International Spirit Concert Program (ISCP): Request for Proposals


$10,000 to $12,000


Feb 14, 2020 - 11:59 pm









The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) will offer 15 to 18 non-matching grants of $10,000 to $12,000 each to local nonprofit organizations that have relevant experience in hosting and/or producing free or low-costs outdoor concerts or performances. Proposed performances will be staged between July 2020 and June 2021, ideally with at least one presentation in each of the City’s 15 council districts.


Local applicant organizations must have at least 3 years of prior experience in producing and presenting outdoor concerts or performances, and the most competitive applicants will demonstrate a knowledge of the special needs of selecting, supporting, and hosting international acts.


Proposed international artists must have passports from a country other than the United States, and should not currently reside in the U.S.


ISCP is not a source of support for:

  • long term residency activities related to any university or college,
  • sabbaticals or study trips, or
  • travel for youth or youth projects.



The cumulative objective of multiple years of ISCP programming is to build relationships and readiness for LA to welcome the global community in 2028. This will be accomplished by preparing local vendors to stage high-quality international events in many neighborhoods and communities; and by helping a broad set of international artists to build relationships and audiences.


An ancillary goal of the ISCP is to foster relationships between nonprofit presenters and foreign consulate offices in Los Angeles, California, and/or elsewhere in the USA..


This collaboration may be:

  1. recommending culturally significant, award-winning artist/ensemble for consideration;
  2. promoting the swift and smooth processing of VISAs for selected performing artists/ensembles;
  3. supporting the costs of airfares, hotels, homestay, or per-diems for scheduled artists/ensembles; and/or
  4. co-promoting and attending International Spirit concerts.



DCA encourages proposals from qualified nonprofit agencies who have already built, or wish to begin building international relationships through LA’s Consular Corps, the second largest Consular Corps in the USA, with a dual emphasis on:


  1. countries with large populations of expatriates now residing in the LA region, significant trade relationships, or Sister Cities relationships in the LA region; or
  2. countries which hope to send significant numbers of athletes to LA for the 2028 Summer Games and Paralympic Games.


ISCP grants are intended to support fees for solo artists, duos, or small ensembles to reimburse themselves for time, travel, food, and other expenses not covered by partners. During their approximate 3 to 4 days stay in Los Angeles, global artists will network, rehearse, and perform. Grants of $10,000 will support one performance (staged within a larger festival or series), and grants of $12,000 will support one performance (staged within a larger festival or series) followed by a “master class” wherein the visiting artist(s) will teach, train, or lecture about her/his/their craft and the larger context of her/his/their cultural heritage.


Master classes may take place anywhere in Los Angeles with the capacity for 40 or more participants. Host venues/partners may be: schools, colleges, universities, cultural centers, music/instrument stores, performing arts unions or associations, or other appropriate agencies; but in all instances, master classes should be open for public RSVP and not limited to pre-selected students, members, or groups.


ISCP grants do not require a full one-to-one match; however each applicant organization in communication or collaboration with a consulate office may facilitate the creation of travel documents and support travel plans, and/or underwrite hospitality expenses at a value of $2,000 to $5,000 for each visiting act.



Applicants should be:

  1. 501c3 organizations
  2. Organizations with a mission statement to foster the performing arts
  3. Organizations with 3 or more years of experience producing and presenting outdoor events (concerts, festivals, art walks, fairs/markets, …)
  4. Organizations with their own host venues or past/ongoing relationships with collaborating host venues/sites/festivals
  5. Organizations who can name 4 or more countries with which they wish to invite exchange and knowledge of the foreign consulate offices or cultural facilitators associated with those countries
  6. Organizations that can provide names, biographies, and current artistic sample materials for either four recently-presented musical acts which represent “award-winning” quality and cultural significance to LA audiences, or four proposed visiting artists from the four or more target countries (listed in #5 above).


Applicants may apply to present performances in up to four City Council Districts. For each district, your application must designate a matching set of proposed venues or festivals in which the proposed concerts will be embedded. The supplemental “master classes” may take place anywhere in Los Angeles and do not need to be in the same district as the proposed concert activities. Master class locations do not need to be named in the DCA proposal.


Proposal & Project Timelines

ISCP Application form will be available online January 2020

ISCP Application due February 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

ISCP Certification Statements postmark deadline February 21, 2020

Applications are scored and ranked for funding March 2020

Program budget determined by City Hall April 2020

Notification letters send to applicants May-June 2020

City contracting May-June 2020

ISCP performances July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021



General questions about the application or program can be sent to:


Cultural Grant Program

Department of Cultural Affairs

201 North Figueroa Street, Suite 1400

Los Angeles, CA  90012

ATTN:  ISCP Peer Panel


Instructions and Application Forms

Complete guidelines and instructions available here.

The International Spirit Concert Program application and instructions can be found by visiting:




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