A female violinist stands on a grassy path by a green tree line. People in masks pass her by while listening to the music.

Photo: PS:21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century (Chatham, NY) partnered with Artpark in Lewiston, NY to present Alarm Will Sound with support from ArtsCONNECT. Here, Alarm Will Sound performs John Luther Adams’ “Ten Thousand Birds” to a socially-distanced audience in PS21’s open air pavilion theatre. Credit: Elena Siyanko.

Mid Atlantic Arts’ grant programs for organizations strengthen the region’s presenter network, give communities access to high quality artistic experiences, build audiences, and provide opportunities for greater understanding and appreciation of the arts.

ArtsCONNECT
About
Shot from behind the audience, a group of six artists in street clothes sit across the front of a stage, their legs hanging down from the edge. Behind them, two large panels show maps of the world. We can see the backs of the audience member heads as they face the stage.

Photo: The University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts (Richmond, VA) hosted an audience Q&A with Kaneza Schall & Christopher Myers CARTOGRAPHY with support from ArtsCONNECT. Credit: Shannon Hooker.

 

ArtsCONNECT supports touring projects collaboratively developed by presenters working together in the mid-Atlantic region. The tours include performances as well as complementary engagement activities designed to create greater understanding or connections between artists, audiences, and communities.

The 2023-2024 ArtsCONNECT guidelines and application are live.

Click here to review the 2023-2024 ArtsCONNECT guidelines and learn about the application process.

Two or more Presenters located in the mid-Atlantic region who partner to present the same artist/company during the project period can each receive up to 50% subsidy for that artist/company’s compensation (including artistic compensation, housing, per diem and travel) plus support for other eligible project expenses.

Mid Atlantic Arts is committed to supporting diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible programming in our region. Projects that demonstrate clear mission impact, strong artistry, well-rounded community and artist engagements, and thoughtful and inclusive efforts to engage audiences systemically underserved by the arts are encouraged to apply.

Click here to access the 2023-2024 ArtsCONNECT application portal.

ArtsCONNECT program timeline:

  • November 15, 2022: Application opens; Projects in Development listing available
  • December 6, 2022; 1:00-2:00pm ET: ArtsCONNECT webinar | Recording link: https://youtu.be/431d8U2kFhE
  • December 13, 4:00-5:30pm ET: ArtsCONNECT Presenter Pitch Session| View a recording here
  • February 16, 2023: Projects in Development listing closes
  • March 2, 2023: Application deadline
  • July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024: Project period for projects awarded ArtsCONNECT funding

Questions? Contact Sarah Lewitus, Program Director, Performing Arts and Accessibility, at slewitus@midatlanticarts.org.

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

Projects in Development

Projects in Development Listing

The Projects in Development listing is a user-generated information hub that includes consortia projects currently in development for ArtsCONNECT. Presenter participation in the Projects in Development listing is required: one presenter in a consortium must submit the project to the listing prior to the listed deadline of February 16, 2023.

Click here to submit your ArtsCONNECT project to the 2023-2024 Projects in Development listing.

View the Projects in Development Listing for January 30 as a Word document

View the Projects in Development Listing for January 30 as a PDF

Current Grantees & Tours

2022-2023

Please check with the performance venue to confirm dates and times, and for ticket information.

Acrobuffos (NY) 

Two actors - one in yellow nd the other in bright pink - stand on stage and hold huge scarves that billow over their heads.
Photo Credit: Florence Montmare.

 

Hamid Drake’s Turiya: Honoring Alice Coltraine (IL)

Black and white portrait of Hamid Drake. Hamid is a black man. He holds a drum in front of him and wears a head scarf.
Photo Credit: Ziga Koritnik.

 

Imani Winds (NY)

Five musicians in concert attire are shot full body against a white wall. They hold a variety of instruments.
Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez.

 

Kuruma Ningyo Puppet Company, Japan

A man sits center stage and holds a puppet in a spot of light. Around the edges of the stage shadow images of mythical creatures can be seen.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

 

ODC/Dance (CA)

A single dancer stands center against a grey background. She stand on the toes of one foot and kicks her leg over her head. She wears a white long skirt and black top.
Photo Credit: RJ Muna.

 

Paul Taylor Dance Company (NY)

Six dancers stand on stage in deep green velvet costumes. One dancer stands front and the five behind them raise their right arms into the air.
Photo Credit: Ron Thiele.

 

Rennie Harris Puremovement (PA)

Photo Credit: Avi Steinhard.

 

Shamel Pitts/Tribe: Black Hole (NY)

Black and white portrait of Hamid Drake. Hamid is a black man. He holds a drum in front of him and wears a head scarf.
Photo Credit: The Adeboye Brothers.

 

Soweto Gospel Choir (Australia)

Fifteen black people in bright traditional clothing stand outside in front of stairs to a building. They raise their right arm in a fist over their heads.
Photo Credit: Stephen Garnett.

 

Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience (LA)

Terrance Simien stands on stage a wears a straw pointed hat while playing a accordion.
Photo Credit: James Dean.

 

Third Coast Percussion & Flutronix (IL)

Six people stand in pants and jackets in front of a white brick wall. They are shot full body.
Photo Credit: Nick Zoulek.

 

Ulysses String Quartet (NY)

Four musicians in brightly colored clothing stand outside. They hold a variety of string instruments. In the background buildings can be seen.
Photo Credit: Lara St. John.

 

Urban Bush Women (NY)

Six female dancers leap into the air arms above their head. They are dressed in a variety of bright clothing.
Photo Credit: Hayim Heron.


Vuyani Dance Theatre (South Africa
)

Nine dancers stand in three rows of three on a stage bathed in blue light. In the background people can be scene reading from books on the right while wooden crosses are visible on the left.
Photo Credit: Siphosihle Mkhwanazi.

Panelists

Panelists

If you are interested in serving as a panelist for ArtsCONNECT, please email Program Director Sarah Lewitus at slewitus@midatlanticarts.org with your name and a short bio for consideration.

2022-2023 Program Panelists

Judith Bauer (she/her) 
Dancer, a facilitator and a maker of dances; Participating Artist at Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, MD
Washington, DC

Desirèe Dabney (she/her) 
Actor, Singer, Director, teacher and executive director of Theatre Diva Productions
Richmond, VA

Dave Kyu (he/him) 
Director of Programs at Asian Arts Initiative
Philadelphia, PA

Brett Messenger (he/him) 
Curatorial Director of Live Arts at the Morris Museum
Morristown, NJ

Eman Rimawi-Doster (she/her) 
Access-A-Ride Campaign Coordinator and Organizer; New York Lawyers for the Public Interest; organizer around diversity, equity and inclusion in disenfranchised communities, while using art, writing, fashion, and creativity
New York, NY

2021-2022 Program Panelists

Dr. Kreative (Malakhi RL Eason II)
Director of Programming and Community Impact at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas
New Haven, CT

Maria Manuela Goyanes
Artistic Director, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Washington, DC

Isabel Soffer
Co-Founder and Co-Director, globalFEST; Co-Founder and Co-Director, The Generators; Co-Founder and Co-Director, Live Sounds
Malden, NY

Beatrice L. Thomas
Principal, Authentic Arts and Media
Vallejo, CA

Laurie Uprichard
Independent Curator, Producer, and Consultant
New Orleans, LA

2020-2021 Program Panelists

Kristy Edmunds
Center for the Art of Performance, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA

Tamara Loewenthal
Lotus Education and Arts Foundation
Bloomington, IN

Aaron Shackelford, Ph.D.
Georgia Tech Arts
Atlanta, GA

Anonymous
Chicago, IL

Anonymous
NY/CA

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

Forced Cancelation by Covid-19 or Unforeseen Challenges

Mid Atlantic Arts acknowledges that grantees may need to cancel or change the scope of funded engagements due to ongoing complications caused by Covid-19 or other unforeseen challenges. See below for more information about virtual engagement, changes in project scope, and project cancellation pertaining to your grant award.

Mid Atlantic Arts will not penalize grantees for changing the scope of funded projects within program guidelines or canceling grants due to complications caused by Covid-19 and will be as flexible as we can within the limits of our own funder limitations.

Reach out to Phillip Harmon, Director of Operations, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539. 6656 x109 to discuss changes to the scope of your funded engagement or next steps for cancelling an engagement for which you have been awarded funding.

Virtual Engagement Guidelines

Acknowledging the performing arts’ ongoing reality of utilizing virtual platforms for performance and other engagement, Mid Atlantic Arts will continue to take a flexible approach to our program policies for grantees through June 30, 2024 (timeline may be extended). While we believe that live, in-person performances are hard to replace, we also acknowledge that adaptive virtual approaches will ensure continued access to arts experiences. In some cases, engaging virtually may be preferential over in-person—for example, to increase access for audiences and/or artists across geographies and for people with disabilities.

Please read the Virtual Engagement Guide linked below to understand the requirements of presenting your funded engagement as a virtual presentation:

Mid Atlantic Arts Virtual Engagement Guide as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Mid Atlantic Arts Virtual Engagement Guide as an accessible Word document (Click link to download)

Changes in Project Proposal

Changes in the content, schedule, or budget set forth in the Application must be submitted in writing to Mid Atlantic Arts before being implemented with the exception of those listed below.

Changes that do not require approval:

  1. The change of switching to a virtual presentation if this change meets the requirements included in the Virtual Engagement Guidance available on our website in the Manage Your Grant tab on our website.

