In 2004, FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, now Villa Albertine, created two music programs, encouraging collaborations between French and American artists and ensembles, in the fields of jazz and contemporary music.
Over the past fifteen years, the French-American Jazz Exchange granted $ 1.4 million in funds to support 104 creative projects, resulting in more than 40 recordings and 300 concerts in France and the United States. The Contemporary Music Fund, later renamed the New Music Fund, granted $ 1.9 million to support 193 commissions, tours and residencies for more than 100 ensembles and solo artists.
Since 2019, the Jazz & New Music program – a merger of the two independent programs French American Jazz Exchange and New Music Fund – continues to support fruitful collaborations. Designed to encourage the creative and professional development of French jazz and contemporary composers, musicians and ensembles in the US, Jazz & New Music has granted $ 304,700 to support 40 projects, resulting in 15 recorded albums and more than 100 concerts in 2019 and 2020.
Jazz & New Music Program is a program by the FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. In 2020, it received support from the Florence Gould Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture, Institut français-Paris, Bureau Export and Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Éditeurs de Musique (SACEM).
Financial support is given through Creative Grants for new creations & commissions; Residency Grants for residencies of French artists in the US; and Touring Grants for tours of French artists and ensembles in the US.
Jazz & New Music has adjusted its criteria to better answer the needs of artistic cooperation between France and the United States in today’s world by encouraging the development of digital and hybrid (digital + in-person) projects.
Jazz & New Music Creative Grants support projects jointly conceived by French and American professional musicians and institutions that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue, and contribute to the dynamism of the musical aesthetics they defend. It also supports new commissions to French composers, especially in the field of new music.
Jazz & New Music Residency Grants support French musicians and composers seeking to develop projects involving research in collaboration with an American organization. The residency enables artists to immerse themselves in their community and to develop new contacts and networks. It also allows artists to generate new collaborative projects and partnerships that may continue beyond the residency.
Jazz & New Music Touring Grants support touring projects of French musicians and ensembles that include a minimum of three performances in the US.
Contact: Dylan Hadida, Music Project Manager
FACE Foundation is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects. In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, FACE Foundation promotes artistic, literary, and educational exchange and collaboration between creative professionals from both countries. With additional corporate, foundation, and individual support, FACE Foundation administers grant programs in the performing and visual arts, cinema, translation, and secondary and higher education, while providing financial sponsorship to French-American festivals and other cultural initiatives. FACE Foundation focuses on new and recent work of living artists and the promotion of bilingualism and the French language.
Cultural Services of the French Embassy
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, alongside Villa Albertine, promotes the best of French arts, literature, cinema, digital innovation, language, and higher education across the US. Based in New York City, Washington D.C., and eight other cities across the country, the Cultural Services brings artists, authors, intellectuals, and innovators to cities nationwide. It also builds partnerships between French and American artists, institutions and universities on both sides of the Atlantic. In New York, through its bookshop Albertine, it fosters French-American exchange around literature and the arts.
Ministry of Culture
The French Ministry of Culture aims to make the major works of humanity— and especially those of France— accessible to the largest number of people possible. As such, it maintains a policy of conservation, of protection, and of development of all components of French cultural heritage. It promotes the creation of works of art and of the mind, and the development of art practices and education. It further contributes to cultural initiatives outside of France, and to initiatives relating to the establishment of French cultural programs throughout the world.
The Institut français is responsible for France’s international cultural program. Supervised by both the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Culture, it promotes French culture abroad through cultural exchange initiatives. Operating in a space where the arts, intellectual exchange, cultural and social innovation, and linguistic partnerships interact and intersect, it is also responsible for promoting the French language and the sharing of works, artists, and ideas all over the world. The Institut français is one of Villa Albertine’s main French partners.
The role of SACEM is to provide protection, representation and service for original music composers, authors and publishers SACEM collects authors’ rights and redistributes the payments to the rights-holders SACEM promotes and supports original creative music in every different form. SACEM is a private entity; it is a non-trading company [“société civile”] directed by authors, composers and publishers.
Centre national de la musique
Created on January 1, 2020, the CNM is an organization designed to accompany and support the various stakeholders in the music sector, from artists and songwriters to labels, music publishers, concert promoters, venues, managers, sound engineers and retailers. The CNM is a public-private partnership, operating under the aegis of the French Ministry of Culture.