Performing Arts Global Exchange (PAGE) is a new Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation grant program for performing arts presenters nationwide in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Arts. Launching with tours in 2020-2021, PAGE brings exemplary international music, dance, and theater to audiences across the United States. Fee support grants are available to nonprofit presenting venues and units of state, local, or tribal government based anywhere in the U.S. or its territories who book artists from a curated roster. Artists on the roster have not widely toured in the United States and reside in a selected region, with the inaugural year’s roster featuring artists from U.S. neighbors: Canada and Mexico. Presenters interested in learning more about the booking and funding process should refer to the booking guidelines.

Why Performing Arts Global Exchange?

Presenting international artists requires resources that aren’t always available. Travel expenses, visas, and routing can make presenting international artists difficult, especially in remote areas of the country. PAGE provides grant support to encourage the presentation of international artists across the country, with an emphasis on supporting performances in communities with reduced access to international performing arts due to geography or other features.

PAGE presents: Mexico and Canada

The inaugural year of Performing Arts Global Exchange will feature a roster of artists whose work similarly transcends these borders. Featuring music, dance and theatre ensembles from Mexico and Canada, roster artists offer presenters the opportunity to affordably feature international artists in their programming and community outreach activities.

Performing Arts Global Exchange is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Artist Selection

How artists are selected for the PAGE roster:

The 2020-2021 curation of the Performing Arts Global Exchange roster involves many voices. There is no application process for artists who wish to be included on the annual Performing Arts Global Exchange roster.

  1. Curators selected on an annual basis by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) and the National Endowment for the Arts (The Endowment,) provide artist roster suggestions. The curators have expertise in the performing arts specifically in the selected roster countries.
  2. Then, MAAF staff and the National Endowment for the Arts review these nominations and select a reduced pool of nominated artists that best fit the program objectives. Consideration is given to broad geographic appeal, aesthetic variety, affordability, diversity and inclusivity.
  3. Next, feedback on these potential roster artists is gathered via an online survey of U.S. presenters. (Approximately October 2019)
  4. MAAF and the Endowment select the final roster, weighing presenter feedback and program goals. (Approximately November 2019)

Presenters who would like to provide feedback on the roster artists under consideration via survey should sign up for the MAAF newsletter or contact robyn@midatlanticarts.org. Artists under consideration for the 2020-2021 touring roster will be available here in October 2019.

The Curators:

Derek Andrews | Toronto, ON, Canada

As Artistic Director of the annual music conference Mundial Montreal, Derek assists with North American tour development, including Canada’s World Routes Network. He is also President of the Toronto Blues Society where he serves as Executive Director of the biennial Blues Summit, and has been a volunteer member of the recently formed Toronto Music Advisory Council and European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals. As a concert organizer, Derek developed themed concert programming at Harbourfront Centre from 1986-2003, presenting 4,000 artists, and was Co-artistic Director of Toronto’s WOMAD festival from 1988-1992. Derek has presented seminars at industry conferences such as WOMEX and Folk Alliance International and has served on advisory committees for the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council.

Marcela Diez | Mexico City, Mexico

Diez Martínez has a long history as an arts manager and performing arts programmer. She recently became the coordinator of Comunidad CulturaUNAM at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México after many years at the Festival Internacional Cervantino, the largest arts festival in Latin America, where she recently served as General Director. After living in Belgium, the USA, Spain and Mexico, her life and career have always been intertwined with the arts. She was Managing Director of an art gallery in Barcelona, promoted Mexican artists in Europe, and after returning to Mexico, dedicated herself to the promotion and programming of the performing arts, including a long career at Festival Internacional Cervantino where she served as Programming Director from 2013-2018. She has a BA in Psychology and Graduate studies in Education.

Margo Kane | Vancouver, BC, Canada

Cree-Saulteaux performing artist, Margo Kane, is the Founder and Artistic Managing Director of Full Circle: First Nations Performanceand a leading figure in Aboriginal performing arts. For over 40 years, she has been active as an actor, performing artist, director and community cultural worker. She developed and runs the annual Talking Stick Festival, a music program, and an Indigenous Ensemble Program. Recently she was Artistic Director for the City of Vancouver’s Canada150+ summer festival; and has performedin Barcelona for the Grec Theatre Festival and at Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver.  Margo serves on the Board of the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) and regularly participates in performing arts markets. She has received many awards and honors, including the Canadian Achievement Award from the National Capital Commission, a BC Film LEO Award, the Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction from the Union of BC Performers, and a Jesse Richardson Theatre Award.  In 2016, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of the Fraser Valley and, most recently, the Order of Canada from the Governor-General.

Juan Meliá | Mexico City, Mexico

Juan Meliá is Director of Theatre UNAM at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He has worked both in public office and independent initiatives, notably as: Director of Cultural Promotion at the Universidad de Guanajuato and as General Director of the Cultural Institute of León, Guanajuato, where he participated as one of the initiators of the  International Festival of Contemporary Art (FIAC) and founding member of the Contemporary Art Gallery ARTE3. Recently, he served as National Theater Coordinator of the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico (INBAL) where he developed projects such as Muestra Nacional de Teatro, Programa Nacional de Teatro Escolar, Feria Nacional del Libro Teatral and the programming of the  Scenic spaces of the Centro Cultural del Bosque, en la Ciudad de México. He has also served as the Mexican representative and Intergovernmental Committee President of IBERESCENA, coordinator and representative of the National Institute of Fine Arts, for the Fiscal Encouragement to the National Theater Production (EFITEATRO), and Executive Secretary of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) of the Secretaría de Cultura de México.

For Presenters

Booking Guidelines

To learn more about the program and how to receive a grant, please see program guidelines. For your convenience, guidelines are available in both PDF and Word formats below.

Download PAGE Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window)

Download PAGE Guidelines as an accessible Word document (click link to download)

Roster artists with grant support for bookings in 2020-2021:

Come back soon! The roster will be announced here in November 2019.

Current Grantees & Tours

2020-2021 Performing Arts Global Exchange Grantees

Come back soon! A full schedule of all grant-supported tour dates will be available in July 2020.

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, Director of Operations, 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 PAGE logo, and where space permits, the logos of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts 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 PAGE 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 Performing Arts Global Exchange a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Website Link

Grantees are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website at https://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.

Final Reports

Final report requirements and instructions are 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 completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s eGRANT system at https://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, Director of Operations, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656 x109.