Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is dressed in black and gold outfit. The artist is taking off a white wig that has blonde hair while looking distressed. The background is black.

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko performing at Zurich Moves! in Switzerland through USArtists International 2018. Credit: Leni Olafson.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s 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
About
This is a painting with grey, brown, gold, yellow, black, spots of red and green. The artist made black paint strokes in the middle of the painting.

The artwork of Creative Fellowships grantee, Barbara F. Warden. Credit: Barbara F. Warden.

Who We Support

Through ongoing partnerships with the Millay Colony for the Arts (Millay) and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) 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 MAAF provides financial support, the colonies are responsible for the application submission and review process.  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 colony:

 Graphic image with text stating that artists in Delaware, Maryland, New York, and West Virginia receive support at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia. While artists in District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and U.S. Virgin Islands receive support at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, NY.

What Fellows Receive

Creative Fellows receive $3,000 or $1,500 (depending on the length of stay) in support of their residency.  The grant is paid to the respective colony 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.

Guidelines

Am I Eligible?

Only residents of MAAF’s 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 submit recommended Creative Fellowship candidates to MAAF 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

Click here to access VCCA’s online application
Deadline: January 15
June to September Residencies

Deadline: May 15
October to January Residencies

Deadline: September 15
February to May Residencies

Millay Colony for the Arts

Click here to access Millay’s online application

Deadline: March 1
August to November Residencies

Deadline: October 1
April to July Residencies

Notification

Colonies will notify applicants that they have been selected to receive Creative Fellowship support after the review and approval process has concluded.  MAAF 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 colony.

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 MAAF 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.

Questions?

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 MAAF by signing up for our eNewsletter and opting in for electronic announcements.

FAQS

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 (February to May for VCCA; April to July for Millay) as funding will definitely be available.  If you prefer a residency during a different time of year, please check in with the respective colony before applying to see if Creative Fellowship funds are still available.

Do I need to inform MAAF that I have applied for a residency?
No. Recommendations will be forwarded to us from the colonies.

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

I notice that the colonies 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 colony directly.

If I am selected to receive a Creative Fellowship, will MAAF 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. MAAF 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 MAAF. Is this possible?
Thank you for your work providing creative and inspiring spaces for artists!  Unfortunately, since MAAF 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.

Current Fellows

VCCA

Elise P. Church (NY), Visual Artist
Alan Frampton (MD), Visual Artist
Kimberly Thorpe (MD), Visual Artist

Millay

Emma Eisenberg (PA), Author
Jacqueline Goldfinger (PA), Author
Amy Lyons (VA), Author
Aurora Masum-Javed (DC), Author

Manage Your Grant

Funding Acknowledgement and Crediting

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

Crediting
The following statement must appear in all promotional and announcement materials, websites, press releases, social media posts and other publicity materials produced by the Grantee regarding this residency.
This residency of [Artist Name] is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

The preferred reference/entry on the Grantee’s resume is as follows.
Awards: Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow, [Colony Name], [Year]

Website Link
Grantees are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website at https://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 available here.

Final Reports

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. Download a final report form here.

Travel expense reimbursement should be submitted within two weeks of incurring expenses. Forms must be submitted by mail with an original signature. Download a Travel Expense Reimbursement Form here.

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.

On Screen/In Person
About
A behind the scenes look at the filming of The Blood is at the Doorstep. A man is in the center of a crow holding a camera.

Erik Ljung filming The Blood is at the Doorstep.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s On Screen/In Person program is designed to bring independent film and communities together by match-making American filmmakers with presenters from across the mid-Atlantic region.

Selected filmmakers receive touring funds for travel, a $400 stipend for each engagement, and countless opportunities to connect with new audiences. Animation, experimental, documentary, narrative, and collections of short films on any subject are accepted for consideration.

For more information about On Screen/In Person, including the current grantees and host sites, please click through the tabs above.

On Screen/In Person is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Guidelines

Information for Filmmakers

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s (“MAAF”) On Screen/In Person program provides opportunities for independent filmmakers to tour throughout the mid-Atlantic region with their recent films and foster greater understanding and appreciation of their work through direct audience engagement.

Application Status

Applications are now CLOSED for the 2019-2020 program year.

What’s New for Next Year and How Can I Apply?

The On Screen/In Person program is currently under evaluation.  Details regarding updates and changes will be available by later summer 2019.  Please check back at that time for more information.

