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 2020-2021 touring roster and booking guidelines will be announced in Fall 2019.

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 2020-2021 touring roster and booking guidelines will be announced in Fall 2019.

Booking Guidelines

The booking deadline for engagements taking place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020 was March 1, 2019. The 2020-2021 touring roster and booking guidelines will be announced in Fall 2019.

To learn more about the program and eligibility requirements, please review the program guidelines below (for information purposes only).

For your convenience, guidelines are available in both PDF and Word formats.

Download the 2019-2020 Mid Atlantic Tours Booking Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Download the 2019-2020  Mid Atlantic Tours Booking Guidelines as an accessible Word document (click link to download)

Current Grantees & Tours

2019-2020 Mid Atlantic Tours Grantees

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

Chris Matthews wears a black shirt and colorful bow tie. She is standing on a outside stage in front of a microphone holding her guitar. Blurred trees are visible behind her.

Photo: Ursula Hoppe

Crys Matthews (VA)
Website: www.crysmatthews.com
Media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhlmyZZ3DxI&feature=youtu.be&t=1s

A prolific lyricist and composer, Crys Matthews blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in traditional melodies and punctuated by honest, original lyrics. In August 2017, Matthews simultaneously released both a new, full-length album, The Imagineers, and an EP, Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers. Songs from both projects have already won her recognition and awards. She was one of ten finalists (out of 5,000 entrants) in 2017’s NewSong Music and Performance Competition, and after performing at Lincoln Center, she was named grand-prize winner.

7/26/2019  Huntington Arts Council, Huntington, NY
10/17/2019 BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
10/19/2019 6 On The Square, Oxford, NY
10/28/2019 Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
1/17/2020 Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV
2/17/2020 FSU Cultural Events Series, Frostburg, MD
2/22/2020 Ethical Brew, Teaneck, NJ
3/28/2020 The Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE

Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque (Ontario, Canada)
Website: www.janebunnett.com
Media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yxU-_md2hE

Multi-Juno award winner and multi-Grammy nominee, jazz flautist/saxophonist Jane Bunnett is an internationally acclaimed musician who has built her reputation working with Cuban musicians for over 35 years. In 2014, she founded Jane Bunnett and Maqueque to promote and extend performance opportunities to talented, young, female musicians from Cuba. Since then, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque have broken new territory in Afro-Cuban music and toured Australia, Brazil, Canada, and the United States numerous times.

9/14/2019 The Freeman Stage at Bayside, Selbyville, DE
9/18-19/2019 Bucknell University – Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Lewisburg, PA
9/20/2019 Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
9/21/2019 Contemporary Arts, Gwynn Oak, MD
9/25-27/2019 Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
12/13/2019 Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh, PA
1/31/2020 The Charlottesville Jazz Society, Charlottesville, VA
2/2/2020 Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
2/5-7/2020 St. John School of the Arts, St. John, VI
6/19/2020 Cityfest – Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Wilmington, DE

Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Los Pleneros de la 21 (NY)

Website: www.losplenerosdela21.org
Media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HANCoVDn7k

Founded in 1983 by NEA Heritage Fellow Juan Gutiérrez, Los Pleneros de la 21 (LP21) is an intergenerational ensemble of today’s venerated Latino musicians and top Bomba and Plena practitioners. The ensemble, based in the heart of El Barrio (Spanish Harlem), is known for creating infectious sounds which combine the folkloric and raw percussion elements of Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena genres with contemporary and urban styles, like Son, Salsa, Jazz, and Hip Hop.

9/20-21/2019 Smith Center for the Arts, Geneva, NY
9/27-28/2019 Arts at the Palace, Hamilton, NY
10/11-12/2019 BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
7/11/2019 Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE

Photo: David Oldfield

Nordic Affect (Reykjavík, Iceland)

Website: www.nordicaffect.com
Media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl_gzcvjS1c

Icelandic ensemble Nordic Affect has been hailed as a “multi-disciplinary force of nature” (A Closer Listen), and for its “ineffable synergy between the performers” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Founded in 2005, Nordic Affect is four Icelandic women musicians, united in their passion for viewing familiar music from a different perspective and venturing into new musical terrain. The group’s highly unique voice has earned them international recognition. Nordic Affect was named Performer of the Year at the Iceland Music Awards in 2014 and was featured on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Reykjavík Festival in 2017.

2/5-6/2020 UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany, NY

Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Paige Hernandez (DC)

Website: bflyentertainment.com
Media: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukFbV2gSqOg

Paige Hernandez is a multifaceted theater artist who is known for her innovative fusion of hip hop, arts integration and cultural inclusion. With her company B-FLY ENTERTAINMENT, Paige has written and performed several original works that focus on multicultural hip hop experiences for all ages. As a master teaching artist, Paige has taught throughout the country, to all ages, in all art disciplines. Paige has been named a “classroom hero” by The Huffington Post, a “Citizen Artist Fellow” with the Kennedy Center, “40 under 40” by Washingtonian Magazine and one of “Six Theatre Workers You Should Know” by American Theatre Magazine.

7/13/2019 Gretna Music, Mount Gretna, PA
7/17/2019 The Freeman Stage at Bayside, Selbyville, DE
10/26-27/2019 Baltimore Center Stage, Baltimore, MD
12/8-9/2019 Smith Center for the Arts, Geneva, NY
1/16-17/2020 Emory & Henry College – Woodrow W. McGlothlin Center for the Arts, Emory, VA
3/6-7/2020 Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
3/13-14/2020 The Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE

Photo: Lois Greenfield

Philadanco! (PA)

Website: www.philadanco.org
Media: https://tinyurl.com/PhiladancoSuccessStories

Celebrated for its innovation, creativity, and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance, Philadanco! will kick off the celebration of its 50th anniversary in the 2019-2020 season. Founded in 1970 by Joan Myers Brown, Philadanco! will celebrate its achievements in contemporary dance by touring repertory that features recently commissioned works such as Iquail Shaheed’s The Order, Anthony Burrell’s Endangered Species , alongside important legacy works of Sagan (Suite En Bleu), Huggins  (Enemy Behind the Gates), and Mercer (Super 8!).

8/9-10/2019 PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Chatham, NY
10/24-25/2019 The Egg, Albany, NY
11/14-17/2019 The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission – Publick Playhouse, Greenbelt, MD
1/21-25/2020 Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY
2/14/2020 Stockton University Performing Arts Center, Absecon, NJ
2/24-25/2020 Rutgers University – The Price Institute, Newark, NJ
6/20-21/2020 Clay Center, Charleston, WV

Manage Your Grant

Changes in Project Proposal

Any changes in the content, schedule, or budget of your project as proposed must be submitted in writing for approval prior to being implemented. Requested changes must be submitted to Phillip Harmon, 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 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 http://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.