Full Radius Dance Company is spread across a dark stage. They are holding a ribbon connecting all seven members of the company. Two dancers are in wheelchairs. All members are wearing red shirts and black pants.

Full Radius Dance, based in Atlanta, performed at A Different Look festival in Spain with support from USArtists International. Photo: © marcosGpunto/Centro Dramático Nacional.

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.


USArtists International Guidelines 2017-2018 (pdf)
Work Sample Preparation Guide (pdf)
Budget Instructions (pdf)
USArtists International FAQ (pdf)
Online Application Access


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.

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!

USArtists International: Am I eligible?
March 6, 2018 2:00 – 3:15 PM ET | Sign up here

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 November 3rd webinar here.

USArtists International: Tips and Pointers for Applicants
March 20, 2018 2:00 – 3:15 PM ET | Sign up here
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. View the recording of the August 22nd webinar here.

Current Cycle

FY18 Round One

Alarm Will Sound, NY
Beijing Modern Music Festival, China
China-ASEAN Music Festival, China

Aruán Ortiz, NY
Jazz Plaza International Festival, Cuba

Big Dance Theater, NY
Dance Umbrella, United Kingdom

Cut Circle, CA
AMUZ, Netherlands

Darren Johnston’s Reasons for Moving featuring Fred Frith and Larry Ochs, CA
Festival Jazzdor, France 

Degenerate Art Ensemble, WA
One Foundation for Arts & Culture’s Spotlight USA Festival, Bulgaria

Elevator Repair Service, NY
New Zealand Festival, New Zealand

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre, CA
Port of Ideas Festival, Chile

line upon line percussion, TX
Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, Australia

Martha Graham Dance Company, NY
The Holland Dance Festival, Netherlands

Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble, CA
Edition Festival, Sweden

International Dance Festival José Limón, Mexico

Qasim Naqvi, NY
The Rest is Noise Festival, Netherlands

Ragamala Dance Company, MN
Just Festival, United Kingdom

Somi, NY
Sauti Za Busara Festival, Tanzania

Ted Nash Trio, NY
Jazz Plaza International Festival, Cuba

Festival Database

Interested in connecting with an international festival? Visit our 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.