Current Tours

SEPTEMBER 2019

The Interpreters
Co-Directors Andrés Caballero and Sofian Khan

Iraqi and Afghan interpreters were key to the U.S. war effort, but now many face danger in their countries because of their work.  The Interpreters follows the lives of a chain-smoking Iraqi codenamed “Phillip Morris” who was able to make it to the U.S. with the help of an American soldier, an Afghan called Malik who is still working as an active interpreter at the U.S. base in Kabul despite threats to his life, and an Afghan named Mujtaba who fled with his family as refugees to Turkey, as they work to rebuild their lives.

OCTOBER 2019

Badger Creek and The Thick Dark Fog
Co-Directed and Produced by Jonathan Skurnik and Randy Vasquez
Touring Filmmaker Jonathan Skurnik

Badger Creek is the documentary portrait of a Blackfeet (Pikuni) family, the Mombergs, who live on the lower Blackfeet Reservation in Montana near the banks of Badger Creek. In addition to running a prosperous ranching business, they practice a traditional Blackfeet cultural lifestyle that sustains and nourishes them. The film takes us through a year in the life of the family, and through four seasons of the magnificent and traditional territory of the Pikuni Nation.

Walter Littlemoon was forced to attend a federal Indian boarding school in South Dakota sixty years ago, where any expression of native identity was met with beatings, humiliation, and abuse. After carrying this unresolved trauma into adulthood, Walter decided to write and publish his memoirs as a way to explain his past abusive behaviors to his estranged children. But dealing with the memories of his boarding school days nearly put an end to the project. The Thick Dark Fog tells the story of how Walter confronted his past so that he could heal himself and his community.

NOVEMBER 2019

Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route
Director Pamela Sporn

Detroit 48202: Conversations Along A Postal Route examines the rise, demise, and contested resurgence of the City of Detroit through the lens of African-American mail carrier, Wendell Watkins, and the committed community he faithfully served for thirty years. Though stories of resistance and resilience, Wendell’s customers share how they pushed back against racial segregation in housing and challenged disinvestment, proposing creative ways to re-imagine an inclusive, productive, and re-invigorated city.

FEBRUARY 2020

The Blood is at the Doorstep
Director Erik Ljung

On April 30, 2014, Dontre Hamilton, a black, unarmed man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by a Milwaukee police officer responding to a non-emergency wellness check. Filmed over the course of three years in the direct aftermath of Dontre’s death, The Blood is at the Doorstep is an intimate vérité  documentary that follows his family as they struggle to find answers and challenge a criminal justice system stacked against them.

MARCH 2020

Risking Light
Producer Miranda Wilson

From the streets of Minneapolis, the aboriginal lands of Australia, and the killing fields of Cambodia, Risking Light is an exploration of resilience, and the painful process of moving from grief to compassion and forgiveness. This powerful documentary challenges us to examine our own beliefs about forgiveness and asks “What would the world look like if we could learn to forgive one another?”

APRIL 2020

Pizza, A Love Story
Director Gorman Bechard

Most everyone has a passion for pizza, but only New Haven, CT, lays claim to the Holy Trinity of pizza joints with Sally’s, Pepe’s, and Modern. They are not only a cornerstone of New Haven’s Italian-American heritage but also the establishments that set the bar for this immediately recognizable comfort food. Pizza, A Love Story follows the evolution of the modern day food staple from old world Italy into present day New Haven. Just wait ’til you get a taste…

Host Sites

Host sites for the 2019-2020 On Screen/In Person film series are as follows:

Atlas, Washington, DC
Millersville University of Pennsylvania – The Ware Center, Lancaster, PA
Reading Area Community College – Miller Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro, VA
The Z, Virginia Beach, VA

Please contact the venues directly for dates, times and locations of film screenings, and other program activities in their respective communities.

Filmmakers

SEPTEMBER 2019

The Interpreters
Co-Directors Andrés Caballero and Sofian Khan

Photo Credit: Tom Mendes.

Andrés Caballero is a public radio producer, journalist and documentary filmmaker based in New York. He’s currently a producer at NPR’s Latino USA and his stories have appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, PBS, Deutsche Welle, and other media outlets. He produced The Military Voices series for StoryCorps, about military personnel who served in post 9/11 conflicts. Caballero is a former NPR/Above the Fray fellow, where he reported stories from Cameroon and the Central African Republic.  He co-directed Gaucho Del Norte (2015), an observational documentary that follows the journey of a Patagonian immigrant sheepherder recruited to work in the American west. Caballero is also a 2016 MacArthur Documentary Grant recipient for The Interpreters. Andres is also on the board of the Americas Media Initiative, an organization that supports independent filmmakers in Cuba.

Photo Credit: Tom Mendes.

