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Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Canada, will tour the U.S. through the Performing Arts Global Exchange (PAGE) program. To learn more about PAGE tours for Canadian and Mexican artists, visit “Current Grantees & Tours.”


Performing Arts Global Exchange (PAGE) is a Mid Atlantic Arts grant program for performing arts presenters nationwide in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Arts. PAGE brings exemplary international music, dance, and theater to audiences across the United States; the next cycle will present U.S. tours in 2022–2023. 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. This year’s roster featuring artists from Australia and New Zealand.  

Presenters interested in learning more about the roster, booking, and funding process should stay tuned for the Australia and New Zealand artist roster and new program guidelines in September 2021. 

Why Performing Arts Global Exchange?

Presenting international artists offers an opportunity to engage in the rich diversity of cultural expression throughout the world, but it also requires resources that aren’t always available. Travel expenses, visas, and routing are often barriers to presenting international artists, especially in the U.S.’s more remote communities. PAGE seeks to ease some of those burdens for U.S. presenters by working with international curators to identify a region’s most exciting, tour-ready artists and provide grant support to bring them to the U.S. PAGE especially seeks to support performances in communities with reduced access to international performing arts due to geography or other features.

PAGE presents: Australia and New Zealand

This year, Performing Arts Global Exchange will feature a roster of artists based in Australia and New Zealand. Featuring music, dance and theater ensembles, this roster offers presenters the opportunity to affordably feature international artists in their programming and community engagement activities.

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

Artist Selection

The Mexico and Canada grants have been awarded, however due to circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, some funding remains available to U.S. presenters who wish to join existing tours (dates vary; most are in 2022). Visit the “Current Grantees & Tours” tab to see the Mexican and Canadian roster artists and their existing tours, and to contact the artist’s agent for details.

How artists are selected for the PAGE roster:

The 2022 – 2023 curation of the Performing Arts Global Exchange roster involves many voices.  

  1. Curators living and working in the region of focus are selected each cycle by Mid Atlantic Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to provide artist roster suggestions. The curators have expertise in the performing arts specifically in the selected region.
  2. Then, Mid Atlantic Arts staff and the NEA 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.  
  4. Mid Atlantic Arts and the NEA select the final roster, weighing presenter feedback and program goals. (Approximately September 2021) 

Presenters who would like to provide feedback on the roster artists under consideration via survey should contact robyn@midatlanticarts.org.

The 2020-2021 Curators:

Alethea Beetson | Australia

Headshot of Althea Beetson. She is outside with tropical plants in the background. She wears a dark black t-shirt with the Aboriginal flag.

Alethea Beetson is a Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi + Wiradjuri artist and producer who has worked extensively with Indigenous communities across multiple art forms to inspire new works responding to societal issues, cultural heritage, and colonization. She is currently the First Nations Producer at BIGSOUND, First Nations Curator (Music) of Brisbane Festival, and Artistic Director of Digi Youth Arts. Her research explores the function of insurgence and resurgence in the creative development and production of Indigenous performance. In 2020, Alethea founded Blak Social, a multi-arts company that will hold a residency at The Tivoli from 2021 to 2022.

Merindah Donnelley | Meanjin | Queensland, Australia

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Merindah Donnelly is a mother, partner, and proud Wiradjuri woman living in Meanjin, Queensland as a guest on Turrbul and Yuggera homelands; she is currently the Executive Producer at BlakDance. Merindah has worked in market development at the Australia Council for the Arts and as producer for major Australian Indigenous performance gatherings. Merindah sits on the First Nations advisory group for Australian Performing Arts Market, is part of Global First Nations networks internationally, and recently completed a Masters in Cultural Leadership at NIDA. Merindah is also a curator at Brisbane Festival.

Shona McCullagh | New Zealand 

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As an Arts Laureate, Member of the NZ Order of Merit, creative entrepreneur, and the Artistic Director of Auckland Arts Festival (AAF), Shona McCullagh has a background as a dancer, choreographer, writer, director, filmmaker, collaborator, and installation artist. She co-founded The New Zealand Dance Company and has a long history of collaboration with other art forms, creating extensive work for theater, television, and film, including internationally acclaimed short dance films as a writer, choreographer, and director. She was a co-founder of the Watershed Theatre, founder and Director of The Human Agency and Human Garden Productions, and was Head Choreographer of the Rugby World Cup 2011 Opening Ceremony. Shona won the Westpac Women of Influence Arts Award (2014) and the Hynds Creative Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2015). Shona’s artistic vision leads the 2021 – 2024 Festivals and since her arrival, a new dedicated position has been created, Kaihautū Māori, who leads the Māori programming and language development plan of AAF. 

