Camille A. Brown & Dancers are performing on a bare stage against a red wall. The dancers and musicians are playing percussion instruments; some of sitting down, while others are standing up.

Camille A. Brown & Dancers performed at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY through ArtsCONNECT 2018. Credit: Kevin Colton.

ArtsCONNECT supports touring projects developed by presenter consortia based in the region that includes public performances and community engagement activities. Presenters must be located in DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, USVI or WV.

The program recognizes that offering funding support for a variety of well-coordinated, collective booking efforts increases routing opportunities, leverages access for smaller markets, and benefits the region as a whole. To that end, ArtsCONNECT facilitates an open process of sharing touring project ideas amongst presenters and encourages active participation for presenters of all sizes.

ArtsCONNECT projects are supported in three funding tiers: Projects with artist fees of $5,000 or below; Projects with artist fees between $5,001 and $15,000; And projects with artist fees of $15,001 or above.

For more information about how ArtsCONNECT works, please see program guidelines.

Questions? Contact Haowen Wang, Program Officer, Performing Arts, at haowen@midatlanticarts.org.

ArtsCONNECT is made possible through support from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.

Guidelines and Application


COVID-19 Coronavirus: We recognize this is a fluid and rapidly developing situation. At this time, artists are encouraged to apply to MAAF programs as normal. Applications can be withdrawn at any point without any penalty or negative impact on future applications. Our goal is to provide maximum flexibility to applicants and grantees.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your program officer.

The application deadline for ArtsCONNECT 2021 was Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The guidelines below are for information purposes only.

Download ArtsCONNECT Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Download ArtsCONNECT Guidelines as an accessible Word document (click link to download)

Download a preview copy of ArtsCONNECT Application as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Download a preview copy of ArtsCONNECT Application as a as an accessible Word document (click link to download)

Matching Grant to Present Indigenous Performing Artists

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) is pleased to partner with the Western Arts Alliance’s Advancing Indigenous Performance (AIP) Touring Fund, a new grant opportunity for presenters of Indigenous performing artists.

Non-profit presenters in the mid-Atlantic region receiving funding through MAAF’s touring programs such as ArtsCONNECT for a project featuring Indigenous artists can receive up to a dollar-to-dollar matching grant from the AIP Touring Fund.

For more information, click here.

Projects in Development

The Projects in Development listing is a user-generated, one-stop information hub that includes all of the consortia projects currently in development for ArtsCONNECT.

Presenters can seek potential presenting partners by submitting artist and project information to the listing, and learn about other developing consortia to possibly join.

Submission to the Projects in Development listing is required. Applications for artists that have not been submitted to the listing will not be eligible for funding.

The final date to submit an artist to the listing was Friday, February 21, 2020, approximately three weeks prior to the application deadline.

Access the 2020-2021 listings below:

Circus/Public Spectacle

Current Grantees & Tours


All schedules are subject to change. Please check with the performance venue for times and ticket information.

Ballet Hispanico of New York, New York, NY
8/17/2019 Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
3/19-22/2020 New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ
4/1-3/2020 Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester, VA
Compagnie Herve Koubi, Brive, France
2/11 – 12/2020 Oswego College – ARTSwego Performing Arts Series, Oswego, NY
2/18 – 23/2020 The Joyce Theater, New York, NY
2/24 – 3/3/2020 Dance Place, Washington, DC
Ephrat Asherie Dance, New York, NY
8/2 – 3/2019 PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Chatham, NY
2/6 – 8/2020 University of Pennsylvania – Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA
3/4 – 5/2020 University of Maryland College Park – Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD
Hear in Now, International
5/16/2020 CapitalBop, Washington, DC
5/17 -18/2020 Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
5/23/2020 Arts for Art, New York, NY
Jumatatu Poe & Donte Beacham, Philadelphia, PA
9/23  – 10/5/2019 BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Bronx, NY
9/23 – 10/12/2019 Henry Street Settlement – Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY
6/18 – 29/2020 Dance Place, Washington, DC
Layer the Walls, Brooklyn, NY
9/16  – 10/11/2019 Hudson Hall, Hudson, NY
9/23  – 11/17/2019 Jewish Community Center of Baltimore – Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Owings Mills, MD
10/16 – 17/2019 Ocean County College – The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, Toms River, NJ
4/22 – 25/2020 The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, NY
Manual Cinema, Chicago, IL
10/9 – 10/2019 Shenandoah University – Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester, VA
10/17 – 18/2019 Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
11/1 -2/2019 Bucknell University – Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Lewisburg, PA
1/15 – 5/19/2020 State University of New York New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
2/22/2020 Williams Center for the Arts, Easton, PA
3/20 – 21/2020 University of Richmond – Modlin Center for the Arts, Richmond, VA
6/20 – 21/2020 Columbia Festival of the Arts, Columbia, MD
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, Windsor, NS, Canada
1/26 – 27/2020 Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
1/30/2020 Potsdam College – Community Performance Series, Potsdam, NY
2/4 – 5/2020 University of Pittsburgh at Bradford – Pitt-Bradford Arts, Bradford, PA
The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Brass Band, Newtown Square, PA
11/6 – 14/2019 UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany, NY
11/15 – 16/2019 Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY
11/17 – 18/2019 Geneva Concerts, Geneva NY
2/20 – 22/2020 New Jersey City University Center for the Arts, Jersey City, NJ


2019-2020 Program Panelists

Viviana Benitez
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
New York, NY

Laura Kendall
Omaha Performing Arts
Omaha, NE

Bonnie Schock
Sheldon Theatre of Performing Arts
Red Wing, MN

Sixto Wagan
University of Houston
Houston, TX

2018-2019 Program Panelists

Paul Bonin-Rodriguez
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Adam Fong
Center for New Music
San Francisco, CA

Ben Pryor
American Realness
New York, NY

Dayna Martinez
Ordway Center
Saint Paul, MN

Manage Your Grant

COVID-19 Coronavirus: As you know, this is a rapidly evolving situation, and we recognize the need to be flexible.  We recognize that out of an abundance of caution, grantees may need to cancel grant-supported engagements or activities. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Director of Operations, Phillip Harmon, or the MAAF program officer handling your specific grant program or activity to discuss your concerns or options. You can find staff contact information here.  Please be assured we will not penalize grantees for canceling grants due to COVID-19 coronavirus considerations and will be as flexible as we can within the limits of our own funder limitations.

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, Director of Operations, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org.

Funding Acknowledgement and Crediting

Acknowledgement and Crediting requirements were included as Exhibit A of the Grant Award Agreement.

Grantees 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 crediting materials must be submitted as part of the final report.

Credit and Logo Usage Details

The following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo MUST appear in all programs, websites and press releases produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project. In addition, the following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo should be included whenever possible, either jointly or separately as necessary, in all flyers and postcards, email communications, season brochures, social media posts and calendars, and any other print or electronic promotional and publicity materials produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project.

  • This statement must be used in its entirety and cannot be altered in any way.

This engagement of [ARTIST] is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Website Link

Grantees 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 period with MAAF. 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 https://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, Director of Operations, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539. 6656 x109.