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OnStage Korea 2020 Open Call

Open Call for Performing Artists

Application Deadline: Friday, September 6, 2019

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. is hosting its third annual OnStage Korea Open Call, inviting exceptional Korean and Korea-themed performing artists worldwide to showcase their talent in the Capital region during the program’s upcoming 2020 Season. Applications are due by Friday, September 6.

The KCC seeks to give original artists and groups the opportunity to perform for the American public through this open call for OnStage Korea’s 2020 Season. The OnStage Korea program fosters cultural exchange and enhances the visibility of excellent, creative Korean performing arts and artists, presented at venues across the Washington, D.C. Capital region.

For more information and full details, see below. For questions, contact program coordinator Hyemee Baik at (202) 587-6152 or 2020onstagekorea@gmail.com. 
Performance Season & Venues

The 2020 performance season extends from January to December. A total of four performances are planned for this season. Venues will be major performing arts centers in the Washington, D.C. region, determined based on the type and size of the performance.


There are no broad restrictions based on nationality, age, or performance genre/type, however applicants must meet at least one of the following conditions.

Be an individual artist, group, or non-profit arts organization that can present a live performance related to Korean culture or arts or a Korean cultural theme
● Be an individual artist, group, or non-profit arts organization for which at least one performer is Korean or Korean American

Applicants should also note the following terms and exceptions: 

 Performance running time should be between 50 and 90 minutes. Artists applying for a single performance project or as a temporary/project-based group are still eligible to apply (as well as established, regular artists and groups). Performances that aim to raise funds are not eligible.
 Artists who were selected for participation in the 2018 or 2019 OnStage Korea seasons are NOT eligible to re-apply for 2020, and are ineligible for a period of two years following their year of participation.

Performing Arts Categories/Genres

● Dance: Modern, Traditional, Korean, Ballet, Jazz, etc.
● Music: Classical, Opera, Korean Traditional, Jazz, Vocal, World Music, etc.
● Other Genres: Traditional Folk Performance, Non-verbal Performance, Puppetry, Mime, etc.

Support Provided

● Performance venue (for a one-time event)

● Stage technical production (sound, lighting, stage crew, etc.)

● Nominal artist fees (dependent on selection placement)

● Local Transportation (between the airport, hotel, venue, and KCC, as needed)- Artist Insurance (if required by the venue)

● Promotional (posters, postcards, brochure, photos, video, online, social media, etc.) 

※ The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. does not provide for or cover the following potential expenses: airfare, accommodations, daily living expenses, meals, per diem allowance, additional rehearsal space rental fees, application fees and/or materials, travel visas, or other related expenses not listed above under Support Provided.

Application Schedule

 Application Period: July 15 – September 6, 2019
 Application Deadline: Friday, September 6, 2019 at 5:00 PM (EST)
 Review Period: September – October, 2019
 Final Selections and Notification of Results: October, 2019 (selected artists and groups will be contacted directly)

Application Evaluation Method

Applications will be evaluated by a panel of performing arts professionals and experts based on criteria from the Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. The evaluation will be based solely on the application contents and any supporting materials submitted.

Application Documents

● Completion of both the English & Korean online application forms (below)
Optional supporting documents or media (e.g. resumes, photos, past performance recordings, etc.)

 Large format supporting documentation and media (such as video/audio recordings) should be uploaded to a website of your choice, links to which can be entered when completing your online application. Text can be entered in the form when you complete your application. Any documents and materials submitted as part of an application will not be returned. Applicants may be disqualified at any point if any information in their application is found to be false, misleading, or incorrect, or if terms of this guideline document are not adhered to.

How to Apply

Access the application forms and complete at the links below. Or, find complete information on the KCC website at www.KoreaCultureDC.org under “Performing Arts.”

Contact Information

Email: 2020onstagekorea@gmail.com

Phone: 202-587-6152