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Shot from the stage left wing, musicians stand on a small stage playing traditional instruments and singing into standing microphones. An orange light bathes the stage and monitors line the front edge of the stage.
Photo: The Delaware Friends of Folk (Dover, DE) presented ILYAIMY at the Delmarva Folk Festival with support from the Special Presenter Initiatives. Credit: John Kidd.

Mid Atlantic Arts, in partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), the Delaware Division of the Arts (DDOA), The Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP), the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts (VICA), and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH), offers a special funding initiative to support the presentation of professional performing artists/ensembles at small and mid-size arts and community organizations within these jurisdictions. 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.

The 2023-2024 Special Presenter Initiatives guidelines and application are live.

Click here to review the 2023-2024 Special Presenter Initiatives guidelines and learn about the application process.

Presenters based in partner states/jurisdictions listed above can receive up to 50% subsidy for the presentation of an artist/company (including artistic compensation, housing, per diem and travel) plus support for other eligible project expenses. 

Mid Atlantic Arts is committed to supporting diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible programming in our region. Projects that demonstrate clear mission impact, strong artistry, well-rounded community and artist engagements, and thoughtful and inclusive efforts to engage audiences systemically underserved by the arts are encouraged to apply. 

Click here to access the 2023-2024 Special Presenter Initiatives application portal.

Special Presenter Initiatives program timeline:

  • November 15, 2022: Application opens
  • December 7, 2022; 11am-12pm ET: Special Presenter Initiatives Webinar | Recording link: https://youtu.be/xIm3f1T4Sh4
  • February 15, 2023; 11am-12pm ET: Special Presenters Initiative Webinar | Sign Up Link: Webinar Registration – Zoom
  • March 14, 2023: Application deadline

Questions? Contact Sarah Lewitus, Program Director, Performing Arts and Accessibility at slewitus@midatlanticarts.org.

The Special Presenter Initiatives program is made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.

Guidelines

For presenters based in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia, and the Native nations that share this geography: 

ONLINE APPLICATION

Click here to access the 2023-2024 Special Presenter Initiatives application portal

GUIDELINES 

Download 2023-2024 Special Presenter Initiatives Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Download 2023-2024 Special Presenter Initiatives Guidelines as an accessible Word document (click link to download)

APPLICATION NARRATIVE PREVIEW QUESTIONS  

Download a preview copy of Special Presenter Initiatives Narrative Preview Questions as a PDF (link opens in a new window) 
Download a preview copy of Special Presenter Initiatives Narrative Preview Questions as an accessible Word document (click link to download)

WEBINAR
February 15, 2023; 11am-12pm ET: Special Presenters Initiative Webinar | Sign Up Link: Webinar Registration – Zoom

View a recording of the December 7, 2022 Special Presenter Initiatives program overview webinar.
View a transcript of the December 7, 2022 Special Presenter Initiatives webinar.

Current Grantees

2022-2023

Please check with the performance venue to confirm dates and times, and for ticket information.

Delaware

District of Columbia

U.S. Virgin Islands

West Virginia

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 Mid Atlantic Arts program director 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

Acknowledging the performing arts’ ongoing reality of utilizing virtual platforms for performance and other engagement, Mid Atlantic Arts will continue to take a flexible approach to our program policies for grantees through June 30, 2024 (timeline may be extended). While we believe that live, in-person performances are hard to replace, we also acknowledge that adaptive virtual approaches will ensure continued access to arts experiences. In some cases, engaging virtually may be preferential over in-person—for example, to increase access for audiences and/or artists across geographies and for people with disabilities.

Please read the Virtual Engagement Guide linked below to understand the requirements of presenting your funded engagement as a virtual presentation:

Mid Atlantic Arts Virtual Engagement Guide as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Mid Atlantic Arts Virtual Engagement Guide as an accessible Word document (Click link to download)

Changes in Project Proposal

Changes in the content, schedule, or budget set forth in the Application must be submitted in writing to Mid Atlantic Arts before being implemented with the exception of those listed below. 

Changes that do not require approval: 

  • The change of switching to a virtual presentation if this change meets the requirements included in the Virtual Engagement Guidance available on our website in the Manage Your Grant tab on our website. 
  • Changes in project venues or touring locations, as long as: all project locations are fully accessible in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, or specific accommodations will be made appropriately (see Section 8; Compliance with Statutes and Regulations); and, the constituency to be reached is the same as originally approved. 
  • Addition or removal of auxiliary programming that was not included in the Application as long as it does not impact the overall project scope 
  • Revisions to the budget of non-artist fee line item expenses as long as a 1:1 match is maintained. 
  • Revisions to the budget of income sources as long as a 1:1 match is maintained. 

Payment 

Please see your Grant Award Agreement for terms of payment. 

Grantee may elect to receive all grant payments by ACH electronic funds transfer. If you wish to sign up for ACH payments, download the ACH Authorization Form and follow the instructions on the form. 

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 through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below. Use of the Mid Atlantic Arts 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 Mid Atlantic Arts 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 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:  

This engagement of [ARTIST] is made possible in part through the Special Presenter Initiatives program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Website Link
Grantees are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts website at https://www.midatlanticarts.org when crediting Mid Atlantic Arts on their website. This link must remain active during the entire length of your grant period with Mid Atlantic Arts. You are requested, but not required, to embed the link in Mid Atlantic Arts’ logo. 

Final Reports

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. 

For questions about your grant and the crediting or final reporting requirements, contact Delise White, Support Specialist at delise@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656×112. 

For grants awarded for program year 2022 and earlier (5 digit grant number starting with a 3): 

Final report requirements and instructions were included as Exhibit B of the Grant Award Agreement. 

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts’ eGRANT portal at https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.  

The eGRANT 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 “Forgot Password?” link on the login page just above the log in fields. 

For grants awarded for program year 2023 and later (8 digit grant numbers starting with “2023-”): 

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts’ grant portal at https://midatlanticarts.smartsimple.com.  

The SmartSimple 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 “Forgot Password?” link on the SmartSimple portal page, below the purple “Log In” button, to reset your password.