A projection of a black silhouette human figure against a white background is shown on the wall of an empty stage. The audience is full and everyone is sitting down towards the stage.

Oswego Middle School students and teachers enjoy a special matinee performance by Hamid Rahmanian: Feathers of Fire at Oswego College through ArtsCONNECT 2018. Credit: James Russell.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guidelines

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 Applications can be withdrawn at any point without any penalty or negative impact on future applications.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

Guidelines and the application form for the 2021-2022 program cycle will be announced in Fall 2020.

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

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

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

Projects in Development

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

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

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

The final date to submit an artist to the listing is typically weeks prior to the application deadline.

Portals to submit to the Projects in Development Listing for the 2021-2022 season will open in Fall 2020.

Current Grantees & Tours

2020-2021

Due to COVID-19 disruptions, many funded projects are being rescheduled into the next seasons. MAAF is actively working with our grantees to find suitable solutions to support these projects. Please check with the performance venue to confirm dates and times, and for ticket information.

Alarm Will Sound (NY, USA)

A small orchestra plays on a stage bathed in blue and white light. The conductors back is to the audience and we can see their silhouettes in the image foreground.
Credit: Michal Ramus.

American Patchwork Quartet (NY, USA)

Four musicians, three men and a women, pose with their instruments against a white background. (l-r) Standing bass, guitar, hand percussion, and standing snare.
Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Cirque Kalabante (Montreal, Canada)

Two female acrobats face each other upside down. Their faces are turned to the camera. They are doing matching split handstands.
Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Far From the Norm (Kingston Upon Thames, UK)

A person, dressed in a hooded animal suit, sits cross legged. They wear a shiny gold paper crown in their head. The stage is lit in dark blue with a white spot.
Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Fifth House Ensemble (IL, USA)

A large group of musicians is posed against a white background with children's instruments. Balloons and confetti cover the floor in the foreground.
Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Jane Comfort and Company (NY, USA)

Four women face the camera, their bodies tilted in slight profile. They are all wearing pageant swimsuits and smile and wave at the camera.
Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Kaneza Schaal and Christopher Myers (NY, USA)

A group of five people sit on stage around and in an inflatable raft
Credit: Elman Studio.

Red Sky Performance (Toronto, Canada)

A group of dancers in white pull and move around a central male dancer. Some of the dancers are marked with white paint. In the background, a bright half circle glows on a dark background.
Credit: David Hou.

Xenia Franca (Sao Paolo, Brazil)

Head shot of Xenia Franca in slight right profile. She wears a burgundy blouse and flowered wallpaper can be seen in the background.
Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Panelists

Panelists

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

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

Virtual Engagement Guidance

As arts presenting organizations evolve in response to a changing landscape, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 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 Foundation Virtual Engagement Guide as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 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 Foundation through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below. Use of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo does not replace the credit language. Copies of the required crediting materials must be submitted as part of the final report.

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

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

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

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

Final Reports

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

Grantees are required to submit a final report which is due thirty (30) days after the end of the grant period on record as listed in the Grant Award Agreement.

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s eGRANT system at https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.  Please read the instructions in the eGRANT system carefully.

The account used to submit the application for the grant must be used to complete the final report. If you do not remember your login and/or password, please use the link on the eGRANT login page to retrieve the information.

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

Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network
About
A group of men and women stand on the center of a circular group pf church pews and sing. Stained glass windows can be seen behind them.

The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers workshop with Appalachian Ensemble at Davis and Elkins College through the Folk Arts Touring Network. Credit: Andrew Carroll / Augusta Heritage Center.

Established by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) in 2018, Folk and Traditional Arts Network (FTAN) is a presenter based membership network designed to bolster the presentation of folk and traditional arts in the mid-Atlantic region.

Through its members, FTAN aims to provide audiences and communities with direct access to folk and traditional arts and artists, increasing their community’s appreciation and understanding of cultural practice and identity. FTAN engages artists and tradition bearers that represent the breadth and diversity of folk and traditional arts across the United States and beyond, exhibit artistic excellence in their practice and demonstrate the desire to develop and expand their public presentation expertise.

A list of current FTAN members is available on the Members tab.

Questions regarding the Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network should be directed to Jess Porter at jess@midatlanticarts.org.

The Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Guidelines

Membership applications for the pilot program were accepted by invitation only.

New member applications are currently closed. Please sign up for the MAAF newsletter to receive updates about MAAF’s folk and traditional arts programs.

Current Tours

2020-2021 Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network Engagements

Projects listed below have been approved for funding. Engagement dates may be pending due to COVID-19. Please check with the performance venue to inquire about dates and times, and for ticket information.

Lady D holds a microphone and sings in front of a grey background. She wears a black camisole with a silver shimmering jacket.

Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV presenting Lady D, Beckley, WV

Doris Fields nee Cotton was born in the coalfields of Cabin Creek, WV.  Her first experience in singing publicly came in church where she sang in the gospel choir from a young child to adulthood.

