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 important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Committed to the presence of U.S. based artists on world stages, USArtists International provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music and theatre invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets.

USAI encourages and promotes the vibrant diversity of U.S. artists and creative expression in the performing arts by expanding opportunity and exposure to international audiences, encouraging international cultural exchange and enhancing the creative and professional development of U.S. based artists by providing connections with presenters, curators and artists around the world.  USAI extends the reach and impact of professional touring artists and ensembles from the United States and is committed to expanded touring opportunities for continued sustainability of U.S. artists.

USAI provides grants of up to $15,000 towards support of artist fees, travel, accommodations, per diem, shipping and visa preparation.

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 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Trust for Mutual Understanding.


USArtists International Guidelines 2018-2019 (Word Version)
Work Sample Preparation Guide (Word Version)
USArtists International FAQ
Online Application Access


The application deadlines for USArtists International (USAI) are:

CLOSED: September 7, 2018 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between December 15, 2018 and December 14, 2019. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by September 14, 2018.

CLOSED: November 30, 2018 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between March 15, 2019 and March 14, 2020. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by December 7, 2018.

April 3, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by April 10, 2019.

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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. To learn more about fiscal sponsorship and securing a fiscal sponsor, visit:

Grantspace: Fiscal Sponsorship / en Español
National Network of Fiscal Sponsors
Fiscal Sponsor Directory

Want to learn more? Join us for a webinar!

USArtists International: Am I eligible?
Sign up for the webinar on February 20, 2:30 – 3:30 PM ET | View a recording

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 who 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
Sign up for the webinar on March 6, 1:00 – 2:15 PM ETView a recording
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 avoid common mistakes.

Current Grantees

FY19 Round One

The Actors’ Gang, CA
Santiago a Mil International Theater Festival, Chile

Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, NY
Jazz Plaza International Festival, Cuba

Aizzah Fatima, NY
OnStage! Festival, Italy

The Alonso Brothers, NY
Haiti International Piano Festival, Haiti

Analog Arts, NY
Montreal New Music Festival, Canada

Anthony Hudson / Carla Rossi, OR
Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival, Australia

Arias Company, NY
Colours International Dance Festival, Germany
Fuori Programma Festival, Italy

The Azar Lawrence Experience, CA
Inntoene Jazzfestival, Austria

Boston Symphony Chamber Players, MA
Prague Spring International Music Festival, Czechia

Edgar Arceneaux, CA
Lagos Theatre Festival, Nigeria

Erin Markey, NY
In Between Time Festival, United Kingdom

The Knights, NY
Heidelberg Frühling International Music Festival, Germany

Kontras Quartet and the Kruger Brothers, IL
OppiKoppi, South Africa

NW Dance Project, OR
Ballet Festival Weeks of the Thüringen State Ballet, Germany

Sinking Ship Productions, NY
Varscenefest, Norway

International Live, India

Nova Jazz, Switzerland

Vân-Ánh Võ & Blood Moon Orchestra, CA
BridgeFest, Vietnam

White Snake Projects, MA
Hong Kong Arts Festival, China


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.


Round I
Javier León
Latin American Music Center of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
Bloomington, IN

Howard Mandel
Jazz Journalist
Chicago, IL
Lay Panelist

Renae Williams Niles
Kaufman School of Dance at USC
Culver City, CA

Georgiana Pickett
Baryshnikov Arts Center
Brooklyn, NY

Juri Seo
Princeton University
Lawrenceville, NJ


Round I
Alicia Adams
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington D.C.

Marcos Balter
Montclair State University
New York, NY

Colleen Jennings-Roggensack
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

Carla Perlo
Dance Place, retired
Takoma Park, MD
Lay Panelist

Michelle Witt
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Round II

Madeline Bell
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Burlington, VT

Lane Czaplinski
Wexner Center for the Arts
Columbus, OH

Juan José Escalante
José Limón Dance Foundation
Yonkers, NY

Laura Faure
Bates Dance Festival, retired
Portland, ME
Lay Panelist

Julie Nakagawa
DanceWorks Chicago
Chicago, IL

George Lewis
Columbia University
New York, NY

Sofia Ochoa
Miami Symphony Orchestra, retired
Miami, FL
Lay Panelist

New York, NY

Julia Tai
Philharmonia Northwest
Seattle, WA

Blaine Waide
National Council for the Traditional Arts
Silver Spring, MD

Round III

Nixon Beltrán
The Watermill Center
New York, NY

Mary Kathryn Nagle
Pipestem Law, P.C.
Skiatook, OK
Lay Panelist

Carla Peterson
Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography
Tallahassee, FL

Jose Luis Valenzuela
Latino Theater Company
Monterey Park, CA

Julie Voigt
Walker Art Center
Minneapolis, MN

Taylor Ho Bynum
Tri-Centric Foundation
New Haven, CT

Jing Jing Luo
Oberlin, OH

Art Menius
SouthEast Regional Folk Alliance
Carrboro, NC

Dr. Rosita M. Sands
Columbia College Chicago
Chicago, IL

Lisa Shiota
Library of Congress
Hyattsville, MD
Lay Panelist

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

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.