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.

The AIP Touring Fund provides matching fee support to presenting organizations, which engage eligible Indigenous performing artists through the touring programs of the six Regional Arts Organizations. Non-profit presenters in the mid-Atlantic region receiving funding through MAAF’s touring programs – including Arts Connect, Special Presenters Initiative, or though network programs such as the Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network or Jazz Touring Network – for a project featuring Indigenous artists can receive up to a dollar-to-dollar matching grant from the AIP Touring Fund.

Organizations outside of mid-Atlantic region should contact their region’s RAO about the matching support.


Presenters based in the mid-Atlantic region who wish to be considered for an AIP Touring Fund match should make a standard application to the above-mentioned MAAF program(s) engaging an eligible Indigenous artist/ensemble in the 2020-2021 cycle. If funded by MAAF, the awarded proposals will be forwarded to WAA for confirmation of eligibility and processing of matching funds. WAA may reach out to the applicant directly for additional eligibility information.  There are no additional application requirements to MAAF in order to be eligible for AIP funding.. The matching grant is directly administered by WAA and considered a separate award from the initial MAAF grant.


Awards are considered for projects featuring individual or ensemble artists who self-identify as Indigenous. Otherwise, eligibility to the AIP touring fund follows the requirements established by MAAF’s respective program guidelines.

For the purpose of this program, Indigenous is defined as: Member or descendant of a Native American, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian nation or community, including U.S.-based Native/First Peoples of Canada, Mexico, and U.S. Territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This includes individuals without official tribal status who are members of Native communities, and tribal members or descendants not living in their homelands or home community. Artists must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

Questions? contact Jess Porter Program Officer, Performing Arts at jess@midatlanticarts.org or Haowen Wang, Program Officer, Performing Arts at haowen@midatlanticarts.org.