Performing Arts Discovery

Program Solicitation

For many years, performing arts presenters in the United States have been able to inform themselves about new work and international trends in the performing arts through travel to other countries facilitated by host government cultural programs. Foreign governments host U.S. presenters to help create markets for the work of their artists. Likewise, they see the opportunity for their artists to perform in the U.S. as a way to raise the profile of their countries.

In the United States, there are private opportunities for foreign presenters to come to the U.S. to see artists at festivals or events; however, existing exchange programs most often focus on hosting artists from a limited representation of countries such as those in Central and Western Europe. To our knowledge, there has never been a U.S. government program that serves the performing arts fields by encouraging presenters based outside of the U.S. to see work from geographically diverse areas of the United States.

The NEA proposes to address this gap with Performing Arts Discovery, a pilot program to help U.S. Regional Arts Organizations (RAOs) showcase regional performing arts groups, create an organized tour of performances, or present a combination of the two, in their respective regions. Up to two RAOs will be selected from this program solicitation to receive $100,000 awards to undertake this work.

NB: In this document, the term "presenter" is used to designate the function that in other countries may be referred to as arts producer, promoter, or programmer.

Proposal Receipt Deadline: February 8, 2015