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Seven acrobats can be seen on a platform. Audience can be viewed in the background on the floor. A man stands in the middle of the platform. He is holding a female acrobat aloft from each arm. Two other man stand under each woman looking up at them. Photo by Benton Palermo.

Slippery Rock University presented Gravity & Other Myths in 2016 with support from MAAF’s Mid Atlantic Tours program. Photo: Benton Palermo.

Mid Atlantic Tours is a curated roster program of performing artists and ensembles chosen to tour throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Subsidy is provided directly to presenters engaging artists from the roster for performances. The roster of artists changes annually but maintains a programmatic commitment to a diversity of performance genres, international cultural exchange, and engaging communities underserved by the arts.

The annual artist roster is selected through a staff-curated process led by MAAF Program Officer, Performing Arts, with input from mid-Atlantic presenters through an annual survey. Criteria considered in the selection process include artists or ensembles that appeal to a wide-range of presenters within the mid-Atlantic region, artist affordability and technical requirements, and strong artist representation.

The discipline specific categories for the roster include dance, music, and theater, as well as a rotating category that changes annually to address different disciplines, genres, or special opportunities.

There is no application process for artists to be part of the Mid Atlantic Tours roster. Presenters interested in learning more about the booking and funding process should refer to the Booking Guidelines and Artist Roster tabs under this program.

The 2019-2020 touring roster and booking guidelines will be announced in Fall 2018.

Questions regarding Mid Atlantic Tours should be directed to Haowen Wang, Program Officer, Performing Arts, at haowen@midatlanticarts.org.

Mid Atlantic Tours is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program with additional funding provided by  the Delaware Division of the Arts.

2019-2020 Booking Roster

The 2019-2020 touring roster and booking guidelines will be announced in Fall 2018.

Booking Guidelines

The booking deadline Mid Atlantic Tours was Friday, March 2, 2018 for projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

To learn more about the program and eligibility requirements, please see the program guidelines below. Guidelines are for information purposes only.

For your convenience, guidelines are available in both PDF and Word formats below.

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The 2019-2020 touring roster and booking guidelines will be announced in Fall 2018.

Current Tours

2018-2019 Mid Atlantic Tours

All schedules are subject to change. Please check with the performance venue to confirm dates and times, and for ticket information.

CHORAL MUSIC

Man stands in foreground with arms raised. Choir stands in back against a bright yellow and purple background.

Photo: Courtesy of the Artist

The Crossing (Donald Nally, Conductor) (PA)
Website: www.crossingchoir.com
Media: www.youtube.com/watch?v=AV-yxjn2A9E

Winner of the 2018 GRAMMY Award for best choral performance, The Crossing is a professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to new music. Highly sought-after by contemporary composers, The Crossing has premiered dozens of works by the elite of contemporary composers.

9/29/2018 Montclair State University – Peak Performances, Montclair, NJ
2/6/2019 Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
2/7/2019 Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
2/8/2019 Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

 

CONTEMPORARY CHAMBER MUSIC

Photo is three separate close up shots of artists. Three men. Shots on the left and right are men looking at the camera. Artistsin the middles is singing into the microphone with an arm raised.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

M is Black Enough (NYC)
Website: visionintoart.com/projects/m-is-black-enough
Media: vimeo.com/165642076

M is Black Enough (aka Miyamoto is Black Enough) is a band and collaborative evening-length concert consisting of composer/percussionist Andy Akiho, poet/spoken-word artist Roger Bonair-Agard, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, and drummer Sean Dixon. A contemporary band of hard driving rhythms and biting social commentary, M is Black Enough aims to be complex and aggressive, and to involve all elements equally in a bold narrative about people, justice, struggle, joy, and celebration.

2/6/2019 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY
2/7-8/2019 West Virginia State University, Institute, WV
5/30-31/2019 Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
6/1/2019 Motor House, Baltimore, MD

 

DANCE

Man and a woman face each other through the set piece of an old house. Video of the artist is being projected on stage behind them. Photo credit: Tyler Silver.