In 1985 she became known professionally as Lady D while singing in local bands. She was active in community and professional theatre. She formed her own band, MI$$ION in 2003. Today, MI$$ION is comprised of members Robert Gray (keyboard), Phillip Copney (bass guitar), Dan Bailey (lead guitar) and Demetrius Cross (drums). Lady D’s original song, “Go Higher” was the winner of the Obama For Change Inaugural Song competition in 2008. She and MI$$ION traveled to Washington, D.C. to perform the song at the Obama For Change Inaugural Ball in January 2009.

Lady D has recorded five albums, performs her original one-woman stage play based on the life and music of Bessie Smith called “The Lady and the Empress” and has produced many live music events and festivals along with being a novice visual artist.

Photo Credit: Eva K. Graham.

Las Cafeteras stands in the corner of two silver metal corrugated walls. They all hols their instruments as if playing.

Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD presenting Las Cafeteras, Los Angeles, CA

Las Cafeteras have taken the music scene by storm with their infectious live performances and have crossed-genre and musical borders. Born and raised east of the Los Angeles river, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories. Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and positive message. Their Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms, and rhymes deliver inspiring lyrics that document stories of a community seeking love and justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments like the jarana, requinto, quijada (donkey jawbone) and tarima (a wooden platform), Las Cafeteras sing in English, Spanish, and Spanglish and add a remix of sounds, from rock to hip-hop to rancheras. Las Cafeteras use music as a vehicle to build bridges among different cultures and communities, and create ‘a world where many worlds fit’.

Touring artist, Las Cafeteras will be joined by a local ensemble, Conjunto Bruja (Baltimore, MD): Conjunto Bruja is an all-woman ensemble of cajón, marimba, guitar, charango, Irani setar, dance, and ranchera-inspired vocals. Their diverse cultural backgrounds influence the “corazón” of their music, bridging dynamic sounds from Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, and Iran.

Photo Credit: Rafael Cardenas.

Daryl Davis sits at a piano, his hands on the keys. He is in right profile with his face turned to the camara. He wears black pants and a black short sleeve shirt.

Reading Area Community College- Miller Center for the Arts, Reading, PA presenting  Daryl Davis and Band, Baltimore, MD

A child of a Foreign Service officer, boogie-woogie pianist Daryl Davis was born in Chicago but spent much of his childhood bouncing around the globe with his parents. Chicago did leave an impression though; it was here that Davis absorbed the sounds of African American musicians from the Deep South who had traveled North to Chicago during the Great Migration. He also began to dream of performing with Chuck Berry.

Davis eventually came to the Washington, D.C., region to earn a degree in music from Howard University. By then, he was an avid fan of piano styles invented far before he was born; his piano chops came naturally, but the training to learn the musical nuance was not easy. In 1985, 72-year-old Pinetop Perkins, considered one of the great blues and boogie-woogie pianists, selected 27-year-old Davis to succeed him in the Muddy Waters-influenced Legendary Blues Band.

Davis stands out for his ability to bridge traditions that are often segregated into black and white musical categories but that actually flow from the same source, be it boogie-woogie, blues, R&B, rockabilly, or even rock and roll. These labels do not concern him. Instead, Davis is attracted to their shared musical legacy. “This is music from a community of great players,” he says. “Many of them never met, but they knew about each other. I think their creation is a legacy for all Americans.” Living Blues Magazine proclaimed, “Davis’ piano work impresses with his winning combination of technique and abandon, and his vocals are strong and assured…. Black rock and roll lives!”

The who’s who list of artists Davis has performed with includes Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, and the great Piedmont blues duo Cephas & Wiggins. Davis has also released three solo albums. And, yes, he did fulfill his dream of playing with the legendary Chuck Berry.

Bio provided by the National Council for Traditional Arts.

Photo Credit: Edwin Remsberg.

Bijayini Satpathy performs onstage. She wears a pink and gold sari and ornamented headdress. Her arms are held up in front of her as her hands gesture.

Salisbury University – Cultural Affairs, Salisbury, MD presenting Bijayini Satpathy, New York, NY

Globally acclaimed for her skill as an Odissi dancer and teacher, Bijayini is one of the most recognizable names in dance today. She is a solo performer and has toured nationally and internationally as a member of the acclaimed Nrityagram Dance Ensemble. As a researcher and teacher, Ms. Satpathy helped distinguish Nrityagram Dance Ensemble’s training program as one of the most acclaimed and sought after schools in Odissi.

Visiting artist, Bijayini Satpathy will be joined by local tradition bearer and dancer, Moushumi (Mou) Chakraborty (Salisbury, MD): Mou Chakraborty, is a trained dancer, specializing in Bharatnatyam, Oddissi & Rabindrick traditions and is also the Director of External Library Services at Salisbury University Libraries.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Members

Augusta Heritage Center of Davis and Elkins College
Emily Miller, Artistic Director
100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241
Phone: 304.637.1306
E-mail: millere2@dewv.edu
https://augustaheritagecenter.org/

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

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

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
www.flushingtownhall.org

Lake Placid Center for the Performing 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/

Miller Center for the Arts at Reading Area Community College
Cathleen Stephen, Director
10 S. Second Street
Reading, PA 19603
Phone: 610.607.6205
E-mail: cstephen@racc.edu
https://millercenter.racc.edu

Salisbury University Cultural Affairs
June Krell-Salgado, Director of Cultural Affairs
1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801
Phone: 410.543.6271
E-mail: JEKRELL-SALGADO@salisbury.edu
https://www.salisbury.edu/culturalaffairs

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Jon Elbaum, Executive Director
30 Second Street
Troy, NY 12180
Phone: 518.273.8945
E-mail: jon@troymusichall.org  
www.troymusichall.org

Manage Your Grant

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

Virtual Engagement Guidance

As arts presenting organizations evolve in response to a changing landscape, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 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 Foundation Virtual Engagement Guide as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 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, Grants and Operations Officer, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org.