  1. Changes in project venues or touring locations, as long as: all project locations are fully accessible in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, or specific accommodations will be made appropriately (see Section 8; Compliance with Statutes and Regulations); and, the constituency to be reached is the same as originally approved.

  1. Addition or removal of auxiliary programming that was not included in the Application as long as it does not impact the overall project scope

  1. Revisions to the budget of non-artist fee line item expenses as long as a 1:1 match is maintained.

  1. Revisions to the budget of income sources as long as a 1:1 match is maintained.

Payment

Please see your Grant Award Agreement for terms of payment.

Grantee may elect to receive all grant payments by ACH electronic funds transfer. If you wish to sign up for ACH payments, download the ACH Authorization Form and follow the instructions on the form.

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

Credit and Logo Usage Details

The following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts 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 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 with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Website Link

Grantees are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts website at www.midatlanticarts.org when crediting Mid Atlantic Arts on their website. This link MUST remain active during the entire length of your grant period with Mid Atlantic Arts. You are requested, but not required, to embed the link in Mid Atlantic Arts’ logo.

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.

For questions about your grant and the crediting or final reporting requirements, contact Delise White, Support Specialist at delise@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656 x112.

For grants awarded for program year 2022 and earlier (5 digit grant number starting with a 3):

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

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts’ eGRANT portal at https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.

The eGRANT 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 “Forgot Password?” link on the login page just above the log in fields.

For grants awarded for program year 2023 and later (8 digit grant numbers starting with “2023-”):

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts’ grant portal at https://midatlanticarts.smartsimple.com.

The SmartSimple 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 “Forgot Password?” link on the SmartSimple portal page, below the purple “Log In” button, to reset your password.

Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects Grants
About

Two men sit in chairs to the far right of the image. The man on the left plays a harmonica while the man on the right plays a guitar. Behind them, a piano and other musical instruments can be seen.

Photo: Blues harp player Phil Wiggins collaborates with guitarist Owen Morrison. Credit: Josh Kohn.

Mid Atlantic Arts’ Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects grants fund projects designed to support the vitality of traditional arts and cultural communities in the mid-Atlantic region.

Non-profit organizations in DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, USVI or WV which seek to engage folk and traditional artists, practitioners, or culture bearers in community-based projects are eligible for funding in amounts from $1,000 to $7,000. The majority of project activities must take place within the mid-Atlantic region. Eligible project activities include but are not limited to performances, public art collaborations, workshops, trainings, exhibitions, fieldwork, and artistic collaborations. Projects must include some publicly-accessible component, including but not limited to a performance, event, exhibit, video, podcast, Q&A session, public interest meeting, archival collection, website, or report.

Mid Atlantic encourages projects that cross sectors, state or territory borders, or connect organizations, artists, or practitioners within one state or territory. In alignment with Mid Atlantic Arts’ strategic vision to promote equity, diversity, inclusion, and access, applications for projects that support or engage underserved or underrepresented artists, practitioners, traditions, or constituents are strongly encouraged.

The 2022-2023 Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects grants cycle is closed. Information about the 2023-2024 program will be announced in spring 2023.

Questions? Contact Emily Hilliard, Program Director, Folk and Traditional Arts, at emily@midatlanticarts.org.

Folk and Traditional Arts Community Project grants are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Guidelines

The Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects grant deadline was June 15, 2022. The guidelines and application form below are for informational purposes only.

GUIDELINES
Download 2022 Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Download 2022 Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects Guidelines as an accessible Word document (click link to download)

APPLICATION FORM
Download a preview copy of 2022 Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects Application as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Download a preview copy of 2022 Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects Application as an accessible Word document  (click link to download)

An informational webinar for the 2022-2023 Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects Grants was held on May 11, 2022 at 11am EST..

Click here to view the video recording.

Click here to view the slide deck from the presentation.

Current Grants

2022-2023 Grants

New Jersey 

New Jersey Center for Visual Arts
Olas Caribeñas/Caribbean Waves Audio Documentary Reel  

New Jersey Folk Festival
Cultures of Cultivation: Community Gardens and Comics Exhibit 

Peters Valley Craft Center
Traditional Basketry & Beyond: An Exhibition with Artist Steven R. Carty at Peters Valley School of Craft 

Redhawk Indian Arts Council
Iroquois Traditions 

New York 

Association for Cultural Equity
“Go to Sleepy Little Baby”: an exhibit presented by the Lomax Digital Archive 

Center for Traditional Music and Dance
The Tahlila West African Drumming and Song Workshop Series 

Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY
The Festival of Japan cultural workshops and collaborative performance 

Living Traditions/Jalopy Theatre
The Eighth Annual Brooklyn International Music Festival

Maryland 

EducArte
Afro-Brazilian samba percussion ensemble community performances 

Frostburg State University
National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration: “Cuando México Canta” with Mariachi Herencia de México featuring Lupita Infante 

Sandy Spring Museum
Bomba y Plena en el Museum 

Pennsylvania 

Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble
Kulu Mele performance, workshop, and community conversation at the Baltimore Rhythm Festival  

Philadelphia Folklore Project
The Historically Black Neighborhood of Swarthmore: Producing a Podcast on its History 

Rivers of Steel
Public workshop trainings for folk and traditional artists through mentorships from master teaching artists and hands-on experiences 

Virginia 

Shenandoah University
Ranky Tanky: Engaging with Gullah Culture 

Venture Richmond
The Virginia Folklife Area at the Richmond Folk Festival 

Panelists

Panelists

If you are interested in serving as a panelist for Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects, please email Program Director Emily Hilliard at emily@midatlanticarts.org with your name and a short bio for consideration. 

2022-2023 Program Panelists 

Karen “Queen Nur” Abdul-Malik
Storyteller, 14th President of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Member of the Board of Directors of the American Folklore Society, Creative Arts Director at Clemmons Family Farm in Charlotte Vermont
Willingboro, NJ 

Mackenzie Kwok 
Folklorist, City Lore and Long Island Traditions and Head Folklorist Research of American Lore Theater
Brooklyn, NY 

Kristin Sullivan 
Executive Director of the Ward Foundation, the nonprofit that operates the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art at Salisbury University
Salisbury, MD 

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 director 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.

Virtual Engagement Guidance

As arts organizations evolve in response to a changing landscape, Mid Atlantic Arts will continue to take a flexible approach to our program policies during this time. While we believe that live, in-person performances are hard to replace, we are also open to adaptive approaches that will ensure continued access to these arts experiences. Therefore, we are glad to announce the following policy for virtual engagements as an option for our grantees to fulfill their public performance and community engagement activity requirements.

Please read the full guidance document to understand the requirements of presenting your funded engagement as a virtual presentation. We have also included links to a few resources that may help you guide your decisions around virtual presentation.

Mid Atlantic Arts Virtual Engagement Guide as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Mid Atlantic Arts Virtual Engagement Guide as an accessible Word document (Click link to download)

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

Credit and Logo Usage Details

The following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts 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 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 program is made possible through the Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Website Link

Grantees are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts website at www.midatlanticarts.org when crediting Mid Atlantic Arts on their website. This link MUST remain active during the entire length of your grant period with Mid Atlantic Arts. 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 at https://midatlanticarts.smartsimple.com/

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.

Iber Exchange
About

Mid Atlantic Arts believes in the power of the arts to promote a greater understanding of other cultures.  Iber Exchange is a grant program designed to increase availability of international music programming throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and to promote a greater understanding of other cultures through the performing arts. Iber (pronounced “EE-burr”) Exchange provides fee support grants to nonprofit presenters located in the mid-Atlantic region that contract artists as part of the Iber Exchange program in collaboration with the Ibermúsicas organization.

All funded engagements are required to include a public performance and a community engagement activity that creates interaction between audiences and visiting artists. An emphasis is placed on funding engagements in communities where opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

Mid Atlantic Arts recognizes that international touring is most cost-effective for presenters and artists when multiple presenters collaborate to bring an artist to various communities in one trip. This program offers the opportunity for both presenters and artists to receive funding to facilitate collaborative cultural exchange.

Iber Exchange is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts in collaboration with Ibermúsicas and made possible through the generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.

About Ibermúsicas

Ibermúsicas is a nongovernmental organization dedicated to supporting the diversity and growth of the Iberoamerican music sector. Members include Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and Uruguay. Ibermúsicas provides grants to support the mobility and development of musicians in their member countries.

Support for Iber Exchange is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Ibermúsicas.

National Endowment for the Arts logoMid Atlantic Arts Logo. The words Mid Atlantic are stacked in a teal blue next to a larger scale word Arts in white in a bright yellow circle.Ibermuscias logo

For Presenters

HOW IT WORKS

This initiative is a partnership grant program featuring cross-cultural collaboration between artists and presenters.

Artist Selection: In 2022 Ibermúsicas conducted an open call for artist applications. Artists had to be based in Ibermúsicas’ member countries to apply for funding and meet eligibility criteria. The three ensembles selected following panel review for the artist roster will receive grant support directly from Ibermúsicas to defray visa costs.

Presenter Grant Support: Ensembles on the artist roster will tour the mid-Atlantic region with the assistance of Ibermúsicas between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024. Nonprofit mid-Atlantic presenters who provided letters of invitation to these artists when they applied to Ibermúsicas will be eligible for grant support from Mid Atlantic Arts for up to 50% of the negotiated artist fee. Grants will generally range between $2,000 – $8,000 per presenter. Additional eligible mid-Atlantic nonprofit presenters interested in joining the tours may do so with grant support while funds remain.

