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Cultur​al Exchange Fund

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Cultural Exchange Fund (CEF) is a travel subsidy program supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. CEF assists U.S. based APAP-member presenting professionals and their organizations and companies in building partnerships and collaborations with international touring artists, companies and their collaborators outside of the U.S., and to experience the work of artists from around the world in its cultural context. APAP recognizes that promoting global exchanges of artists, their work and cross-cultural programs is essential to fully engage audiences and communities in the breadth and diversity of performing arts experiences. These exchanges provide an opportunity for presenting professionals to expand and deepen their knowledge of artists, traditions and cultures from around the world.

Not sure where to travel? Need support navigating the visa process? Want to see how past CEF awardees utilized their funds? Check out additional resources by visiting the International Cultural Exchange​ webpage.


​​​Funding Cy​cle: August 2015 - May 2017




Travel Period


August 28, 2015*

September 2015*

August - December 2015*

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*For those traveling in August/September 2015, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis to allow for ample time to finalize travel itineraries. Applications should be received no later than 3 weeks prior to the applicant's first travel date.


October 30, 2015

November 2015

January - June 2016


April 29, 2016

May 2016

July - December 2016


October 28, 2016

November 2016

January - May 2017

Funding Eligibility

APAP awards U.S. based presenting organizations, agents, managers, producers, individual artists, and groups of presenting professionals traveling outside of the U.S. to see the work of artists and companies or to develop and advance projects with foreign artists and their collaborators. APAP strongly encourages but does not limit travel to the following: Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. 

All applicants must be active members of APAP at the time of submission, and membership must extend at least one month beyond proposed travel dates. Artist Applications: to meet member eligibility requirements, the artist must be an independent artist member in good standing or hold an Associate membership through their active APAP-member agent/manager/agency. Group Applications: to meet member eligibility requirements, the Lead Partner Organization submitting the application must be an APAP member (other Travel Partner Organizations do not need to be APAP members).

Travelers must also be one of the following:
  • Individual professional artists (see artist eligibility details above)
  • Individuals from presenting organizations who are part of the decision-making process for programming and presentations
  • Independent presenters, managers, agents or producers who are working with a presenter or group of presenters to develop a project or tour with foreign artists and who can demonstrate a mission and history of relationship building, or project development that serves the presenting field, presenting organizations or a particular community
  • Groups of presenters from different presenting organizations who may be collaborating to develop or advance a project or program initiative (see group eligibility details above)​​​

Interested in CEF? Learn how to apply!

  1. ​Review the CEF Guidelines for additional details surrounding funding criteria, award amounts and more.

  2. Prepare an application including travel details, narrative responses and supplemental documents by referencing the following application previews ahead of time as applicants cannot save incomplete applications or edit submitted applications.
  3. Submit an online application no later than 5:00p.m. ET on the day of the deadline listed in the table above.
Questions? Contact Kalyn Saylor, programs ​manager, at

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