A four piece jazz band on stage with a screen behind them which says Atlas Performing Arts Center. A trumpeter stands at the front of the stage with a drummer to his right, a bassist behind him, and a piano to his left. Photo by Sarah O'Halloran.

FAJE artist collaborators, DADA People featuring Frank Woeste, piano, and Dave Douglas, trumpet, perform on stage at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Photo: Sarah O’Halloran.

French-American Jazz Exchange Tours (FAJE Tours) provides funding for mid-Atlantic-based presenters engaging artists from the French-American Jazz Exchange Tours roster.  The annual roster features performing ensembles that have completed a project funded through the French-American Jazz Exchange program. For the artists of the French-American Jazz Exchange, the tours extend the life of their projects by providing performance opportunities that develop new audiences and expand impact.

Artists are selected through a staff curated process led by MAAF Program Officer, Performing Arts, with input from mid-Atlantic presenters through an annual survey. The FAJE Tours roster is created to engage broad regional participation and promote access to unique and powerful artistic collaborations and performances.

Presenters in the mid-Atlantic region are eligible to receive support toward artist fees and travel expenses related to scheduled engagements. Presenters interested in learning more about the booking and funding process should read more in the Now Booking and Booking Guidelines Tab. To learn more about projects funded by the French-American Jazz Exchange 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.

Questions regarding FAJE Tours or FAJE On Tour should be directed to Jess Porter, Program Officer, Performing Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation at jess@midatlanticarts.org or 410-539-6656 x116.

French-American Jazz Exchange Tours is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.

Now Booking

2018-2019 French-American Jazz Exchange Tours Roster

The booking deadline for the 2018-2019 FAJE Roster was March 30, 2018.

Funding is no longer available for 2018-2019 FAJE Roster. However, if you are interested in booking any of the 2018-2019 FAJE Roster artists, please contact the agent directly about remaining availability.

Booking requests for French-American Jazz Exchange Tours should be directed to Keith at keith@geodesicmanagement.com or 646-415-9234.

Aaron Goldberg Trio

A composite image of each artist. One the left is a man holding a bass. In the middle is the man wearing a khaki suit looking at the camera with a hand in his pocket. On the right is a bald man wearing sunglasses playing the drumset. Photo: Alejandra Barragán

Photo: Alejandra Barragán

With support from a 2015 French-American Jazz Exchange grant, Aaron joined creative forces with percussionist Leon Parker to expand the sonic, communicative and expressive possibilities of the piano trio setting to include a significant role for Body Percussion and Body Rhythm techniques, both in place of and in addition to traditional drum set. This creative exploration has resulted in new works and a new trio recording to be released in 2018. Click here for media.

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Six men stand and one man sits in front of a set of windows with the word "BAM" in white on the windows. Photo: courtesy of the artist

Photo: courtesy of the artist

Collectively led by bassist Keith Witty and saxophonist Christophe Panzani, THIEFS features an expandable line-up… from stripped down sax/bass/drums trio to sextet featuring piano and vocalists in English and French. Fully acoustic to fully electronic, THIEFS weave elements of modern composition and improvisation into a boundary-less foundation of beats. THIEFS’ soon-to-be-released sophomore record, GRAFT, explores notions of nationality, immigration, otherness and the way we as humans evolve and adapt to new cultural and physical landscapes. The new record features David Frazier Jr. on acoustic and electronic drums, Aaron Parks on piano and keyboards, and Mike Ladd, Gaël Faye and Guillermo E. Brown on vocals. Click here for media.

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Reverso – Suite Ravel

Four men stand in a studio with their arms around each other. Photo: courtesy of the artist

Photo: courtesy of the artist

Reverso – Suite Ravel brings together American trombonist and composer, Ryan Keberle, and French pianist and composer, Frank Woeste, for an album bridging jazz and chamber music. Keberle and Woeste bridge the melody, harmony, and rhythm from the solo piano suite by Maurice Ravel composed between 1914 and 1917 with those of the traditional Baroque suite. The resulting compositions are realized by an outstanding quartet featuring acclaimed improviser and cellist, Erik Friedlander, and drummer extraordinaire, Johnathan Blake. Click here for media.

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Booking Guidelines

Nonprofit presenters in the mid-Atlantic region (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia) that book ensembles on the French-American Jazz Exchange Tour roster are eligible to receive fee support grants of up to 50% of contracted artist fees inclusive of artist travel.

Presenters reaching communities underserved by the arts will be given priority consideration for support. For the purposes of this program, an underserved community is one in which individuals lack access to arts programs due to geography, economic conditions, ethnic background, or disability.