Funding Acknowledgement and Crediting

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

Grantees must clearly acknowledge support from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below. Use of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo does not replace the credit language. Copies of the required crediting materials must be submitted as part of the final report.

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

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

This engagement of [Artist] is made possible through the Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in collaboration with the National Council for the Traditional Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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

Final Reports

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

Grantees are required to submit a final report which is due thirty (30) days after the end of the grant period on record as listed in the Grant Award Agreement.

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s eGRANT system at https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.  Please read the instructions in the eGRANT system carefully.

The account used to submit the 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, Grants and Operations Officer, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656 x109

Jazz Touring Network
About
Three performers are on stage wearing red.

Mwenso & The Shakes performing at Arden Club through the 2018-2019 Jazz Touring Network Tours. Photo Credit: Theresa Emmett and Braheem Wilson

The Jazz Touring Network is a presenter-based membership program that provides support for professional development opportunities and performance fee subsidies for its participants. New members are selected on an annual basis through an open, competitive selection process. Membership criteria for JTN prioritizes performing arts presenters in the mid-Atlantic region with little to no experience presenting jazz, while also encouraging applications from experienced jazz presenters seeking to strengthen their programming. The JTN prioritizes participation by presenters that work in and with communities underserved by the arts. Once selected, membership in the program is ongoing contingent upon meeting annual participation requirements.

A list of current JTN members is available on the Members tab.

Questions regarding the Jazz Touring Network should be directed to Jess Porter at jess@midatlanticarts.org.

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

Guidelines

To learn more about the program and eligibility requirements, please review the program guidelines carefully prior to submission.

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

The Jazz Touring Network will not be accepting new membership applications in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. MAAF has prioritized supporting current JTN members as they navigate difficult programming and presenting transitions. New Member Applications will open again in Summer 2021.

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
Donna Thompson, Programming Director
541 Luck Avenue, SW, Suite 221
Roanoke, VA 24016
Phone: 540.343.2624 ext. 215
E-mail: dthompson@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/

Light Up The Queen
Sarah Koon, Executive Director
500 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: 302.504.9574
E-mail: sarah.koon@lightupthequeen.org
http://www.lightupthequeen.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 Larson, Executive Assistant
1815 Metropolitan Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Phone: 412.322.1773 ext. 121
E-mail: nlarson@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/

Salisbury University – Cultural Affairs
June Krell-Salgado, Director of Cultural Affairs
1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801
Phone: 410.543.6271
E-mail: JEKRELL-SALGADO@salisbury.edu
https://www.salisbury.edu/culturalaffairs

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
Kimberly Schuette, Artistic Administrator
440 Bank Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 757.282.2811
E-mail: kschuette@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 MAAF program officer handling your specific grant program or activity to discuss your concerns or options. You can find staff contact information here.  Please be assured we will not penalize grantees for canceling grants due to COVID-19 coronavirus considerations and will be as flexible as we can within the limits of our own funder limitations.

Virtual Engagement Guidance

As arts presenting organizations evolve in response to a changing landscape, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 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 Foundation Virtual Engagement Guide as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 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 Foundation through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below.  Use of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo does not replace the credit language. Copies of the required crediting materials must be submitted as part of the final report.

Credit and Logo Usage Details

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

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

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

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Website Link

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

Final Reports

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

Grantees are required to submit a final report which is due thirty (30) days after the end of the grant period on record as listed in the Grant Award Agreement.

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s eGRANT system at https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.  Please read the instructions in the eGRANT system carefully.

The account used to submit the 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
The group Nobuntu is performing in front of microphones. All of the members are wearing garments with stripes or patterns. Out of the five performers, the middle one is sitting down playing a bongo drum.

Nobuntu performing in Susquehanna University’s Degenstein Theater through Mid Atlantic Tours 2018. Credit: Chad Hummel.

Mid Atlantic Tours is a curated roster program of performing artists and ensembles chosen to tour throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Subsidy is provided directly to presenters engaging artists from the roster for performances. The roster of artists changes annually but maintains a programmatic commitment to a diversity of performance genres, international cultural exchange, and engaging communities underserved by the arts.

The annual artist roster is selected through a staff-curated process led by MAAF Program Officer, Performing Arts, with input from mid-Atlantic presenters through an annual survey. Criteria considered in the selection process include artists or ensembles that appeal to a wide-range of presenters within the mid-Atlantic region, reasonable artist affordability and technical requirements, and strong artist representation.

There is no application process for artists to be part of the Mid Atlantic Tours roster. Presenters interested in learning more about the booking and funding process should refer to the Now Booking and Booking Guidelines tabs under this program.

The 2021-2022 touring roster and booking guidelines will be announced in late Fall 2020.

