August 2019
Upcoming Program Deadlines!
Jazz Touring Network Member Application
The Jazz Touring Network (JTN) is a passionate group of presenting organizations committed to expanding the presentation of jazz in the mid-Atlantic region! JTN members exchange resources and strategies for presenting jazz and work together to identify artists and plan tours. The JTN is currently seeking applications from presenters in the mid-Atlantic region with little or no experience presenting jazz as well as experienced jazz presenters looking for ways to strengthen their programming.  Apply today - the deadline is Friday, August 30, 2019!

Image: Akua Allrich. Credit: Stella Maglore.
Aerial view of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts colony campus.
MAAF Creative Fellowships
Calling all writers, visual artists, and composers 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 2020 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 Delaware, Maryland, New York, or West Virginia may  apply to VCCA . The next deadline to apply is Sunday, September 15, 2019  .

Artists from the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or the U.S. Virgin Islands may  apply to Millay . The next deadline is  Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Image: Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Credit: Courtesy VCCA.
A man in blue jeans and a black shirt leans back as he plays the trumpet onstage.
USArtists International First Round
T he USArtists International (USAI)  application  is open and the first deadline of the 2019-2020 program cycle is Thursday, September 5, 2019 . 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 around the globe.

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 - View the recording.

Image: USArtists International grantee Pacific Mambo Orchestra performed at Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland this summer. Credit: Courtesy of the artist.
On Screen/In Person Kicks off September with The Interpreters
Join us in September as the On Screen/In Person film touring program kicks-off with Andrés Caballero and Sofian Khan's The Interpreters . Iraqi and Afghan interpreters were key to the U.S. war effort, but now many face danger in their countries because of their work.  The Interpreters  follows the lives of a chain-smoking Iraqi codenamed “Phillip Morris” who was able to make it to the U.S. with the help of an American soldier, an Afghan called Malik who is still working as an active interpreter at the U.S. base in Kabul despite threats to his life, and an Afghan named Mujtaba who fled with his family as refugees to Turkey, as they work to rebuild their lives.

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 2019-2020 films include:  The Interpreters  with co-directors Andrés Caballero and Sofian Khan; Badger Creek  and  The Thick Dark Fog  
co-directed and produced by Jonathan Skurnik and Randy Vasquez; Detroit 48202: Conversations Along a Postal Route with director Pamela Sporn; The Blood is at the Doorstep with director Erik Ljung; Risking Light  with producer Miranda Wilson; and Pizza, A Love Story with director Gorman Bechard.

Five host sites will welcome the filmmakers into their communities during fall 2019 and spring 2020, including: Atlas (Washington, DC), Millersville University of Pennsylvania (Lancaster, PA), Reading Area Community College (Reading, PA), Wayne Theatre (Waynesboro, VA), and The Z (Virginia Beach, VA). For a complete list of dates, times, locations, and other program activities,  please contact the venues directly .

Image: Khalid “Phillip Morris” Awda and Paul Braun from The Interpreters. Credit: Sofian Khan.
Performing Arts Program Grants and Tours Announced
MAAF is pleased to announce the following grants through its performing arts touring programs:
Six dancer, all dressed in black and grey street clothes, dance against a grey background.
ArtsCONNECT will support 33 grants through its 2019-2020 touring program. The grants, awarded directly to the presenting organizations, will provide $240,036 in support of tours by nine performing artists and ensembles at 30 different performing arts presenters in the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Artists include Ballet Hispanico of New York , Compagnie HERVÉ KOUBI , Ephrat Asherie Dance , Hear in Now , Jumatatu Poe & Donte Beacham , Layer the Walls , Manual Cinema , Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia , and The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Brass Band.

Image: Ephrat Asherie Dance. Credit: Matthew Murphy.
The 2019-2020 Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America program will provide $120,000 in grants to support 37 engagements in 18 states across the United States. The support will help 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.Southern Exposure tours include: Fidel Nadal (Argentina), Francisco, El Hombre (Brazil), Sofía Viola (Argentina), Son Luna y Jóvenes t ouring “¡Vívelo!” (Mexico), and Teatro y Su Doble touring "Feos" (Chile).