Photo: Tyler Silver

Bridgman|Packer Dance (NYC)
Website: www.bridgmanpacker.org
Media: vimeo.com/179381670

Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer’s innovative “Video Partnering” work  — the integration of live performance and video technology — has been acclaimed for its highly visual and visceral alchemy of the live and virtual. In 2018-2019 Bridgman|Packer will offer numerous programs for touring, including Truck, where an ordinary 17-foot U-Haul truck evolves from the utilitarian into a reimagined space through integration of live performance and video technology.

7/13-14/2018 LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts, Catskill, NY
7/25-26/2018 American Dance Asylum, Corning, NY
8/4/2018 Erie Arts & Culture, Erie, PA
8/18-19/2018 Torn Space Theater, Buffalo, NY
9/7/2018-4/6/2019 Monmouth University Center for the Arts, West Long Branch, NJ
1/31-2/2/2019 Reading Area Community College – Miller Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
2/9/2019 Nazareth College Arts Center, Rochester, NY
2/19/2019 Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
6/13-15/2019 Columbia Festival of the Arts, Columbia, MD

 

FOLK/TRADITIONAL MUSIC

Close-up head shot of Kaia Kater.

Photo: Todd Cooper

Kaia Kater (Canada)
Website: kaiakater.com
Media: www.youtube.com/kaiakater

Listed as Rolling Stone Magazine’s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” in 2016, Kaia Kater plays folk mountain music with a modern day edge. She grew up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties to Canadian folk music as well as the years she spent studying Appalachian music in West Virginia; the other her identity as an artist born of Afro-Caribbean descent in Québec. Her acclaimed debut album Sorrow Bound (2015) touched on this divide, but her second album, Nine Pin (2016), delves further, and casts an eye at the realities faced by people of color in North America today. Kaia Kater’s songs are fueled by her rich low tenor vocals, jazz-influenced instrumentation, and beautifully understated banjo, but it is her keen traditional sensibility and lyrical ability that makes her stand out as a new artist on the rise.

7/14/2018 Wintergreen Performing Arts, Nellysford, VA
7/15/2018 Huntington Arts Council, Huntington, NY
9/15/2018 Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series, Frostburg, MD
10/13/2018 Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, WV
11/1/2018 Weinberg Center for the Arts, Frederick, MD
11/2/2018 Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD
11/3/2018 Arden Concert Gild, Wilmington, DE
3/2/2019 Zeiders American Dream Theater, Virginia Beach, VA
3/8/2019 Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV
3/9/2019 Floyd Creative Studios, Floyd, VA
6/7/2019 Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
6/12/2019 The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh, PA
6/27/2019 The Freeman Stage at Bayside, Selbyville, DE

 

JAZZ

Woman in pink dress sits on a vintage chair with a black background. Photo credit to Janice Yim.

Photo: Janice Yim

René Marie & Experiment In Truth (VA)
Website: renemarie.com
Media: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ64fMe0Xh4

In a span of two decades, 11 recordings and countless stage performances, vocalist René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer and teacher. Guided and tempered by powerful life lessons and rooted in jazz traditions laid down by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and other leading ladies of past generations, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style. The Sound of Red, her most recent album and first of all-original material, provide glimpses of the many small but profound turning points that are a part of an individual life.

7/22/2018 Norwood Village Green Concert Series, Norwood, NY
10/17/2018 Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
10/21/2018 William Paterson University of New Jersey – Shea Center for Performing & Visual Arts, North Bergen, NJ
2/15/2019 Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series, Frostburg, MD
2/16/2019 University of Pennsylvania – Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2/21/2019 Bucknell University Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Lewisburg, PA
2/22/2019 Weinberg Center for the Arts, Frederick, MD
2/23/2019 Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh, PA
4/11-13/2019 The Forum, St. Thomas, VI
4/12/2019 St. John School of the Arts, St. John, VI
6/21/2019 Columbia Festival of the Arts, Columbia, MD

 

THEATER

Woman wearing a hijab sits on a chair in front of a music stand. Her eyes are closed and her right hand is raised. Two men sit on either side with music stands in front of them. Photo credit to Adam Nadel.