Sofian Khan is the founder of Capital K Pictures, a New York-based production house. His short work has appeared on Field of Vision, The Fader, Al Jazeera, PBS, Fusion, The Atlantic and Huffington Post. He is a 2016 MacArthur Documentary Grant recipient for The Interpreters (2018), completed with support from ITVS. Khan’s first feature doc The Dickumentary (2014) – a definitive history of the penis from its evolution millions of years ago to today – was acquired by Breaking Glass Pictures in the U.S., and made its festival premiere at the Atlanta Film Festival. His second feature Gaucho Del Norte (2015), was released shortly after, co-directed with producing partner Andrés Caballero. The film was a Jerome Foundation grant recipient, following South American shepherds who are recruited to work in the American west. It premiered at the 2015 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and subsequently aired on PBS’ America ReFramed series. Currently, Kahn is producing An Act Of Worship, based on a short film about the recent travel ban that he co-directed for Field of Vision. The feature-length documentary has received support from the Ford Foundation, the Islamic Scholarship Fund, and Mountainfilm’s commitment grant.

OCTOBER 2019

Badger Creek and The Thick Dark Fog
Co-Director and Producer Jonathan Skurnik

Photo Credit: LA Fellows Staff.

Jonathan Skurnik is a documentary producer, director and cinematographer. Five of his films have broadcast on PBS and European Television, as well as on domestic Satellite and Cable stations. His films have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center and in art galleries in New York City and at over two hundred film festivals throughout the world. He has won numerous awards, including Best Documentary at the American Indian film festival, the Change Maker Award at the Media That Matters Film Festival, the Audience Award for Outstanding Achievement at Outfest, the Harry Chapin Media Award for films about poverty and Best Documentary Award at the UrbanTV film Festival.

NOVEMBER 2019

Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route
Director Pamela Sporn

Photo Credit: Lelanie Foster.

Pam Sporn is a Bronx-based documentary filmmaker, educator, and activist. Her previous work includes the documentaries Cuban Roots/Bronx Stories, With a Stroke of the Chaveta, Remembering the Mamoncillo Tree, and Disobeying Orders: GI Resistance to the Vietnam War. Her films have been featured in film festivals in the US, Cuba, Europe, and South America. Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route, is her latest production, for which she received funding from JustFilms/Ford Foundation. Sporn has also received grants and awards from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Puffin Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, CUNY Caribbean Exchange, and the Bronx Council on the Arts. A 28-year veteran teacher, Sporn helped pioneer social issue documentary making in NYC high schools.  She continues to teach new documentary storytellers by teaching in the Film & Media Department at Hunter College in NYC.

FEBRUARY 2020

The Blood is at the Doorstep
Director Erik Ljung

Photo Credit: Erik Ljung.

Erik Ljung is a freelance producer and director of photography currently based in the Midwest. His debut feature length documentary The Blood is at the Doorstep had its world premiere at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival where it earned a critics pick from The Hollywood Reporter. He has shot and produced content for the New York Times, Netflix – Making a Murderer, VICE News, Travel Channel, PBS and CNN. In 2016, he won a Midwest Emmy for his work on public television’s Wisconsin Foodie. As a director of photography, he has worked with some of the world’s largest brands and ad agencies to produce commercial content. He is a former Nohl Fellow, and a two-time Brico Forward Fund recipient for his documentary work.

MARCH 2020

Risking Light
Producer Miranda Wilson

Photo Credit: Miranda Wilson.

Miranda Wilson has a passion for stories and storytelling. Her work focuses on creative and grassroots engagement, spanning radio, television, and film production; U.S. politics; non-profits; and healthcare.  She has traveled the world as a producer and her credits include Emmy-nominated work, as well as content for Sundance Channel, Food Network, and Twin Cities Public Television. 

Her first feature-length effort, Risking Light, premiered at Cinequest Film Festival; has achieved Best of Fest at Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival and Audience Favorite at Big Water Film Festival; and screened at Cleveland International Film Festival, Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Chania International Film Festival, Cambodia International Film Festival, and Human Rights Arts & Film Festival. Miranda hails from Columbus, Ohio; is an alumna of Georgetown University, insists on using the serial comma, and calls the Twin Cities home.

APRIL 2020

Pizza, A Love Story
Director Gorman Bechard

Photo Credit: Gorman Bechard.

New Haven-Based filmmaker and author, Gorman Bechard, is the director of 16 feature films including rock documentaries on The Replacements, Grant Hart, Archers of Loaf, Lydia Loveless, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers; the animal-rights film A Dog Named Gucci; and the cult horror-comedy Psychos in Love. He has also written six novels. In 2014, Bechard co-founded NHdocs: the New Haven Documentary Film Festival (NHdocs), which he co-directs with Yale Film and Media Studies professor Charles Musser.

