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Cultural Ex​change Fund

Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

"It is impossible to quantify the true and lasting value of this type of intensive immersion in live performances.
It really allowed me to experience a variety of theatrical performances by companies from all parts of the world.”
Jeffrey Martin, Brigham Young University, CEF Awardee 2014


About the Program

APAP recognizes the importance of global exchange to fully engage audiences and communities in the breadth and diversity of international performing arts experiences. Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Cultural Exchange Fund (CEF) is a travel subsidy program which provides opportunities for U.S. based APAP members to expand and deepen their knowledge of traditions and cultures abroad, build partnerships and develop collaborations with foreign artists and arts organizations, and experience artistic work from around the world in its cultural context.

Not sure where to travel? New to presenting international artists? See a full list of past CEF Awardees supporting 154 unique travelers since 2008. Also, learn more about how they used their funds, and explore additonal resources supporting International Cultural Exchange.

Funding ​Cycle

Round Deadline Announcement Travel Dates
Rolling July 15, 2013 August 2013 July-September 2013
I August 15, 2013 September 2013 October 2013-March 2014
II February 27, 2014 March 2014 April-September 2014
III September 30, 2014* October 2014 October 2014-May 2015

*Round III deadline extended to September 30, 2014, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning August 14, 2014. Applicants traveling in the fall of 2014 are encouraged to apply early. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by October 2014.​

How to Apply

  • Review the program guidelines​Note: All applicants must be active members of APAP through at least one month after the proposed travel date.

  • Complete the electronic application by 5:00pm ET on the day of the deadline listed in the table above.

Have questions? Need assistance with this application?

Send an email to Laura Benson, programs manager, or call 202-207-3852.

​Photo of the Porto Musical in Brazil, by Anne Kogan, National Council for Traditional Arts, CEF Awardee 2010.