Questions regarding Mid Atlantic Tours should be directed to Haowen Wang at haowen@midatlanticarts.org.

Mid Atlantic Tours is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program with additional funding provided by  the Delaware Division of the Arts.

2020-2021 Artist Roster

The 2021-2022 touring roster and booking guidelines will be announced in late Fall 2020.

Booking Guidelines

The 2020-2021 Mid Atlantic Tours Roster booking deadline was February 28, 2020 for engagements taking place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Please check back with us in late Fall of 2020 for the announcement of the 2021-2022 roster.

For your reference, you can download the 2020-2021 Booking Guidelines in both PDF and Word formats below.

Download 2020-2021 Mid Atlantic Tours Booking Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Download 2020-2021 Mid Atlantic Tours Booking Guidelines as an accessible Word document (click link to download)

Current Grantees & Tours

2020-2021 Mid Atlantic Tours Grantees

Due to COVID-19 disruptions, many funded projects are being rescheduled into the next seasons. MAAF is actively working with our grantees to find suitable solutions to support these projects. Please check with the performance venue to confirm dates and times, and for ticket information.

Acrobuffos | AIR PLAY (NY, USA)

A huge piece of purple silk-like fabric blows above the two small figures holding it fast in the lower right corner of the image. A black backdrop sets off this stage performance.

Artist Website | Media Sample | Contact Agent

AIR PLAY is a visual poem using no words. It lives on the edge of definition: part comedy, part sculpture, part circus, part theater. The creation of husband & wife team Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, AIR PLAY merges their circus and street theater performance art with the sculptural artistry of Daniel Wurtzel.

Photo: Florence Montmare.

Ak Dan Gwang Chil (Seoul, South Korea)

Nine men and women, with traditional instruments, surround a vocalist facing center and singing. They are posed against a bright red background.

Artist Website | Media Sample | Contact Agent

Ak Dan Gwang Chil (ADG7) is a multi-award winning Korean traditional music group, featuring six Korean traditional musicians and three powerhouse female folk singers. ADG7 performs repertoire from the sacred, shamanic, and secular gut (ritual music) and minyo (folk song) traditions of the Hwanghae-do region, a western province of North Korea. 

Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

 Choir!Choir!Choir! (Ontario, Canada)

A large theater is bathed in purple light. The image is shot from behind the two performers on stage at a microphone. They are leading the audience, on three tiers, in a sing-a-long.

Artist Website | Media Sample | Contact Agent

A Toronto-based singing group led by creative directors Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman. The duo takes a non-traditional approach; there are no auditions, and the audience is the choir. Just show up and they’ll teach you an original arrangement to a song you love.

Photo: Joseph-Fuda

 The Honey Dewdrops (MD, USA)

A man and a woman, both playing acoustic guitars, stand center stage in a close-up image.  The woman is singing.  The stage is lit in pink, purple, and orange.

Artist Website | Media Sample | Contact Agent

Americana duo The Honey Dewdrops – Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish– has long felt the push-and-pull between their original roots in the Appalachian Mountains and their current home in urban Baltimore. You’ll hear it in their harmony soaked songs and the mastery of their instruments’ acoustic tones, but also in their songwriting, which reflects the hard realities of today.

Photo: Nolan Zunk.

 Rare Essence (DC, USA)

Four men stand at the front of the stage with microphones.  We can see a full band behind them on a blue lit stage. The back of the audience is in the foreground of the image.

Artist Website | Media Sample | Contact Agent

Rare Essence, Washington’s premier Go-Go band for more than four decades, is a D.C. institution that has built a devoted fan base that spans multiple generations. Drawn to the indigenous funk sired in the mid -70’s by the late Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown, Rare Essence would be one of Brown’s earliest, and have remained his most enduring, progeny.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

 Sonia De Los Santos (NJ, USA)

Sonja De Los Santos stands in front of a natural wooden board wall. She holds a ukelele and is wearing a black sun dress.

Artist Website | Media Sample | Contact Agent

Nominated for Best Latin Children’s Album at the 20th Annual Latin Grammy Award (2019), Sonia De Los Santos is one of the brightest voices in bilingual children’s music. Sonia’s concerts delve into her experiences growing up in Mexico. Songs in Spanish and English are inspired by various Latin American rhythms including son jarocho and cumbia, as well as the North American folk traditions from the United States.

Photo: Juanjo Molina.

Tentacle Tribe |GHOST (Quebec, Canada)

Black and white image of six dancers closely grouped together. Their poses look as if they are interlocked. They are shot close-up with a black background.

Artist Website | Media Sample | Contact Agent

Tentacle Tribe dance company presents their unique brand of conceptual hip–hop, experimenting with intricate partnering, refined musicality, and a saturated dose of physical choreography. Co-founders Lê Phan and Höglund have redefined their b-boying and b-girling practices into an innovative aesthetic that transcends style boundaries and expresses the embodiment of music beyond technique.

Photo: Alexandre Gilbert.

Manage Your Grant

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

Virtual Engagement Guidance

As arts presenting organizations evolve in response to a changing landscape, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 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 Foundation Virtual Engagement Guide as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 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, Grants and Operations Officer, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org.

