Iber Exchange is 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 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.

Eligibility and Schedule


  • Be based in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia, and the Native nations that share this geography.
  • Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or a unit of state or local government or Federally recognized Indian tribal 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 at the time of application, with no overdue or outstanding required reports and/or grant documents.


This is an annual opportunity. The 2024-2025 roster will be announced in Winter 2023.

Guidelines and Application


Roster Selection: Ibermúsicas conducts an open call for artist applications each summer. Artists must be based in Ibermúsicas’ member countries to apply for funding and meet eligibility criteria to be considered for the roster. Nonprofit presenters in mid-Atlantic Arts’ region interested in inviting an international music ensemble or solo musician should provide a letter of invitation to the artist so that artists can apply directly to Ibermúsicas. U.S. Presenters must invite artists for a public performance in addition to a community engagement activity between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024. Artists selected following panel review will receive grant support directly from Ibermúsicas to defray visa costs.

Presenter Grant Support: Artists selected for the program through the Ibermúsicas open call 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. Details on artists selected will be promoted so that additional presenters interested in joining the tours can do so with grant support.

  • Interested presenters should provide a letter of invitation to a solo musician or ensemble located in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Spain, or Uruguay and negotiate terms of the engagement, including artist-involved community engagement activities.

For Artists:

Iber Exchange is a collaborative program with Mid Atlantic Arts providing grant funding to presenting organizations in the mid-Atlantic region and Ibermúsicas providing grant funding to musicians based in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Spain, or Uruguay. Musicians residing in these countries and interested in applying for grant support should visit: to apply. For U.S. artists interested in receiving grant support for performance engagements in Ibermúsicas countries, please learn more about the reciprocal USArtists International grant program by visiting

Se encuentran habilitados a participar de esta convocatoria músicas y músicos, agrupaciones, ensambles, etc. de todos los géneros musicales que pertenezcan por nacionalidad o por residencia certificada a: Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, España, México, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Portugal o Uruguay. Para descargar las bases y postular, visite: Para los artistas estadounidenses que quieran recibir ayudas para actuaciones en los países miembros de Ibermúsicas, visiten la página de USArtists International:


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

See the 2023-2024 Iber Exchange Tours grantees.

2024-2025 Artist Roster

The 2024-2025 artist roster is currently in development. See the program guidelines for details.

Opportunity & Support Type
Target Candidate
Federally-recognized Indian tribal government, Units of government, Members of Art Agencies, Performing Arts Presenter
Performing Arts
Regional Requirement
U.S. and Territories
Questions or need guidance?
Andrew Alness Olson
Program Director, International
Stephanie Reyes
Program Associate, Fellowships and International
Funding support provided by:
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