California-based ensemble The Actor’s Gang took their rendition of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Tim Robbins to the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Italy with support from USArtists International. Photo by Dianr.

California-based ensemble The Actor’s Gang took their rendition of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Tim Robbins to the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Italy with support from USArtists International.
Photo by Dianr.

Deadlines

  • CLOSED: September 7, 2016
  • CLOSED: December 1, 2016
  • CLOSED: April 5, 2017
  • 2018 Deadlines Coming Soon!

USArtists International supports performances by American 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 American 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 US 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 US 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.

Guidelines

The application deadlines for USArtists International (USAI) 2017 grant rounds were:

> CLOSED: September 7, 2016 for projects taking place between December 15, 2016 and December 14, 2017. Certification Sheets due by September 14, 2016.

> CLOSED: December 1, 2016 for projects taking place between March 15, 2017 and March 14, 2018. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by December 8, 2016.

> CLOSEDApril 5, 2017 for projects taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by April 12, 2017.

2018 Deadlines Coming Soon!

The guidelines, work sample preparation guide, and budget instructions below are for information purposes only.

USAI FY17 Guidelines (pdf)
Work Sample Preparation Guide (pdf)
Budget Instructions (pdf)

Fiscal Sponsorship

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:

Grantspace: Fiscal Sponsorship
National Network of Fiscal Sponsors
Fiscal Sponsor Directory

Want to learn more? Join us for a webinar!

July 27: USArtists International: Am I eligible?
2:00 – 3:00 PM ET | Sign me up!

USArtists International: Am I eligible? provides program information for solo artists and performing arts ensembles considering an application to the USAI grant program. The webinar will highlight updates to the 2018 program guidelines. Attendees will leave with a clear idea about who and what type of projects USAI funds. New applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about updates to the USAI program are welcome to join! Can’t attend? View the recording of the February 8th webinar below.


August 21: 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? View a recording of the March 8th webinar here.

Current Cycle

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

BODYTRAFFIC, CA
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
Borealis, Norway

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
DANSEM, France

Sara Juli, ME
Edinburgh Fringe Festival, United Kingdom

So Percussion, NY
GAIDA, Lithuania

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

Festival Database

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.

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.


Website Link

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 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.