An overhead shot of a percussionist on stage. He is standing among various drums with a marimba behind him. He is playing the tom-tom drums intently. The lights illuminate the stage in purple.

The Special Presenter Initiatives program supported an engagement of Colin Currie at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington DC in 2017. Photo: Dennis Hoffmann

The Special Presenter Initiatives provides funding to small and mid-size presenting organizations in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia to support engagements with professional touring artists and ensembles from the mid-Atlantic region and outside of the United States. The supported projects include performances as well as community engagement activities that enhance the performance experience, and offer meaningful exchanges between touring artists and a presenter’s community.

Nonprofit presenters can request matching grants for up to two projects per annual cycle. Presenters in DC, DE, and WV can request up to $2,000 per project, and up to $5,000 per project for presenters in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Questions regarding Special Presenter Initiatives should be directed to Haowen Wang at haowen@midatlanticarts.org.

The Special Presenter Initiatives program is made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program with additional support for engagements in Delaware provided by the Delaware Division of the Arts.


For presenters based in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia:

The application deadline for the Special Presenter Initiatives is Friday, March 30, 2018 for projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.


To learn more about the program and eligibility requirements, please review the program guidelines carefully prior to submission.

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

Download 2018-2019 Special Presenter Initiatives Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Download 2018-2019 Special Presenter Initiatives Guidelines as a screen-reader friendly Word document (click link to download)

Online Application

To access the online eGRANT application, click the link below and select the 2018-2019 Special Presenter Initiatives application once logged in.
https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net (link opens in a new window)

Application Webinar

MAAF will be offering three free webinars to assist potential applicants in understanding the Special Presenter Initiatives program and filling out the online application. Webinar dates and times:

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 11AM-12PM
Tuesday, February 6. 2018, 2-3PM
Wednesday, March 21. 2018, 11AM-12PM

RSVP here.

Current Grantees


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

District of Columbia

10/20/2017 Atlas Performing Arts Center Combo Chimbita
10/28-29/2017 Dance Place LMNO3
2/3-4/2018 Dance Place 10 Hairy Legs
2/24/2018 Dumbarton Concerts Leon Bates and Michelle Cann
4/11-14/2018 CapitalBop Jen Shyu and Jade Tongue
4/26/2018 Washington Performing Arts Paul Huang


9/2/2017 The Freeman Stage at Bayside Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra
9/16/2017 The Freeman Stage at Bayside Ryan Keberle & Catharsis
1/19-20/2018 Coastal Concerts Dali Quartet
3/16-17/2018 University of Delaware Shanghai Quartet
3/23/2018-4/21/2018 Christina Cultural Arts Center Vincent E. Thomas
3/24/2018 Wilmington Winter Bluegrass Festival Mountain Ride
4/14/2018 Coastal Concerts So Percussion, Inc.
4/20/2018 Market Street Music Ayreheart

U.S. Virgin Islands

11/17-18/2017 The Forum Elena Urioste & Michael Brown
1/13/2018 The Forum Catalyst Quartet
4/5-7/2018 Reichhold Center For the Arts The Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban Experience
4/6/2018 St. John School of the Arts The Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban Experience

West Virginia

9/19/2017 ArtsLink Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
11/4-5/2017 FOOTMAD Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton
11/16/2017 ArtsLink SOLE Defined
11/18/2017 Pocahontas County Opera House Andes Manta
2/23/2018 Clay Center Tao
4/13-14/2018 Carnegie Hall Robin and Linda Williams
5/11/2018 Chuck Mathena Center Russian National Ballet Theatre
5/12/2018 Clay Center Moscow Festival Ballet

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, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo and [your State arts agency] 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 made possible through the Special Presenters Initiative program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the [your State arts agency].*

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.

*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 application 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.