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 or ensembles chosen to tour throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Project support 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, regional artist representation, and engaging with communities underserved by the arts. Mid Atlantic Arts is committed to countering structural inequities based on race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, class, age, and geography. 

The annual artist roster is selected through a staff-curated process led by Mid Atlantic 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, artist affordability, 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 Artist Roster and Booking Guidelines tabs under this program. 

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.

2021-2022 Artist Roster

Charlotte Blake Alston (PA)

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

Website: http://www.charlotteblakealston.com/ 

“Starfish” https://vimeo.com/user69992104/review/480886432/d213d82421
“Anansi” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RM9j_XbpE8  

For fees and booking information, contact:  Jennifer Morris, Siegel Artist Management, jennifer@siegelartist.com  

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

The 2020-2021 season marks Alston’s 30th consecutive season serving as host and narrator on family concerts for The Philadelphia Orchestra and her 27th as host of “Sound All Around”, the orchestra’s preschool concert series. She hosted family and school concerts at Carnegie Hall for 19 years and has performed for Lincoln Center Institute and The Juilliard School digital learning platform. She has appeared in such venues as The Smithsonian Institution, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The National Storytelling Festival, and The National Festival of Black Storytelling. 

Community engagement activity options: Talkbacks, in-class and online workshops, teacher in-service workshops, lectures, alternate programs for symphonic and choral narration. 

Download Technical Requirements 

Photo: Annie Cameron Photography.

Lakecia Benjamin and Pursuance (NY) 

Musician Lakecia Benjamin sits in left profile. She wears all shits and holds a saxophone in her left hand.

Website: http://lakeciabenjamin.com/  

Media: Live at Jazzfest Berlin (live stream) 

For fees and booking information, contact:  Gail Boyd, Gail Boyd Artist Management, gailboyd@gailboyd.com  

Lakecia Benjamin was named by the Downbeat Magazine Critics’ Poll as Rising Star in 2020. Her latest album Pursuance is an intergenerational masterpiece that takes the listener on a journey through the lineage of music with the works of John and Alice Coltrane. Benjamin pays homage to those who have come before by featuring innovative bandleaders of her generation such as Reggie Workman (co-producer), Ron Carter, Gary Bartz, DeeDee Bridgewater, Meshell Ndegecello, Regina Carter, Bertha Hope, Greg Osby, Steve Wilson, John Benitez, Marc Cary, Marcus Gilmore, Keyon Harrold, Marcus Strickland, Brandee Younger, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Jazzmeia Horn. This is the music she will tour. 

Community engagement activity options: Master classes, workshops, lectures, talkbacks are all available 

Download Tech Rider 

Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell.

Garba360 (NJ) 

Colorful image of an artist leading community members through the steps of a dance. A large festival stage is lit in the background.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/garba360  

About Garba360 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53yeuhacfDY 
Promotional Video –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnHcS6TVpeM  

For fees and booking information, contact:  Heena Patel, MELA Arts Connect, heena@melaartsconnect.com  

Anchored by a live band and dance instructors, Garba360 reimagines a beloved Gujarati social folk dance experience (garba) and brings it to new spaces and places for all to participate. Danced in a circle, with steps that can be anything from a simple two-step to intricate movements comprised of claps and twirls, garba is the ecstatic dance tradition that often provides the fuel when people in the northwestern Indian state of Gujarat want to celebrate. 

Garba360 is a joyous event with dance lessons, a dance performance, and community dancing with live music that can be done in open indoor or outdoor spaces. Garba360 taps into a national network of the Gujarati diaspora in the U.S. to curate local or regional artists and facilitates outreach partnerships with local Gujarati associations where possible.  

Recent Garba360 events have taken place at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing, Chicago Summer Dance, The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, and more. 

Community engagement activity options: In-depth choreography workshops and workshops on the musical traditions of garba are available.

Download Tech Rider 

Photo: Kevin Yatarola.

Resistance Revival Chorus (NY) 

Black and white image of a group of diverse women all dressed in white. They stand on a city street with building in the background holding microphones and singing.

Website:  https://www.resistancerevivalchorus.com/  

“This Joy” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TbDPwA09Bc  
“Rich Man’s House” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dom2Na_6pdU  

For fees and booking information, contact:  Amy Davidman, TBA Agency, adavidman@tbaagency.com  

Resistance Revival Chorus is a collective of more than 60 women and non-binary singers who join together to breathe joy and song into the resistance, and to uplift and center women’s voices. 

