University of Southern California


Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): FY 2017 Creative Arts Exchange

Slots:                                                     1. One institution can submit one proposal only for any of the four themes listed below. It is not one proposal per theme.                

Internal Deadline:                           Contact the Office of Research if interested.

LOI:                                                        Not mentioned in proposal.

External Deadline:                          April 10, 2017

Award Information:                        Type:  Cooperative Agreement

Estimated Number of Awards: 4

Anticipated Amount: $5,430,000 to be divided between 4 awards (see breakdown below).

Cost Sharing:                                     There is no minimum or maximum percentage required for this competition. However, the Bureau encourages applicants to provide maximum levels of cost sharing and funding in support of its programs.

When cost sharing is offered, it is understood and agreed that the applicant must provide the amount of cost sharing as stipulated in its proposal and later included in an approved agreement. Cost sharing may be in the form of allowable direct or indirect costs. For accountability, you must maintain written records to support all costs which are claimed as your contribution, as well as costs to be paid by the Federal government. Such records are subject to audit. The basis for determining the value of cash and in-kind contributions must be in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget’s Circular 2 CFR Parts 200 and 600, entitled the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. In the event you do not provide the minimum amount of cost sharing as stipulated in the approved budget, ECA’s contribution will be reduced in like proportion.

 Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit:

 Link to Award:                                  FY17 CAE NOFO 

Who May Serve as PI:                    Applications may be submitted by U.S. public and private non-profit organizations meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c)(3).


The goals of the Creative Arts Exchange are to:

There are four themes:

Theme One: Dance (DanceMotion USA) — The Bureau intends to award one Cooperative Agreement for approximately $900,000, pending the availability of FY 2017 funds, to fund the FY2017 cycle of DanceMotion USA that links U.S. communities with communities abroad through innovative, dance-facilitated exchange projects that engage youth and build resilient communities while addressing topics of shared interest. The FY2017 program will coordinate six to eight dance and/or choreography exchange projects that will provide U.S. and foreign dance companies and/or educational institutions the resources to develop new models for sustainable international collaborations involving local communities. FY17 CAE POGI DanceMotion

 Theme Two: Film (American Film Showcase)

The Bureau intends to award one Cooperative Agreement for approximately $1,750,000, pending the availability of FY 2017 funds, to fund the FY2017 American Film Showcase program that showcases American cinematic media arts such as documentary, animated and feature films, television programs, gaming and digital content and will organize a touring program overseas  featuring a collection of approximately 50-60 award-winning feature length and short documentaries, 5-10 independent narrative films, and 5-10 television and web-based episodic programs relating to strategic priority themes. Overall, the program will send overseas approximately 70-90 envoys (to include, but not limited to experts such as writers, producers, directors, editors, cinematographers, entertainment lawyers) to screen and discuss the films and to conduct public workshops, lecture-demonstrations, master classes, and public outreach activities on filmmaking, writing, animation, digital technology, and emergent media. The film and related educational programs will demonstrate and further the Department’s message of international understanding, cultural exchange and mutual respect. AFS programs are designed to showcase American expertise in cinematic and media arts field and promote awareness, dialogue and engagement around relevant foreign policy priorities. The program will also invite emerging filmmakers and producers to the U.S. for intensive workshops and industry engagement. FY17 CAE POGI AFS

Theme Three: Music (American Music Abroad)

The Bureau intends to award one Cooperative Agreement for approximately $1,340,000, pending the availability of FY 2017 funds, to fund the FY2017 season of American Music Abroad (AMA). AMA showcases the excellence and diversity of America and American music to audiences with little or no exposure to American cultural performances in a way that supports the foreign policy objectives of U.S. embassies. The program will tour approximately 10-15 American musical ensembles of three to five musicians (approximately 45-60 participants) specializing in a wide variety of traditional U.S. musical forms, selected through open, U.S.-wide auditions, to approximately one-three countries each. Countries will be those of importance to the Department of State’s public diplomacy mission to build mutual understanding in the following world regions: the Middle East/ North Africa (NEA), East Asia and the Pacific (EAP), Africa (AF), South and Central Asia (SCA), Europe and Eurasia (EUR), and/or Western Hemisphere (WHA). The AMA program is designed to reach a range of foreign audiences, including but not limited to fellow musicians, underserved populations and youth, through concerts, collaborations, workshops, master classes, and jam sessions, and encourage sustained relationships and collaboration through post-tour follow-on activities. During the two-three week tours, AMA ensembles will work with international musicians to create a collaborative project in each country, which will demonstrate and further the Department’s message of international understanding, cultural exchange, and mutual respect. FY17 CAE POGI AMA

 Theme Four: Music (OneBeat)
The Bureau intends to award one Cooperative Agreement for approximately $1,440,000, pending the availability of FY 2017 funds, to fund the FY2017 cycle of OneBeat to support two U.S.-based month-long programs consisting of a residency and tour. During the residencies, participants will form small collaborative ensembles that improvise across genres, compose original work, record, and prepare for performances and educational/professional workshops that support themes such as, but not limited to entrepreneurism, creative economies, youth and women’s empowerment. The groups will then tour to diverse cities within the United States to perform and partner with community-based organizations to conduct creative workshops with local youth. Selected cities should represent a diversity of size and geography. In addition to the U.S.- based exchange, the FY2017 program will develop approximately two overseas programs that complement the U.S. OneBeat model in countr(ies) determined by ECA. The overseas program will support ECA’s efforts to engage program alumni to promote creative economies and civil society by encouraging creative leaders to connect and develop innovative ideas to foster peaceful and integrated societies. The number of participants funded by the FY2017 award will be approximately 60 international participants and 20 American participants. FY17 CAE POGI OneBeat