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, artist affordability and technical requirements, and strong artist representation.
The discipline specific categories for the roster include dance, music, and theater, as well as a rotating category that changes annually to address different disciplines, genres, or special opportunities.
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 Booking Guidelines and Artist Roster 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, Program Officer, Performing Arts, at firstname.lastname@example.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.
2019-2020 Artist Roster
* Engagements to be announced in summer 2019.
Upswing | Bedtime Stories (London, UK)
London-based circus theatre pioneers Upswing are among the UK’s leading contemporary circus companies. Founded in 2006 by Artistic Director Vicki Amedume, Upswing remain at the forefront of contemporary circus with diverse artists at the helm. Upswing brings new artists and experiences to the stage that reflect a dynamic, modern world.
Upswing has created 13 productions, eight of which were commissioned and six of which have toured internationally. Bedtime Stories, which has garnered awards and delighted family audiences across the UK and in Latin America (with Asia upcoming), offers a uniquely immersive and awe-inspiring experience for parents and children to enjoy together.
Bedtime Stories welcomes children and their parents into an immersive world of a giant child’s bedroom, where a magical story unfolds at bedtime, traversing the real and the imaginary. Audiences enter a theater space transformed by a circular patchwork of beds, mattresses, pillows, and blankets where the audience can settle in comfortably, unwinding and reconnecting within their family units. Bedtime Stories depicts bedtime rituals, and the struggles of contemporary families to find time to be together and reconnect, infusing these everyday activities with the amazing dimensions of aerial dance and partner acrobatics.
Celebrated for its innovation, creativity, and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance, Philadanco! is on the verge of celebrating 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 by Philadanco! alumni. This includes works such as Iquail Shaheed’s The Order and Anthony Burrell’s Endangered Species, alongside important legacy works of seasoned choreographers such as Sagan (Suite En Bleu), Huggins (Enemy Behind the Gates), and Mercer (Super 8!) as well as stunning contemporary ballet works like Thang Dao’s Folded Prism or Francisco Gella’s Between the Lines.
Crys Matthews (VA)
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. These collections showcase two sides of Matthews’ dynamic songwriting: The Imagineers is a selection of thoughtful songs about love and life, while Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers tackles social justice themes. 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. The win earned her a spot at Sundance Film Festival’s ASCAP Music Cafe. Matthews also won the People Music Network’s Social Justice Songs contest at the 2017 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance, as well as a coveted official showcase at Folk Alliance International back in February, 2018.
Jane Bunnett and Maqueque (Ontario, Canada)
Jazz flautist/saxophonist Jane Bunnett has won numerous Juno awards in her native Canada and has been nominated for 3 Grammys in the U.S. In addition she has received an Order of Canada, The Queens Diamond Jubilee medal, and most recently Ontario’s Premiers Award for Excellence. An internationally acclaimed musician who has built her reputation working with Cuban musicians for over 35 years, Jane’s ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking and demonstrates the universality of music. 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 Cuban music and toured Australia, Brazil, Canada, and the United States numerous times. The group has built a strong following with audiences and critics alike.
Los Pleneros de la 21 (NY)
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.
In 2017, Los Pleneros de la 21 recorded their latest musical album, LIVE at Pregones—a project which captured the next musical phase of the ensemble, while also tracing a historical trajectory of the group’s 35+ year-long musical journey. The album, released by Truth Revolution Records in the fall of 2018, sets the tone for LP21’s touring endeavors in the 2019-2020 season.
Nordic Affect (Reykjavík, Iceland)
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 was formed by a group of period instrument musicians who were united in their passion for viewing familiar musical forms from a different perspective and for daring to venture into new musical terrain. In 2013 the ensemble was nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize and was named Performer of the Year at the Iceland Music Awards in 2014.
Believing that music knows no boundaries, Nordic Affect has brought its music-making to contemporary and rock audiences alike and performed to critical acclaim at festivals in Europe and the US. The commissioning and performance of new works is integral to Nordic Affect’s mission as it has, from the group’s inception, combined new compositions with the music of the 17th and 18th centuries. Since their debut album in 2007, Nordic Affect’s performances can be found on the Deutsche Grammophon, Bad Taste Records, Musmap, Brilliant Classics and Sono Luminus labels. In 2017, Nordic Affect was featured on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Reykjavik Festival, and has also performed at National Sawdust in New York, Constellation in Chicago, and at the UC Berkeley Art Museum.
