Inaugural Iber Exchange Grantees Announced

Iber Exchange 2023-2024 Grantees Announced

Baltimore, July 13, 2023 – Today, Mid Atlantic Arts announced the inaugural grantee cohort for Iber Exchange, a pilot program that fosters cultural exchange through international artistic programming in the mid-Atlantic region.

As part of Iber Exchange, artists from the twelve countries represented by Ibermúsicas applied for the Iber Exchange touring roster. Presenting organizations in the mid-Atlantic region then submitted offer letters to join tours of the three selected artists with grant support. Iber Exchange provides grant support for visa fees and up to 50% of the artists fees to help lower the barriers to presenting international music ensembles. This year, Iber Exchange will provide $49,920 to support 19 public performances and community engagement activities in Mid Atlantic Arts’ partner states and jurisdictions. The 2023-2024 selected artists are:

Iber Exchange artists will visit the following sites and communities:

Three males musicians site on boxes in a semicircle. They all ear shades of black with accents. To the left a bass lays on the floor. The center musician holds an accordion. The man to the right has an acoustic guitar. Behind them standing center is a woman with a flute.

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Image: Alejandro Brittes Quartet. Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Alejandro Brittes is an Argentine accordionist and composer in the chamamé genre, a tradition named a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage tradition. The Alejandro Brittes Quartet will be presented by:

Five musicians in bright blue, yellow, orange, and white traditional dress stand in an ornate courtyard holding traditional instruments.

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Image: Caña Dulce y Caña Brava. Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Caña Dulce y Caña Brava is a music and poetry group in the son jarocho genre from Veracruz, Mexico, highlighting feminine voices in a traditionally-masculine musical tradition. Caña Dulce y Caña Brava will be presented by:

Color photo of six musicians wearing traditional garb holding their instruments against a stark white adobe wall.

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Image: La Banda Morisca. Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

La Banda Morisca blends Andalusian cultural heritage and music in the Maghreb and the Middle East, from flamenco music to Andalusian rock. La Banda Morisca will be presented by:

Full information about Iber Exchange can be found here.

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

Images (top to bottom): Alejandro Brittes Quartet. Credit: Courtesy of the artist; Caña Dulce y Caña Brava. Credit: Courtesy of the artistLa Banda Morisca. Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

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Mid Atlantic Arts nurtures and funds the creation and presentation of diverse artistic expression and connects people to meaningful arts experiences within our region and beyond. Created in 1979, Mid Atlantic Arts is a private non-profit organization that is closely allied with the region’s state arts councils and the National Endowment for the Arts. It combines funding from state and federal resources with private support from corporations, foundations, and individuals to address needs in the arts from a regional, national, and international perspective. To learn more about Mid Atlantic Arts, its programs and services, visit our website at

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