A line of six dancers stretch across stage, holding each other hand to hand in visible tension. The dancers face both front and back and are dressed in earth toned street clothes. They are barefoot on a black stage with a black backdrop

Photo: Boca Toya (New York, NY) traveled to PRISMA International Festival of Contemporary Dance in Panama with support from USArtists International. Credit: Eduard Serra.

Mid Atlantic Arts’ grant programs for artists allow artists to explore and create, provide touring engagements regionally and internationally, help to build audiences, and provide support and services to assist in career development.

Creative Fellowships
An artists' studio wall painted white holds a series of 11 prints in muted colors or various organic forms. A small step ladder sits in the foreground.

The Millay Arts studio of Mid Atlantic Arts Creative Fellow Katrina Bello (NJ, 2021). Credit: Katrina Bello.

Mid Atlantic Arts Creative Fellowships provide artists with the time and space to create. Hosted in partnership with Millay Arts and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, writers, composers, and visual artists can apply for two-week, or one-month residencies underwritten by Mid Atlantic.

Who We Support

Through ongoing partnerships with Millay Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Mid Atlantic Arts annually supplements the cost of residencies for a limited number of artists residing in our nine state and jurisdictional region. 

The Creative Fellowships are sponsored residencies. Although Mid Atlantic Arts provides financial support, the residency programs manage their own application submission and review processes.  Only artists who have been accepted for a residency program will be recommended to receive a Creative Fellowship. 

Artists from each state in our region are eligible at a different residency program:

Artists In: Artists In:
New York
West Virginia
District of Columbia
New Jersey
U.S. Virgin Islands
Receive support at: Receive support at:
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
Amherst, VA
Millay Arts
Austerlitz, NY

What Fellows Receive

Creative Fellows receive $3,500 or $1,750 (depending on the length of stay) in support of their residency.  The grant is paid to the respective residency program directly on behalf of the artist. 

In addition, Fellows receive up to $250 in reimbursement for the cost of travel to and from their residency. 


Am I Eligible?

Only residents of Mid Atlantic Arts’ nine state and jurisdictional region are eligible to receive Creative Fellowship support.  Additionally, artists who have previously received support through this program will not be considered eligible to receive another Creative Fellowship for the three years following a supported residency.

How Can I be Considered?

Artists interested in being considered for a Creative Fellowship must apply directly to the applicable residency program. 

There are no additional steps you need to take once you have applied. Creative Fellows are identified through the application review process led by each colony. VCCA and Millay Arts submit recommended Creative Fellowship candidates to Mid Atlantic Arts for further review and approval. 

Please note that you may be approved for a residency but not selected as a Creative Fellow. 

Virginia Center for the
Creative Arts
Millay Arts
Click here to access VCCA’s online application Click here to access Millay’s online application
Deadline: January 15
September to December Residencies
Deadline: March 1
August to November Residencies
Deadline: May 15
January to April Residencies
Deadline: October 1
May to July Residencies
Deadline: September 15
May to August Residencies



Residency programs will notify applicants that they have been selected to receive Creative Fellowship support after the review and approval process has concluded.  Mid Atlantic Arts will then issue a Grant Award Agreement outlining the terms and conditions of the Fellowship to the Fellow directly.

Timelines for notification may vary. Application status inquiries should be directed to the respective residency program.

Final Reports & Forms

After their residencies, Fellows will be asked to complete a Final Report and submit a Travel Reimbursement Form along with any travel receipts. The Final Report provides Mid Atlantic Arts with a brief overview of each Fellow’s experience. The Travel Reimbursement Form is used to calculate the amount of reimbursement the Fellow will receive for travel to and from the residency.

Both forms can be accessed in the “Manage Your Grant” tab (above).

Travel Reimbursement Payments

Travel reimbursement will be sent directly to the Fellow upon receipt and approval of the Final Report and Travel Reimbursement Form.


All questions regarding the application and review process should be directed to the colonies.

Click here to contact VCCA

Click here to contact Millay

Stay in Touch!

Receive reminders about residency application deadlines as well as information about other opportunities from Mid Atlantic Arts by signing up for our eNewsletter and opting in for electronic announcements.


I am only interested in a residency if I receive a Creative Fellowship. How can I be sure that funding is still available for artists in my state for the current calendar year?
Artists who are only interested in a Creative Fellowship residency are encouraged to apply for the first residency sessions each year (January to April for VCCA; May to July for Millay Arts) as funding will definitely be available.  If you prefer a residency during a different time of year, please check in with the respective residency program before applying to see if Creative Fellowship funds are still available.

