The Special Presenter Initiatives program provides funding to small and mid-size presenting organizations in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia. The program supports presenting projects with professional touring artists and ensembles from anywhere worldwide. The supported projects include performances as well as community engagement activities that enhance the performance experience and offer meaningful exchanges between touring artists and a presenter’s community.
Nonprofit presenters can request matching grants for up to two projects per annual cycle. Presenters in DC, DE, and WV can request up to $2,000 per project, and up to $5,000 per project for presenters in the U.S. Virgin Islands, plus additional support to cover project expenses.
Questions regarding Special Presenter Initiatives should be directed to Ann Turiano, Program Specialist, Performing Arts, at email@example.com.
The Special Presenter Initiatives program is made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.
The 2021-2022 Special Presenter Initiatives program application deadline has passed. The guidelines below are for information purposes only.
For presenters based in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia:
Download 2021-2022 Special Presenter Initiatives Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Download 2021-2022 Special Presenter Initiatives Guidelines as an accessible Word document (click link to download)
The deadline for the 2021-2022 Special Presenter Initiatives program was Friday, May 28, 2021 for projects taking place between September 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022.
To learn more about the program, applicants were encouraged to participate an application webinar. Two webinars were offered before the deadline.
Webinar dates and times:
Thursday, April 15, 2021, 10-11AM
Friday, May 14, 2021, 2-3PM
Please check with the performance venue to confirm dates and times, and for ticket information.
- Arden Concert Gild presenting Christian McBride, PA
- Arden Concert Gild presenting DakhaBrakha, Ukraine
- The Choir School of Delaware, Inc. presenting American Spiritual Ensemble, KY
- The Choir School of Delaware, Inc. presenting EXIGENCE, MI
- Christina Cultural Arts Center, Inc. presenting Raye Jones Avery, DE
District of Columbia
- Building Bridges Across the River presenting The Capital Drum Collective – Alphonso Coles & Luis Garay, DC
- CapitalBop presenting Brandon Woody and UPENDO, MD
- CapitalBop presenting Plunky & Oneness of Juju, VA
- CityDance Ensemble, Inc. presenting S. J. Ewing & Dancers, DC
- Dance Place presenting Britta Joy Peterson, DC
- Dance Place presenting Coyaba Dance Theater, DC
- Dumbarton Concerts Innercity-Innerchild, Inc. presenting Vision Duet, NY
- Washington Performing Arts Society presenting Johnny Gandelsman, NY
U.S. Virgin Islands
- Caribbean Museum Center of St. Croix, Ltd. presenting Amy K. Bormet, DC
- The Forum presenting Dion Parson & the 21st Century Band, VI
- The Forum presenting The Harlem Quartet with Aldo Lopez-Gavilan, IL
- St. John School for the Arts presenting the Provost Brown Group, MD
- ArtsLink, Inc. presenting Barron Ryan, OK
- Chuck Mathena Center presenting the Russian National Ballet, Russia
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 firstname.lastname@example.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, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo and [your State arts agency] 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 made possible through the Special Presenters Initiative program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the [your State arts agency].*
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.
*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 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 https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net. Please read the instructions in the eGRANT system carefully.
The account used to submit the application 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 email@example.com or 410.539.6656 x109.