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An artist is performing TRUCK at night outside against a projector. The projected background is a old rustic shed with two windows.
Bridgman | Packer Dance performing TRUCK at the New Baltic Dance Festival in Lithuania through USArtists International 2017. Credit: Dmitrij Matvejev.

USArtists International supports performances by U.S. artists at impactful international festivals and performing arts marketplaces outside the United States and its territories. The program supports the engagements of exemplary solo artists and ensembles across all performing arts disciplines including dance, music, theater, multidisciplinary work, and folk/traditional arts.

USArtists International is designed to encourage the presence of U.S. performing artists on international stages and in the global arts community; to support engagements that develop and expand both the careers and artistic goals of U.S. performers by providing connections with presenters, curators, and fellow artists; and to promote justice in the arts community by elevating the diverse voices contributing to the vibrant array of creative expression in the United States.

USAI provides grants of up to $15,000 toward eligible expenses; please reference the guidelines for further detail.

USArtists International is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous funding of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Guidelines

Please find full guideline details below:

USArtists International Guidelines 2020 – 2021 (PDF – opens in a new tab)
USArtists International Guidelines 2020 – 2021 (Word – opens in a new tab)

The USAI application is open. Applications will be accepted until October 1, 2020 at 11:59pm. You can find the application here.

USArtists International Budget Guide (PDF – opens in a new tab)
USArtists International Budget Guide (Word – opens in a new tab)

USArtists International Work Sample Preparation Guide (PDF – opens in a new tab)
USArtists International Work Sample Preparation Guide (Word – opens in a new tab)

USArtists International FAQ (PDF – opens in a new tab)
USArtists International FAQ (Word – opens in a new tab)

COVID-19

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation seeks to serve artists and arts organizations with flexibility as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact countries globally.

Travel Track

MAAF will accept applications to the USArtists International program that seek travel funding to perform internationally and otherwise meet the eligibility requirements outlined in these guidelines; please note that two application deadlines will occur: October 1, 2020 (for projects occurring between January 5, 2021 and June 30, 2022), and March 31, 2021 (for projects occurring between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022). Panel scoring will continue to only include the reviewable criteria detailed in the program guidelines, and will not incorporate the likelihood of a performance due to circumstances beyond the applicant’s control. Applicants should communicate with MAAF staff about any changes to an engagement after an application is submitted. Due to the involvement of federal funds, any news about festival postponement, cancellation, or live performances becoming virtual should be discussed with staff.

Virtual Track

Artists and ensembles whose otherwise-eligible international festival engagements have already determined that an in-person festival is impossible and have decided to offer the festival virtually are also permitted to apply for funding. Grantees that are awarded grants for travel and are later unable to travel may shift to the virtual track with staff approval. Revisions to the submitted budget will be required in this case. Please contact staff if you have any questions about virtual track eligibility.

USArtists International and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation prioritize artist health and safety. Grantees will not be penalized by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation if they cannot or choose not to perform at a festival for which they have received a grant. Should a grantee be unable to travel for any reason, options regarding grant funds are subject to federal guidance from the National Endowment for the Arts. Grantees that choose to travel do so at their own risk. Whether the engagement for which you are seeking funding is planned for an international destination or virtually, please check and abide by all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and official health sources in the country of destination.

Deadlines

The application deadlines for USArtists International (USAI) 2020 – 2021 are:

October 1, 2020 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between January 5, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Certification sheets and letters of invitation are due by October 8, 2020.

Access the USAI application here.

March 31, 2021 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Certification sheets and letters of invitation are due by April 7, 2021.

The 2021 – 2022 deadlines will be posted in summer 2021.

To receive deadline reminders and program updates, please sign up for our newsletter.

Fiscal Sponsorship

USArtists International guidelines require applicants without 501(c)3 nonprofit status to apply using a US-based, 501(c)3 nonprofit fiscal sponsor. Nonprofit organizations serving as fiscal sponsors must provide this service as part of their regular operations, and this service must be available to any artist that meets the respective organizations’ published criteria for fiscal sponsorship. Fiscal sponsors do not have to be located in your state of residence. The links provided below are resources for potential applicants and the organizations are not affiliated or endorsed by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Fiscal sponsors do not have to be found through these resources in order to meet USArtists International guidelines. To learn more about fiscal sponsorship and securing a fiscal sponsor, visit:

Fiscal Sponsorship 101: Fiscal Sponsorship Resources by Grantspace / en Español

Information on seeking and providing fiscal sponsorship: National Network of Fiscal Sponsors

A non-comprehensive directory of fiscal sponsors nationwide: San Francisco Study Center’s Fiscal Sponsor Directory

Want to learn more? View a webinar!

