Global Mobility Resources & Networks, located outside the U.S
Global Mobility Resources & Networks, located outside the U.S
This information was assembled prior to the onset of the COVID-19 global health crisis. Many organizations have shifted to meet new demands, and most in-person convenings have been cancelled or postponed for 2020.
This list does not include organizations or government programs focused on a single nation’s import/export hubs such as Goethe House (Germany), Alliance Française (France), etc. which are also valuable resources.
Arab Fund for Arts & Culture
The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) was established in 2007 as an independent initiative that funds individuals and organizations in the fields of cinema, performing arts, literature, music and visual arts while facilitating cultural exchange, research and cooperation across the Arab world and globally. (English/Arabic)
Art Moves Africa
AMA has offered travel funds to artists, arts professionals and cultural operators living and working in Africa to travel within the African continent in order to engage in the exchange of information, the enhancement of skills, the development of informal networks, and the pursuit of cooperation. Future activity is dependent on new/renewed funding from outside sources, but the website is a good source of information. (French/English)
Asia Europe Foundation: Culture 360
ASEF culture360 is designed to stimulate cultural engagement and enhance mutual understanding between Asia and Europe by providing relevant information through weekly updates on news, events, opportunities and resources. It also features a magazine with in-depth articles, interviews and profiles, and social media tools to enable online networking between individuals, as well as organizations across the ASEM region. With On The Move, (also featured later in this document) it publishes Asian-European Mobility Guides https://culture360.asef.org/resources/mobility-funding-guides-international-cultural-exchange-asia-and-europe/
Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres (AAPPAC)
A network of 73 members from over 20 countries. “The dialogue between members and representatives facilitates exchanges in information on programs, training opportunities, marketing and management initiatives, as well as technical issues. Having access to key decision makers of major performing arts centers in the Asia-Pacific, members are in touch with the latest developments in the arts scene and are presented with numerous opportunities for networking and discourse.”
The Latin American Center for Theater Creation and Research is an Institute of the Performing Arts, founded in Venezuela and now based in Argentina, to serve as a communication hub between the theater makers of Latin America, Spain and Portugal, while also serving as a home for research, training, promotion and dissemination of Latin American performing arts in the world. Its activities are centered on Training and Creativity, based in Argentina, Promotion and Dissemination, based in Spain, and Research and Publications, based in Venezuela. (Spanish only)
Culture Funding Watch
A central hub serving for capacity building, shared information, resources, and research to support and finance the cultural sector in the MENA region and increasingly in the African continent. (French)
European Festivals Association (EFA)
The European Festivals Association is the umbrella organization for festivals across Europe and beyond. The network represents about 100 music, dance, theatre and multidisciplinary festivals, national festival associations and cultural organizations from 40 countries.
European Cultural Foundation
Advocacy, grants, research & development, online library, moderated forums, etc. ‘We strive for an open, democratic and inclusive Europe within which culture is a valued and key contributor. We support and connect cultural change-makers whose work contributes to an ongoing cross-sector debate on Europe and Europe’s place in the world.”
Forum of World Music Festivals
Global network intended for information sharing; member directory inclusive of 50+ festivals with dates and links.
IBERESCENA (Fondo de Ayudas para las Artes Escénicas Iberoamericanas) is an Ibero-American Cooperation Program for the Performing Arts to further and support performing arts professionals through a variety of initiatives from 14 member countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. (Spanish/Portuguese only)
IETM International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts
IETM is a membership organization which exists to stimulate the quality, development and contexts of contemporary performing arts in a global environment. Predominantly European, more than 500 member organizations from around 50 countries around the world are part of IETM.
ITI International Theatre Institute
A network aligned with UNESCO’s goals on culture, education and the arts, that focuses its endeavors on improving the status of all performing arts professions and with platforms for international exchange and for engagement in the education of the performing arts, for beginners and professionals alike, as well as using the performing arts for mutual understanding and peace. Site contains links to events, mobility news and opportunities, as well as a directory.
This 5-year initiative to support mobility throughout the Mediterranean basin, ended in 2018. The website includes information and resources that remain active. (English/ French/Arabic)
Music in Africa
Launched in 2015, Music In Africa is an important information and exchange web portal dedicated to the African music sector (artists, festivals, industry support, news, etc.). It also produces the annual ACCES conference (see following section for details).
Music Festival Wizard
Aimed at fans and ticket buyers who travel, this guide is focused on generally large and commercial music festivals in the Americas, UK, Europe, and Australia. They need to add the continent of Africa to the mix!
North Africa Cultural Mobility Map (NACMM)
A platform about residency and mobility initiatives and resources for artists, writers and researchers interested in travelling and developing projects from within North Africa (English/French/Arabic).
On the Move
Global resources for project funding, collaboration, jobs, general information. ‘Our mission is to encourage and facilitate cross-border mobility and cooperation, contributing to building up a vibrant and shared European cultural space that is strongly connected worldwide.’ Website includes links to Cultural Mobility International Funding Guides organized by global region http://on-the-move.org/funding/. (English/newsletter subscriptions available in French, Italian, German, and Spanish)
Res Artis: Worldwide Network of Arts Residencies is a network of arts residency operators from around the globe. Our network comprises more than 700 vetted members in over 85 countries. “We operate from three international offices: the Netherlands, Australia and Iran.”
A program of Dutch Culture, this site combines and shares knowledge and experience on artist-in-programs and other international opportunities for creative professionals to temporarily stay and work elsewhere.
Culture and education opportunities, programs and grants, are available to citizens of host countries, when engaged with U.S. citizens or organizations. Visit the web site of your country’s U.S. Embassy for country-specific information and contacts.