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.


  • CLOSED: September 7, 2016
  • CLOSED: December 1, 2016
  • CLOSED: April 5, 2017

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.

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.


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.

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? View one of our webinars!

USArtists International: Tips and Pointers for Applicants
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 avoiding common mistakes. You can view a saved copy of the March 8th webinar here.

USArtists International: Am I eligible?

This webinar provides general information and eligibility details about the USArtists International program. Artists considering an application or festival curators, managers or agents interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to attend. A question and answer session at the end of the webinar provides additional opportunities to learn more about the program. This is an edited recording from the February 8th webinar.

Current Cycle

FY17 Round Two

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
, NY
Macao Arts Festival, China

Bridgman|Packer Dance, NY
New Baltic Dance, Lithuania

Cantus, MN
The Busan Choral Festival & Competition, South Korea

The Claudia Quintet, NY
Edmonton International Jazz Festival, Canada
Toronto Jazz Festival, Canada
Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Canada

Children’s Theatre Company, MN
Cradle of Creativity, Int’l Assoc. for Theatre for Children & Young People, South Africa

Dan Hurlin, NY
The Holland Festival, Netherlands

Dance Theatre of Harlem, NY
Days of Dance, Poland

Dorrance Dance, NY
Colours International Dance Festival, Germany

Full Radius Dance, GA
A Different Look, Spain

Guillermo Galindo, CA
documenta 14 Kassel, Germany
documenta 14 Athens, Greece

Giordano Dance Chicago, IL
International Baltic Ballet Festival, Latvia

Hubbard Street Dance, IL
International Dance Days, Germany

International Contemporary Ensemble, NY
Festival Extension, France
Festival of Musics, France

John Jota Leaños, CA
Ibero-American Capital of Culture Festival, Portugal

The Knights, NY
Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival, France

Kontras Quartet, IL
Vrystaat Arts Festival, South Africa

Martha Graham Dance Company, NY
New Baltic Dance, Lithuania

Mark Morris Dance Group, CT
Sgt. Pepper at 50, United Kingdom

Nate Wooley, NY
International Festival Musique Actuelle in Victoriaville, Canada

Oyu Oro Afro Cuban Experimental Dance Ensemble, NY
Festival of the Caribbean, Cuba

Pan-Pacific Ensemble, WA
Thailand International Composition Festival, Thailand

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, PA
Rheingau Music Festival, Germany
Salzburg Festival, Austria
BBC Promenade Concerts, United Kingdom

Postcommodity, NM
documenta 14 Athens, Greece

Urban Bush Women, NY
Let’s Dance International Frontiers, United Kingdom

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, PA
International Ukrainian Dance & Culture Festival, Ukraine

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

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 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  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 or 410.539.6656 x109.