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:

  • Contemporary Chamber Music
  • Dance
  • Folk/Traditional Music
  • Jazz
  • Theater
  • World Music
  • A seventh category that rotates 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 Now Booking and Booking Guidelines tabs under this program.

Questions regarding Mid Atlantic Tours should be directed to Haowen Wang 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.

2018-2019 Booking Roster


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

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.


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.


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.


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 (May 2015) touched on this divide, but her second album, Nine Pin (May 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.


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.


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.


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.

Booking Guidelines

Mid Atlantic Tours provides fee support grants to presenting organizations in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia booking the current roster artists for engagements taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Engagements must be confirmed no later than March 2, 2018.

For full booking and program guidelines, please download the 2018-2019 Booking Guidelines.

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

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Current Tours

2017-2018 Mid Atlantic Tours

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



Ashley Bathgate, New York, NY

Cellist Ashley Bathgate ventures into previously uncharted areas of sounds and techniques, breaking the mold of a cello’s traditional voice. In addition to her solo work, she is also a member of the award winning, internationally acclaimed sextet, Bang on a Can All-Stars. In 2017-2018, Bathgate will tour Bach Unwound, a radical re-imagination of Bach’s popular Unaccompanied Cello Suites, in collaboration with composer collective Sleeping Giant; Stories for Ocean Shells, works written for Bathgate by composer Kate Moore; and an intimate duo concert series with dancer Lil Buck, What Moves You, that reveals the intricacy and immediacy of the creative process between movement and sound.

11/18/2017 The Egg, Albany, NY
2/22/2018 Strathmore, Rockville, MD



Bombay Rickey, Bronx, NYbr-press-photo

Bombay Rickey is a five-piece, New York-based band with a unique sound evocative of 1960s movie soundscapes. The group plays both covers and original music that borrow equally from the worlds of surf rock, cumbia, spaghetti-Western, and Bollywood, balanced out with a little coloratura soprano. Their debut album, Cinefonia  was named best debut of 2014 by New York Music Daily and received the Vox Pop Award for Best Eclectic Album from the Independent Music Awards. A hit opera-cabaret that uses Peruvian singer Yma Sumac’s life story as a jumping-off point to explore meanings of diversity and authenticity, Bombay Rickey (Meets the Psychology of Desire) premiered at the 2016 PROTOTYPE Festival in NYC and ran for seven sold-out shows.

10/27-28/2017 The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Greenbelt, MD
12/1/2017 Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Washington, DC
1/31/2018 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY
4/21/2018 The Cooperage Project, Honesdale, PA




BalletX, Philadelphia, PA

BalletX, founded in 2005, produces original choreography that expands the vocabulary of classical dance for all audiences. The resident dance company of The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, the company also tours nationally and internationally. In 2017-2018 BalletX will offer numerous programs for touring, all of which can be reviewed here.

7/26/2017 City Parks Foundation, New York, NY
10/21/2017 Wayne Theatre Alliance, Inc., Waynesboro, VA
10/27-28/2017 Hamilton College Performing Arts, Clinton, NY
11/11/2017 Performing Arts Series at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV
6/16/2018 Halcyon, Washington, DC




The Church Sisters, Danville, VA

Church Sisters, Savannah and Sarah Church, is a twin-sister powerhouse duo from Galax, VA. The musical heritage of the region of their upbringing rings true to their voices along with the eclectic feel of a wide array of musical genres: Country, Americana, Bluegrass, Roots, and Folk. The blood harmony of these two sisters, backed by their talented musicians, brings joy to audiences where ever they perform.

7/13/2017 The Freeman Stage at Bayside, Selbyville, DE
9/16/2017 Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD
9/26/2017 Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
10/7/2017 Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA
11/2/2017 The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, Toms River, NJ
3/3/2018 Cumberland County College, Vineland, NJ




Melissa Aldana, New York, NY

A native of Santiago, Chile, Melissa Aldana’s music studies began with her father, acclaimed jazz saxophonist Marcos Aldana.  Since moving to the US in 2006 to attend Berklee College of Music, Melissa has won the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition and the 2015 Downbeat critics poll Rising Star category.  In 2017-2018 Melissa will primarily tour with her quartet and also with options for engagements with her trio.

9/15/2017 The Mainstay, Rock Hall, MD
9/16/2017 The Freeman Stage at Bayside, Selbyville, DE
10/21/2017 The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Troy, NY
10/22/2017 William Paterson University of New Jersey, Wayne, NJ
2/8/2018 Bucks County Community College Foundation, Newtown, PA
2/9/2018 Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD
2/15/2018 Zeiders American Dream Theater, Virginia Beach, VA
2/16/2018 Carnegie Hall, Inc., Lewisburg, WV
2/17/2018 Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA
4/4/2018 Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Lewisburg, PA
4/12/2018 Berks Jazz Fest, Reading, PA
4/13/2018 The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Greenbelt, MD
6/16/2018 DC Jazz Festival, Washington, DC




Daniel Beaty, New York, NY

 is Daniel Beaty’s Obie, NAACP, Audelco, and Ovation Award winning one man play in which he portrays 43 different characters.  A slave ship emerges in front of the Statue of Liberty in present day NYC sending the city’s inhabitants into a whirlwind of emotion and exploration. Characters include a homeless man, a scientist, a republican business executive, a street vendor, an 11-year old boy from the projects and more who all respond to the unexpected phenomenon.  A slam poet named Rodney is scheduled to perform in a poetry slam that evening, but is delayed by having to retrieve his schizophrenic father from the site of the emergence.  While Rodney and his brother go to see about their dad, the audience is treated to the poetry slam already in progress.

9/15-16/2017 University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Baltimore, MD
10/13-14/2017 Emory & Henry College, Emory, VA
11/4/2017 The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Greenbelt, MD
1/26/2018 Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh, PA



NOBUNTU @ Brussels on November 28, 2014

Nobuntu, Zimbabwe

Nobuntu, the female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz to Gospel. The ensemble’s concerts are performed with pure voices, augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as the Mbira (thumb piano) and organic, authentic dance movements. Nobuntu was nominated for Best Musician of the Year at the Zimbabwe International Women Awards in London in 2015. In the last few seasons, the quintet has performed at festivals and concert halls in Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic and throughout the African continent.

10/22-23/2017 Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
11/8-9/2017 West Virginia State University, Institute, WV
11/10-11/2017 Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV
11/12-13/2017 Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Lancaster, PA
11/14/2017 Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA
11/16/2017 James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
11/17/2017 Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas, VA
11/18/2017 Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY
11/19/2017 Raritan Valley Community College, Somerville, NJ

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.