USArtists International supports performances by U.S. artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Committed to the presence of U.S. based artists on world stages, USArtists International provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music and theatre invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets.
USAI encourages and promotes the vibrant diversity of U.S. artists and creative expression in the performing arts by expanding opportunity and exposure to international audiences, encouraging international cultural exchange and enhancing the creative and professional development of U.S. based artists by providing connections with presenters, curators and artists around the world. USAI extends the reach and impact of professional touring artists and ensembles from the United States and is committed to expanded touring opportunities for continued sustainability of U.S. artists.
USAI provides grants of up to $15,000 towards support of artist fees, travel, accommodations, per diem, shipping and visa preparation.
USArtists International is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous funding of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Howard Gilman Foundation.
The application deadlines for USArtists International (USAI) 2018 grant rounds are:
September 7, 2017 for projects taking place between December 15, 2017 and December 14, 2018. Certification Sheets due by September 14, 2017.
December 1, 2017 for projects taking place between March 15, 2018 and March 14, 2019. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by December 8, 2017.
April 5, 2018 for projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by April 12, 2018.
USArtists International guidelines require applicants without 501(c)3 nonprofit status to apply using a US-based, 501(c)3 nonprofit fiscal sponsor. Nonprofit organizations serving as fiscal sponsors must provide this service as part of their regular operations and this service must be available to any artist that meets the respective organizations’ published criteria for fiscal sponsorship. To learn more about fiscal sponsorship and securing a fiscal sponsor, visit:
Want to learn more? Join us for a webinar!
August 22: USArtists International: Tips and Pointers for Applicants Webinar
2:00 – 3:15 PM ET | Sign me up!
In USArtists International: Tips and Pointers for Applicants, attendees will review updates to the online application, learn what criteria panelists use to evaluate applications and receive important tips for strengthening applications. New applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about applying to USAI are welcome to join! Due to annual revisions, attendees should read USAI program guidelines prior to attending the webinar, even if they have applied for the program in the past. Can’t attend? A recording will be posted here after the completion of the August 22 webinar.
USArtists International: Am I eligible?
USArtists International: Am I eligible? provides program information for solo artists and performing arts ensembles considering an application to the USArtists International grant program. The webinar highlights updates to the program guidelines. Get a clear idea about who and what type of projects USArtists International funds. New applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about updates to the USAI program can benefit from this webinar. View the recording of the July 27th webinar below.
FY17 Round Three
600 HIGHWAYMEN, NY
Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, Netherlands
Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Switzerland
Anne LeBaron, CA
Totally Huge New Music Festival, Australia
Ballet Hispanico, NY
Internationale Tanzwochen Neuss, Germany
Bang on a Can, NY
Music of Changes Festival, Lithuania
Beth Morrison Projects, NY
EFG London Jazz Festival, United Kingdom
Guimaraes Jazz Festival, Portugal
Blair Thomas & Company, IL
World Festival of Puppet Theaters, France
Holland Dance Festival, Netherlands
Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger, NY
Documenta 14 Athens, Greece
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society, NY
Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Poland
Charles Lloyd, CA
National Forum of Music, Jazztopad, Poland
Christian McBride Big Band, NJ
Cheltenham Jazz Festival, United Kingdom
Early Morning Opera, CA
The International Theatre Festival of Sao Paulo – MITsp, Brazil
Eighth Blackbird, IL
MITO September Music, Italy
Ensemble Pamplemousse, NY
Gibney Dance, NY
The East African Nights of Tolerance International Dance Festival (EANT), Rwanda
Imagination Stage, MD
ASSITEJ Korea International Summer Festival, South Korea
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, PA
pOnderosa TanzLand Festival, Germany
JACK Quartet, NY
Gulbenkian Music: String Quartet Festival, Portugal
Jones Jones, CA
Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival, Lithuania
Keith Hennessy/Circo Zero, CA
Running with Concepts: Infrastructures and Aesthetics of Mutual Aid, Canada
Kronos Quartet, CA
Singapore International Festival of Arts, Singapore
Liberty Ellman, NY
North Sea Jazz Festival, Netherlands
Along Came Jazz Festival, Italy
Manual Cinema, IL
Avignon Off Festival, France
Maria Hassabi, NY
Block Universe Performance Art Festival, United Kingdom
Rosy Simas Danse, MN
Sara Juli, ME
Edinburgh Fringe Festival, United Kingdom
So Percussion, NY
The Builders Association, NY
Shanghai Interactive Festival of Theater, China
The Railsplitters, CO
The Woodford Folk Festival, Australia
The Wooster Group, NY
Taipei Arts Festival, Taiwan
ACC Contemporary Performing Arts Festival, South Korea
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 email@example.com.
Funding Acknowledgement and Crediting
Acknowledgement and Crediting requirements were included as Exhibit A of the Grant Award Agreement.
Artists/ensembles 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 materials must be submitted as part of the final report.
Credit and Logo Usage
The following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo MUST appear on artist/ensemble websites and any print and electronic publicity or promotional materials created by the artist/ensemble.
The following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo should be included in Festival programs, calendars and promotional materials, whenever possible, either jointly or separately as necessary.
- This statement must be used in its entirety and cannot be altered in any way.
This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Artists/ensembles 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. You are requested, but not required, to embed the link in MAAF’s logo.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 410.539.6656 x109.