Do I need to inform Mid Atlantic Arts that I have applied for a residency?
No. Recommendations will be forwarded to us from the residency program.

Is it possible to receive Creative Fellowship support for a different residency program?
Currently, support is only available for residents at Millay Arts and VCCA.

I notice that the residency programs charge application fees. What should I do if this presents a financial hardship?
If the fees are a barrier to application, please contact the respective residency program directly.

If I am selected to receive a Creative Fellowship, will Mid Atlantic Arts require that I show evidence of my creative output from the residency in the Final Report?
No. While we ask Fellows to report back about their experiences, we believe that artists should follow their own pace and creative process during their residencies. Mid Atlantic Arts will never assess the success of the residency based on the amount of work produced or require that you submit examples of works-in-progress.

I run a residency program and would love to explore how we could receive funding for our residents through a similar partnership with Mid Atlantic Arts. Is this possible?
Thank you for your work providing creative and inspiring spaces for artists!  Unfortunately, since Mid Atlantic Arts is a non-profit organization that must raise every dollar spent on programs and new initiates, we do not have discretionary funds to support additional projects which fall outside of our budgeted funding structures.

Jazz Road

Jazz Road logo. Mid Atlantic Arts is pleased to support Jazz Road, a national initiative from South Arts. Emerging and mid-career jazz artists from anywhere in the United States may apply to bring their music to places it’s never been with a grant from Jazz Road. The artist-centric grant program includes support for Jazz Road Tours and Creative Residencies and is made possible with funds from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Visit South Arts’ website to learn more about Jazz Road.

Questions regarding Jazz Road should be directed to Adam Plantz at adam@midatlanticarts.org.

State Fellowships
Intricate embroidery and lasercut lace image in black and red tones.

2018 NJSCA Individual Artist Fellowship grantee Amy Wilson’s Edge of the Earth.

Administered by Mid Atlantic Arts, state fellowship programs provide funding for individual artists residing in Delaware and New Jersey to encourage and sustain these artists’ pursuit of artistic excellence. 

Individual artists must apply following the process outlined in the guidelines for their home state. At the annual deadline for these programs a limited number of disciplines are accepted. All applications to these competitive programs are evaluated through a peer panel review process.

Questions regarding State Fellowships should be directed to Kimberly Steinle-Super, Program Officer, Fellowships & Visual Arts at kimberly@midatlanticarts.org.

State Fellowships are made possible through support from the Delaware Division of the Arts and the New Jersey Council on the Arts.


DelawareDelaware Division of the Arts Logo with an orange color letter "A".

Delaware Division of the Arts
2022 Individual Artist Fellowships

Individual Artist Fellowships provide funding to Delaware creative artists to fulfill needs that will allow them to advance in their careers.

The Fellowship program is administered in partnership with Mid Atlantic Arts, who identifies arts professionals to serve as potential jurors and administers the jurors’ reviews of the applications.

Application Status

Applications are now CLOSED for the 2022 program year

Submission Deadline

CLOSED Monday, August 2, 2021

Stay in Touch!

Receive notification about the availability of the 2023 Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship application as well as other opportunities from Mid Atlantic Arts by signing up for our eNewsletter and opting in for electronic announcements.

New Jersey

New JerseyThe NJSCA Logo.

New Jersey State Council on the Arts
2022 Individual Artist Fellowships

Individual Artist Fellowships are awarded to practicing New Jersey artists through an anonymous, competitive application process to help them pursue their artistic goals.

Mid Atlantic Arts administers the application submission, review, and post-award process on behalf of New Jersey State Council on the Arts though an ongoing partnership. This includes applicant notification, administration of the individual grants, and final reporting.

Application Status

Applications are now CLOSED for the 2022 program year.

Submission Deadline

CLOSEDThursday, July 15, 2021 at 5PM ET

When Will I be Notified?

Applicants who submitted a 2022 application will be notified in writing of the State Arts Council’s decision by March 1, 2022.

Need to update your contact information?  Email Kimberly Steinle-Super at Kimberly@midatlanticarts.org.

Next Opportunity to Apply

We anticipate 2023 applications and guidelines will be available in late spring 2022 for the following categories: 

Music Composition

Stay in Touch!

Be the first to know about the availability of the 2023 application as well as other opportunities from Mid Atlantic Arts by signing up for our eNewsletter and opting in for electronic announcements.

