ArtsInk News & Updates                 August 2017
Upcoming Artist Residency Deadlines
MAAF provides support for individual artist residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts through its Creative Fellowships program. Residencies provide artists with a private studio, room and board, and the company of other artists for an intensive period of self-guided exploration and development. Artists interested in receiving residency support should apply directly to the applicable colony. 
  • Artists in Delaware, Maryland, New York, and West Virginia may apply to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Application information and materials are available at www.vcca.comThe next deadline to apply to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts is September 15, 2017.
  • Artists in the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands may apply to the Millay Colony. Application information and materials are available at www.millaycolony.orgThe next deadline to apply to the Millay Colony for the Arts is October 1, 2017. 
Want to learn more about Creative Fellowships? We've updated our website with a program overview and FAQ page. For more information, please click here. 
On Screen/In Person Is Back on the Road!

MAAF's independent film touring program, On Screen/In Person, is pleased to announce the lineup of films selected to tour in the 2017-2018 season. 

Director Robert Rooy

September kicks off the 2017-2018 season with the powerful documentaryDEEJ, which chronicles the story of DJ Savarese ("Deej"), a gifted, young writer and advocate. In this first-of-its-kind collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a nonspeaking autistic, the film's director, Robert Rooy, and DJ share editorial control as they navigate the challenges of representing autism. 


Oil & Water
Co-Directors Francine Strickwerda and Laurel Spellman Smith

Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw
Director Richard Goldsmith

Little Stones
Director Sophia Kruz

MARCH 2018
Big Sonia
Director Leah Warshawski

APRIL 2018
Ghost Town to Havana
Director Eugene Corr

Please contact the tour venues directly for dates, times and locations of screenings and other scheduled events. To find participating host sites near you or to learn more about the new film lineup, click here.

Stay tuned! Host site and filmmaker applications for the 2018-2019 season of On Screen/In Person will be opening in September! 
Apply for the Jazz Touring Network!

The deadline for the 2017-2018 Jazz Touring Network (JTN) program is Friday, August 25, 2017.

The JTN is a presenter-based membership program that provides support for professional development and performance fee subsidies for its participants. The program ensures a vibrant and diverse jazz presenting community while increasing the number of nonprofit venues in the mid-Atlantic region that present jazz on a regular basis.

The JTN invites applications from nonprofit presenting organizations within the mid-Atlantic region that have limited experience presenting jazz and, new this year, welcomes applications from experienced jazz presenters seeking to strengthen their programming. The program prioritizes participation by presenters that work in and with communities underserved by the arts. 

For program guidelines and application, click 
here. Questions about the JTN should be directed to Jess Porter, Program Officer, Performing Arts at
2017-2018 Jazz Touring Network Tours Announced

Alicia Olatuja will perform in eight engagements with Jazz Touring Network support. Photo: Carsten Fleck.
Members of the Jazz Touring Network (JTN) collaboratively develop block-booked tours on an annual basis. As a benefit of JTN membership, MAAF provides fee support for these tours each year.

The 2017-2018 tours include: Ajoyo, a band blending African tradition, jazz, and soul;  jazz vocalist Alicia Olatuja; trumpet player Etienne Charles; "joyful" jazz with Sammy Miller and the Congregation; and singer-songwriter Somi. The tours include 26 engagements at venues in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. For program information and tour schedules, click here. Please contact venues directly for tickets and to confirm performance dates and times. 

The Jazz Touring Network is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts' Regional Touring Program.
ArtsCONNECT Grants Announced

Black and color shadow puppet images of young boy on left looking up at giant_ bird masked figure on right.
Hamid Rahmanian's Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic.
MAAF has awarded over $250,000 to support nine performing arts tours, including two commissioning tours, through the 2017-2018 ArtsCONNECT program. ArtsCONNECT provides funding for mid-Atlantic-based presenters working collaboratively to engage a performing artist or ensemble. The supported tours include performances as well as community engagement activities that encourage greater understanding and connections between artists, audiences, and communities.

The 2017-2018 grants will support tours of: Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Cynthia Oliver Company Dance Theater, Hamid Rahmanian's Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic, Las Cafeteras and Orkesta Mendoza, Kulturhuset Stadsteaterns Marionetteater, Oliver Lake Big Band, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Roy Assaf Dance, and So Percussion.
A complete list of ArtsCONNECT tours with venues and dates can be accessed here under the "Current Tours" tab. Questions about ArtsCONNECT should be directed to Haowen Wang at  
Mid Atlantic Tours Venues and Dates Announced

Two dancers in white - male on the left gesturing to the left and female on the right in mid jump.
BalletX On the Mysterious Properties of Light Winter Series 2017 at The Wilma Theater. Photo: Bill Hebert.
MAAF's Mid Atlantic Tours (MAT) program will be supporting 44 engagements in the region in 2017-2018. 
MAT is a curated roster program of performing artists or ensembles chosen to tour throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Subsidy is provided directly to presenters engaging artists from the roster for performances.

