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Japan Arts Council

4-1 Hayabusa-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo JAPAN 102-8656
Phone: +81 3 3265 7411
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Japan Arts Council 
    The Japan Arts Council was founded in March of 1990 based on a commitment by the Committee for the Promotion of Funding for the Arts, formed by leaders of Japan’s financial and cultural worlds in December of 1988, to actively raise funds for support of the arts. The Council’s mission is to provide stable, ongoing support for the creative activities and efforts to promote the arts by artists and arts organizations as well as other activities aimed at popularizing the arts. With an endowment of ¥54.1 billion from the government and ¥12.1 billion from the private sector, for a total of ¥65.3 billion ($614 million), the Council supports activities in the arts as an independent public agency.

    The Council provides grants in four main areas: “Activities for the Development and Spread of Performing Arts,” “Film Production Activities,” “Activities for the Promotion of Regional Arts and Culture” and “Projects for the Promotion of Performing Arts. ” As a rule, applications for grants are solicited on an open basis once a year (in the year prior to the project, and twice a year in the case of movie projects). For 2008, an overall total of 773 applications were received and a total of ¥1.649 billion in grants were allocated.

    For the category of “Activities for the Development and Spread of Performing Arts” covering the field of music, theater and dance, grant applications are solicited each November. In 2008 a total of 1,065 applications were received and ¥996 in grants were allocated for the 362 proposals accepted. In the category of “Projects for the Promotion of Performing Arts” that seeks to encourage higher levels artistic achievement in the performing arts, a total of 474 grant applications were received for 2008. Based on these applications, funding was granted to six applicants in the field of music (out of 120 applicants), 20 in theater (out of 298), eight in dance (out of 56) and the total amount of these grants was ¥197 million. The majority of these grants are to support the activities of arts festivals and nationwide tours by artists and companies (with international festivals including the 24th “Tokyo Summer” Festival 2008, the 10th Anniversary Music Festival Argerich’s Meeting Point in Beppu 2008, the Kusatsu Music Academy & Festival, Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto, etc.). Grants are not given to overseas applicants or for inviting foreign artists to perform in Japan, however, in some cases collaborative projects between Japanese domestic arts organizations or companies and foreign artists may be eligible for grants.

    Grant recipient selections are made by a proud Administrative Committee of thirteen dignitaries with a high level of insight and appreciation in the arts and culture (Chair: Bin Ebisawa), subcommittees for each of the grant departments and specialized committees (90 members in all).

    Activities eligible for grants include the following:

1. Activities for artistic creation or efforts to promote the arts by artists and arts organizations
* Performance activities for orchestra, opera, chorus, chamber music, ballet, contemporary dance, theater, etc.
* Performance activities for the traditional arts of Bunraku, Kabuki, Noh, Hogaku (traditional Japanese music), traditional Japanese dance and other traditional performance arts (comedy, dance, etc.)
* Art exhibition activities
* Film production activities
* Activities not limited to a specific art genre and innovative creative activities by artists

2. Activities for the Promotion of Regional Arts and Culture
* Performance or exhibition activities, etc., at regional public culture halls, museums, etc.
* Activities for the preservation or use of cultural assets such as historical towns, buildings and streets with historical value
* Activities for the preservation or use of folk arts/crafts and other cultural assets

3. Activities by organizations for the development and spread of arts and culture other than those mentioned in 1 and 2 above
* Performance of exhibition activities, etc., by amateur companies or organizations
* Activities to revive and pass on culturally valuable craft skills and skills for the preservation of cultural assets, and preservation activities for cultural assets