Performing Arts Discovery — an International Showcase Opportunity (US)
Applications for Performing Arts Disovery (PAD) are now open. PAD is an international showcase opportunity for U.S.-based performing artists who are ready to tour internationally.
The purpose of the PAD program is to introduce international presenters to U.S. performing artists and companies, thereby reducing barriers for American artists overseas. The primary objective for 2021 is the creation of 30 professionally-produced live performance videos for international markets.
Applications are open to music, dance, and theatre artists/ensembles with a demonstrated capacity to tour internationally.
Performing Arts Discovery (PAD) is a program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). PAD is managed by WAA on behalf of the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations (RAOs). The NEA launched PAD in 2015 to promote U.S. artists to international programmers, festival directors, and venue managers.
The purpose of the PAD program is to introduce international presenters to U.S. performing artists and companies, thereby reducing barriers for American artists overseas.
Artists/ensembles accepted into the PAD program — PAD Delegates — receive support from their expert video production team to create a professionally-produced live performance video which will be promoted and showcased on a virtual cloud-based platform for international markets.
There is no application fee for PAD.
Performing artists from all traditional, classical, contemporary, and culturally specific art forms are eligible to apply.
Be US-based professional performing artists;
Be US citizens or have permanent resident status;
Be planning to tour work within the coming three years; and
Submit a complete online form by the posted deadline.
BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ artists are encouraged to apply.
Those selected to showcase must:
Be available to record and work with the showcase production team March 15, 2022 – May 15, 2022.
Coordinate with the production team to receive and return rented recording equipment.
Agree to provide additional recording equipment and instruments at own expense.
Be responsible for all necessary licenses and permissions to perform, promote, broadcast, transmit, and/or display all elements of their performance, including without limitation elements protected by copyright, trademark, patent, rights of privacy, rights of publicity, trade secret, and contract.
Be responsible for any costs and arrangements related to the rental of recording space, travel, and lodging for the recording session.
For more information, visit https://www.westarts.org/pad-2021