Funding Acknowledgement and Crediting

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

Grantees must clearly acknowledge support from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below. Use of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo does not replace the credit language. Copies of the required crediting materials must be submitted as part of the final report.

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

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

This engagement of [ARTIST] is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.*

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

*Some projects are also supported by our State partners. Please refer to the specific crediting requirements and language in your Grant Award Agreement to ensure you provide proper crediting for your project.

Final Reports

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

Grantees are required to submit a final report which is due thirty (30) days after the end of the grant period on record as listed in the Grant Award Agreement.

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s eGRANT system at https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.  Please read the instructions in the eGRANT system carefully.

The account used to submit the 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, Grants and Operations Officer, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656 x109.

Performing Arts Global Exchange
About

Eleven men and women stand and sit around a table in an industrial space. The musicians all wear black. There are lemons and lemon peels all over the table.There are lemon
Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Canada, will tour the U.S. through the 2020-2021 Performing Arts Global Exchange Program.

Performing Arts Global Exchange (PAGE) is a new Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation grant program for performing arts presenters nationwide in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Arts. Launching with tours in 2020-2021, PAGE brings exemplary international music, dance, and theater to audiences across the United States. Fee support grants are available to nonprofit presenting venues and units of state, local, or tribal government based anywhere in the U.S. or its territories who book artists from a curated roster. Artists on the roster have not widely toured in the United States and reside in a selected region, with the inaugural year’s roster featuring artists from U.S. neighbors: Canada and Mexico. Presenters interested in learning more about the booking and funding process should refer to the booking guidelines.

Why Performing Arts Global Exchange?

Presenting international artists requires resources that aren’t always available. Travel expenses, visas, and routing can make presenting international artists difficult, especially in remote areas of the country. PAGE provides grant support to encourage the presentation of international artists across the country, with an emphasis on supporting performances in communities with reduced access to international performing arts due to geography or other features.

PAGE presents: Mexico and Canada

The inaugural year of Performing Arts Global Exchange will feature a roster of artists from Mexico and Canada. Featuring music, dance, and theater ensembles, roster artists offer presenters the opportunity to affordably feature international artists in their programming and community outreach activities.

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

2020-2021 Artist Roster

DANCE

La Serpiente | Mexico
US Debut

A dancer, dressed all in black, bends backward almost on limbo stance with one arm on the stage while holding a long white ribbon of fabric.

La Serpiente is an independent contemporary dance company working out of Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. Since their first production in 2001, they have created their own style of feeling and communicating with the world, creating a company that is a convergence of movement and the aesthetic vision of the group’s members. La Serpiente is committed to artistic development internally and externally, and supports an international dance festival (Red Serpiente), artistic residences, a Center of Dance Documentation and Research (Cenddami), and Scholar Dance Program, as well as workshops and master classes.

Treatise About the Line is a contemporary dance performance that explores the complexity of bodies moving through space and time. For fifty minutes, four dancers provoke an architectural look at the body, space, and condensed time, all set to original music. Together, the lighting design and choreography build a dance discourse without requiring grand scenic elements. The company also has additional repertoire available for venues with fewer technical capabilities.

Watch: Treatise About the Line Full Video or Demo | About La Serpiente
Traveling: 5 dancers, 1 technician, 1 staff
Technical specifications: Two minimum requirements: a line of white elastic cutting through the stage space horizontally, as well as a vertical bar of LED light (7 meters).
Tech Rider | Website | Facebook | Twitter
To book, contact: Abdiel Villaseñor Talavera | abdielvt@gmail.com

In addition to presenting this artist, PAGE grants require at least one artist-involved community engagement activity; possibilities for this engagement can be found here.

MUSIC

Lemon Bucket Orkestra | Canada

Eleven men and women stand and sit around a table in an industrial space. The musicians all wear black. There are lemons and lemon peels all over the table.There are lemon

Lemon Bucket Orkestra (LBO) is a Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-punk party. Equal parts high precision and reckless intensity, this magnetic ensemble grew from a quartet of guerilla-folk troubadours busking on the streets of Toronto to a battalion of troops armed with brass, bows, accordions, and drums. The band has been nominated for several awards, including two Junos, and they have been heralded as a ground-breaking, genre-bending phenomenon by international and local press alike. Live, the band is a veritable juggernaut. Their 2015 album, Moorka, includes several reworked folk songs the band learned from local virtuosos while touring in Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, and Macedonia. Each chestnut is spiked with the unique blend of funk, punk, psychedelia, blues, and swing that give LBO its signature sound. As at home in a speakeasy as a concert hall, the Lemon Bucket Orkestra has stormed the international scene with its irresistible brass-band mayhem.

Watch:LBO Promo Video | LBO Live
Traveling: 12 on stage, 1 technician
Technical specifications: No backline required | Stage Plot | Website | Facebook | Twitter
To book, contact: David Gaar | david@FreshenUpArts.com

In addition to presenting this artist, PAGE grants require at least one artist-involved community engagement activity; possibilities for this engagement can be found here.

Vox Sambou | Canada

Vox Sambou stands against a bright blue shipping container. He wears a black jacket, white shirt, sunglasses, and fedora.
Credit: Luz Vermelha.