Manage Your Grant

Filmmakers

Final Reports

Final report requirements and instructions were included as Exhibit A of the Grant Award Agreement.

Filmmakers 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.

Use the below form for submission of any eligible travel expense reimbursement requests related to your participation in the On Screen/In Person tour. Please see your Grant Award Agreement for eligible expenses

Filmmaker On Screen/In Person Travel Reimbursement Form

For questions about the final reporting requirements, contact Phillip Harmon, Director of Operations at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656 x109

 

State Fellowships
About
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 Foundation, 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.

Delaware

Delaware Division of the Arts
2020 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 Foundation, 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 2020 program year. 

Submission Deadline

CLOSED Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 4:30 PM ET

When Will I be Notified?

All applicants who submitted a 2020 application will be notified in writing after the December Delaware Division of the Arts Council meeting.

Need to update your contact information?  Email Roxanne Stanulis Roxanne.Stanulis@delaware.gov.

Next Opportunity to Apply

2021 applications and guidelines will be available in late spring 2020.

Stay in Touch!

Receive notification about the availability of the 2021 Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship application as well as other opportunities from MAAF by signing up for our eNewsletter and opting in for electronic announcements. 

Maryland

Maryland State Arts Council
Individual Artist Awards

After several decades of working in partnership with the Maryland State Arts Council to provide administrative support for their long-standing Individual Artist Awards program, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation will be stepping back from the program starting with the FY2020 program year.  Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation maintains our commitment to supporting and complimenting the work of the Maryland State Arts Council and the many artists and arts organizations in our home state through our programs and services.

Please visit the Maryland State Art Council website or contact Maryland State Arts Council staff for more information about their programs and current opportunities for independent artists.

New Jersey

New JerseyThe NJSCA Logo.

New Jersey State Council on the Arts
2020 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 Foundation 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 2020 program year.

Submission Deadline

CLOSED Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 5PM EST

When Will I be Notified? 

Applicants who submitted a 2020 application will be notified in writing of the Council’s decision by March 1, 2020.

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

Next Opportunity to Apply

2021 applications and guidelines will be available in late spring 2020 for the following categories:

Crafts
Interdisciplinary Performance
Photography
Playwriting

Stay in Touch!

Be the first to know about the availability of the 2021 application as well as other opportunities from MAAF by signing up for our eNewsletter and opting in for electronic announcements.

USArtists International
About
An artist is performing TRUCK at night outside against a projector. The projected background is a old rustic shed with two windows.

Bridgman | Packer Dance performing TRUCK at the New Baltic Dance Festival in Lithuania through USArtists International 2017. Credit: Dmitrij Matvejev.

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.

Please click through the tabs above to read about the guidelines, current cycle, festival database, and managing your grant.

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, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Guidelines

Guidelines

USArtists International Guidelines 2019-2020 (PDF – opens in  a new tab)
USArtists International Guidelines 2019-2020 (Word – opens in a new tab)

USArtists International Budget Guide (PDF – opens in a new tab)
USArtists International Budget Guide (Word – opens in a new tab)

Work Sample Preparation Guide (Word Version)

Download USArtists International FAQ as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Download USArtists International FAQ as an accessible Word document (click link to download)

USArtists International Application

Deadlines

The application deadlines for USArtists International (USAI) are:

September 5, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between December 15, 2019 and December 14, 2020. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by September 12, 2019.

November 22, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between March 15, 2020 and March 14, 2021. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by December 3, 2019.

April 1, 2020 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by April 8, 2020.

The 2020-2021 deadlines will be posted in early summer 2020.

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 Foundation. 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? Join us for a webinar!

USArtists International: Am I eligible?
Sign up for the webinar on October 16, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT | View a recording
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.

USArtists International: Tips and Pointers for Applicants
Sign up for the webinar on November 6, 2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT | View a recording
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.

