Mid Atlantic Arts believes in the power of the arts to promote a greater understanding of other cultures. Iber Exchange is a grant program designed to increase availability of international music programming throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and to promote a greater understanding of other cultures through the performing arts. Iber (pronounced “EE-burr”) Exchange provides fee support grants to nonprofit presenters located in the mid-Atlantic region that contract artists as part of the Iber Exchange program in collaboration with the Ibermúsicas organization.
All funded engagements are required to include a public performance and a community engagement activity that creates interaction between audiences and visiting artists. An emphasis is placed on funding engagements in communities where opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.
Mid Atlantic Arts recognizes that international touring is most cost-effective for presenters and artists when multiple presenters collaborate to bring an artist to various communities in one trip. This program offers the opportunity for both presenters and artists to receive funding to facilitate collaborative cultural exchange.
Iber Exchange is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts in collaboration with Ibermúsicas and made possible through the generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.
Ibermúsicas is a nongovernmental organization dedicated to supporting the diversity and growth of the Iberoamerican music sector. Members include Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and Uruguay. Ibermúsicas provides grants to support the mobility and development of musicians in their member countries.
Support for Iber Exchange is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Ibermúsicas.
HOW IT WORKS
This initiative is a partnership grant program featuring cross-cultural collaboration between artists and presenters.
Artist Selection: In 2022 Ibermúsicas conducted an open call for artist applications. Artists had to be based in Ibermúsicas’ member countries to apply for funding and meet eligibility criteria. The three ensembles selected following panel review for the artist roster will receive grant support directly from Ibermúsicas to defray visa costs.
Presenter Grant Support: Ensembles on the artist roster will tour the mid-Atlantic region with the assistance of Ibermúsicas between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024. Nonprofit mid-Atlantic presenters who provided letters of invitation to these artists when they applied to Ibermúsicas will be eligible for grant support from Mid Atlantic Arts for up to 50% of the negotiated artist fee. Grants will generally range between $2,000 – $8,000 per presenter. Additional eligible mid-Atlantic nonprofit presenters interested in joining the tours may do so with grant support while funds remain.
HOW TO RECEIVE A GRANT AWARD
- Review the program guidelines below and the artist roster.
- Contact the artist’s tour agent and negotiate the performance and artist-involved community engagement activities.
- Send a signed offer letter to the agent by April 25, 2023 that includes the presenter’s name and contact information, public performance and community engagement date(s), negotiated inclusive fee, and recommended grant support amount as negotiated with the artist’s agent.
- Be tentatively recommended for a grant (up to 50% of negotiated fee) and complete a brief online form including details about your organization and the engagement, including planned artist-involved community engagement.
- Mid Atlantic Arts will contact you in June to verify details and confirm your grant.
In order to receive fee support grants, a presenting organization must:
- Be based anywhere in the mid-Atlantic jurisdiction: Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Virginia, West Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or a unit of state or local government. Units of state or local government must provide a document on official letterhead to confirm status as a government entity. Fiscal sponsorship is not permitted for this program.
- Be in good standing with Mid Atlantic Arts, with no overdue or outstanding required reports and/or grant documents.
- For this program, a presenter is defined as an organization that regularly schedules and engages professional artists to perform before general audiences in its community and manages the related performance logistics as an ongoing and significant component of their organization’s activity.
- We encourage the participation of presenters from a variety of eligible organizations including: organizations that serve populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by ethnicity, economics, geography, or disability; organizations with small and medium-sized budgets; organizations from rural or urban communities; and organizations that may be receiving funding from Mid Atlantic Arts for the first time.
- Presenters will be selected on the strength of their proposed activity engagement as well as compelling outreach to their community.
In order to receive fee support grants a presenting organization must:
- Enter into a contract with an Ibermúsicas-selected artist for at least one public performance and at least one community engagement activity that builds appreciation for the performance or art form and provides the public with opportunities for direct interaction with the visiting artists. Presenters will be selected on the strength of their proposed activity engagement as well as compelling outreach to their community. Community engagement activities may include, but are not limited to, master classes, lecture-demonstrations, workshops, and pre- or post-performance discussions. The activity offered must involve the featured artist(s). Presenters must discuss the community engagement activity and the artist’s involvement and include these activities in their negotiations. Presenters must provide details on community engagement plans before being confirmed for a grant award.
Want to learn more?
Iber Exchange Webinar for Presenters in the Mid-Atlantic
View a Recording (hyperlink opens new tab to YouTube video).
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2023-2024 Artist Roster
Iber Exchange 2023-2024 Artist Roster
Alejandro Brittes Quartet
Renowned Argentine accordionist and composer Alejandro Brittes has been described by academic authority University of Texas professor Mark Brill as one of the three principal accordionists of the important traditional South American chamamé musical genre, a 400-year old musical expression declared as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO that resonates with over 35 million people in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, and other South American nations, that was born of the encounter between native Guaraní cultures and the Baroque musical influences brought by Jesuits in the colonial period. The accordion-based multicultural chamamé genre is unfortunately little known in North America. Brittes´s musical career spans over 30 years, he has 100 original compositions and 9 albums, and has performed in 10 nations in the Americas and Europe. He has also published a book titled “The Origins of Chamamé”, one of the most-sold titles on Amazon Brazil in Sept. 2021.
Caña Dulce y Caña Brava
Caña Dulce y Caña Brava takes audiences on a journey through the music, poetry, and dance of Veracruz, Mexico. Experience the profound harmonies of the harp, the percussive atmosphere of the jarana, and the robust rhythm of the guitarra grande accompanied by the zapateado and the projection of visual effects. The group highlights feminine poetry and voices within the traditionally masculine world of Mexican son jarocho music. Thanks to their dedication, innovation and perseverance, the group has established itself as a benchmark for son jarocho, giving innovation to traditional Mexican music.
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To book, contact: Matthew Greenhill | email@example.com
La Banda Morisca
Comprised of musicians from Cadiz, Spain with different professional backgrounds, La Banda Morisca’s music is a convergence of roots and traditional music and the desire to experiment and evoke the cultural heritage of ancient al-Andalus and the legacy it has left on the music currently performed in Andalusia, the Maghreb and the Middle East. Inspired by this Andalusí heritage and by the folkloric cannon of ballads, the sextet has developed a creative and unique vision of a repertoire that combines the traditions of the Eastern and Western Mediterranean with the spirit of flamenco and Andalusian rock.
La Banda Morisca released its self-titled debut album in 2013. It was followed by Algarabya in 2016 and Gitana Mora in 2020. Between 2016 and 2019, the band has performed at some of the most important festivals and venues in the world, including SXSW, the New York Flamenco Festival, the Arab World Festival of Montreal, The Small World Music Center in Toronto, the New England Conservatory in Boston, The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Miami Dade College, the Miami Flamenco Festival, the Havana World Music Festival, the Merzouga International Festival, L´Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, the Festival des Musiques Métisses de Angoulême, the Spanish Pavilion at the 2017 Astana World Expo, the Sharq Taronalari Festival in Samarcanda, where they were awarded the Festival Jury Prize, WOMEX 2017 in Katowice, the Fira Mediterrania, the Krems Festival and the Sziget Festival in Budapest.
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To book, contact: Justine Bayod Espoz | Justine@ToritoArtists.com