Vox Sambou is an MC, poet, and multilingual performer who writes and performs in Creole, French, English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He is a founding member of Montreal-based hip-hop collective, Nomadic Massive. Vox has performed across North America, France, Chile, Brazil, Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso, Colombia, Morocco, and Spain. A Haitian-Canadian, his music focuses on the traditional rhythms of Haiti mixed with elements of Afrobeat, jazz, reggae, and hip-hop. Vox’s artistry is influenced by a strong commitment to calling out injustices and social imbalances. His message is one of great positivity that not only reflects the realities of life in Montreal as a Caribbean immigrant, but also the relationship between artists in the Americas.

Watch: “Lavi” |“Rezistans” | “My Rhythm” | Additional Clips
Traveling: Flexible depending on budget, 6-9 artists and 1 crew
Technical specifications: Tech Rider | Website | Facebook | Twitter
To book, contact: Juan Souki | juan.souki@odelia.live

In addition to presenting this artist, PAGE grants require at least one artist-involved community engagement activity; possibilities for this engagement can be found here.

William Prince | Canada

William Prince is dressed all in black.  He stands in a field of yellow and brown foliage.  The sky is full of white clouds behind him.

From ruminations on life and love’s treasures to tales of everyday heroes, the music of William Prince unfurls like a classic campfire story, midnight road-trip conversation, or dog-eared novel passed down through generations. This Juno Award-winning singer and songwriter evokes a journeyman spirit while delivering emotional heft with his dusky baritone. Born and raised on the Peguis First Nation of Manitoba, Canada, William has been honing his craft since the age of nine. He counts Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Charley Pride, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson among chief influences, but ultimately cites his preacher/musician father as the biggest inspiration. “My whole life I listened to my dad’s deep voice singing gospel,” he says. “In a sense, I make folk-country tunes inside of a gospel framework.” Each line carries stained-glass soul and the gusto to reach steeple-sized heights. As anticipation for his 2020 album builds, Prince has been busy touring, including engagements as opener for Neil Young in a run of shows, performing a slot at Stagecoach in the heart of California, and festival dates across North America.

This tour is no longer booking grant-supported engagements.

In addition to presenting this artist, PAGE grants require at least one artist-involved community engagement activity.

Silvana Estrada | Mexico
US Debut

Silvana Estrada sits on stage in a wooden chair with a small wooden table beside her.  She wears a plaid dress and has a Cuatro across her lap as she sings into a boom microphone.

Xalapa’s Silvana Estrada has created a jazz-tinged species of indie folk that has quickly flown onto international radar. The explosive success of her first releases, paired with frequent collaborations with the likes of Natalia LaFourcade, Mon Laferte, David Aguilar, and beyond, have the young artist staged for greatness. “Every now and then, you’ll see a claim by some music writer, blogger, or critic, that the subject they are profiling is or will be ‘the voice of a generation.’ Well, even though I often try and not engage in hyperbole…I wish to proclaim Silvana Estrada as ‘one of Mexico’s greatest young talents and vocalists.’” – José Galvan for KCRW. Born in the state of Veracruz to two luthiers, Silvana grew up surrounded by music and literature. She began her studies at 16 at the local university’s jazz department and left school at 19 to record and perform in NYC with renowned guitarist Charlie Hunter. When she came back to Mexico, she plunged into the indie music scene in Mexico City. Accompanying herself on the Venezuelan cuatro, Silvana combines jazz, folk music from her Veracruz homelands, and smatterings of guapango, cumbia, and other Latin genres.

Watch: “Te Guardo” | “Sabré Olvidar”
Traveling: 2 artists, 1 technician, 1 staff
Technical specifications: Tech Rider | Website | Facebook | Twitter
To book, contact: Edwin Erazo | edwinerazo@me.com

In addition to presenting this artist, PAGE grants require at least one artist-involved community engagement activity; possibilities for this engagement can be found here.

THEATER

Seña y Verbo: Teatro de Sordos | Mexico
Music for Your Eyes

Three Actors stand onstage facing the audience.  The one in the middle holds a drawing of a sheep.  In the foreground, a conductor raises his baton.

For more than 25 years, Seña y Verbo: Teatro de Sordos (Sign and Verb: Theatre of the Deaf) of Mexico City has produced and internationally toured theater featuring deaf and hearing actors for audiences of all ages. Using a mix of Mexican sign language, pantomime, imagery, and puppetry, their work is grounded in cultural inclusion. The ensemble puts Deaf culture center stage in high-quality theater productions bolstered by seminars and cultural outreach workshops. Music for Your Eyes is born from the dialogue between two worlds: the world of silent images of the deaf and the seemingly intangible world of music—joined in a common language of theater. Suggestive of a small chamber orchestra, three deaf actors and a hearing director interpret four small stories inspired by music from some of the best-known composers of all time: Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn. Through the director, the actors strike up a conversation with the music—a seemingly impossible dialogue—that translates the essence of the musical language into the language of images and puppetry. Aimed at children between ages three and five, but enjoyed by the whole family, this play takes us to new worlds, all without the use of spoken language.

