Resources to bring international artists to the United States

Artists from Abroad assists in navigating the process of obtaining non-immigrant visas and understanding tax regulations associated with presenting artists from abroad.

TamizdatAVAIL is a non-profit project that provides both urgent and long term solutions to common U.S. visa problems faced by the international performing arts community.

Center Stage is a State Department program administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts that supports tours of international artists in the U.S.

Iber Exchange is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts in collaboration with Ibermúsicas that supports tours of artists from Ibermúsicas’ member countries across the United States.

Performing Arts Global Exchange is a National Endowment for the Arts program managed by Mid Atlantic Arts that supports tours of international artists in the U.S.

Resources to perform abroad

Mid Atlantic’s USArtists International provides grant support for American dance, music and theatre ensembles and solo performers to travel to major international arts festivals and performing arts markets anywhere in the world outside the United States.

Mid Atlantic’s database of dance, music, and theater festivals is updated regularly and can be a good resource to locate festivals abroad.

Western Arts Alliance offers the Performing Arts Discovery (PAD) Showcase, which provides virtual international showcase opportunities for U.S.-based performing artists who are ready to tour internationally. Artists/ensembles — who are selected for PAD Showcase via an open call for applications and subsequent panel review process — receive support from an expert video production team to create professionally produced live performance videos which are promoted and showcased to international markets via a virtual platform.

Foundation for Contemporary Art’s Emergency Grants support the production and presentation of experimental work when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding.

American Dance Abroad Rapid Response grants support companies and members of the dance community invited to perform teach or conduct research abroad.

Guides to Funding Opportunities for the International Mobility of Artists and Culture Professionals

On The Move is a nonprofit cultural mobility information network with numerous resources about moving artists globally across borders.

The European Festivals Association is a membership association. is hosted by the EFA and aims to be Europe’s arts festival database.

The European Dance Network is a “network of trust and cooperation between European dancehouses sharing a common vision regarding the development of dance art across borders.”

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs frequently issues requests for foreign exchange projects.

With membership growing worldwide,  IETM (international network for contemporary performing arts) is a network of over 450 performing arts organizations.