Paige Hernandez (DC)
Paige is a multifaceted artist who is known for her innovative fusion of poetry, hip hop, dance, and education. With her company B-FLY ENTERTAINMENT, Paige has written and performed several original works. To date, she tours her children’s show Havana Hop (grades pre-k-3rd) and her solo show, Paige in Full: A B-girl’s Visual Mixtape (Grades 5-college) throughout the country. Paige’s touring projects can be viewed on the repertory tab at: https://shawentertainment.com/paige-hernandez/
As a master teaching artist, Paige has taught throughout the country, to all ages, in all disciplines. She has been recognized in many organizations including the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts and Arena Stage where she was awarded the Thomas Fichandler Award for exceptional promise in theater education. The Huffington Post also named Paige a “classroom hero” because of her outstanding arts integration and work with STEAM initiatives.
As a hip-hop education advocate, Paige has shaped various educational workshops, including “Props for Hip Hop” at Arena Stage and “Keep it Moving” at Wolf Trap. Both workshops help teachers to understand the fundamentals of hip-hop while incorporating the culture into their curriculum.
Mid Atlantic Tours provides fee 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 July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. The deadline to confirm engagements was March 1, 2019.
For information purposes only: 2019-2020 Booking Guidelines.
For your convenience, guidelines are available in both PDF and Word formats below.
2018-2019 Mid Atlantic Tours
All schedules are subject to change. Please check with the performance venue to confirm dates and times, and for ticket information.
Winner of the 2018 GRAMMY Award for best choral performance, The Crossing is a professional chamber choir conducted by Donald Nally and dedicated to new music. Highly sought-after by contemporary composers, The Crossing has premiered dozens of works by the elite of contemporary composers.
|9/29/2018||Montclair State University – Peak Performances, Montclair, NJ|
|2/6/2019||Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD|
|2/7/2019||Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE|
|2/8/2019||Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ|
CONTEMPORARY CHAMBER MUSIC
M is Black Enough (aka Miyamoto is Black Enough) is a band and collaborative evening-length concert consisting of composer/percussionist Andy Akiho, poet/spoken-word artist Roger Bonair-Agard, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, and drummer Sean Dixon. A contemporary band of hard driving rhythms and biting social commentary, M is Black Enough aims to be complex and aggressive, and to involve all elements equally in a bold narrative about people, justice, struggle, joy, and celebration.
|2/6/2019||Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY|
|2/7-8/2019||West Virginia State University, Institute, WV|
|5/30-31/2019||Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE|
|6/1/2019||Motor House, Baltimore, MD|
Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer’s innovative “Video Partnering” work — the integration of live performance and video technology — has been acclaimed for its highly visual and visceral alchemy of the live and virtual. In 2018-2019 Bridgman|Packer will offer numerous programs for touring, including Truck, where an ordinary 17-foot U-Haul truck evolves from the utilitarian into a reimagined space through integration of live performance and video technology.
|7/13-14/2018||LUMBERYARD Contemporary Performing Arts, Catskill, NY|
|7/25-26/2018||American Dance Asylum, Corning, NY|
|8/4/2018||Erie Arts & Culture, Erie, PA|
|8/18-19/2018||Torn Space Theater, Buffalo, NY|
|9/7/2018-4/6/2019||Monmouth University Center for the Arts, West Long Branch, NJ|
|1/31-2/2/2019||Reading Area Community College – Miller Center for the Arts, Reading, PA|
|2/9/2019||Nazareth College Arts Center, Rochester, NY|
|2/19/2019||Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD|
|6/13-15/2019||Columbia Festival of the Arts, Columbia, MD|
Listed as Rolling Stone Magazine’s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” in 2016, Kaia Kater plays folk mountain music with a modern day edge. She grew up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties to Canadian folk music as well as the years she spent studying Appalachian music in West Virginia; the other her identity as an artist born of Afro-Caribbean descent in Québec. Her acclaimed debut album Sorrow Bound (2015) touched on this divide, but her second album, Nine Pin (2016), delves further, and casts an eye at the realities faced by people of color in North America today. Kaia Kater’s songs are fueled by her rich low tenor vocals, jazz-influenced instrumentation, and beautifully understated banjo, but it is her keen traditional sensibility and lyrical ability that makes her stand out as a new artist on the rise.