USArtists International: Am I eligible?
Recorded August 20, 2020

USArtists International: Am I eligible?
 provides program information for solo artists and performing arts ensembles considering an application to the USArtists International grant program. The webinar highlights updates to the program guidelines. Get a clear idea about whom and what type of projects USArtists International funds. New applicants, previous applicants, grantees, and others interested in learning more about updates to the USAI program can benefit from this webinar.

USArtists International: Tips and Pointers for Applicants
Recorded September 17, 2020
This webinar is for artists planning to apply for USArtists International. The webinar reviews the online application, the panel process, and provides helpful tips to applicants interested in strengthening their applications and avoiding common mistakes.

Learn more about presenting international artists or performing abroad by visiting our international resources page.

Current Grantees

FY20 Round Three

The Alonso Brothers, NY
Art With Me, Mexico

Ami Dang, MD
Amok, Belgium

Ben Wendel High Heart, NY
Jazz Onze+ Festival, Switzerland
NueJazz Festival, Germany

BODYART, CA
SIBU International Dance Festival, Malaysia

BODYTRAFFIC, CA
Belgrade Dance Festival, Serbia

Caborca, NY
Folds and Unfolds, Colombia

Chaksampa Tibetan Dance & Opera Company, CA
Tibetan Shoton Festival, India

Degenerate Art Ensemble, WA
International Festival of Contemporary Dance Mexico City, Mexico

Dell’Arte International, CA
Mitambo International Theatre Festival, Zimbabwe

DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion, CA
International Festival of Santa Lucia, Mexico

Ekmeles, NY
Ars Musica, Belgium

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, NY
Woza Africa Festival, South Africa

Full Radius Dance, GA
International Festival for Inclusive Dance Art, Germany

Hub New Music, MA
Alba International Music Festival, Italy

International Contemporary Ensemble, NY
Dark Music Days, Iceland

Island Moving Company, RI
International Dance Festival San Nicola, Italy

The Jamie Baum Septet+, NY
Kathmandu Jazz Festival, Nepal

Josanne Francis Septet, MD
The Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival, Haiti

Kayla Farrish Decent Structures Arts, NY
EDANCO International Contemporary Dance Festival, Dominican Republic

Kevin Spencer, VA
Atta Festival, Turkey

Leonardo Suarez Paz’s PIAZZOLLA 100, NY
Centennial of Astor Piazzolla Festival, Argentina

The Makanda Project featuring Chico Freeman, MA
Outreachmusic Festival, Austria

Nick Photinos, IL
Dots+Loops, Australia

Portland Percussion Group, OR
Gaida Festival, Lithuania

Tasha Smith Godinez, CA
Buenos Aires Harp Week, Argentina

Taylor Mac, NY
Bergen International Festival, Norway

Third Coast Percussion, IL
Salve Musica, Lithuania

Tom Lee, IL
Pesta Boneka, Indonesia

Van-Anh Vo & Blood Moon Orchestra, CA
HOZO Ho Chi Minh City International Music Festival, Vietnam

WaxFactory, NY
Cankarjev Dom/SCENE Festival, Slovenia
Croatian Cultural Center/ProgramPlus Festival, Croatia

YJastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company, NM
Festival of Jerez, Spain

Panelists

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation panelists serve as individuals and their professional affiliations are listed solely for context. Affiliations and locations were correct at the time of panel service.

2019-2020 Panelists

2018-2019 Panelists

2017-2018 Panelists

Festival Database

Interested in connecting with an international festival? Visit our festival database. Please note that being listed in the festival database does not guarantee eligibility for USArtists International. Festivals not listed in the database may still be eligible for the program. Carefully review program guidelines to ensure eligibility.

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.

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.

Artists/ensembles 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 materials must be submitted as part of the final report.

Credit and Logo Usage

The following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo MUST appear on artist/ensemble websites and any print and electronic publicity or promotional materials created by the artist/ensemble.

The following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo should be included in Festival programs, calendars and promotional materials, whenever possible, either jointly or separately as necessary.

  • This statement must be used in its entirety and cannot be altered in any way.

This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Website Link

Artists/ensembles 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. You are requested, but not required, to embed the link in MAAF’s logo.

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.