HOW TO RECEIVE A GRANT AWARD

  • Review the program guidelines below and the artist roster.
  • Contact the artist’s tour agent and negotiate the performance and artist-involved community engagement activities.
  • Send a signed offer letter to the agent by April 25, 2023 that includes the presenter’s name and contact information, public performance and community engagement date(s), negotiated inclusive fee, and recommended grant support amount as negotiated with the artist’s agent.
  • Be tentatively recommended for a grant (up to 50% of negotiated fee) and complete a brief online form including details about your organization and the engagement, including planned artist-involved community engagement.
  • Mid Atlantic Arts will contact you in June to verify details and confirm your grant.

PRESENTER ELIGIBILITY

In order to receive fee support grants, a presenting organization must:

  • Be based anywhere in the mid-Atlantic jurisdiction: Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Virginia, West Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or a unit of state or local government. Units of state or local government must provide a document on official letterhead to confirm status as a government entity. Fiscal sponsorship is not permitted for this program.
  • Be in good standing with Mid Atlantic Arts, with no overdue or outstanding required reports and/or grant documents.
  • For this program, a presenter is defined as an organization that regularly schedules and engages professional artists to perform before general audiences in its community and manages the related performance logistics as an ongoing and significant component of their organization’s activity.
  • We encourage the participation of presenters from a variety of eligible organizations including: organizations that serve populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by ethnicity, economics, geography, or disability; organizations with small and medium-sized budgets; organizations from rural or urban communities; and organizations that may be receiving funding from Mid Atlantic Arts for the first time.
  • Presenters will be selected on the strength of their proposed activity engagement as well as compelling outreach to their community.

ENGAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS

In order to receive fee support grants a presenting organization must:

  • Enter into a contract with an Ibermúsicas-selected artist for at least one public performance and at least one community engagement activity that builds appreciation for the performance or art form and provides the public with opportunities for direct interaction with the visiting artists. Presenters will be selected on the strength of their proposed activity engagement as well as compelling outreach to their community. Community engagement activities may include, but are not limited to, master classes, lecture-demonstrations, workshops, and pre- or post-performance discussions. The activity offered must involve the featured artist(s). Presenters must discuss the community engagement activity and the artist’s involvement and include these activities in their negotiations. Presenters must provide details on community engagement plans before being confirmed for a grant award.

PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Program Guidelines as a Word doc (Opens in a new tab)
Program Guidelines as a PDF (Opens in a new tab)

Want to learn more?
Iber Exchange Webinar for Presenters in the Mid-Atlantic
View a Recording (hyperlink opens new tab to YouTube video).To receive deadline reminders and program updates, please sign up for our newsletter.

2023-2024 Artist Roster

Iber Exchange 2023-2024 Artist Roster

Alejandro Brittes Quartet

Three males musicians site on boxes in a semicircle. They all ear shades of black with accents. To the left a bass lays on the floor. The center musician holds an accordion. The man to the right has an acoustic guitar. Behind them standing center is a woman with a flute.Renowned Argentine accordionist and composer Alejandro Brittes has been described by academic authority University of Texas professor Mark Brill as one of the three principal accordionists of the important traditional South American chamamé musical genre, a 400-year old musical expression declared as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO that resonates with over 35 million people in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, and other South American nations, that was born of the encounter between native Guaraní cultures and the Baroque musical influences brought by Jesuits in the colonial period. The accordion-based multicultural chamamé genre is unfortunately little known in North America. Brittes´s musical career spans over 30 years, he has 100 original compositions and 9 albums, and has performed in 10 nations in the Americas and Europe. He has also published a book titled “The Origins of Chamamé”, one of the most-sold titles on Amazon Brazil in Sept. 2021.

WatchAPAP ShowcaseWebWebsite | Facebook | Instagram | SpotifyTo book, contact: José Curbelo | jose@hometeammgmt.org

Caña Dulce y Caña Brava

Five musicians in bright blue, yellow, orange, and white traditional dress stand in an ornate courtyard holding traditional instruments.Caña Dulce y Caña Brava takes audiences on a journey through the music, poetry, and dance of Veracruz, Mexico. Experience the profound harmonies of the harp, the percussive atmosphere of the jarana, and the robust rhythm of the guitarra grande accompanied by the zapateado and the projection of visual effects. The group highlights feminine poetry and voices within the traditionally masculine world of Mexican son jarocho music. Thanks to their dedication, innovation and perseverance, the group has established itself as a benchmark for son jarocho, giving innovation to traditional Mexican music.WebWebsite | Twitter | Instagram | SpotifyTo book, contact: Matthew Greenhill | mattg@fliartists.com

La Banda Morisca

Six musicians in casual and traditional dress stand on a rocky outcropping with a city all in white behind them against a bright blue sky. They hold a mix of modern and traditional instruments.Comprised of musicians from Cadiz, Spain with different professional backgrounds, La Banda Morisca’s music is a convergence of roots and traditional music and the desire to experiment and evoke the cultural heritage of ancient al-Andalus and the legacy it has left on the music currently performed in Andalusia, the Maghreb and the Middle East. Inspired by this Andalusí heritage and by the folkloric cannon of ballads, the sextet has developed a creative and unique vision of a repertoire that combines the traditions of the Eastern and Western Mediterranean with the spirit of flamenco and Andalusian rock.La Banda Morisca released its self-titled debut album in 2013. It was followed by Algarabya in 2016 and Gitana Mora in 2020. Between 2016 and 2019, the band has performed at some of the most important festivals and venues in the world, including SXSW, the New York Flamenco Festival, the Arab World Festival of Montreal, The Small World Music Center in Toronto, the New England Conservatory in Boston, The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Miami Dade College, the Miami Flamenco Festival, the Havana World Music Festival, the Merzouga International Festival, L´Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, the Festival des Musiques Métisses de Angoulême, the Spanish Pavilion at the 2017 Astana World Expo, the Sharq Taronalari Festival in Samarcanda, where they were awarded the Festival Jury Prize, WOMEX 2017 in Katowice, the Fira Mediterrania, the Krems Festival and the Sziget Festival in Budapest.WebWebsite | Facebook | Twitter | SpotifyTo book, contact: Justine Bayod Espoz | Justine@ToritoArtists.com

Jazz Touring Network
About
Shot from the back of the performance space, a group of four musicians stand on the stage in a row taking their final bow. They are surrounded by their instruments on a deep blue lit stage and framed with red curtains. The audience stands and claps

Photo: Dayramir Gonzalez & Habana enTRANCe take a bow on stage at Flushing Town Hall (Flushing, NY). Flushing Town Hall is a member of the Jazz Touring Network. Credit: Shawn Choi.

The Jazz Touring Network is a presenter-based membership program that supports professional development, building partnerships, and working together to curate tours that reflect the richness of the field of jazz. Welcoming both those organizations with little to no experience presenting jazz and seasoned jazz presenters seeking to strengthen programming, application occurs annually through an open, competitive process. Once selected, membership is ongoing upon meeting annual requirements.

Questions regarding the Jazz Touring Network should be directed to the Program Director, Jazz, Ernest Stuart at estuart@midatlanticarts.org.

The Jazz Touring Network is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.

Guidelines

New guidelines for the Jazz Touring Network will be posted in fall 2023. The guidelines below are for information purposes only.

Download the 2020 – 2021 Jazz Touring Network Membership Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window)

Download the 2020 – 2021 Jazz Touring Network Membership Guidelines as an accessible Word document (click link to download)

Deadlines

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mid Atlantic Arts has prioritized supporting current JTN members as they navigate difficult programming and presenting transitions. New program guidelines will be posted in the fall of 2023.

Current Tours

2019-2020 Jazz Touring Network Engagements

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

Anat Cohen is photographed against a white background. She wears jeans and a white buttoned shirt.
Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

Anat Cohen Quartetinho, New York, NY

“Cohen has emerged as one of the brightest, most original young instrumentalists in jazz.” — The Washington Post

Anat Cohen has always felt a deep connection to the joy, inventiveness, and deep grooves of jazz’s rich and eclectic musical traditions. The prolific clarinetist-saxophonist’s latest musical project, The Anat Cohen Quartetinho, was birthed from her GRAMMY-nominated Tentet and explores a myriad of musical influences, both acoustic and electronic, from Israel, the US, and Brazil. Quartetinho features Anat (clarinet & bass clarinet), Vitor Gonçalves (accordion & piano), Tal Mashiach (bass & 7-string guitar), and James Shipp (percussion, vibraphone, and electronics). 

Three women, in black formal wear, stand on stage in front of a grand piano. They all hold microphones and are singing.
Photo Credit: Frank Stewart

Ladies Sing the Blues, featuring vocalists Catherine Russell, Charenee Wade, and Brianna Thomas, New York, NY

Ladies Sing The Blues features vocalists Catherine Russell, Charenee Wade, and Brianna Thomas channeling 1920s blues divas Bessie Smith (the “Empress of the Blues”); Mamie Smith (the “Queen of the Blues”); Ma Rainey (the “Mother of the Blues”); stage and screen icon, Ethel Waters, and legends like Billie Holiday, Alberta Hunter, and Ida Cox. Originally presented at Jazz At Lincoln Center, this concert features an amazing 7-piece band including horn charts adapted from the original recordings.  Come swing with us!