USArtists International
Two musicians - a man and a woman - play a guitar (man) and xylophone (woman) on a stage with a bright blue and purple backdrop.

Sounding Eye of California, received USAI support for an engagement at the Flatpack Festival in the UK in 2021. Here they perform Dreamerfly, and other stories. Credit: Katja Ogrin.

USArtists International supports in-person and virtual performances by American artists at engagements at international festivals and global presenting arts marketplaces outside of the United States. The program funds individuals and ensembles across all performing arts practices and disciplines.

USArtists International is designed to encourage the presence of U.S. performing artists on international stages and in the global arts community; to support engagements that develop and expand both the careers and artistic goals of U.S. performers by providing connections with presenters, curators, and fellow artists; and to promote justice in the arts community by elevating the diverse voices contributing to the vibrant array of creative expression in the United States.

USAI provides grants of up to $18,000 toward eligible expenses; please reference the guidelines for further detail.

USArtists International is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts through the generous funding of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mellon Foundation, and The Trust for Mutual Understanding.


The deadline for the spring 2022 USArtists International round has passed. The 2022 – 2023 deadlines will be posted in summer 2022.

Guidelines below are for information purposes only:

USArtists International Guidelines 2021 – 2022 (PDF – opens in a new tab)
USArtists International Guidelines 2021 – 2022 (Word – opens in a new tab)

USArtists International Work Sample Preparation Guide 2021 – 2022  (PDF – opens in a new tab)
USArtists International Work Sample Preparation Guide 2021 – 2022 (Word – opens in a new tab)

Visit the Application Portal

USAI Budget Instructions
USArtists International FAQ


Mid Atlantic Arts seeks to serve artists and arts organizations with flexibility as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact countries globally.

Travel Track

Mid Atlantic Arts will accept applications to the USArtists International program that seek travel funding to perform internationally and otherwise meet the eligibility requirements outlined in these guidelines. Panel scoring will continue to only include the reviewable criteria detailed in the program guidelines, and will not incorporate the likelihood of a performance due to circumstances beyond the applicant’s control. Applicants should communicate with Mid Atlantic Arts staff about any changes to an engagement after an application is submitted. Due to the involvement of federal funds, any news about festival postponement, cancellation, or live performances becoming virtual should be discussed with staff.

Virtual Track

Artists and ensembles whose otherwise-eligible international festival engagements have already determined that an in-person festival is impossible and have decided to offer the festival virtually are also permitted to apply for funding. Grantees that are awarded grants for travel and are later unable to travel may shift to the virtual track with staff approval. Revisions to the submitted budget will be required in this case. Please contact staff if you have any questions about virtual track eligibility.

USArtists International and Mid Atlantic Arts prioritize artist health and safety. Grantees will not be penalized by Mid Atlantic Arts if they cannot or choose not to perform at a festival for which they have received a grant. Should a grantee be unable to travel for any reason, options regarding grant funds are subject to federal guidance from the National Endowment for the Arts. Grantees that choose to travel do so at their own risk. Whether the engagement for which you are seeking funding is planned for an international destination or virtually, please check and abide by all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and official health sources in the country of destination.


The application deadlines for USArtists International (USAI) 2021 – 2022 are:

CLOSED: September 9, 2021 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between December 15, 2021 and December 14, 2022. Certification sheets and letters of invitation are due by September 16, 2021.

CLOSED: December 1, 2021 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between March 15, 2022 and March 14, 2023. Certification sheets and letters of invitation are due by December 8, 2021.

CLOSED: March 30, 2022 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023. Certification sheets and letters of invitation are due by April 6, 2022.

The 2022 – 2023 guidelines will be posted in summer 2022.

To receive deadline reminders and program updates, please sign up for our newsletter.

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. Fiscal sponsors do not have to be located in your state of residence. The links provided below are resources for potential applicants and the organizations are not affiliated or endorsed by Mid Atlantic Arts. Fiscal sponsors do not have to be found through these resources in order to meet USArtists International guidelines. To learn more about fiscal sponsorship and securing a fiscal sponsor, visit:

Fiscal Sponsorship 101: Fiscal Sponsorship Resources by Grantspace / en Español

Information on seeking and providing fiscal sponsorship: National Network of Fiscal Sponsors

A non-comprehensive directory of fiscal sponsors nationwide: San Francisco Study Center’s Fiscal Sponsor Directory

Want to learn more?

USArtists International Webinar: Am I eligible?
Watch this webinar and you’ll leave with a clear understanding of the program guidelines, timeline, and what is needed to be eligible for funding.View a Recording (hyperlink opens new tab to YouTube video)

Learn more about presenting international artists or performing abroad by visiting our international resources page.

