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This is your last chance to submit a Statement of Interest for ArtsHERE, a new grant program to increase opportunities for arts participation! The National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with South Arts and in collaboration with the five other U.S. Regional Arts Organizations, launched ArtsHERE to provide grants of $65,000 to $130,000 to organizations that have demonstrated commitment to equity in programming and practice. Grants are for specific projects that will strengthen the organization’s capacity to sustain meaningful community engagement and increase arts participation for underserved groups/communities. Grantees have access to peer-learning and technical assistance opportunities designed to share knowledge and build networks.

Review the guidelines and submit your Statement of Interest at by this Friday, January 19, 2024.

Learn more and apply!

USArtists International Spring Round

Application Now Open!

This image, of 79rs Gang onstage in Nancy, France, is beautifully lit from behind, casting the gang of musicians in blue and golden stage lighting. The stage tableau from left to right is as follows: a shiny brass tuba played by musician in a white t shirt, bass player all dressed in black, two musicians in white singing lead vocals, a percussionist smiling while playing congas, and a Mardi Gras Indian adorned in pink and burgundy beads, complete with an ornate feather headdress.

The Spring round application is open for the 2024 USArtists International® program!

USAI supports in-person performances by U.S. artists at engagements at international festivals and global presenting arts marketplaces outside of the United States. The program funds individuals and ensembles across all performing arts practices and disciplines.

The spring deadline is Wednesday, March 27, 2024. Please visit our website for more information on the program timeline, guidelines, webinar info, and drop-in info sessions.

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Image: The 79rs Gang (New Orleans, LA) performed at Nancy Jazz Pulsations, France in October 2023 with support from USAI. Credit: Max Kawczynski.

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Presenter Touring Support

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ArtsCONNECT Deadline March 7, 2024

ArtsCONNECT supports performing arts touring projects collaboratively developed by presenters working together in the mid-Atlantic region. The tours include performances as well as complementary engagement activities designed to create greater understanding or connections between artists, audiences, and communities. You can learn more about ArtsCONNECT at the program webpage or by watching the 2024-2025 informational webinar video.

Presenters in the mid-Atlantic region are invited to join this optional virtual event to share the artist/company they plan to apply for ArtsCONNECT funding to present in the 2024-2025 season. Presenters are encouraged to attend even if they do not plan to pitch an artist/company to learn about what colleagues in the field are working on and determine if they would like to join an ArtsCONNECT presenting cohort in progress. If you would like to pitch, make sure to complete the optional pitch questions in registration.

Wednesday, January 31, 2023 from 10:00-11:30am ET

Register to pitch a project or listen in at this link!

Mid Atlantic Tours Deadline March 28, 2024

Presenters located in the mid-Atlantic region who engage a Mid Atlantic Tours Roster Artist during the project period receive up to 50% subsidy for the Roster Artist’s compensation as well as presenter capacity support. Presenters work directly with the Roster Artist’s Tour Manager to negotiate terms, including engagement dates and compensation. Once terms are confirmed between Presenter and Tour Manager, the Presenter completes a short application to Mid Atlantic Arts. Visit the Mid Atlantic Tours Program Page to learn more.

The 2024-2025 Mid Atlantic Tours Roster Artists are:

Want to learn more? View a recording our our December 7 informational webinar.

Special Presenter Initiatives Deadline March, 14, 2024

Special Presenter Initiatives support the presentation of professional performing artists/ensembles at small and mid-size arts and community organizations based in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia, and the Federally recognized Native nations that share this geography.

Fee support is available for engagements of performing artists based anywhere worldwide. Engagements include performances as well as community activities that offer meaningful exchanges between touring artists and a presenter’s community.

Learn more on the Special Presenter Initiatives webpage and view a copy of our program webinar recording here.

Iber Exchange Deadline April 15, 2024

Through Iber Exchange, presenters in our region can receive grant support to book international music ensembles from Latin America that have been selected for the program roster. By contracting one of the artists below for a public performance and community engagement activity, eligible presenters can receive up to 50% of the artist fee as a grant. To take part in this program, review the program guidelines and reach out to the tour agent to discuss joining the tour. Additional details available online or contact staff with questions.

Iber Exchange Roster Artists

Image: Mid Atlantic Tours roster artist Calpulli Mexican Dance Company Performing on stage at the Miller Center for the Arts, Reading, PA. Credit: Jen Lindsay.

Opportunity Quick Links

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  • MacDowell Colony is accepting applications for its residency program from September 1, 2024, through March 1, 2025. Fellowships are available in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theater, and visual arts. The fellowship includes exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to six weeks. There are no residency fees. Deadline: February 10, 2024.

  • Pen American invites applications for its Emerging Voices Fellowship, a five-month, virtual immersive mentorship program for early-career writers from communities that are traditionally underrepresented in the publishing world. The program is committed to cultivating the careers of Black writers, and serves writers who identify as Indigenous, persons of color, LGBTQ+, immigrants, writers with disabilities, and those living outside of urban centers.  Deadline: January 31, 2024.

  • Arts Midwest invites applications for its Shakespeare in American Communities grants program, which provides grants to theater companies that produce Shakespeare’s works to support high-quality productions and educational activities in middle schools, high schools, and juvenile justice facilities throughout the United States. Deadline: Intent to apply is due January 25, 2024, with complete applications due February 8, 2024.

Image: Shenandoah University (Winchester, VA) faculty and students participate in a drumming demonstration hosted by Women Drummers of Rwanda, as part of a Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects Grant-funded project entitled The Book of Life. Credit: Shenandoah University / Alisa Holley.

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