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Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) Program

After the grants of the 2021-2022 fiscal year have been awarded, we will be discontinuing this grant program.


This program is designed to provide financial assistance to non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences. PAJ Touring Grants help present Japanese performing arts at multiple locations in the U.S. and Canada, with an emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas. PAJ Collaboration Grants help Japanese and American/Canadian artists develop a new work, which will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to American/Canadian audiences. The grants are made to non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada only.

Past Grantee Highlights


To date, PAJ has funded 317 projects (including 158 touring, 149 collaborative, and 10 special projects) of Japanese performing arts in both traditional and contemporary art forms. In the 2021-2022 fiscal year, 6 projects (4 touring and 2 collaborative) are to be funded under the program, for a total amount of USD 87,000 (please see the List of Awardees). PAJ is advised by an annually appointed panel composed of performing arts specialists from throughout North America and Japan.

2021-2022 PAJ Awardees
2020-2021 PAJ Awardees
2019-2020 PAJ Awardees
2018-2019 PAJ Awardees
2017-2018 PAJ Awardees
2016-2017 PAJ Awardees
2015-2016 PAJ Awardees
2014-2015 PAJ Awardees
2013-2014 PAJ Awardees
2012-2013 PAJ Awardees
2011-2012 PAJ Awardees
2010-2011 PAJ Awardees
2009-2010 PAJ Awardees
2008-2009 PAJ Awardees
2007-2008 PAJ Awardees
2006-2007 PAJ Awardees
2005-2006 PAJ Awardees
2004-2005 PAJ Awardees
2003-2004 PAJ Awardees