The French-American Jazz Exchange (“FAJE”) celebrates the shared passion for jazz in France and the United States. A partnership of FACE (“French American Cultural Exchange”), the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the program is designed to foster the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States through their collaborative investigation of artistic practice, and exposure to new audiences and professional relationships.
FAJE supports projects jointly conceived by French and American professional musicians that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue, and contribute to the dynamism of jazz. FAJE awards grants through an open, competitive application process to support projects that take place either in France or the United States and their respective territories or both, within a 16-month period. The program supports activities that may result in the creation of original work, establishment of new creative and professional partnerships, and development of new audiences for the participating artists. Projects may include jazz artists investigating forms other than jazz with artists who work in different music genres.
As an additional benefit to program grantees, nonprofit presenters in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia) are eligible, with some restrictions, to receive fee-subsidy for booking performance engagements by FAJE artists after the end of their project periods.
FAJE is administered in a partnership between the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, FACE and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
FAJE is made possible through the generous support of the 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”).