Over $100,000 in grants will support engagements with Ashley Bathgate, BalletXBombay RickeyThe Church SistersDaniel Beaty, Melissa Aldana, and Nobuntu.
A complete listing of the 2017-2018 MAT grants can be found here under the "Current Tours" tab. Questions about Mid Atlantic Tours should be directed to Haowen Wang at   
Special Presenter Initiatives Grants Awarded

Five people standing in street between two rows of building. Grouping starts on the left with one women and then curves to the right with four men.
Ryan Keberle & Catharsis
The Special Presenter Initiatives (SPI) provide funding to small and mid-size presenting organizations in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia to support engagements with professional touring artists and ensembles from the mid-Atlantic region and outside of the United States. In 2017-2018, MAAF is providing over $56,000 to support 26 SPI engagements. 
A complete listing of the 2017-2018 SPI grants and the supported artists can be found here under the "Current Grantees" tab. Questions about SPI should be directed to Haowen Wang at
Visit us at a conference!
This fall, MAAF staff will attend the Arts Midwest and Performing Arts Exchange conferences to share information about grant opportunities for artists and organizations. Staff will also attend the Association of Performing Arts Professionals conference in January. We look forward to meeting you at these conferences:

Arts Midwest | Columbus, OH
MAAF information session August 29, 8AM
Individual Consults Available Contact Haowen Wang

Performing Arts Exchange | Atlanta, GA
Booth #811, MAAF information session September 26, 8AM 
Individual Consults Available Contact Haowen Wang

Booth Rhinelander #113, MAAF information session date and time TBD
USArtists International Program Deadline Approaching

Five band members. Three women in front in white with string instruments. Two men in back in black.
The Railsplitters will perform at the Woodford Folk Festival in Australia with USAI support.
USArtists International (USAI) provides grants to U.S. music, dance, and theatre ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at international festivals or performing arts markets abroad. The 2017-2018 USAI program cycle will kick off with the Round I deadline on September 7th. 
Program guidelines and the application are available now. Still seeking an invitation from an international festival? Search our international festival database to connect with festival organizers worldwide.

If you are already planning on applying in a future round, join us for a webinar to learn more:
  • USArtists International: Am I eligible?
     Video recording of the July 27 webinar

    USArtists International: Am I eligible? provides program information for solo artists and performing arts ensembles considering an application to the USAI grant program. The webinar highlights updates to the program guidelines. Get a clear idea about who and what type of projects USAI funds. New applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about updates to the USAI program can benefit from this webinar.
  • August 21
    USArtists International: Tips and Pointers for Applicants Webinar

    2:00 - 3:15 PM ET | Sign me up!

    In USArtists International: Tips and Pointers for Applicantsattendees will review updates to the online application, learn what criteria panelists use to evaluate applications and receive important tips for strengthening applications. This webinar is for New applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about applying to USAI are welcome to join! Due to annual revisions, attendees should read USAI program guidelines prior to attending the webinar, even if they have applied for the program in the past.
  • September 7: Round One application deadline for projects taking place December 15, 2017 - December 14, 2018. Additional deadlines are included in the program guidelines.
Want to learn more about USAI? You can find our program guidelines and a list of FAQ on our website

For more information on USAI, please contact Robyn Busch, Program Officer, International at

Other Opportunities!
  • New England Foundation for the Arts is accepting applications for the New England Dance Fund. The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to choreographers to help advance their career in dance. Deadline: September 8, 2017.
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is now accepting applications for two grant programs. The Creative Learning program awards grants of up to $8,000 to teaching artists and small arts organizations for community-based arts education projects. The Creative Engagement program awards grants of up to $8,000 to small and midsized organizations in Manhanttan that provide high quality local arts projects. Deadlines: September 12, 2017.  
  • Philadelphia arts and culture organizations! Don't miss this opportunity to apply for general operating or program support. The Philadelphia Cultural Fund is now accepting applications for the Art & Culture Grant Program. Deadline: September 30, 2017. 
  • The Japan Foundation is now accepting project proposals for Performing Arts Japan. Touring and collaboration grants are given to non-profit organizations who want to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences. Preference is given to organizations outside major metropolitan areas. Deadline: October 31, 2017.
  • Documentary filmmakers - the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with International Documentary Association has released a report following the Documentary Sustainability Summit in February 2017. The five key findings regarding sustainability can be read here, State of the Field: A Report from the Documentary Sustainability Summit.