Christie Dashiell head shot. Christie is shot against a wite background. She wears a dark leather jacket and tan patterned scarf.
Photo Credit: Colville Heskey

Christie Dashiell Washington, DC

Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Greenville, North Carolina, Christie Dashiell is a graduate of Howard University and the Manhattan School of Music. As a member of Afro-Blue, Howard’s premier vocal jazz ensemble, Dashiell appeared on NBC’s “The Sing Off.” She has twice received recognition in DownBeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards as Outstanding Soloist and Best Vocalist in the Graduate College division. Dashiell tours with her own quartet, and has performed with Nancy Wilson, Geri Allen, Smokey Robinson, Esperanza Spalding and Fred Hammond. She has appeared at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival, DC Jazz Festival and Winter Jazzfest in New York City.

 

Dayramir Gonzalez sits in right profile while playing a grand piano on stage. He wears a light colored suit and in the background, two females musicians can be seen playing the violin.
Photo Credit: Rob Klein

Dayramir Gonzales Los Angeles, CA

Dayramir Gonzalez is a three-time Cubadisco award-winner and the first Cuban national to receive Berklee College of Music’s “Presidential Scholarship” and the 2013 Wayne Shorter Award for most outstanding jazz composer. 

Dayramir began his professional career as a pianist and composer with former Irakere member, Oscar Valdes’ Afro-Cuban jazz ensemble Diákara at the age of 16. Since winning Havana’s JoJazz festival in 2004 and 2005, Dayramir has gone from winning three Cubadisco awards for his 2007 debut album “Dayramir & Habana enTRANCé” to becoming Berklee College of Music’s first Cuban national “Presidential Scholarship” recipient to performing in 15,000-seat stadiums with legends like Chucho and Bebo Valdes and headlining Carnegie Hall’s,“Voices of Latin America Series,” invited by Chucho Valdes representing the young generation of Afro-Cuban jazz.

During this tour, Dayramir will share the music of his journey as a young Havana-native who brings the Afro-Cuban music legacy infused with the vanguard sounds of New York to the United States. His music reflects his ancestral heritage of pulsating West African motifs to his contemporary take on the classical Cuban tradition of the late 19th century as well as a modern approach to the large orchestral ballads inspired by the artistry of jazz legends like Billy Strayhorn and Gil Evans. Dayramir continues his role as a leading composer, orchestrator, bandleader and pianist in the international jazz community.

Jennifer Hartswick and Nick Cassarino are photographed in black and white in a park. Jennifer is on the right side of the photo with her right arm around Nick's neck They both wear black leather jackets and clothing in shades of black.
Photo Credit: Michelle Stancil

Jennifer Hartswick & Nick Cassarino Duo, Nashville, TN & Brooklyn, NY

Trumpeter and vocalist Jennifer Hartswick and guitarist Nick Cassarino have been playing music, writing, laughing, and storytelling together since meeting in their native Vermont almost two decades ago. Now based in Nashville, TN, Hartswick is best known as a founding member of the Trey Anastasio Band, and has recorded and shared the stage with Herbie Hancock, Phish, Tom Petty, the Rolling Stones, Christian McBride and many others. Cassarino, who resides in Brooklyn, NY, performed as a member of hip-hop collective Lifted Crew and toured alongside rap icons Slick Rick and Big Daddy Kane before forming internationally renowned The Nth Power onstage at a late-night Jazz Fest jam session in 2013.

Hartswick and Cassarino have each made names for themselves, touring tirelessly, but together their powerful jazz-fusion originals are delivered with passion, dedication and sophistication that is evident in their joyous, soulful performances, providing audiences with a truly special musical experience.

Joel Ross photographed against a bubblegum pink background. He ears a short sleeve pink button up shirt and is placing a baseball cap with the words "Good Vibes" embroidered on the front.
Photo Credit: Lauren Desberg

Joel Ross – Good Vibes, Brooklyn, NY

Chicago-born, Brooklyn-based vibraphonist and composer Joel Ross has a way of being everywhere interesting at once: from deeply innovative albums (Makaya McCraven’s Universal Beings, Walter Smith III & Matthew Stevens’ In Common) to reliably revolutionary combos (Marquis Hill’s Blacktet, Peter Evans’ Being & Becoming) to an ever-present force on the New York jazz stage. In 2019 he joined the Blue Note Records roster; adding his name to an illustrious jazz vibraphone legacy on the label that extends from Milt Jackson and Bobby Hutcherson to Stefon Harris. His debut record Kingmaker was one of the exceptional releases of the year and while it was a great recording, live, along with his band, is where his vision truly rises to astounding heights.

Marc Cary sits center and wears a yellow graphic tee and black patterned bucket hat. A man walks out of the left side of the image and another is visible silhouetted to the left.
Photo Credit: Vikram Valluri

Marc Cary, Baltimore, MD

In a jazz world brimming with brilliant and adventurous pianists, musician and composer Marc Cary stands apart by way of pedigree and design as one of New York’s best jazz pianists. None of his prestigious peer group ever set the groove behind the drums in Washington DC go-go bands nor are any others graduates of both Betty Carter and Abbey Lincoln’s daunting bandstand academies.  On top of his expansive recording catalog and international touring,  he is currently teaching the Undergraduate and Graduate improvisation programs at Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, and with this — alongside his long-standing acclaimed performance based jam sessions The Harlem Sessions — Cary is an indisputable connector between the jazz generations.

Victor Provost is photographed against a white wall. He wears dark suit slacks and a vest over a white button up shirt and red patterned tie. A deep blue scarf is draped around his neck.
Photo Credit: Chris Drukker

Victor Provost, Crofton, MD

Victor Provost is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading voices on the unique, and often misunderstood, steel pan (or steel drum). Through appearances at concert halls, clubs, and stages around the world, he has been meticulously developing a reputation as a “dazzling” soloist, crafting an impressive improvisational voice and style. With a strong foundation in Bebop, a contemporary sensibility, and deep roots in Caribbean music, he seamlessly melds and mixes genres. The Washington D.C. City Paper’s “Jazz Percussionist of the Year” six years running, his 2017 recording Bright Eyes (Sunnyside) debuted at #5 on the iTunes Top 40 Jazz Charts and has been met with praise from The Washington Post, Downbeat Magazine, Hot House Magazine, and numerous artists and presenters.

In addition to leading his own group, Victor has performed and recorded with luminaries such as NEA Jazz Master Paquito D’Rivera, Hugh Masakela, Joe Locke, Nicholas Payton, Terell Stafford, Dave Samuels, Steve Nelson, Ron Blake, and Wycliffe Gordon, among many others.

As an educator, Victor conducts residencies throughout the United States and the Caribbean and is an Arts Ambassador to his home, the U.S. Virgin Islands, which honored him with a Special Congressional Recognition in 2014.

Members

Arden Gild Hall
Ron Ozer, President
2126 The Highway
Arden, DE 19810
Phone: 302.898.9308
E-mail: concerts@ardenclub.org
http://ardenclub.org/

Ars Nova Workshop
Mark Christman, Executive and Artistic Director
Bok Room 509
1901 S. 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 20002
Phone: 215.805.3376
E-mail: mark@arsnovaworkshop.org
https://www.arsnovaworkshop.org

Artvolution Cultural Innovation Project, Inc.- Modern Renaissance Jazz
Vena Jefferson, Executive Director
1911 Ironwood Lane
Bensalem, PA 19020
Phone: 267.777.9553
E-mail: vena@artvolution.org
https://www.artvolution.org/

Atlas Performing Arts Center
Doug Yeuell, Executive Director
1333 H Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202.399.7993 ext. 116
E-mail: dyeuell@atlasarts.org
http://www.atlasarts.org

BlackRock Center for the Arts
Keelyn Mitchell, Senior Coordinator of Programs & Projects
12901 Town Commons Drive
Germantown, MD 20874
Phone: 240.912.1059
E-mail: kmitchell@blackrockcenter.org
http://www.blackrockcenter.org/

Binghamton University – Anderson Center for the Performing Arts
Annette Burnett, Operations Director
P.O. Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902
Phone: 607.777.2311
E-mail: aburnet@binghamton.edu
http://www2.binghamton.edu/anderson-center/

CapitalBop
Jamie Sandal, Managing Director
2853 Ontario Road, NW #501
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 301.943.2683
E-mail: jamie@capitalbop.com
https://www.capitalbop.com/

Carnegie Hall
Allan Sizemore, Artistic Director
105 Church Street
Lewisburg, WV 24901
Phone: 304.645.7917 ext. 114
E-mail: artistic@carnegiehallwv.org
http://www.carnegiehallwv.org/

Christina Cultural Arts Center
James Raye Rhodes, Executive Director
705 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: 302.851.1633
E-mail: jrhodes@ccacde.org
https://www.ccac-de.org/

Cornell University – Cornell Concert Series
Dr. Deborah Justice, Manager
101 Lincoln Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607.255.4363
E-mail: drj46@cornell.edu
www.cornellconcertseries.com

Creative Alliance
Josh Kohn, Performance Director
3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
Phone: 410.276.1651
E-mail: josh@creativealliance.org
http://www.creativealliance.org/

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
Ariana Hellerman, Director of Programming
1 MetroTech Center North, Suite 1003
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 718-403-1641
E-mail: ahellerman@downtownbrooklyn.com
http://www.downtownbrooklyn.com

Flushing Town Hall
Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director
137-35 Northern Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: 718.463.7700 ext. 225
E-mail: ekodadek@flushingtownhall.org
http://www.flushingtownhall.org