|7/14/2018||Wintergreen Performing Arts, Nellysford, VA|
|7/15/2018||Huntington Arts Council, Huntington, NY|
|9/15/2018||Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series, Frostburg, MD|
|10/13/2018||Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College, Elkins, WV|
|11/1/2018||Weinberg Center for the Arts, Frederick, MD|
|11/2/2018||Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD|
|11/3/2018||Arden Concert Gild, Wilmington, DE|
|3/2/2019||Zeiders American Dream Theater, Virginia Beach, VA|
|3/8/2019||Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV|
|3/9/2019||Floyd Creative Studios, Floyd, VA|
|6/7/2019||Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY|
|6/12/2019||The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh, PA|
|6/27/2019||The Freeman Stage at Bayside, Selbyville, DE|
In a span of two decades, 11 recordings and countless stage performances, vocalist René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer and teacher. Guided and tempered by powerful life lessons and rooted in jazz traditions laid down by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and other leading ladies of past generations, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style. The Sound of Red, her most recent album and first of all-original material, provide glimpses of the many small but profound turning points that are a part of an individual life.
|7/22/2018||Norwood Village Green Concert Series, Norwood, NY|
|10/17/2018||Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD|
|10/21/2018||William Paterson University of New Jersey – Shea Center for Performing & Visual Arts, North Bergen, NJ|
|2/15/2019||Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series, Frostburg, MD|
|2/16/2019||University of Pennsylvania – Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA|
|2/21/2019||Bucknell University Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Lewisburg, PA|
|2/22/2019||Weinberg Center for the Arts, Frederick, MD|
|2/23/2019||Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh, PA|
|4/11-13/2019||The Forum, St. Thomas, VI|
|4/12/2019||St. John School of the Arts, St. John, VI|
|6/21/2019||Columbia Festival of the Arts, Columbia, MD|
Ping Chong + Company produces theatrical works addressing the important cultural and civic issues of our times under the artistic leadership of Ping Chong, one of America’s leading theatrical innovators and recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Beyond Sacred is an interview-based theater production exploring the diverse experiences of Muslim Americans. The five young participants vary in many ways, but share the common experience of coming of age in a post-9/11 America and in this current moment of rising fear of and violence towards Muslims. Beyond Sacred was developed through a community-engaged process wherein Ping Chong + Company artists extensively interviews local participants. These interviews become the basis of the script, performed by the community members themselves, that weaves together personal, historical, and political narratives.
|10/12/2018||The Theatre at RVCC, Branchburg, NJ|
|10/14-15/2018||UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany, NY|
|2/6-8/2019||Millersville University of Pennsylvania – The Ware Center, Lancaster, PA|
|4/10-13/2019||Emory & Henry College – Woodrow W. McGlothlin Center for the Arts, Emory, VA|
Alsarah & the Nubatones were born out of many dinner conversations between Alsarah and Rami El Aasser about nubian ‘songs of return’, modern migration patterns and the cultural exchanges between Sudan and Egypt. A common love for the richness of pentatonic sounds, and shared migration experiences, expanded the conversation to include Brandon Terzic on Oud, Mawuena Kodjovi on Bass and Trumpet as well as the charismatic vocalist, Nahid. Under the leadership of Alsarah, the Brooklyn based group’s sound grew into what they have dubbed as ‘east – african retro-pop’ rooted in Sudan and Nubia and drawing from the rich diversity of East-Africa’s musical heritage.
|11/1-2/2018||University of Maryland College Park – Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD|
|11/3/2018||Wayne Theatre Alliance, Waynesboro, VA|
|11/7/2018||Bucknell University – Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Lewisburg, PA|
|11/14/2018||Mountain Stage, Charleston, WV|
|3/9/2019||Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY|
|4/5/2019||Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD|
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 email@example.com.
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.
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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.*
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.
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