East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) supports the
development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre)
in 18 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Apply now: CEC Artslink Independent Projects award


Submissions are open for the next Independent Projects awards. The deadline is on December 5, 2017 for projects taking place between May 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019.

ArtsLink accepts applications from contemporary and traditional creative artists working in the performing, design, media, literary and visual arts and arts managers at independent, non-profit and government organizations working in these artistic disciplines. Arts managers must be affiliated with an organization in the non-commercial sector. Artists seeking to work with commercial firms are ineligible. Applicants must be citizens of, and currently reside in, an eligible country. If you are living outside the region temporarily, contact ArtsLink staff to determine your eligibility. Independent Projects awards must include international travel to the US.

There are no age limitations; however, students and non-professionals are ineligible. In addition, projects focusing solely on research, post production or the production of an audio recording are not eligible. Projects involving performances, touring or participation in performing arts festivals can be supported by ArtsLink only if this activity is a component of a more comprehensive proposed project. Panelists will evaluate the quality of the project by assessing the potential for interactive dialogue.

Some examples of eligible Independent Projects for performing arts and literature are:

  • An Estonian sculptor collaborating with a non-profit arts organization in the US to create a permanent environmental sculpture on the grounds of their sculpture park;
  • A Syrian dramaturge and playwright collaborating with a US university theater to translate and direct a play and give workshops;
  • A group of Siberian musicians giving concerts, master classes and workshops at schools and community centers in Massachusetts and New York;
  • The collaboration between two Israeli dancers and an American dance company to create and tour new dance work;
  • An Afghan filmmaker researching and shooting a documentary film about a US contemporary artist.

More information and details on how to apply available here.