Frostburg State University – Cultural Events Series
Melanie Moore, Associate Director – CES
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532
Phone: 301.687.4151
E-mail: mamoore@frostburg.edu
https://www.frostburg.edu/cultural-events-series/

Hamilton College – Performing Arts
Michelle Reiser-Memmer, Performing Arts Administrator
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
Phone: 315.859.4305
E-mail: mreiserm@hamilton.edu
https://www.hamilton.edu/campuslife/arts-at-hamilton/performingarts

Jefferson Center
Jamie Cheatwood, Programming Assistant
541 Luck Avenue, SW, Suite 221
Roanoke, VA 24016
Phone: 540.343.2624 ext. 215
E-mail: jcheatwood@jeffcenter.org
http://www.jeffcenter.org/

Kente Arts Alliance
Mensah Wali, Artistic Director
1212 Manhattan Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Phone: 412.322.0292
E-mail: mensah@kentearts.org
http://kentearts.com

Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College
Jon Yanofsky, Director, Kupferberg Center for the Arts
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Flushing, NY 11367
Phone: 718.570.0924
E-mail: jon.yanofsky@qc.cuny.edu
http://kupferbergcenter.org/

Lake Placid Center for the Arts
James Lemons, Executive Director
17 Algonquin Drive
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Phone: 518.523.2512
E-mail: james@lakeplacidarts.org
https://www.lakeplacidarts.org/

Montgomery County Community College – Lively Arts
Brent Woods, Senior Director of Cultural Affairs
340 DeKalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Phone: 215.641.6439
E-mail: BWoods@mc3.edu
http://www.mc3.edu/arts/lively-arts

MCG Jazz
Natalie Larsen, Executive Assistant
1815 Metropolitan Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Phone: 412.322.1773 ext. 121
E-mail: nlarsen@manchesterbidwell.org
http://mcgjazz.org

On Stage At Kingsborough
Anna Becker, Executive Director
2001 Oriental Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Phone: 718.368.5148
E-mail: ABecker@kbcc.cuny.edu
http://www.onstageatkingsborough.org/

RiverviewJazz.Org
Bryan Beninghove, Executive Director
P.O. Box 17291
Jersey City, NJ, 07307
Phone: 201.920.7209
E-mail: riverviewjazz.org@gmail.com
https://www.riverviewjazz.org/

University of Richmond – Modlin Center for the Arts
Shannon Hooker, Assistant Director
T-107A 28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
Phone: 804.287.6559
E-mail: shooker@richmond.edu
http://modlin.richmond.edu/

Virginia Arts Festival
Danielle Garcia, Artistic Administrator
440 Bank Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 757.282.2811
E-mail: dmgarcia@vafest.org
http://www.vafest.com/

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 director 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.

Virtual Engagement Guidance

As arts presenting organizations evolve in response to a changing landscape, Mid Atlantic Arts will continue to take a flexible approach to our program policies during this time. While we believe that live, in-person performances are hard to replace, we are also open to adaptive approaches that will ensure continued access to these arts experiences. Therefore, we are glad to announce the following policy for virtual engagements as an option for our grantees to fulfill their public performance and community engagement activity requirements.

Please read the full guidance document to understand the requirements of presenting your funded engagement as a virtual presentation. We have also included links to a few resources that may help you guide your decisions around virtual presentation.

Mid Atlantic Arts Virtual Engagement Guide as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Mid Atlantic Arts Virtual Engagement Guide as an accessible Word document (Click link to download)

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

Credit and Logo Usage Details

The following statement, and where space permits, the Mid Atlantic Arts 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 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 Jazz Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Website Link

Grantees are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts website at www.midatlanticarts.org when crediting Mid Atlantic Arts on their website. This link MUST remain active during the entire length of your grant period with Mid Atlantic Arts. 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’ eGRANT system at https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.  Please read the instructions in the eGRANT system carefully.

The account used to submit the Common Information Form 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.

Mid Atlantic Tours
About
Three Korean women in vibrant, updated traditional dress and hats, perform on stage in from of a bright purple and pink background. The women stand in a line close-up, and the artist in the center holds a microphone.

Photo: Ak Dan Gwang Chil in performance at Frostburg State University (Frostburg, MD) with support from the Mid Atlantic Tours program. Credit: Missy Russell Martz.

Mid Atlantic Tours brings the best of the performing arts to communities across the mid-Atlantic region. Presenters select from a curated roster of artists that changes annually but maintains a programmatic commitment to a diversity of performance genres, regional artist representation, and engaging with communities underserved by the arts.  

The 2023-2024 Mid Atlantic Tours roster is live!  

Click here to review the 2023-2024 Mid Atlantic Tours roster 

Presenters located in the mid-Atlantic region who engage a Mid Atlantic Tours Roster Artist during the project period receive up to 50% subsidy for the Roster Artist’s compensation (including artistic compensation, housing, per diem and travel) as well as a presenter capacity support. Presenters work directly with the Roster Artist’s Tour Manager to negotiate terms, including engagement dates and compensation.  

Once terms are confirmed between Presenter and Tour Manager, the Presenter completes a short application to Mid Atlantic Arts. Applications are not competitive, but Presenters interested in engaging a Mid Atlantic Tours Roster Artist during the project period are encouraged to confirm terms with the Artist’s Tour Manager as soon as possible as funding is limited. Final grant award distribution is determined by Mid Atlantic Arts staff in collaboration with Tour Managers. 

Mid Atlantic Tours Program Timeline 

  • November 2, 2022: Public announcement of Mid Atlantic Tours roster
  • November 9, 2022; 11am-12pm ET: Mid Atlantic Tours webinar; click here to view webinar recording
  • December 12, 2022; 4:00-5:30pm ET: Mid Atlantic Tours Roster Artist Share | View a recording here
  • March 23, 2023: Booking deadline for mid-Atlantic region presenters to contract Mid Atlantic Tours artists
  • July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024: Project period for Mid Atlantic Tours subsidy awards to presenters (presentations of Mid Atlantic Tours Roster Artists must take place during this period) 

Questions? Contact Sarah Lewitus, Program Director, Performing Arts and Accessibility at slewitus@midatlanticarts.org.

Mid Atlantic Tours is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.

Roster Artist Interest Form

The Mid Atlantic Tours Roster Artist Interest Form is now closed. If you are interested in being considered for a future Mid Atlantic Tours roster or have any questions about the program, please email Program Director, Performing Arts Sarah Lewitus at slewitus@midatlanticarts.org.

Performing artists based in Mid Atlantic Arts’ geographic region* working in dance, folk and traditional performing arts, multidisciplinary performance, music, puppetry, or theater may submit the Roster Artist Interest Form to be considered for the Mid Atlantic Tours roster. Review the 2023-2024 Roster Artist Interest Form Overview for full eligibility and more information about the program.  (*For information purposes only – the 2023-2024 Roster Artist Submission deadline has passed.)

A Roster Artist Interest Form Information Session was held on July 14, 2022. You can view recordings from that session below:

  • Click here to view the Roster Artist Interest Form Information Session webinar video.
  • Click here to view the Roster Artist Interest Form Information Session slide deck.

Mid Atlantic Arts engaged four Curatorial Advisors for the 2023-2024 Roster Artist selection process. Curatorial Advisors reviewed submissions to the Interest Form and had the option to recommend additional artists. Learn about the 2023-2024 Mid Atlantic Tours Curatorial Advisors.

Questions about Mid Atlantic Tours? Interested in serving on the Curatorial Advisement Panel to select the 2023-2024 Artist Roster? Reach out to Program Director, Performing Arts and Accessibility Sarah Lewitus at slewitus@midatlanticarts.org.

*Mid Atlantic Arts’ geographic region includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia, and the Native nations that share this geography. 

Artist Roster

Download Mid Atlantic Tours roster, including comprehensive information about each artist, below: 

Download Mid Atlantic Tours Roster as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Download Mid Atlantic Tours Roster as an accessible Word document (click link to download) 

Roster Artist Overview

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company
Dance & Storytelling | New York 

A group of dancers in brightly colored traditional Mexican costumes and headdresses perform on stage in front of a green and black background.

Photo: Stefanie Delgado.

Website: https://calpullidance.org/

Media:
https://vimeo.com/364415857/522898084d
https://vimeo.com/188145165 

Estimated fee range: $10,000-$15,000 plus travel/housing (or $15,000-$20,000 inclusive)

Tour Manager contact information: 
Leigh Ann Gann, Company Manager
lgann@calpullidance.org 

 

DuPont Brass
Music | Washington, DC

A group of eight musicians in casual summer clothing stand on the banks of a river with their instruments in their hands. Behind them, a wooden bridge can be seen.

Photo: Erica L. Blake, IG: @ericalblake.

Website: dupontbrass.com  

Media:   
Owe Me A Party @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Let’s Go by DuPont Brass @  The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Estimated fee range: Fee: $6,500-9,000 + transportation, lodging, and backline (rider)  

Tour Manager contact information: 
Brent Gossett
dupontbrass@gmail.com 


From China to Appalachia: Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer with Chao Tian 

Music; world music, multi-genre roots music | Maryland 

Three women stand against a dark background. They are dressed in black with solid color bright tops. They all hold stringed instruments and a traditional Chinese wooden instrument sits across the front of the group.

Photo: Courtesy of the artists.