Current Grantees

FY22 Round Two

A.I.M by Kyle Abraham, NY
Marseille Festival, France

Bartók Spring International Arts Weeks, Hungary

Catalyst Quartet, NY
Festival de Musica Contemporanea de La Habana, Cuba

D’DAT, NM    
WOMAD The World’s Festival, South Africa

Early Morning Opera, CA    
Festival TransAmeriques, Canada

Frank London’s Ghetto Songs, NY
Jewish Culture Festival, Poland

Golden Ages: Brooklyn Chassidic Cantorial Revival, NY          
Jewish Culture Festival, Poland

Half Straddle, NY     
Festival International New Drama (FIND), Germany

Julie Tolentino, CA  
Skopje Pride Weekend, Macedonia

Kalliope Reed Quintet, MA 
Mazatlan Spring Season Festival, Mexico

Kronos Quartet, CA 
Bergen International Festival, Norway
Ludwigsburg Festival, Germany

Live the Spirit Jazz Ensemble, IL  
Let’s Go! Festival, United Kingdom

Lone Wolf Tribe, NY
Poppen Theatre Festival, Netherlands

Maya Ciarrocchi, NY
FestivALT, Poland

Orfeón San Juan Bautista, PR       
Seine-Saint-Denis Choral Encounters, France

Parangal Dance Company, CA       
Folkart International Folklore Festival, Maribor, Slovenia

Pom Pom Squad, NY           
Primavera Sound, Spain
Sound Isidro, Spain

Propelled Animals, PA        
In-Out Dance Festival, Burkina Faso

Roosevelt Collier, MA         
Kriol Jazz Festival, Cabo Verde

Sandbox Percussion, NY    
Walled City Music Festival, United Kingdom

So Percussion, NY   
Hamburg International Music Festival, Germany

Stephen Petronio Company, NY    
International Contemporary Dance Festival of Mexico City, Mexico

TENET Vocal Artists, NY     
Cambridge Festival of the Voice, United Kingdom

The Carpe Diem String Quartet, OH          
Avila International Music Festival, Spain

The Carpenter Ants, WV     
Cultural Summer Festival in Smer Club 77, Slovakia
Slovak Alternative Summer Festival, Slovakia
Summer Roma Festival in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

The Whitetop Mountaineers, VA    
Cobargo Folk Festival, Australia
Folk Festival, Australia
Illawarra Folk Festival, Australia

Tomas Fujiwara’s Triple Double, NY         
AMR Jazz Festival, Switzerland

Trisha Brown Dance Company, NY           
Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi, Italy

Vangeline Theater, NY        
FiButoh Festival, Chile


Mid Atlantic Arts panelists serve as individuals and their professional affiliations are listed solely for context. Affiliations and locations were correct at the time of panel service.

2021-2022 Panelists

2020-2021 Panelists

2019-2020 Panelists

2018-2019 Panelists

2017-2018 Panelists

Festival Database

Click here to go to the 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

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 Mid Atlantic Arts 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.

Artists/ensembles must clearly acknowledge support from Mid Atlantic Arts through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below. Use of the Mid Atlantic Arts 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 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 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 through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mellon Foundation.

Website Link
Artists/ensembles are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts website at https://www.midatlanticarts.org when crediting Mid Atlantic Arts  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 Mid Atlantic Arts’ 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 Arts’ 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.


Creative Fellowships

The Creative Fellowships program works on a revolving deadline established by the host colonies.  Please go to the Millay Colony or Virginia Center for the Creative Arts website for information on their next deadline.

Go to Creative Fellowships…

State Fellowships

CLOSED: The deadline for 2022 Fellowship applications was Monday, August 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET.

New Jersey
CLOSED: The application deadline for the 2022 New Jersey Individual Artist Fellowship Awards was Wednesday, July 15, 2021 at 5PM ET.

Go to State Fellowships…

USArtists International

The application deadlines for USArtists International (USAI) 2021 – 2022 are:

CLOSED: September 9, 2021 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between December 15, 2021 and December 14, 2022. Certification sheets and letters of invitation are due by September 16, 2021.

CLOSED: December 1, 2021 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between March 15, 2022 and March 14, 2023. Certification sheets and letters of invitation are due by December 8, 2021.

CLOSED: March 30, 2022 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023. Certification sheets and letters of invitation are due by April 6, 2022.

Go to USArtists International…