About the Cultural Exchange Fund 

 The Cultural Exchange Fund (CEF) is a travel subsidy program supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that assists U.S.-based APAP members in building partnerships and collaborations outside of the U.S. and to experience the work of artists from around the world in its cultural context.

APAPNYC 2016 Showcase Dakha Brakha at Brooklyn Bowl by Adam Kissick/APAP


What you'll find here:

  • How CEF can help APAP members broaden the experiences of performing arts audiences

  • How CEF can expand and deepen your knowledge of artists and cultures

  • Where past CEF stipend recipients have traveled and what they have learned

  • When and how you can apply to CEF

About the Fund

The Cultural Exchange Fund operates on three year cycle. Stipends of up to $2,000 can be awarded to individuals. Currently, the cycle to apply is closed. Below you can learn more about when and how to apply in the future. 

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. 

Opportunities to Engage

Digital Diaries

Read the digital diaries of past CEF awardees to see where they have traveled and how they utilized their funds.

International Cultural Exchange Page

Find additional resources on our International Cultural Exchange​ webpage.