Tama Waipara | Ruapani/ Rongowhakaata/ Ngāti Porou | New Zealand 

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Tama Waipara is an award-winning composer, singer/songwriter, musician, and performer. He is the Chief Executive/Artistic Director of Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival and board member of SOUNZ – Centre for NZ Music, and a Masters graduate of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York. Tama was signed by New York label ObliqSound as a singer/songwriter and released his debut album “Triumph of Time” to high critical acclaim at Central Park Summerstage in New York. Returning to New Zealand in 2006, Tama has become a leading practitioner in the arts and highly respected performer and cultural advocate. As a singer/songwriter, Tama has collaborated and performed alongside the likes of drummer Kim Thompson (Beyoncé), Grammy-nominated American artist Emily King, New Zealand jazz giant Nathan Haines, and Annie Crummer. He has recorded and released several albums, the latest of which—”FILL UP THE SILENCE”—won Best Roots Album at the New Zealand Music Awards. He has performed with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, and Auckland Chamber Orchestra. Tama has worked across multiple art forms as a composer, actor, musical director, and producer. Along with Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper, he recently won the 2017 APRA Silver Scroll for Best Original Music in a Feature Film for “MAHANA” and has more recently done music for the documentary, “Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen”—a film about iconic filmmaker Merata Mita. 

For Presenters

Booking Guidelines

The Mexico and Canada grants have been awarded, however due to circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, some funding remains available to U.S. presenters who wish to join existing tours (dates vary; most are in 2022). Visit the “Current Grantees & Tours” tab to see the Mexican and Canadian roster artists and their existing tours, and to contact the artist’s agent. 

To learn more about the Australia and New Zealand cycle of this program and how to receive a grant, please revisit in September 2021 for new cycle guidelines.  

Current Grantees & Tours

2020-2021 Performing Arts Global Exchange Grantees

The Mexico and Canada grants have been awarded, however due to circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, some funding remains available to U.S. presenters who wish to join existing tours (dates vary; most are in 2022). Read below to see the Mexican and Canadian roster artists and their existing tours, and to contact the artist’s agent.


La Serpiente | Mexico
US Debut

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Artist Website | Contact Agent

La Serpiente is an independent contemporary dance company working out of Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. Since their first production in 2001, they have created their own style of feeling and communicating with the world, creating a company that is a convergence of movement and the aesthetic vision of the group’s members. Treatise About the Line is a contemporary dance performance that explores the complexity of bodies moving through space and time.

Grantees include:


Lemon Bucket Orkestra | Canada

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Artist Website | Contact Agent

Lemon Bucket Orkestra (LBO) is a Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-punk party. Equal parts high precision and reckless intensity, this magnetic ensemble grew from a quartet of guerilla-folk troubadours busking on the streets of Toronto to a battalion of troops armed with brass, bows, accordions, and drums. As at home in a speakeasy as a concert hall, the Lemon Bucket Orkestra has stormed the international scene with its irresistible brass-band mayhem.

Grantees include:

Vox Sambou | Canada

Vox Sambou stands against a bright blue shipping container. He wears a black jacket, white shirt, sunglasses, and fedora.

Artist Website | Agent Contact

Vox Sambou is an MC, poet, and multilingual performer who writes and performs in Creole, French, English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He is a founding member of Montreal-based hip-hop collective, Nomadic Massive. A Haitian-Canadian, his music focuses on the traditional rhythms of Haiti mixed with elements of Afrobeat, jazz, reggae, and hip-hop. His message is one of great positivity that not only reflects the realities of life in Montreal as a Caribbean immigrant, but also the relationship between artists in the Americas. Photo by: Luz Vermelha.

Grantees include:

William Prince | Canada

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Artist Website | Contact Agent

From ruminations on life and love’s treasures to tales of everyday heroes, the music of William Prince unfurls like a classic campfire story, midnight road-trip conversation, or dog-eared novel passed down through generations. This Juno Award-winning singer and songwriter evokes a journeyman spirit while delivering emotional heft with his dusky baritone.

Grantees include:

Silvana Estrada | Mexico
US Debut

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Artist Website | Contact Agent

Xalapa’s Silvana Estrada has created a jazz-tinged species of indie folk that has quickly flown onto international radar. The explosive success of her first releases, paired with frequent collaborations with the likes of Natalia LaFourcade, Mon Laferte, David Aguilar, and beyond, have the young artist staged for greatness. Accompanying herself on the Venezuelan cuatro, Silvana combines jazz, folk music from her Veracruz homelands, and smatterings of guapango, cumbia, and other Latin genres.

Grantees include:


Seña y Verbo: Teatro de Sordos | Mexico
Music for Your Eyes

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Artist Website | Contact Agent

For more than 25 years, Seña y Verbo: Teatro de Sordos (Sign and Verb: Theatre of the Deaf) of Mexico City has produced and internationally toured theater featuring deaf and hearing actors for audiences of all ages. Using a mix of Mexican sign language, pantomime, imagery, and puppetry, their work is grounded in cultural inclusion. Music for Your Eyes is born from the dialogue between two worlds: the world of silent images of the deaf and the seemingly intangible world of music—joined in a common language of theater.

Grantees include:

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, 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.