Website: https://www.cathymarcy.com/from-china-to-appalachia 

Media:
Live from Ashe County Arts Council 
Dark Eyes, jazz on ukulele, guitar, yanqin:  https://youtu.be/sSpl4yyWwrk; 
Ruby: Appalachian repertoire, vocal with gourd banjo, dumbek, yanqin:  https://youtu.be/SmBvmTSbiDE 
August Flower, Traditional Chinese Folk Melody (yanqin, banjo, guitar): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Du0ixRrr0iQ 

Estimated fee range:
$3500-$5000 

Tour Manager contact information: 
 
Cathy Fink 
cfink@mindspring.com 


Jerron Herman

Dance | New York 

A dancer stands in the frame right shot from the chest up. His right arm touches his face and his head is back, eyes closed. He wears an orange sleeveless top and the words Vitruvian by Jerron Herman are visible in bright green to the left.

Photo: Maria Baranova.

Website: jerronherman.com

Media: VITRUVIAN Trailer & Info Deck

Estimated fee range: $5,500 – $7,500 + travel  

Tour Manager contact information: 
Candace l Feldman
queenc@interimcorp.art 


The Legendary Ingramettes

Gospel | Virginia 

Three women in matching long orange tops sing onstage with handheld mikes. A guitarist is visible in the background.

Photo: Pat Jarrett/ Virginia Humanities.

Website: https://legendaryingramettes.com/  

Media: 
  
Take a Look In the Book (Released 2020) https://soundcloud.com/thelegendaryingramettes  
Until I Die (Live) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3SlaTNZ0DM 

Legendary Ingramettes EPK:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_1Qx6iVEoxGEC2t-u2FZZpOsEMntmVUa/view

Fee Range: $7,500,00 -$10,000.00 plus Production/Accommodation/Hospitality and Local Ground Transportation (where needed)

Tour Manager contact information:  
David Gaar, FreshenUp Arts 
david@freshenuparts.com 


Martha Redbone 

Americana/ Roots | New York 

A woman with long, dark, curly hair wears a cream blouse and brimmed hat. She is photographed outside on a porch with a guitar neck visible in the blurred background.

Photo: Will Maupin.

Website: https://sroartists.com/artists/martharedbone/  

Media: 
Roots Project Video: https://youtu.be/a10Zu1M_7C8 
Bone Hill Video: https://youtu.be/8XO0unC44l4  

Estimated fee range: 
Roots Project: $5,000 – $7,500, plus Lodging (Quintet: four rooms; Quartet: three rooms; Two rooms), plus Backline (see tech rider) 
Bone Hill: $12,500 – $15,000, plus Lodging (seven rooms), plus Backline (see tech rider)  

Tour Manager contact information: 
Bill Marquardt
bill@sroartists.com 

Guidelines

Program Guidelines 2023-2024

Current Grantees & Tours

Please note that due to staff turnover at Mid Atlantic Arts and continued challenges surrounding artist engagement in our region due to COVID-19, Mid Atlantic Arts did not release a Mid Atlantic Tours roster for the 2022-2023 season. The artists below were included on the 2021-2022 Mid Atlantic Tours roster; some engagements will extend into the 2022-2023 presentation season.

2021-2022 Mid Atlantic Tours Grantees

Please check with the performance venue to confirm dates and times, and for ticket information.

Charlotte Blake Alston, PA

Charlotte Blake Austen stands on a sandy beach with the ocean behind her. She holds a Kora in front of her and is wearing blue and black African print pants and tunic.
Image: Charlotte Blake Alston. Credit: Annie Cameron Photography.

Charlotte Blake Alston is a nationally acclaimed storyteller and narrator who has performed throughout North America and abroad for over 30 years. She is committed to the preservation of African and African American oral storytelling traditions. Her stories include folktales, historical stories and songs that highlight the richness of those traditions.

Charlotte Blake Alston will be presented by:

Garba360, NJ

Colorful image of an artist leading community members through the steps of a dance. A large festival stage is lit in the background.
Image: Garba360. Credit: Kevin Yatarola.

Anchored by a live band and dance instructors, Garba360 reimagines a beloved Gujarati social folk dance experience (garba) and brings it to new spaces and places for all to participate. Garba360 is a joyous event with dance lessons, a dance performance, and community dancing with live music that can be done in open indoor or outdoor spaces.

Garba360 will be presented by:

Lakecia Benjamin and Pursuance, NY

Musician Lakecia Benjamin sits in left profile. She wears all shits and holds a saxophone in her left hand.
Image: Lakecia Benjamin. Credit: Elizabeth Leitzell

Named by the Downbeat Magazine Critics’ Poll as Rising Star in 2020, Lakecia Benjamin’s latest album Pursuance is an intergenerational masterpiece that takes the listener on a journey through the lineage of music with the works of John and Alice Coltrane. She pays homage to those who have come before by featuring innovative bandleaders of her generation.

Lakecia Benjamin and Pursuance will be presented by:

Resistance Revival Chorus, NY

Black and white image of a group of diverse women all dressed in white. They stand on a city street with building in the background holding microphones and singing.
Image: Resistance Revival Chorus. Credit: Ginny Suss.

Resistance Revival Chorus is a collective of more than 60 women and non-binary singers who join together to breathe joy and song into the resistance, and to uplift and center women’s voices. The Chorus’s touring ensemble of 12-15 people will be focused on sharing the music from their debut album, which was released on Ani Difranco’s Righteous Babe Records in October 2020.

Resistance Revival Chorus will be presented by:

  SQUONK, PA

Color photo shot from the back of the audience during on outdoor performance in an open space with trees in the background. The stage has multiple levels with artists playing instruments and two huge blue puppet hands move on either side of the stage.
Image: SQUONK. Credit: John Altdorfer.

Hailed as “a multi-media troupe of infinite jest with an imagination to match” by The New York Times, Squonk creates outdoor music spectacles and has performed on 3 continents and in 35 states. Squonk’s newest show, Hand to Hand, has puppeteered hands, each as big as a house, welcoming audiences back to safe, flexible, and joyful celebrations that can happen anywhere outdoors!

SQUONK will be presented by:

  Tom Paxton & The DonJuans, VA

Black and white image of three musicians dressed casually all sitting on a couch in a living room. The musicians hold a guitar and a ukelele. A medium dog sits with one of the musicians.
Image: Tom Paxton & The DonJuans. Credit: Alan Messer.

Tom Paxton has become a voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture and celebrating the tenderest bonds of family, friends, and community. He is joined by award-winning songwriters Don Henry and Jon Vezner (The DonJuans) on this tour.

Tom Paxton & The DonJuans will be presented by:

Manage Your Grant

Acknowledging the performing arts’ ongoing reality of utilizing virtual platforms for performance and other engagement, Mid Atlantic Arts will continue to take a flexible approach to our program policies for grantees through June 30, 2024 (timeline may be extended). While we believe that live, in-person performances are hard to replace, we also acknowledge that adaptive virtual approaches will ensure continued access to arts experiences. In some cases, engaging virtually may be preferential over in-person—for example, to increase access for audiences and/or artists across geographies and for people with disabilities.  

Please read the Virtual Engagement Guide linked below to understand the requirements of presenting your funded engagement as a virtual presentation: 

Mid Atlantic Arts Virtual Engagement Guide as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Mid Atlantic Arts Virtual Engagement Guide as an accessible Word document (Click link to download)

Changes in Project Proposal

Changes in the content, schedule, or budget set forth in the Application must be submitted in writing to Mid Atlantic Arts before being implemented with the exception of those listed below. 

Changes that do not require approval: 

  • The change of switching to a virtual presentation if this change meets the requirements included in the Virtual Engagement Guidance available on our website in the Manage Your Grant tab on our website. 
  • Changes in project venues or touring locations, as long as: all project locations are fully accessible in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, or specific accommodations will be made appropriately (see Section 8; Compliance with Statutes and Regulations); and, the constituency to be reached is the same as originally approved. 
  • Addition or removal of auxiliary programming that was not included in the Application as long as it does not impact the overall project scope 
  • Revisions to the budget of non-artist fee line item expenses as long as a 1:1 match is maintained. 
  • Revisions to the budget of income sources as long as a 1:1 match is maintained. 

Payment 

Please see your Grant Award Agreement for terms of payment. 

Grantee may elect to receive all grant payments by ACH electronic funds transfer. If you wish to sign up for ACH payments, download the ACH Authorization Form and follow the instructions on the form. 

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

Credit and Logo Usage Details 

The following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts 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 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:  

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

Website Link

Grantees are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts website at www.midatlanticarts.org when crediting Mid Atlantic Arts on their website. This link must remain active during the entire length of your grant period with Mid Atlantic Arts. You are requested, but not required, to embed the link in Mid Atlantic Arts’ logo. 

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. 

For questions about your grant and the crediting or final reporting requirements, contact Delise White, Support Specialist at delise@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656×112. 

For grants awarded for program year 2022 and earlier (5 digit grant number starting with a 3): 

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

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts’ eGRANT portal at https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net 

The eGRANT 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 “Forgot Password?” link on the login page just above the log in fields. 

For grants awarded for program year 2023 and later (8 digit grant numbers starting with “2023-”): 

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts’ grant portal at https://midatlanticarts.smartsimple.com 

The SmartSimple 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 “Forgot Password?” link on the SmartSimple portal page, below the purple “Log In” button, to reset your password. 

Performing Arts Global Exchange
About

The bodies of multiple Atamira Dance Company dancers are edited to form the infinity symbol with their bodies on a black background.

Atamira Dance Company’s Te Wheke. Credit: Courtesy of Atamira Dance Company.

