FAQ International Program

  1. How do artists get to tour through NPN’s International Program?
  2. I’m a U.S. artist:  How do I find out about opportunities and strategies to take my work to Latin American and the Caribbean, Korea, or Japan?
  3. How are curators selected?  How can I serve as a curator?
  4. What are the responsibilities of International Program curators?
  5. What support/subsidy is offered to curators?
  6. What tour support and financial subsidy is offered to artists?
  7. What is the Creative Exchange, and how is that different from touring?
  8. Can I travel with the curatorial team on curatorial trips, even if I’m not a curator?
  9. Can I participate in presenting on an upcoming tour, even if I’m not a current curator or NPN Partner organization?
  10. Our organization is interested in presenting international artists, but until now we have never done so. What are NPN’s goals in international presenting and what kind of support does NPN have?

 

1. How do artists get to tour through NPN’s International Program?

NPN International Program supports artistic exchange in the performing arts through the Performing Americas Program in partnership with La RED, which represents presenters and artists from Latin America and the Caribbean; and Asia Projects, which has two partners:  In the U.S./Korea Connection, NPN is a partner with Korea Arts Management Services (KAMS).  In the U.S./Japan Connection, NPN is a partner with the Japan Contemporary Dance Network (JCDN).

Current International Program curators, from either the Performing Americas Program or Asia Projects, select touring performing artists that they will present in their communities. The U.S. curators, who are from among the NPN Partners, select artists from Latin America and the Caribbean, Korea, or Japan to present.  Curators from the partner networks select U.S. artists to tour to their respective countries.
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2. I’m a U.S. artist: How do I find out about opportunities and strategies to take my work to Latin American and the Caribbean, Korea, or Japan?

Each of our partner networks has its distinct structures and presenting systems.  Most often, it is necessary to contact an individual presenter directly to inquire about specific opportunities for your work to be shown.  The best way to tour work internationally is through individual contacts, research and talking to other artists.  Below are the respective websites for each of NPN’s partner networks.  If you would like to find out more information on a specific city, region, or country, you can visit the partner network website.

NPN invites representative from each of our partner networks to its Annual Meeting.  If you are coming to the NPN/VAN Annual Meeting, look for the “Idea Forums” that include these international partners to find out more about the opportunities in their respective regions.

If you are a performing artist who would like to tour abroad, link here to a list of resources that may help you find additional support.
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3. How are curators selected? How can I serve as a curator?

Curators must be staff from member organizations in one of the International Program’s participating networks: NPN, La RED (Network of Cultural Promoters of Latin American and the Caribbean), KAMS (Korean Arts Management Service Affiliates) and JCDN (Japan Contemporary Dance Network).

Each year, NPN makes an open call to all NPN Partners to participate.  Curators from partner networks are selected internally by each network’s executive committee.  If you are an NPN Partner interested in serving as an International Program curator, please contact Renata Petroni for Asia Projects or Elizabeth Doud for the Performing Americas Program.
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4. What are the responsibilities of International Program curators?

International Program curators act as liaisons between the International Program’s partner networks and their own organization and communities. The curators travel to the others’ regions to see live performances, usually at festivals.

Curators are expected to:

  • Serve for a period of two years
  • Travel to international meetings and festivals hosted by partner networks
  • Attend and participate in International Program meetings at the NPN/VAN Annual Meeting
  • Share information on U.S. artists with presenters from International Program partner networks
  • Actively research and pursue artists from the countries or regions of the International Program partner networks
  • Select, program, and present at least one International Program artist in coordination with other program curators
  • Cover costs of lodging, per diem and local production expenses for the artist/company that is presented

Currently, Performing Americas curators travel twice a year, i.e. U.S. curators take two trips to Latin America and the Caribbean, and La RED curators take two trips to the United States.

NPN’s Asia Exchange has one group of U.S. curators who will travel to Korea and Japan in October 2012, and then will have a second trip to Japan during 2013.  Our Korean partner KAMS will be sending its curators to the NPN/VAN Annual Meeting in December 2012.  The Japanese curators from JCDN will also attend the Annual Meeting and make a second trip to the U.S. in 2013.