Photo: Adam Nadel

Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity | Ping Chong + Company (NYC)
Website: www.pingchong.org
Media: vimeo.com/205938937

Ping Chong + Company produces theatrical works addressing the important cultural and civic issues of our times under the artistic leadership of Ping Chong, one of America’s leading theatrical innovators and recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Beyond Sacred is an interview-based theater production exploring the diverse experiences of Muslim Americans. The five young participants vary in many ways, but share the common experience of coming of age in a post-9/11 America and in this current moment of rising fear of and violence towards Muslims. Beyond Sacred was developed through a community-engaged process wherein Ping Chong + Company artists extensively interviews local participants. These interviews become the basis of the script, performed by the community members themselves, that weaves together personal, historical, and political narratives.

10/12/2018 The Theatre at RVCC, Branchburg, NJ
10/14-15/2018 UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany, NY
2/6-8/2019 Millersville University of Pennsylvania – The Ware Center, Lancaster, PA
4/10-13/2019 Emory & Henry College – Woodrow W. McGlothlin Center for the Arts, Emory, VA

 

WORLD MUSIC

5 piece ensemble stand in front of a graffitied wall. Two females and three males. Promotional photo courtesy of the artist.

Photo: Courtesy of the Artist.

Alsarah & the Nubatones (NYC)
Website: www.alsarah.com
Media: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PX8xca4-5E

Alsarah & the Nubatones were born out of many dinner conversations between Alsarah and Rami El Aasser about nubian ‘songs of return’, modern migration patterns and the cultural exchanges between Sudan and Egypt. A common love for the richness of pentatonic sounds, and shared migration experiences, expanded the conversation to include Brandon Terzic on Oud, Mawuena Kodjovi on Bass and Trumpet as well as the charismatic vocalist, Nahid. Under the leadership of Alsarah, the Brooklyn based group’s sound grew into what they have dubbed as ‘east – african retro-pop’ rooted in Sudan and Nubia and drawing from the rich diversity of East-Africa’s musical heritage.

11/1-2/2018 University of Maryland College Park – Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD
11/3/2018 Wayne Theatre Alliance, Waynesboro, VA
11/7/2018 Bucknell University – Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Lewisburg, PA
11/14/2018 Mountain Stage, Charleston, WV
3/9/2019 Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
4/5/2019 Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD

Manage Your Grant

Changes in Project Proposal

Any changes in the content, schedule, or budget of your project as proposed must be submitted in writing for approval prior to being implemented. Requested changes must be submitted to Phillip Harmon, Grants and Operations Officer, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org.

Funding Acknowledgement and Crediting

Acknowledgement and Crediting requirements were included as Exhibit A of the Grant Award Agreement.

Grantees must clearly acknowledge support from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below.  Use of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo does not replace the credit language. Copies of the required crediting materials must be submitted as part of the final report.

Credit and Logo Usage Details

The following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo MUST appear in all programs, websites and press releases produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project. In addition, the following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo should be included whenever possible, either jointly or separately as necessary, in all flyers and postcards, email communications, season brochures, social media posts and calendars, and any other print or electronic promotional and publicity materials produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project.

  • This statement must be used in its entirety and cannot be altered in any way.

This engagement of [ARTIST] is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.*

Website Link

Grantees are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website at www.midatlanticarts.org when crediting Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation on their website. This link MUST remain active during the entire length of your grant period with MAAF. You are requested, but not required, to embed the link in MAAF’s logo.

*Some projects are also supported by our State partners. Please refer to the specific crediting requirements and language in your Grant Award Agreement to ensure you provide proper crediting for your project.

Final Reports

Final report requirements and instructions were included as Exhibit B of the Grant Award Agreement.

Grantees are required to submit a final report which is due thirty (30) days after the end of the grant period on record as listed in the Grant Award Agreement.

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s eGRANT system at http://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.  Please read the instructions in the eGRANT system carefully.

The account used to submit the Common Information Form for the grant must be used to complete the final report. If you do not remember your login and/or password, please use the link on the eGRANT login page to retrieve the information.

For questions about your grant and the crediting or final reporting requirements, contact Phillip Harmon, Grants and Operations Officer, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656 x109.