Watch: “Music for Your Eyes”
Traveling: 4 performers, 2 technicians, 1 staff
Technical specifications: Tech Rider | Facebook | Twitter
To book, contact: Mariol Arias | mariol_as@hotmail.com

In addition to presenting this artist, PAGE grants require at least one artist-involved community engagement activity; possibilities for this engagement can be found here.

Artist Selection

How artists are selected for the PAGE roster:

The 2020-2021 curation of the Performing Arts Global Exchange roster involves many voices. There is no application process for artists who wish to be included on the annual Performing Arts Global Exchange roster.

  1. Curators selected on an annual basis by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) and the National Endowment for the Arts (The Endowment,) provide artist roster suggestions. The curators have expertise inthe performing arts specifically in the selected roster countries.
  2. Then, MAAF staff and the National Endowment for the Arts review these nominations and select a reduced pool of nominated artists that best fit the program objectives. Consideration is given to broad geographic appeal, aesthetic variety, affordability, diversity and inclusivity.
  3. Next, feedback on these potential roster artists is gathered via an online survey of U.S. presenters.
  4. MAAF and the Endowment select the final roster, weighing presenter feedback and program goals.

Presenters who would like to provide feedback on the roster artists under consideration via survey should sign up for the MAAF newsletter or contact robyn@midatlanticarts.org.

The Curators:

Derek Andrews | Toronto, ON, Canada

As Artistic Director of the annual music conference Mundial Montreal, Derek assists with North American tour development, including Canada’s World Routes Network. He is also President of the Toronto Blues Society where he serves as Executive Director of the biennial Blues Summit, and has been a volunteer member of the recently formed Toronto Music Advisory Council and European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals. As a concert organizer, Derek developed themed concert programming at Harbourfront Centre from 1986-2003, presenting 4,000 artists, and was Co-artistic Director of Toronto’s WOMAD festival from 1988-1992. Derek has presented seminars at industry conferences such as WOMEX and Folk Alliance International and has served on advisory committees for the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council.

Marcela Diez | Mexico City, Mexico

Diez Martínez has a long history as an arts manager and performing arts programmer. She recently became the coordinator of Comunidad CulturaUNAM at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México after many years at the Festival Internacional Cervantino, the largest arts festival in Latin America, where she recently served as General Director. After living in Belgium, the USA, Spain and Mexico, her life and career have always been intertwined with the arts. She was Managing Director of an art gallery in Barcelona, promoted Mexican artists in Europe, and after returning to Mexico, dedicated herself to the promotion and programming of the performing arts, including a long career at Festival Internacional Cervantino where she served as Programming Director from 2013-2018. She has a BA in Psychology and Graduate studies in Education.

Margo Kane | Vancouver, BC, Canada

Cree-Saulteaux performing artist, Margo Kane, is the Founder and Artistic Managing Director of Full Circle: First Nations Performanceand a leading figure in Aboriginal performing arts. For over 40 years, she has been active as an actor, performing artist, director and community cultural worker. She developed and runs the annual Talking Stick Festival, a music program, and an Indigenous Ensemble Program. Recently she was Artistic Director for the City of Vancouver’s Canada150+ summer festival; and has performedin Barcelona for the Grec Theatre Festival and at Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver.  Margo serves on the Board of the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) and regularly participates in performing arts markets. She has received many awards and honors, including the Canadian Achievement Award from the National Capital Commission, a BC Film LEO Award, the Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction from the Union of BC Performers, and a Jesse Richardson Theatre Award.  In 2016, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of the Fraser Valley and, most recently, the Order of Canada from the Governor-General.

Juan Meliá | Mexico City, Mexico

Juan Meliá is Director of Theatre UNAM at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He has worked both in public office and independent initiatives, notably as: Director of Cultural Promotion at the Universidad de Guanajuato and as General Director of the Cultural Institute of León, Guanajuato, where he participated as one of the initiators of the  International Festival of Contemporary Art (FIAC) and founding member of the Contemporary Art Gallery ARTE3. Recently, he served as National Theater Coordinator of the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico (INBAL) where he developed projects such as Muestra Nacional de Teatro, Programa Nacional de Teatro Escolar, Feria Nacional del Libro Teatral and the programming of the  Scenic spaces of the Centro Cultural del Bosque, en la Ciudad de México. He has also served as the Mexican representative and Intergovernmental Committee President of IBERESCENA, coordinator and representative of the National Institute of Fine Arts, for the Fiscal Encouragement to the National Theater Production (EFITEATRO), and Executive Secretary of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) of the Secretaría de Cultura de México.

For Presenters

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

To learn more about the program and how to receive a grant, please
see program guidelines. For your convenience, guidelines are available in both
PDF and Word formats below.

Download PAGE Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window)

Download PAGE Guidelines as an accessible Word document (click link to download)

Current Grantees & Tours

2020-2021 Performing Arts Global Exchange Grantees

Come back soon! A full schedule of all grant-supported tour dates will be available in July 2020.

Manage Your Grant

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

Virtual Engagement Guidance

As arts presenting organizations evolve in response to a changing landscape, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 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 Foundation Virtual Engagement Guide as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 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 Foundation through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below. Use of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo does not replace the credit language. Copies of the required crediting materials must be submitted as part of the final report.

