An artist is performing TRUCK at night outside against a projector. The projected background is a old rustic shed with two windows.

Bridgman | Packer Dance performing TRUCK at the New Baltic Dance Festival in Lithuania through USArtists International 2017. Credit: Dmitrij Matvejev.

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, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Trust for Mutual Understanding.


USArtists International Guidelines 2018-2019 (Word Version)
Work Sample Preparation Guide (Word Version)
USArtists International FAQ
Online Application Access


The application deadlines for USArtists International (USAI) are:

CLOSED: September 7, 2018 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between December 15, 2018 and December 14, 2019. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by September 14, 2018.

November 30, 2018 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between March 15, 2019 and March 14, 2020. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by December 7, 2018.

April 3, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by April 10, 2019.

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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 / en Español
National Network of Fiscal Sponsors
Fiscal Sponsor Directory

Want to learn more? Join us for a webinar!

USArtists International: Am I eligible?
Sign up for the webinar on October 11, 2:30 – 3:30 PM ET | View a recording

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.

USArtists International: Tips and Pointers for Applicants
Sign up for the webinar on November 15, 2:00 – 3:15 PM ETView a recording
This webinar is for artists planning to apply for USArtists International. The webinar reviews the online application, the panel process, and provides helpful tips to applicants interested in strengthening their applications and avoid common mistakes.

Current Grantees

FY18 Round Three

3rd Eye, NY
International Festival of the Cajon, Peru

Dublin Theatre Festival, Ireland
International Theater Festival MESS, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Abraham.In.Motion, NY
Helsinki Festival, Finland
Tanz Theatre International Festival, Germany

BalletMet, OH
Saint-Sauveur Arts Festival, Canada

Budapest Spring Festival, Hungary

Beth Morrison Projects, NY
New Vision Arts Festival, China

Bohemian Trio, MA
Haiti International Piano Festival, Haiti

Cardell Dance Theater, PA
EDANCO, Dominican Republic

Dafnis Prieto Sextet, FL
Jazz Plaza International Festival, Cuba

Edward Perez Trio, NY
New Docta International Music Festival, Argentina

Ensemble Dal Niente, IL
Manuel Enriquez International Forum for New Music, Mexico

JACK Quartet, NY
BBC Proms, United Kingdom

Jamie Baum Septet+, NY
EFG London Jazz Festival, United Kingdom
Jazztopad Festival, Poland

Ken Thomson Sextet, NY
Jazzstage Dresden, Germany
November Music Festival, Netherlands

Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble, IN
International Sefika Kutluer Festival, Turkey

Ledoh & Salt Farm, CA
International Butoh Festival Thailand, Thailand

LIKHA-Pilipino Folk Ensemble, CA
International Folk Festival, Croatia

Live the Spirit Residency Big Band, IL
Maputo International Jazz Festival, Mozambique

Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental, PA
Territory Festival, Russia

Mark Morris Dance Group, NY
Melbourne Festival, Australia

New York Polyphony, NY
Mainz Music Summer, Germany
Nordhessen Cultural Summer, Germany
Voices Festival, Germany

Nora Chipaumire, NY
Dance in August, Germany
Summer Opera Festival Veneto, Italy

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, NY
Chopin and His Europe International Music Festival, Poland

Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, PA
Early Days Music Festival, Germany

Pontus Lidberg Dance, NY
Oriente Occidente Dance Festival, Italy

Somi, NY
Marseille International Jazz Festival of the Five Continents, France
St. Moritz Jazz Festival, Switzerland
Umbria Jazz, Italy

Kyoto Experiment, Japan
Wuzhen Theatre Festival, China

Theater Mitu, NY
Cairo International Festival for Contemporary & Experimental Theatre, Egypt

Festival Database

Interested in connecting with an international festival? Visit our festival database. Please note that being listed in the festival database does not guarantee eligibility for USArtists International. Festivals not listed in the database may still be eligible for the program. Carefully review program guidelines to ensure eligibility.

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.