August 2018
USAI September Deadline Approaching!
The USArtists International (USAI) application is open and the first deadline of the 2018-2019 program cycle is Friday, September 7, 2018. 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 theater invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets.

Interested in learning more? Check out one of our webinars.
  • USArtists International: Am I eligible? - View the recording.
  • USArtists International: Tips and Pointers for Applicants - Next webinar is Tuesday, August 21st. Sign up today!

Returning Applicant? The USAI application budget section has been updated - join the August 21st webinar to learn more!

New Benefit for USAI Grantees!
You asked and we listened! We are piloting a program to connect grantee artists with other grantee artists who have traveled to their destination countries prior to their travel abroad. If you are awarded a grant, you will be provided contact information for the last USAI grantee who performed at that festival or within the country you are performing. You can contact these artist colleagues and ask them about their experience(s) abroad, tips for networking with curators in the region, and any other suggestions about how to better meet your international career goals. Sometimes just expanding your network ahead of your trip can make a big impact! After your experience abroad, you then become the contact for the next USAI grantee headed to that festival or country.  Since we are launching this program new in 2018-2019, applicants can opt in to participate when they complete their applications online. It's a great way to build your network and strengthen the field!

Image: Ensemble Pamplemousse o pening night at Borealis in Norway, performing on Bryan Jacobs' mechanical violins. Credit: Thor Brødreskift .
Break the Chain on the Road!
The first film of the 2018-2019 On Screen In Person touring season hits the road this September. Break the Chain  captures the first-hand accounts of Debbie and Kwami, two survivors of child sex and labor trafficking, to provide a startling look at how this overly sensationalized issue is, in reality, hiding in plain sight. Accompanied by interviews with those actively working to raise awareness and create creative solutions to combat this global problem, the film helps us learn that we have the power to change lives by choosing how we consume our information, and what we support.

On Screen/In Person tours independent American filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region to screen their recent work and increase accessibility and appreciation for film through direct audience engagement. The 2018-2019 films include: CHAVELA with director Daresha Kyi, Break the Chain with director Laura E. Swanson, Holden On with director Tamlin Hall, Tyrus with director Pamela Tom, Man on Fire with director Joel Fendelman, and From the Second Wave to the Tidal Wave and NextStepRun! with director Pam Maus.

The tour will travel to 10 venues in six states during fall 2018 and spring 2019. Host sites include: Atlas Performing Arts Center (Washington, DC), Appell Center for the Performing Arts (York, PA), BlackRock Center for the Arts (Germantown, MD), Millersville University of Pennsylvania (Lancaster, PA), Montgomery County Community College (Blue Bell, PA), Queen Theater (Wilmington, DE), Reading Area Community College (Reading, PA), TAMARACK: The Best of West Virginia (Beckley, WV), University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (Bradford, PA), and Wayne Theatre (Waynesboro, VA). For a complete list of dates, times, locations, and other program activities, please contact the venues directly .
Creative Fellowships Fall Deadlines
Are you an author, visual artist, or composer residing in the Mid Atlantic region? Apply now for a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts or Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and be considered for a 2019 Creative Fellowship, supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Resident artists are provided with private studios, room and board, and the company of other artists from around the nation for intensive, self-guided creative exploration and development. Creative Fellows also receive a travel subsidy. Artists should apply directly to Millay or VCCA through their regular application process. A limited number of applicants selected for residencies will be recommended for Creative Fellowship support. 

Artists from the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or the U.S. Virgin Islands may apply to Millay . The next deadline is Monday, October 1, 2018.

Artists from Delaware, Maryland, New York, or West Virginia may apply to VCCA . The next deadline to apply is Saturday, September 15, 2018 .

Image: Kit Warren , VCCA Creative Fellow, Altered States.
Southern Exposure 18-19 Reaches Communities Across U.S.
MAAF and the National Endowment for the Arts announced grants through the 2018-2019 Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America program (SEPALA). The program has awarded $120,000 to support 39 engagements across the United States. SEPALA helps communities across the U.S. bring exceptional performing arts groups from Latin America for performances and community engagement activities that build an understanding and appreciation for the richness and diversity of Latin American cultures. The 2018-2019 tours include: Explosión Negra  (Colombia), La Patronal  (Peru), Lola Arias (Argentina), Manuela Infante  (Chile), and Río Mira   (Ecuador). For more information on the SEPALA program, including tour dates and venue links, click here .

Image: 2017-2018 SEPALA roster artist Dayme Arocena onstage at Kuumbwa Jazz Society in Santa Cruz, CA. Credit: r.r. Jones.
ArtsCONNECT 18-19 Grants Provide over $200,000 in Support
MAAF has announced 32 grants through its 2018-2019 ArtsCONNECT program. These grants will provide $210,000 in support of tours by eight performing artists and ensembles (including three commissions), at 27 different performing arts presenters in the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Tours include: Ananya Dance Theatre, David Roussève/REALITY, Koresh Dance Company, The Rose Ensemble, San Jose Taiko, Theatre Re, Tiger Trio, and Urban Bush Women. A complete list of ArtsCONNECT grants, including presenters and artists, can be accessed  here .

Image: ArtsCONNECT tour of Cynthia Oliver Co. at BAM featuring Niall Noel Jones performing in Virago-Man Dem. Credit: Julieta Cervantes.
MAAF on the Road
Western Arts Alliance Annual Conference, Las Vegas, August 27-30
Individual consultations during scheduled hours available with Program Officer, International, Robyn Busch. Contact Robyn at to schedule a time to speak.

Arts Midwest, Indianapolis, September 5-8
Individual consultations during scheduled hours available with Program Officer, Performing Arts, Haowen Wang. Haowen is available Thursday, September 6, 2:00-4:30 pm. & Friday, September 7, 2:30-4:30 pm. Sign-up on site at the conference. Haowen will also host a MAAF Information Session on Friday, September 7, from 4:30-5:15 pm.
PAE (Performing Arts Exchange), Orlando, October 1-4
Visit program staff in Booth 315. Individual consults are available during marketplace hours. Contact Haowen Wang, Program Officer, Performing Arts, for more information at .
Opportunity Quick Links
  • South Arts seeks an experienced group facilitator for six focus groups across the country to inform a new, national program which will bolster connections between contemporary jazz musicians and communities across the nation. Click here to learn more.

  • Through their Artists in Business Leadership and Cultural Capital Fellowships, First Peoples Fund partners with Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian artists and culture bearers across mediums to strengthen their business skills and to ensure that art, culture, and ancestral knowledge are passed from one generation to the next. Fellows receive $5,000 - $10,000 grants, technical support, and professional training to start or grow a thriving arts business and to further their important work in their communities. Deadline: Sunday, September 30, 2018.

  • The Regional Arts Commission in St. Louis is accepting nominations for its Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute, an innovative program focused around the belief that art has the power to be an agent for positive social change. Deadline: Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

  • Opera America's Innovation Grants support vibrant Professional Company Members in implementing innovative projects in opera’s most important areas of practice, including artistic vitality, audience experience, organizational effectiveness and community connections. Deadline: Intent to Apply, Thursday, November, 8, 2018.

  • The Amphion Foundation is accepting applications from presenters, festivals, music service organizations and any other applicants that are not performing ensembles for general operating or special project support.Deadline: Saturday, September 15, 2018.