Chorus members are touring musicians, film and television actors, Broadway performers, solo recording artists, gospel singers, political activists, educators, filmmakers, artists, and more, representing a multitude of identities, professions, creative backgrounds, and activist causes. The Chorus centers women in music and addresses how historically marginalized women have been in the music industry. 

The Chorus’s touring ensemble of 12-15 people will be focused on sharing the music from their debut album, which was released on Ani Difranco’s Righteous Babe Records in October 2020. After an unprecedented year in health, politics, and social and racial justice the Chorus will highlight “Joy as an Act of Resistance” by coming together to celebrate with music. 

Community engagement activity options: The Chorus is open to workshops, interviews, panels, master classes that can be offered in addition to a live concert.

Download Tech Rider | EPK 

Photo: Ginny Suss.


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

Website: http://squonkopera.org/  

“Hand to Hand” – Highlights : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCfrcBHVBdI  
“Hand to Hand” – Highlights 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSv89sPbaV4  

For fees and booking information, contact contact:  Steve O’Hearn, SQUONK, steve@squonkopera.org  

Hailed as “a multi-media troupe of infinite jest with an imagination to match” by The New York Times, Squonk creates outdoor music spectacles and have performed in 3 continents and in 35 states. Squonk’s newest show, Hand to Hand, has puppeteered hands as big as houses taking command, exploring the grandeur and folly of conflicts of scale and power.  

Squonk’s outdoor spectacles are secure and flexible. Performances can be set up at a parking lot, a plaza, a park, or a street. The group brings their own sound and staging and run crew, making it easy for first- time outdoor presenters. They can conduct several shows a day to accommodate distancing or weather. 

Community engagement activity options: Squonk can provide onsite engagement activities for any age group. Participatory STEAM program, backstage experiences, and workshops on collaborative work, grant writing, and overseas touring are available.  

Download Tech Rider 

Photo: John Altdorfer. 

Tom Paxton & The DonJuans (VA) 

Black and white image of three musicians dressed casually all sitting on a couch in a living room. The musicians hold a guitar and a ukelele. A medium dog sits with one of the musicians.

Website: http://www.tompaxton.com/  

Live Stream: “Last Thing On My Mind” 
Live Stream: “Ramblin’ Boy” 

For fees and booking information, contact: Jim Fleming, Fleming Artists, jim@flemingartists.com  

Tom Paxton has become a voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture and celebrating the tenderest bonds of family, friends, and community. Tom received a 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy during the 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards, as well as GRAMMY nominations and Lifetime Achievement Awards from ASCAP and the BBC in London. He has been hailed as one of the great songwriters of the last century and will likely be reckoned as one of the greats in this new century, as well. 

Writers of wit, wisdom, and sensitivity, Don Henry and Jon Vezner (The DonJuans) are multiple award winners for their songwriting, crossing over numerous musical genres. Their songs have been recorded by countless artists, including Ray Charles, Miranda Lambert, Janis Ian, and Nanci Griffith. 

Community engagement activity options: Workshops available; all 3 artists are GRAMMY Award winning songwriters. 

Download Stage Plot | Virtual Tour Information 

Photo: Alan Messer.

Booking Guidelines

The booking deadline for the 2021-2022 artist roster was May 7, 2021. Information below is for information purposes only.

Presenters interested in the Mid Atlantic Tours program are encouraged to review the full Booking Guidelines as many requirements have changed this year. Questions? Contact Haowen Wang, Program Officer, at haowen@midatlanticarts.org 

Mid Atlantic Tours provides project support grants to presenting organizations in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia booking the current roster artists for engagements taking place between September 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022. Engagements must be confirmed no later than Friday, May 7, 2021. 

Presenters booking a current Mid Atlantic Tours roster artist are eligible to receive a project support grant. The total grant award is a combination of three distinct components, structured as such: 

  • A fee subsidy amount of up to 50% of the project’s negotiated artist fee, but no less than $750, plus; 
  • A presenter capacity support amount of $2,000 to support direct project expenses including program staff salary; direct technical personnel fee; outreach, marketing, and promotional expenses; technical and equipment rental expenses for virtual engagements, artist travel/lodging expenses, and/or expenses related to public health measures for in-person engagements, plus; 
  • Delaware presenters can receive an additional amount up to $1,000 to support the direct project expenses listed in the bullet directly above. 

For full booking requirements and program guidelines, please download the 2021-2022 Booking Guidelines.  

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

Download 2021-2022 Mid Atlantic Tours Booking Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window)  
Download 2021-2022 Mid Atlantic Tours Booking Guidelines as an accessible Word document (right click link to download in new tab)  

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 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.