EDUCATIONAL GRANTS PROGRAM:
Awards grants to Dance Students and Professional Dancers admitted to further their dance education within the Ajkun Ballet Theatre Company (Full-Time Trainee Program) or in one of the associated programs: Performing in New York, New York Winter Festival, Dance in Italy, etc. Applicants must be 14 years and above at the time of the audition, citizens of a participating country, and have mastered a strong technique in ballet.
INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE GRANTS PROGRAM:
Awards fund supplements to a Professional's own funds towards expenses incurred in living abroad while pursuing studies in a Company's distinctive repertory. To be eligible applicants must be: accepted, but not employed by, an Internationally recognized European or United States Professional Company, have an extensive documented professional experience in the field, be 18 years and above and successfully partake in the audition process.
There are many Art Organizations and Corporations that have awarded matching funds to integrate grants made available to AjkunBT Fund's recipients. Please inquire in your Country of citizenship for details. Our office will gladly provide evidence in support of your application.
The selection is made on the basis of personal and professional qualifications identified through an AUDITION PROCESS. Other qualifications being equal, among same country's applicants, dancers in financial need receive preference. Financial need status must be supported by legal evidence provided at application time. Among other factors, selections are affected by:
- Extent to which the candidate will help to advance the aims of promoting mutual understanding among nations and professional dance knowledge in underprivileged areas;
- Ability of the supervising agencies or officers to arrange on-site selections (auditions);
- Ratio of the number of awards offered in a country to the number of applications received;
- Availability of funding made available to citizens of participating Country.
BEGINNING THE QUALIFICATION PROCESS:
Grants are given to qualifying applicants in the order applications are received, to the exhaustion of fund's availability for the year. All applications that reach our office from January 1st to December 20th will be considered for grants for the immediate following year, unless otherwise specified. You should begin an application as early as possible, but: - not earlier than three years prior your program's date; - at least by December 20th of the previous year of your program's date.
AUDITION - HOW TO APPLY:
All applicants must audition. You can elect to audition in person or by DVD at anytime of the year. Please visit our Audition Page for further information on audition dates and locations or how to audition by DVD. Please download and complete the Audition Form to submit your candidature.
All applicants will be notified electronically (via email) of the outcome of their audition within 30 days.
ABOUT THE FUND:
Enthused on The Mutual Education and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (Fulbright-Hayes), a cornerstone of United States public diplomacy and an integral component of foreign policy today, The AjkunBT Fund was conceived in the year 2000 as an entity of The Ajkun Ballet Theatre organization, a New York based 501 C3 governed by a Board of Directors, a Board of Advisors and a Board of Trustees. The Fund provides financial and professional nourishment to artists throughout the years, with primary focus to open the avenues of opportunity in the professional world of dance, allowing cultural exchanges meant to strengthen relationships, understanding and communication with other countries, education about other cultures, and aiming to enhance appreciation and trust as valuable skills for living in a global community. The Fund receives financial support from Goverments (or Gov. Agencies), Dance Universities, Schools, Companies, Competitions, Private Patrons and/or Corporate Sponsorships contributing to any Talent or specifically addressed to an Artist or Country of interest. Fifteen countries participate every year, in a country rotating system that provides equal opportunities to qualifying applicants, and dancers from all continents are financially assisted to broaden their studies and experiences. The AjkunBT Fund also offers funding programs for Choreographers and Companies.
LIST OF PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES:Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea South, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, and the United States of America.
AjkunBT Fund - Dancers
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Hundreds of young dancers have benefited from grants thanks to the amazing contributors to the Fund.
PLEASE HELP US MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
We believe that every young person should have an equal opportunity to obtain an higher education and that such education is an investment in a better world. That is: opportunities are not always available. Please consider donating, in any amount you wish, to the Art of Dance and the Next Generation of Talent.
Nurturing the quality, talent and diversity in Dancers since the year 2000.
Awarding an average of US$130,000.00 a year in grants to Dance Students and Professional Dancers.
If you wish to Contribute to the AjkunBT Fund for a Dancer, please visit the Dancer's Ring.