Current Grantees

FY19 Round Three

Aaron Nigel Smith, OR
Rototom Sunsplash, Spain

Abraham.In.Motion, NY
Colours International Dance Festival, Germany
Grec Festival of Barcelona, Spain
International Dance Festival Italica, Spain

Andrew Schneider, NY
Grec Festival of Barcelona, Spain

Apple Hill String Quartet, NH
Fidelio Trio Winter Chamber Music Festival, Ireland

Axam Dance Theatre Experience, GA
Re:generations, United Kingdom

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, PA
Bachfest Leipzig, Germany

Belinda McGuire Dance Projects, NY
International Festival of Contemporary Dance (EDANCO), Dominican Republic

Ben Wendel Seasons Band, NY
Langnau Jazz Nights Festival, Switzerland
Loule Jazz Festival, Portugal

Blue Heron, MA
Early Music Days, Germany

Chaksampa Tibetan Dance & Opera Company, CA
Tibetan Shoton Festival, India

The Crossing, PA
Choral Biennale, Netherlands

The Dancing Wheels Company, OH
Luminous Festival, China

Deborah Abel Dance Company, MA
International Contemporary Dance Festival Lila Lopez, Mexico

Dorrance Dance, NY
Brisbane Festival, Australia

Double Edge Theatre, MA
Porsgrunn International Theater Festival, Norway

Emmanuel Music, MA
Bachfest Leipzig, Germany

Fanna Fi-Allah, CA
Esperanzah, Belgium
Festival of Culture, France
Lands End Festival, France

Greg Ward’s Rogue Parade, IL
Festival Jazz International Nijmegen, Netherlands
Jazz International Rotterdam, Netherlands

Half Straddle, NY
Mladi Levi Festival, Slovenia
Noorderzon Festival, Netherlands

Hedwig Dances, IL
Festival Stage TOTAL, Germany

Heidi Duckler Dance, CA
LOFT International Contemporary Dance Festival, Chile

Heidi Latsky Dance, NY
High Fest International Performing Arts Festival, Armenia

Hilary Chaplain, NY
International Puppet Theatre for Adults Festival, Bulgaria

Homer’s Coat, NY
Carthage Theatre Days, Tunisia

Houston METdance, TX
SIBU International Dance Festival, Malaysia

JACK Quartet, NY
Festival NOW!, Germany
Milano Musica, Italy
Strings of Autumn International Music Festival, Czechia

Jason Samuels Smith & Company, NY
Belgrade Dance Festival, Serbia

Joe Chambers & M’Boom, NC
Bologna Jazz Festival, Italy
Culture Autumn Schliersee, Germany

Joseph Keckler, NY
Fierce Festival, United Kingdom

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole with Shawn Pimental, HI
Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival, New Zealand

Kina Zoré, MA
Harare International Festival of the Arts, Zimbabwe

Linda May Han Oh, NY
Jazz Jantar Festival, Poland
Plovdiv Jazz Fest, Bulgaria

Los Angeles Master Chorale, CA
Audi Summer Concerts, Germany
Salzburg Festival, Austria

Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider, NY
Cervantino Festival, Mexico

Miguel Zenón Quartet, NY
Jazz Plaza Festival, Cuba

Minneapolis Guitar Quartet, MN
Guitar-Festival Iserlohn, Germany

Miramar, VA
Fouviere Nights, France

Nora Chipaumire, NY
Dance in August, Germany
La Batie – Festival of Geneva, Switzerland
Zurcher Theater Spektakel, Switzerland

Pacific Mambo Orchestra, CA
Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland

Parangal Dance Company, CA
World Music and Dance Festival, Japan

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, NY
Kulturufer Festival, Germany
Tel Aviv Dance at the Suzanne Dellal Center, Israel

PHILADANCO!, PA
Landgraf International Festival, Germany

Ranky Tanky, SC
North Sea Jazz Festival, Netherlands
Rudolstadt Festival, Germany
Water Music: Black Atlantic Revisited, Germany

Somi, NY
Autumn Jazz Festival, France

Tempesta di Mare, PA
Magdeburg Telemann Festival, Germany

Thaddeus Phillips, PA
Aurora Nova, United Kingdom

Theater Breaking Through Barriers, NY
International Theatre Festival of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Croatia

Trisha Brown Dance Company, NY
Edinburgh International Festival, United Kingdom

Panelists

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

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

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 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 https://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 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.

Deadlines

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.

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On Screen/In Person

CLOSED: The application deadline for filmmakers interested in participating in the 2019-2020 On Screen/In Person tours was Friday, December 14, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET.

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State Fellowships

Delaware
CLOSED: The deadline for 2020 Fellowship applications was Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 4:30 PM ET.

New Jersey
CLOSED: The application deadline for New Jersey artists interested in earning a 2020 Individual Artist Fellowship award was Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 5PM EST.

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USArtists International

The application deadlines for USArtists International (USAI) are:

September 5, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between December 15, 2019 and December 14, 2020. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by September 12, 2019.

November 22, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between March 15, 2020 and March 14, 2021. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by December 3, 2019.

April 1, 2020 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by April 8, 2020.

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