Image: Sofía Viola. Credit: Courtesy of Odelia Artists.
A man and woman stand on a leafy urban street he hold a guitar over one shoulder.  They are both facing the camera smiling.
The Special Presenter Initiatives offer small and mid-sized presenting organizations in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia grants to support performing arts touring projects in these regions. Artists may be from anywhere across the U.S. and around the world, but must be based outside of presenter’s home state/territory. Over $50,000 has been awarded to support Special Presenter Initiatives engagements in 2019-2020.
Image: Dane Zanes & Claudia Eliaza of Brooklyn, NY. Credit. Courtesy of the artist.
MAAF's Jazz Touring Network is supporting nine tours to 23 presenting organizations through the 2019-2020 program. Grants totaling $56,658 will support 39 engagements across the mid-Atlantic region. Jazz Touring Network Tours are collaboratively developed by network members and include: Akua Allrich , Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom, Antonio Hart, Ghost Note, Makaya McCraven, Stefon Harris + Blackout, The Marlow Rosado Latin Jazz Ensemble, Veronica Swift Trio, and Voyu Sotashe.

Image: The Marlow Rosado Latin Jazz Ensemble. Credit: Courtesy of the artist.
The Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network is a presenter-based membership network designed to increase public understanding of folk and traditional arts in the region. Members annually book tours featuring artists and practitioners that represent the range of living traditions and cultural backgrounds present in the United States. Engagements include public performances or demonstrations, cultural presentations, and collaboratively planned residency activities. The 2019-2020 tours will provide over $18,000 in support and include: Aurelio Martinez  (Plaplaya, Honduras and New York, NY) and Native Voices: Katajjaq to Hip Hop | featuring  Supaman  (Crow Reservation, Montana) and  Nukariik (Ottawa, Ontario).

Image: Aurelio Martinez. Credit: Richard Holder. 
MAAF Staff On the Road
Western Arts Alliance Annual Conference, Los Angeles, August 26-29
Individual consultations during scheduled hours available with Program Officer, International, Robyn Busch. Sign-up on site.

Arts Midwest, Minneapolis, September 4-9
MAAF Information Session on Friday, September 6, 4:30–5:15pm (room tbd). Contact Program Officer, Performing Arts, Haowen Wang at to set up individual meetings.

PAE (Performing Arts Exchange), Orlando, September 23-26
Visit Program Officer, Performing Arts, Haowen Wang at Booth 305. Haowen will also host a MAAF Information Session on Tuesday, September 24, from 8-9am in Curacao 3. 
Opportunity Quick Links
  • The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts invites applications for its individual grants program. Two types of grants are available: Production/Presentation and Research/Development. The grants are aimed at providing funds for creatives who are looking to advance in their architecture careers. Deadline: September 15, 2019.

  • Each year, the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation awards matching grants of $25,000 to U.S.-based nonprofits serving small to mid-sized towns and cities in support of the Levitt AMP Music Series, a free concert series featuring high-caliber entertainment for people of all ages and backgrounds. Deadline: September 20, 2019.

  • The New York Public Library is inviting applications for its 2020-21 Cullman Center Fellowship. Offered through the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, fellowships will be awarded to fifteen scholars and writers — academics, independent scholars, journalists, creative writers (novelists, playwrights, poets), translators, and visual artists — whose work could benefit directly from access to the research collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Deadline: September 27, 2019 at 5 PM EDT.

  • The Lower East Side Printshop is inviting applications for its Keyholder Residency Program. Through the program, eight emerging artists will be awarded a year of free twenty-four hour access to printmaking facilities, a $1,000 stipend, storage space, and basic supplies. Applicants must be a legal resident of the U.S. and reside in the New York metro area during the year of residency. Deadline: September 1, 2019.