creative projects and will provide fee support grants to eligible presenters nationwide. The inaugural FAJE On Tour roster will be announced in summer 2018 for booking in 2019-2020.

If you have questions regarding FAJE Creative Project Grants, please contact:

Jess Porter, Program Officer, Performing Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
jess@midatlanticarts.org | 410-539-6656 x116

Suzanne Buracas, Program Officer for Music, Cultural Services of the French Embassy
suzanne.buracas@diplomatie.gouv.fr | 212-439-1448

If you would like assistance in French, please contact FACE.

FAJE Creative Project Grants are made possible through generous support from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, French Ministry of Culture, Institut Français-Paris, and Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique (“SACEM”).


The application deadline for the FAJE Creative Project Grant was March 16, 2018, 5:00 PM EST for projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019. The Guidelines below are for information purposes only.

For your convenience, guidelines are available in both PDF and Word formats below.

Download FAJE Guidelines as a PDF see pages 5-12 for Creative Project Grants (link opens in a new window)
Download  FAJE Guidelines as a screen-reader friendly Word document  (click link to download)

Fiscal Sponsorship

The Lead Partner on a proposed project responsible for submitting the FAJE Creative Grant application will be the recipient of grant funds if selected for support. Lead Partners may choose to submit their application as an individual artist or ensemble, as their own nonprofit 501(3)(c) organization, or through fiscal sponsorship. There are financial implications and responsibilities to be considered by Lead Partners awarded grants through the program that are not legally incorporated as nonprofit organizations in their respective countries. Lead Partners without 501 (c) 3 status are encouraged to apply using a nonprofit fiscal sponsor. Please review the guidelines for additional details about applicant status and eligibility.

To learn more about fiscal sponsorship and securing a fiscal sponsor, visit:

Grantspace: Fiscal Sponsorship
National Network of Fiscal Sponsors
Fiscal Sponsor Directory

French-American Jazz Exchange Webinars

MAAF and FACE offered two webinars for artists or ensembles interested in applying for the French-American Jazz Exchange Creative Project Grant. Participants received an overview of eligibility criteria and the review process as well as instructions on how to use the eGRANT system.  Time was allowed for webinar participants to ask questions pertaining to the program and application.

French-American Jazz Exchange Creative Grant Application Webinar
February 6, 2018 at 11:00 – 12:00 PM ET
March 1, 2018 at 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET

To view a recording of the March 1, 2018 webinar click here.

Current Projects

Antoine Berjeaut (Photo: Vincent LeBrun) and Makaya McCraven.

(l-r) Antoine Berjeaut (Photo: Vincent LeBrun) and Makaya McCraven.

Antoine Berjeaut (France)  with Makaya McCraven (United States)

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.

FOX Trio (Photo: Eric Garault) and Chris Cheek.

(l-r) FOX Trio (Photo: Eric Garault) and Chris Cheek.


FOX (France) 
with Chris Cheek (United States)

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.

(l-r) Gaël Horellou and Ari Hoenig (Photo: Francesco Truono).

(l-r) Gaël Horellou and Ari Hoenig (Photo: Francesco Truono).


Gaël Horellou (France) with Ari Hoenig (United States)

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.

(l-r) Karim Maurice (Photo: Jack Urvoy) and William Galison.

(l-r) Karim Maurice (Photo: Jack Urvoy) and William Galison.


Karim Maurice (France) with William Galison (United States) 

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.

(l-r) Keith Witty and Christopher Panzani (Photo: Boris Wilensky).

(l-r) Keith Witty and Christopher Panzani (Photo: Boris Wilensky).


Keith Witty (United States) with Christophe Panzani (France)

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.

(l-r) Yohan Giaume and Evan Christopher.

(l-r) Yohan Giaume and Evan Christopher.

Yohan Giaume (France) with Evan Christopher (United States) 

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.

FAJE Tours

Click here for more information about the current FAJE Tours program.

To read more about the new FAJE On Tour program launching in the summer of 2018, see the FAJE program guidelines (pages 13-16).

Manage Your Grant

For grantees whose projects take between July 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019, click here.

For grantees whose projects take between September 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017, click here.

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.