Large group of dancers wearing all white on a white stage with red background lighting. Many dancers are mid motion, and are gathered closely together interacting with each other.

Vincent E. Thomas and the What’s Going On company performed with local dancers at the Christiana Cultural Arts Center in Delaware with support from the 2018 Special Presenters Initiatives program. Photo: Wendell Raulston, Jr.

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.

Questions regarding Special Presenter Initiatives should be directed to Haowen Wang, Program Officer, Performing, Arts, at haowen@midatlanticarts.org.

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


For presenters based in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia:

The application deadline for the Special Presenter Initiatives was Friday, March 29, 2019 for projects taking place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Guidelines and the application form for the 2020-2021 program cycle will be available in Fall 2019.


To learn more about the program and eligibility requirements, please review the program guidelines below (for information purposes only).

For your convenience, guidelines are available in both PDF and Word formats below.

Download 2018-2019 Special Presenter Initiatives Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Download 2018-2019 Special Presenter Initiatives Guidelines as an accessible Word document (click link to download)

Current Grantees


All schedules are subject to change. Please check with the performance venue for times and ticket information.


10/18 – 19/2019 Coastal Concerts Brasil Guitar Duo (NY)
11/3/2019 Grand Opera House Cashore Marionettes (PA)
11/8 – 9/2019 Christina Cultural Arts Center Ajoyo (NY)
1/17 – 18/2020 Coastal Concerts Tom Gallant and Tesla Quartet (NY)
1/22 – 24/2020 Delaware Art Museum Black Iris Project (NY)
2/23/2020 The Grand Opera House Dan Zanes + Claudia Eliaza (NY)
3/28/2020 Wilmington Winter Bluegrass Festival David Parmley and the Cardinal Tradition (TN)
3/28/2020 Wilmington Winter Bluegrass Festival Sideline (NC)

District of Columbia

7/1/2019 CapitalBop Linda Oh (NY)
10/2 – 7/2019 Dance Place Slowdanger (PA)
4/17 – 18/2020 Dumbarton Concerts PUBLIQuartet (NY)
5/5 – 10/2020 Dance Place Unit Souzou (OR)
5/5 – 6/2020 Washington Performing Arts Emanuel Ax (NY)
6/15 – 30/2020 Building Bridges Across the River Glas(s) Performance (Scotland)

U.S. Virgin Islands

1/15 – 18/2020 The Forum Julian Gargiulo (NY)
4/2 – 4/2020 The Forum Brooklyn Rider (NY)
4/3/2020 St. John School of the Arts Brooklyn Rider (NY)

West Virginia

9/12 – 20/2019 Carnegie Hall Carlene Carter (TN)
9/26/2019 Beckley Concert Association Cynthia Sayer and Joyride (NY)
10/11 – 12/2019 Pocahontas County Opera House Local Opera Local Artists (TX)
10/15/2019 ArtsLink Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience (LA)
11/2/2019 FOOTMAD Bruce Molsky (NY)
11/14/2019 ArtsLink Trout Fishing in America (AR)
3/1/2020 Carnegie Hall Danú (Ireland)
3/15 – 21/2020 Pocahontas County Opera House Ceara Conway (Ireland)

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, Grants and Operations Officer, 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, 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].*

Website Link

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 Reports

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 phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656 x109.