Cultural Exchange Fund -- International Travel Subsidy Program

Funding Agency:
Association of Performing Arts Presenters

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. 

Deadlines: April 30, 2019; Oct. 30, 2019

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

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. APAP also highly encourages Group Applications, and provides the Lead Partner Organization (i.e. the APAP member submitting the application on behalf of the group) with extra funds to offset the additional time and investment required to organize the trip.



Amount Description

The Cultural Exchange Fund operates on three year cycle. Stipends of up to $2,000 can be awarded to individuals and up to $10,000 for groups.

Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Community Outreach and Engagement
International Opportunities

External Deadline

October 30, 2019