Credit and Logo Usage Details

The following statement and the PAGE logo, and where space permits, the logos of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 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 the PAGE 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 funded through Performing Arts Global Exchange a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Website Link

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

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 Foundation’s eGRANT system at https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.  Please read the instructions in the eGRANT system carefully.

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

The account used to submit the 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.

Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America
Joan Soriano is performing on stage and the crowd is in front dancing. There are three guitarist and two percussionists on stage in front of red spiral lighting. The people on the dance floor all dancing as couples and holding hands.

Joan Soriano performing in Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ David Rubenstein Atrium through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America 2018. Credit: Kevin Yatarola.

Southern Exposure is a national initiative that brings exemplary contemporary and traditional performing arts from Latin America to audiences across the United States. The program provides fee support to nonprofit presenters who book artists on a curated roster that changes annually.  Funded engagements include public performances and complementary activities that provide audiences with a greater appreciation for the artists’ work and of the cultures from which the work is derived.

Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America is being sunset and will not be announcing any future grantees following the conclusion of the 2019-2020 tours. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts to continue to support presenters nationwide interested in programming international artists. Learn more about Performing Arts Global Exchange.

Visit the Southern Exposure website at https://southernexposurearts.org/ for more information.

Special Presenter Initiatives
About
Large group of dancers wearing all white on a white stage with red background lighting. Many dancers are mid motion, and are gathered closely together interacting with each other.

Vincent E. Thomas and the What’s Going On company performed with local dancers at the Christiana Cultural Arts Center in Delaware with support from the 2018 Special Presenters Initiatives program. Photo: Wendell Raulston, Jr.

The Special Presenter Initiatives program provides funding to small and mid-size presenting organizations in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia. 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.

Nonprofit presenters can request matching grants for up to two projects per annual cycle. Presenters in DC, DE, and WV can request up to $2,000 per project, and up to $5,000 per project for presenters in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Questions regarding Special Presenter Initiatives should be directed to Haowen Wang, Program Officer, Performing, Arts, at haowen@midatlanticarts.org.

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

Guidelines

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

For presenters based in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia:

Guidelines

Guidelines and application form for the 2021-2022 program cycle will be announced in Fall 2020.

The guidelines below are for information purposes only.  The deadline for the 2020-2021 program was April 3, 2020.

Download 2020-2021 Special Presenter Initiatives Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Download 2020-2021 Special Presenter Initiatives Guidelines as an accessible Word document (click link to download)

Download a preview copy of 2020-2021 Special Presenter Initiatives Application as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Download a preview copy of 2020-2021 Special Presenter Initiatives Application as a as an accessible Word document (click link to download)

Current Grantees

2020-2021

Due to COVID-19 disruptions, many funded projects are being rescheduled into the next seasons. MAAF is actively working with our grantees to find suitable solutions to support these projects. 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 MAAF program officer handling your specific grant program or activity to discuss your concerns or options. You can find staff contact information here.  Please be assured we will not penalize grantees for canceling grants due to COVID-19 coronavirus considerations and will be as flexible as we can within the limits of our own funder limitations.

Virtual Engagement Guidance

As arts presenting organizations evolve in response to a changing landscape, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 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 Foundation Virtual Engagement Guide as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 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, Grants and Operations Officer, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org.

Funding Acknowledgement and Crediting

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

Grantees must clearly acknowledge support from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below. Use of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo does not replace the credit language. Copies of the required crediting materials must be submitted as part of the final report.

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

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

This engagement of [ARTIST] is made possible through the Special Presenters Initiative program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the [your State arts agency].*

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

*Projects are also supported by our State partners. Please refer to the specific crediting requirements and language in your Grant Award Agreement to ensure you provide proper crediting for your project.

Final Reports

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

Grantees are required to submit a final report which is due thirty (30) days after the end of the grant period on record as listed in the Grant Award Agreement.

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s eGRANT system at https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.  Please read the instructions in the eGRANT system carefully.

The account used to submit the application for the grant must be used to complete the final report. If you do not remember your login and/or password, please use the link on the eGRANT login page to retrieve the information.

For questions about your grant and the crediting or final reporting requirements, contact Phillip Harmon, Grants and Operations Officer, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656 x109.

Deadlines

ArtsCONNECT

CLOSED:The application deadline for ArtsCONNECT was Wednesday, March 25, 2020 for projects taking place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Go to ArtsCONNECT…

Jazz Touring Network

The Jazz Touring Network will not be accepting new membership applications in 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. MAAF has prioritized supporting current JTN members as they navigate difficult programming and presenting transitions. New Member Applications will open again in Summer 2021.

Go to Jazz Touring Network…

Mid Atlantic Tours

CLOSED: The 2020-2021 Mid Atlantic Tours Roster booking deadline was February 28, 2020 for engagements taking place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Go to Mid Atlantic Tours

Performing Arts Global Exchange

The 2020-2021 Performing Arts Global Exchange Roster booking deadline has been extended until Sunday, May 31, 2020, for engagements taking place between August 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Go to Performing Arts Global Exchange…

Special Presenter Initiatives

CLOSED: The application deadline for the Special Presenter Initiatives was Friday, April 3, 2020 for projects taking place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Go to Special Presenter Initiatives…