Presenters interested in booking any of the French-American Jazz Exchange Tours artists and receiving fee support should contact the booking agent for the FAJE Tours program directly to negotiate terms of the engagement. There is no application process involved for French-American Jazz Exchange Tours, but funds are limited, and fee support grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no restrictions on the number of French-American Jazz Exchange tour grants a presenter can receive in a given year.

Presenters will be notified by MAAF of fee support grant recommendations and will be required to fill out a short online form. Presenters will be notified of official fee support grant approval in July of the given program year.

For general questions about the program and funding information, contact Jess Porter, Program Officer, Performing Arts, at jess@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656 x116.

Support for Mid Atlantic Tours is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.

Current Tours

2017-2018 Tours

All schedules are subject to change. Please check with the performance venue to confirm dates and times, and for ticket information

 Abu Sadiya featuring Nasheet Waits, Yacine Boulares, and Vincent Segal.

Abu Sadiya featuring Nasheet Waits, Yacine Boulares, and Vincent Segal. Photo credit: Courtesy of artist.

Abu Sadiya

Saxophonist Yacine Boulares and French cellist Vincent Segal composed a suite of variations reimagining the Tunisian healing trance music – Stambeli – for their trio with American drummer Nasheet Waits. Their original compositions form a series of variations on the legend of Abu Sadiya. In his wandering search for his enslaved daughter, Abu Sadiya danced and sang his sorrow in the streets of Tunis, becoming the first musician of Stambeli and personifying the collective memory of Sub-Saharan slaves in Tunisia.

4/18/2018 Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
4/19/2018 Lincoln Center at the Rubenstein Atrium, New York, NY
4/20/2018 Ars Nova Workshop, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
4/21/2018 Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC

Photo: Ancestral Memories – Baptiste Trotignon and Yosvany Terry. Photo credit: Laura Razzano.

Ancestral Memories

Cuban-American saxophonist/percussionist/composer Yosvany Terry and French pianist Baptiste Trotignon present a unique program inspired by the rich and diverse musical traditions of the African Diaspora in the United States and former French colonies in the Americas. Their co-led Ancestral Memories Quartet (with bassist Yunior Terry and drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts) captures the rhythms, melodies, and harmonies of the Caribbean, New Orleans and French Louisiana, re-imagined through 21st century aesthetics and a modern jazz sensibility.

6/14/2018 DC Jazz Festival, Washington, DC
6/15/2018 National Sawdust, New York, NY

Manage Your Grant

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 phillip@midatlanticarts.org.

Funding Acknowledgement and Crediting

Acknowledgement and Crediting requirements were included as Exhibit A of the Grant Award Agreement.

Grantees must clearly acknowledge support from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below.  Use of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo does not replace the credit language. Copies of the required crediting materials must be submitted as part of the final report.

Credit and Logo Usage Details
The following statement and the French-American Jazz Exchange Tours logo, and where space permits, the logo of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo MUST appear in all programs, websites and press releases produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project. In addition, the following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo should be included whenever possible, either jointly or separately as necessary, in all flyers and postcards, email communications, season brochures, social media posts and calendars, and any other print or electronic promotional and publicity materials produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project.

  • This statement must be used in its entirety and cannot be altered in any way.

This engagement of [ARTIST] is made possible through the French-American Jazz Exchange Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts

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Website Link
Grantees are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website at www.midatlanticarts.org when crediting Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation on their website. This link MUST remain active during the entire length of your grant period with MAAF. You are requested, but not required, to embed the link in MAAF’s logo.

Final Reports

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 are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s eGRANT system at http://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.  Please read the instructions in the eGRANT system carefully.

The account used to submit the Common Information Form for the grant must be used to complete the final report. If you do not remember your login and/or password, please use the link on the eGRANT login page to retrieve the information.

For questions about your grant and the crediting or final reporting requirements, contact Phillip Harmon, Grants and Operations Officer at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656 x109.

FAJE On Tour Coming Soon!

MAAF and FACE are excited to announce that an expanded version of FAJE Tours, FAJE On Tour will launch in 2018.

FAJE On Tour provides funding for American presenters engaging artists from the FAJE On Tour roster. Featuring original completed FAJE Creative Projects, the FAJE On Tour roster is annually created to engage broad national participation and promote access to unique and powerful artistic collaborations and performances. Roster consideration will be given to artists and ensembles that have recently completed a FAJE Creative Project, demonstrate interest in touring, and have ample availability for touring in the United States during the given program window.

Non-profit presenters across the United States are eligible to receive support toward artist fees and travel expenses related to scheduled engagements.

The 2019-2020 FAJE On Tour artist roster will be announced and published online in the summer of 2018.

To learn more about the program including presenter eligibility and booking requirements, please review the FAJE guidelines.

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)

FAJE On Tour is made possible through generous support from Florence Gould Foundation, French Ministry of Culture, Institut Français-Pari, the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program, and Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique (“SACEM”).