About

Open to presenters nationwide, the Performing Arts Global Exchange (PAGE) is an annually curated roster of international performing artists selected to tour to communities across the United States. The program provides fee support directly to nonprofit presenters programming artists from the roster, and presenters host both public performances and community engagements in achieving the program’s goals of cultural exchange and understanding.

Working in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the current PAGE cycle will present U.S. tours in 2023 – 2024. Artists on the roster have not widely toured in the United States and reside in a selected region. This year’s roster features music artists or ensembles based in South Korea.

Why Performing Arts Global Exchange?

This year, Performing Arts Global Exchange will feature a roster of artists based in South Korea. Featuring exclusively music ensembles, this roster (being announced in February of 2023) offers presenters the opportunity to affordably feature international artists in their programming and community engagement activities.

Questions? Contact Andrew Alness Olson, Program Director, International at andrew@midatlanticarts.org.

Performing Arts Global Exchange is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Artist Selection

How artists are selected for the PAGE roster:

The 2023 – 2024 curation of the Performing Arts Global Exchange roster from South Korea involves many voices.

  1. Curators living and working in the region of focus are selected each cycle by Mid Atlantic Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to provide artist roster suggestions. The curators have expertise in the performing arts specifically in the selected region.
  2. Next, feedback on these potential roster artists is gathered via an online survey of U.S. presenters.
  3. Mid Atlantic Arts and the NEA select the final roster, weighing presenter feedback and program goals. (Approximately February 2023)

Presenters who would like to provide feedback on the roster artists under consideration via survey should contact Program Director, International Andrew Alness Olson at andrew@midatlanticarts.org.

For Presenters

Booking Guidelines

The Australia and New Zealand grants have been awarded. The guidelines below are for the 2023-24 program which will feature music artists from South Korea. The new artist roster from South Korea will be announced in February 2023 and will tour the US between January 1, 2024 and August 31, 2024.

Program Guidelines as a Word doc
Program Guidelines as a PDF

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

Want to learn more? 

Cultural Safety Webinar #2: Supporting Indigenous Artists
November 2, 2022, 3:00-4:30 PM ET | View a recording here.

Join Mid Atlantic Arts for the second webinar in our series for presenters on the topic of cultural safety and presenting First Nations artists. This webinar builds on concepts discussed in July, while providing additional details about protocols and welcoming Indigenous artists to a community. Panelists include Alethea Beetson (Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi + Wiradjuri), Andre Bouchard (of Kootenai/Ojibwe/Pend d’Oreille/Salish descent) and Ataahua Papa (Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Ngāti Mahuta, Waikato).

Performing Arts Global Exchange Cultural Safety Webinar:
Communications, Community Engagement and Commitment
Held July 20, 2022, 3:00-4:30 PM ET | View a recording here.

Watch this webinar to learn best practices for communications and community engagement when presenting First Nations artists. Created specifically for presenters taking part in this year’s Performing Arts Global Exchange (PAGE) program, the webinar also serves as a primer for any presenter interested in expanding their presentation of Indigenous artists.

Performing Arts Global Exchange Intro WebinarWatch this webinar to learn how easy it can be for presenters to secure a PAGE grant.
View a Recording (hyperlink opens new tab to YouTube video)

Current Grantees & Tours

2022-2023 Australia and New Zealand

Atamira Dance Company | “Te Wheke”

The bodies of multiple Atamira Dance Company dancers are edited to form the infinity symbol with their bodies on a black background.

Atamira Dance Company was formed as a collective in 2000 by Māōri contemporary dance graduates Jack Gray, Dolina Wehipeihana, Louise Potiki Bryant and Justine Hohaia as a platform to bring young Māori perspectives and experiences to the stage.

Atamira is currently celebrating their 21st year of indigenous dance making and is regarded as one of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance companies renowned for highly artistic and inventive work. Over two decades Atamira has created and toured a large body of dance works driven by choreographic and design excellence maintaining their position at the forefront of cultural and technical innovation.

Their collective of Māori choreographers and dance artists shape and share Matauranga Māori (knowledge) with national and global audiences inspired by historical events, personal whakapapa (genealogy) and their unique cultural landscape. Atamira has toured extensively within Aotearoa and internationally to Australia, Noumea, the USA, Taiwan, Korea and China.

“Te Wheke” is a Māōri Contemporary Dance work of legacy and succession commemorating the 21 years of creative existence of Atamira Dance Company. Te Wheke is the Octopus, a symbol of strength, resilience and aroha/love and a powerful tohu for many Oceanic peoples, appearing in different mythologies.

Created in collaboration by eight leading Māori choreographic practitioners & embodied by eight dancers, Te Wheke speaks to the different dimensions of human experience, each symbolized by one tentacle of this mighty guardian. Explored through a Māōri knowledge base these are life essence, the physical body, the emotions, the mind, the ancestors and human dignity/ value. Solo and ensemble expressions of darkness and light occur within shape shifting worlds of floating black silk. Layers of symbolism emanate through AV patterning and mesmeric soundscapes with subtle lighting both revealing and hiding.

Grantees include:

Trick of the Light | The Griegol

An actor stands with their left hand raised against a black background. An aurora of smoke and light seems to pour from their fingertips.

Trick of the Light is an award-winning theatre company from Aotearoa/New Zealand, founded by Hannah Smith and Ralph McCubbin Howell. They are renowned for their engaging, nuanced stories and inventive design, with shows for a cross-over audience of adults and older children. Previous works include “The Road That Wasn’t There” (Production of the Year – Wellington Theatre Awards 2013; Children’s Event Award – Fringe World, Perth 2016; Best Children’s Event – Adelaide Fringe 2016); “Tröll” (Outstanding Theatre Award – Fringe Review, Edinburgh, 2019); and “The Bookbinder” (Best of the Fringe – NZ Fringe 2014, International Excellence Award – Sydney Fringe Festival 2014, BDO Children’s Theatre Award – Fringe World, Perth 2015)—a solo show which has toured across NZ, Australia, Canada, the UK, USA, and South Africa, from sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe to the attic of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s oldest bookbindery.

The Griegol is a show without words about death, love, and monsters. After their grandmother passes away, a child suspects they are being pursued by the smoke demon shapeshifter of the old woman’s stories. In the tradition of Spirited Away and Coraline, The Griegol is a gorgeously rendered dark fantasy for older children and adults. Drawing from the techniques of early cinema, it conjures magic from silhouettes, smoke, puppetry, live music, and live animation. With the operation kept in sight, audiences see both the stage effects and how they are made. Just as the staging combines hi-fi with lo-fi technology, the story combines the mythic and magic with the domestic and every day, and a through line of light and love that carries through the darkness.

Grantees include:

Emma Donovan & The Putbacks

Six people stand in front of a bright blue wall in two lines of three. Emma Donovan stands center front surrounded by the five members of the Putbacks.

Acclaimed Indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan and rhythm combo The Putbacks first burst on to the Australian scene with their album, Dawn in 2014, announcing a new voice in Australian soul music. After six years, the band reunited launching the ARIA-nominated Crossover in 2020 to great acclaim and then the top-selling knockout Under These Streets in 2021.

Emma’s songwriting is optimistic, impassioned, and bruisingly honest; The Putbacks’ music is fluid, live, and raw, and the collaboration has won friends and admirers all over the world.

Emma Donovan grew up singing church songs with her grandparents on the north coast of New South Wales, Australia, and her first secular gigs were singing in the family band, The Donovans, with her mother and five uncles. Throughout her career, she has toured and recorded with many of the mainstays of Indigenous music, from Archie Roach to Dan Sultan, and was a member of the Black Arm Band project. It was in this group that Emma met members of The Putbacks and their journey together began. The Putbacks are stone-cold pros, grizzled veterans of all the tours and all the studios. When they come together, they’re one of the tightest, sharpest, slickest, most dynamic musical units ever to exist. Their collaboration with Emma elevates their music and Emma’s songs to another level.

Sharing traditional Indigenous language and storytelling is important to Emma Donovan & The Putbacks. The “Crossover” tour, where the band perform music from their critically acclaimed 2020 album, will unveil new ways to tell these stories so audiences can learn and discover a part of Australia’s history. Throughout the Emma Donovan & The Putbacks performance of this album, Emma tells stories, explaining the lyrics and words of the songs providing an understanding of traditional Indigenous language. Emma Donovan & The Putbacks aim to collaborate with artists—both local and international—to continue this sharing of music and preservation of language into the future. By touring across the United States, Emma Donovan and The Putbacks will grow their audiences and continue the discussion around the history and traditional culture of Australia and how it is defined for future generations.

Grantees include:

Ngaiire

Close up of a woman singing on a darkened stage. She stands in right profile, head back, singing into a microphone.

Hailing from the Eastern Highlands and New Ireland provinces of Papua New Guinea, though now Sydney Australia-based, Ngaiire (pronounced NYE-ree) has a career that crosses genre and artform. The recipient of 4 ARIA Award (Australia’s Grammys) nominations, an fbi Radio SMAC Award for best live act, and the inaugural Australian Women in Music Award for Artistic Excellence, Ngaiire’s albums have been celebrated around the world. Her work has seen her grace the stages of Glastonbury to Splendour in the Grass; go on national tours alongside the likes of Sufjan Stevens, Alicia Keys, Flume, and Leon Bridges; compose for dance companies; and have her work exhibited in art spaces. With 2020 rendering the live touring circuit dormant, Ngaiire has surprisingly still been able to kick some significant goals. This year, she became the first musician to play in front of the National Press Club in Canberra, became the first Papua New Guinean to appear on ABC’s “Play School” (Australia’s “Sesame Street”), the first Papua New Guinean to be painted for the historical Archibald prize, as well as have her first ever piece as an artist exhibited at the iconic Art Gallery of NSW.

