Performing Arts Japan – Japan Foundation New York Website

The Japan Foundation is now accepting project proposals for Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboratrion grants for the 2015 – 2016 fiscal year.


This program is designed to provide financial assistance for non-profit organizations in the US and Canada that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences. PAJ Touring Grants help present Japanese performing arts at multiple locations in the United States and Canada, with an emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas. PAJ Collaboration Grants help Japanese and American/Canadian artists develop a new work, which will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to American/Canadian audiences. The grants are made to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada only. Click on one of the links below for information on eligibility, grant coverage, review criteria and the application form.

 2015-2016 PAJ Program Guidelines

 2015-2016 PAJ Application Form 

Application Schedule

Deadline for applications is October 27, 2014. The applications must be received by mail or hand delivery (facsimile transmission or email will not be accepted) by 5:00 p.m. EST, October 27, 2014 at:

The Japan Foundation, New York (for U.S. applicants)

Attention: PAJ Program 

152 West 57th Street, 17th Floor

New York, NY 10019


The Japan Foundation, Toronto (for Canadian applicants)

Attention: PAJ Program 

131 Bloor Street West, Suite 213

Toronto, Ontario M5S 1R1

The Japan Foundation PAJ Advisory Committee will review applications in December 2014. Based on the recommendations of the Committee, the final selection of awardees is made by the Foundation's Headquarter in Tokyo. Written notification of awards will be mailed in April 2015.


To date, PAJ has funded 253 projects (including 123 touring, 120 collaborative, and 10 special projects) of Japanese performing arts in both traditional and contemporary art forms. In the "2014-2015" fiscal year, 10 projects (5 touring and 5 collaborative) were funded under the program, for a total amount of US$246,000 (please see the List of Awardees below). PAJ is advised by an annually appointed panel composed of approximately ten performing arts specialists from throughout the United States.

2014-2015 PAJ Awardees

2013-2014 PAJ Awardees

2012-2013 PAJ Awardees

2011-2012 PAJ Awardees

2010-2011 PAJ Awardees

2009-2010 PAJ Awardees

2008-2009 PAJ Awardees

2007-2008 PAJ Awardees

2006-2007 PAJ Awardees

2005-2006 PAJ Awardees

2004-2005 PAJ Awardees

2003-2004 PAJ Awardees