Additionally, the curators act as advocates for International Program within NPN so as to assist with:  a) information sharing with other NPN Partners about potential upcoming tours and b) refining of best practices for the current programs.
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5. What support/subsidy is offered to curators?

If you are a current curator for any International Program artist tour, you will automatically receive a subsidy for a percentage of the following presenting costs:  artist fees, administrative fees, international and domestic airfare, and visa processing.

If you are not a current curator, but would like to present a performing artist/company as part of an International Program tour, you will not receive NPN subsidy support, but you will benefit from cost sharing for international flights and visas.

Additionally, NPN staff will provide tour coordination support and assistance with the visa petition processing.
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6. What tour support and financial subsidy is offered to artists?

Artists selected to tour as part of an International Program tour receive an artist fee at the standard NPN weekly rate for a performance residency, which also includes a weekly administrative fee and per diems.  In addition, the costs for hotel, and international and domestic airfares will be covered.   The cost of a U.S. visa will be covered for international artists traveling to the U.S., while any local visa costs incurred at an embassy or consulate will be covered by the artists from the administrative fee they will receive.  U.S.-based artists traveling abroad will pay their own visa costs, if any, out of the administrative fee they receive from an NPN subsidy.

NPN supports companies of up to six members.  Costs for any additional company members, including fees, per diems, hotel, international and domestic airfares, will be covered at 100% by the presenters.
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7. What is the Creative Exchange and how is that different from touring?

The Creative Exchange is an initiative that aims to support both U.S. and non-U.S. artists who want to conduct long-term creative residencies at one host site.  The typical residency is three to five weeks long, and the maximum number of people traveling is two artists.  The Creative Exchange is not intended to support touring. However, it is flexible in design and some of the activities it supports include research and development of new work, teaching in a non-university environment, community projects, and guest artist collaborations.

The Creative Exchange holds an open call for applications from artists and hosts, and RFP’s are sent out typically in January of each year.  Currently, the Creative Exchange is only available through the Performing Americas Program.  For more information on the Creative Exchange, read further.
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8. Can I travel with the curatorial team on curatorial trips, even if I’m not a curator?

Yes!  Anyone interested in joining the curatorial trips may accompany the group.  While NPN cannot subsidize travel costs for non-curators, we often are able to obtain hotel and admissions discounts with our hosts abroad.  For information on upcoming travel, contact Renata Petroni for Asia Projects or Elizabeth Doud for Performing Americas.
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9. Can I participate in presenting an international artist on an upcoming tour, even if I’m not a current curator or NPN Partner organization?

Yes.  NPN believes it is important to leverage International Program support and visibility by expanding tours to other presenters within and outside the NPN Network.  This spreads the impact of the program, further supports our visiting artists and increases capacity for all participating presenters.

If you are not a current curator or an NPN Partner, but would like to present an artist as part of an International Program tour, you will not necessarily receive subsidy support, but you will benefit from cost sharing for flights and visas, and from the coordination services that NPN provides.
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10. Our organization is interested in presenting international artists, but until now we have never done so. What are NPN’s goals in international presenting and what kind of support does NPN have?

One of the goals of NPN’s International Program is to build and support capacity and best practices for presenting international work.  If you have a concern about the relevance of presenting an international artist, or fiscal and staffing capacity to present a specific production, contact NPN staff to discuss available subsidy and peer organizational mentorship.

We encourage NPN Partners with little or no experience in international presenting to join our curatorial teams so that we expand the impact of our programs, help build capacity among all NPN Partners, and share knowledge through peer support.
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The U.S./Korea Connection is funded in part by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Korea Arts Management Service.


U.S/Japan Connection is funded in part by the Center for Global Partnerships, a Division of the Japan Foundation, the U.S./Japan Cultural Trade Network, and by the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission.





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