A performance from Ngaiire and her full touring band melds electronic neo-soul, gospel, and big pop sounds, strained through the lens of a first nations Papuan New Guinean songwriter. As one of the premiere touring live artists in Australia, Ngaiire is often lauded as the finest voice in the country. This voice has seen her release three critically and commercially celebrated albums. It’s also seen her songs be selected for use across multiple USA TV shows, most notably the gospel torch song, “Fall Into My Arms,” being chosen for use in Oprah Winfrey/Ava DuVernay’s TV show “Queen Sugar.” Touring as a 6-piece ensemble, Ngaiire’s shows give the audience the full spectrum of live performance: one moment will be a pop banger, and the next she will break your heart.

Grantees include:

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Embassy of Australia in Washington, D.C.

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 director 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.

Virtual Engagement Guidance

As arts presenting organizations evolve in response to a changing landscape, Mid Atlantic Arts will continue to take a flexible approach to our program policies during this time. While we believe that live, in-person performances are hard to replace, we are also open to adaptive approaches that will ensure continued access to these arts experiences. Therefore, we are glad to announce the following policy for virtual engagements as an option for our grantees to fulfill their public performance and community engagement activity requirements.

Please read the full guidance document to understand the requirements of presenting your funded engagement as a virtual presentation. We have also included links to a few resources that may help you guide your decisions around virtual presentation.

Mid Atlantic Arts Virtual Engagement Guide as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Mid Atlantic Arts Virtual Engagement Guide as an accessible Word document (Click link to download)

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

Credit and Logo Usage Details

The following statement, and where space permits, the logos of Mid Atlantic Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts 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 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:

For Canada and Mexico PAGE tours:

This engagement of [ARTIST] is funded through Performing Arts Global Exchange a program of Mid Atlantic Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

For Australia and New Zealand PAGE tours:

This engagement of [ARTIST] is made possible in part through the Performing Arts Global Exchange program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts with assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Embassy of Australia in Washington, D.C.

Website Link

Grantees 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 period with Mid Atlantic Arts. You are requested, but not required, to embed the link in Mid Atlantic’s logo.

Final Reports

Final report requirements and instructions are 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 completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts’ eGRANT system at https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.  Please read the instructions in the eGRANT system carefully.

The account used to submit the Common Information Form 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.

Special Presenter Initiatives
About
Shot from the stage left wing, musicians stand on a small stage playing traditional instruments and singing into standing microphones. An orange light bathes the stage and monitors line the front edge of the stage.

Photo: The Delaware Friends of Folk (Dover, DE) presented ILYAIMY at the Delmarva Folk Festival with support from the Special Presenter Initiatives. Credit: John Kidd.

 

Mid Atlantic Arts, in partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), the Delaware Division of the Arts (DDOA), The Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP), the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts (VICA), and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH), offers a special funding initiative to support the presentation of professional performing artists/ensembles at small and mid-size arts and community organizations within these jurisdictions. The program supports presenting projects with professional touring artists and ensembles from anywhere worldwide. The supported projects include performances as well as community engagement activities that enhance the performance experience and offer meaningful exchanges between touring artists and a presenter’s community.

The 2023-2024 Special Presenter Initiatives guidelines and application are live.

Click here to review the 2023-2024 Special Presenter Initiatives guidelines and learn about the application process.

Presenters based in partner states/jurisdictions listed above can receive up to 50% subsidy for the presentation of an artist/company (including artistic compensation, housing, per diem and travel) plus support for other eligible project expenses.

Mid Atlantic Arts is committed to supporting diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible programming in our region. Projects that demonstrate clear mission impact, strong artistry, well-rounded community and artist engagements, and thoughtful and inclusive efforts to engage audiences systemically underserved by the arts are encouraged to apply.

Click here to access the 2023-2024 Special Presenter Initiatives application portal.

Special Presenter Initiatives program timeline:

  • November 15, 2022: Application opens
  • December 7, 2022; 11am-12pm ET: Special Presenter Initiatives webinar | Recording link: https://youtu.be/xIm3f1T4Sh4
    February 15, 2023; 11am-12pm ET: Special Presenters Initiative Webinar | Sign Up Link: Webinar Registration – Zoom
  • March 14, 2023: Application deadline

Questions? Contact Sarah Lewitus, Program Director, Performing Arts and Accessibility at slewitus@midatlanticarts.org.

The Special Presenter Initiatives program is made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.

Guidelines

For presenters based in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia, and the Native nations that share this geography:

ONLINE APPLICATION

Click here to access the 2023-2024 Special Presenter Initiatives application portal.

GUIDELINES

Download 2023-2024 Special Presenter Initiatives Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Download 2023-2024 Special Presenter Initiatives Guidelines as an accessible Word document (click link to download)

APPLICATION NARRATIVE PREVIEW QUESTIONS 

Download a preview copy of Special Presenter Initiatives Narrative Preview Questions as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Download a preview copy of Special Presenter Initiatives Narrative Preview Questions as an accessible Word document (click link to download)

WEBINAR
February 15, 2023; 11am-12pm ET: Special Presenters Initiative Webinar | Sign Up Link: Webinar Registration – Zoom

View a recording of the December 7, 2022 Special Presenter Initiatives program overview webinar.
View a transcript of the December 7, 2022 Special Presenter Initiatives webinar.

 

Current Grantees

2022-2023

Please check with the performance venue to confirm dates and times, and for ticket information.

Delaware

District of Columbia

U.S. Virgin Islands

West Virginia

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 director 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.

Virtual Engagement Guidance

Acknowledging the performing arts’ ongoing reality of utilizing virtual platforms for performance and other engagement, Mid Atlantic Arts will continue to take a flexible approach to our program policies for grantees through June 30, 2024 (timeline may be extended). While we believe that live, in-person performances are hard to replace, we also acknowledge that adaptive virtual approaches will ensure continued access to arts experiences. In some cases, engaging virtually may be preferential over in-person—for example, to increase access for audiences and/or artists across geographies and for people with disabilities.

Please read the Virtual Engagement Guide linked below to understand the requirements of presenting your funded engagement as a virtual presentation:

Mid Atlantic Arts Virtual Engagement Guide as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Mid Atlantic Arts Virtual Engagement Guide as an accessible Word document (Click link to download)

Changes in Project Proposal

Changes in the content, schedule, or budget set forth in the Application must be submitted in writing to Mid Atlantic Arts before being implemented with the exception of those listed below. 

Changes that do not require approval: 

  • The change of switching to a virtual presentation if this change meets the requirements included in the Virtual Engagement Guidance available on our website in the Manage Your Grant tab on our website. 
  • Changes in project venues or touring locations, as long as: all project locations are fully accessible in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, or specific accommodations will be made appropriately (see Section 8; Compliance with Statutes and Regulations); and, the constituency to be reached is the same as originally approved. 
  • Addition or removal of auxiliary programming that was not included in the Application as long as it does not impact the overall project scope 
  • Revisions to the budget of non-artist fee line item expenses as long as a 1:1 match is maintained. 
  • Revisions to the budget of income sources as long as a 1:1 match is maintained. 

Payment 

Please see your Grant Award Agreement for terms of payment. 

Grantee may elect to receive all grant payments by ACH electronic funds transfer. If you wish to sign up for ACH payments, download the ACH Authorization Form and follow the instructions on the form. 

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

Credit and Logo Usage Details 

The following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts 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 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:  

This engagement of [ARTIST] is made possible in part through the Special Presenter Initiatives program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Website Link
Grantees 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 period with Mid Atlantic Arts. You are requested, but not required, to embed the link in Mid Atlantic Arts’ logo. 

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. 

For questions about your grant and the crediting or final reporting requirements, contact Delise White, Support Specialist at delise@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656×112. 

For grants awarded for program year 2022 and earlier (5 digit grant number starting with a 3): 

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

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts’ eGRANT portal at https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net 

The eGRANT 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 “Forgot Password?” link on the login page just above the log in fields. 

For grants awarded for program year 2023 and later (8 digit grant numbers starting with “2023-”): 

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts’ grant portal at https://midatlanticarts.smartsimple.com 

The SmartSimple 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 “Forgot Password?” link on the SmartSimple portal page, below the purple “Log In” button, to reset your password. 

Deadlines

ArtsCONNECT

The application deadline for the 2023-2024 ArtsCONNECT program is Thursday, March 2, 2023, for projects taking place between July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024. 

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Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects

CLOSED: The application deadline for the Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects was Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

Go to Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects…

Jazz Touring Network

CLOSED: Not currently accepting member applications.

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Mid Atlantic Tours

The booking deadline for mid-Atlantic region presenters to contract Mid Atlantic Tours artists is Thursday, March 23, 2023.

Go to Mid Atlantic Tours

Performing Arts Global Exchange

CLOSED: The deadline for engagements for the 2022-2023 has passed.  New guidelines will be posted in late 2022.

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Special Presenter Initiatives

The application deadline for the 2023-2024 Special Presenter Initiatives is Tuesday, March 14, 2023  for projects taking place between July 1, 2023 and  June 30, 2024. 

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