December 2016 ArtsInk Newsletter
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Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America
Grants for Presenters

Garifuna Collective.  Image_ Peter Rakossy.
Garifuna Collective. Image: Peter Rakossy.
Southern Exposure brings exemplary contemporary and traditional performing artists from Latin America to audiences across the United States. Fee support grants are available to nonprofit presenters based anywhere in the United States or its territories who book artists from a curated roster for engagements taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. The 2017-2018 touring roster was recently announced and includes: 
  • Betsayda Machado and La Parranda El Clavo (Venezuela)
    Rich, Afro-Venezuelan soulful vocals
  • Daymé Arocena (Cuba)
    Standout, innovative Cuban Jazz
  • Joan Soriano (The Dominican Republic)
    Inspiring Bachata from Santo Domingo
  • The Garifuna Collective ft. Umalali (Belize, Guatemala, Honduras)
    Musical roots of West African and native Caribbean heritage
  • DanzAbierta (Cuba)
    Fresh, thoughtful contemporary dance
  • Trinidad González (Chile)
    Boundary-pushing, powerful Chilean theatre
For more information on these artists or to learn more about how to receive a grant, visit
Upcoming Artist Residency Deadline

Studios at VCCA
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation provides support for individual artist residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) through its Creative Fellowships program. Residencies provide artists with a private studio, room and board, and the company of other artists from around the nation for an intensive period of self-guided exploration and development. Creative Fellowships at VCCA support two-week or one-month residencies for composers, literary and visual artists from Delaware, Maryland, New York, and West Virginia. A modest travel subsidy is also awarded to the selected artists.

The next residency application deadline for VCCA is January 15, 2017.

For information and application instructions, please visit Questions should be directed to
Summer Arts Administration Internships

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is currently seeking qualified individuals to serve as Summer Arts Administration Interns at our Baltimore, MD offices. Providing a supervised learning environment, MAAF internships offer graduate and undergraduate students as well as individuals who have recently completed their program of study the opportunity to gain insight and experience in nonprofit arts administration.

The Foundation recruits two interns annually for the summer and provides each a stipend of $1,200. Interns also receive up to $10 in reimbursement per scheduled workday for the cost of mass transportation or parking. The application deadline is February 24, 2017. For a full description and application instructions, please click here.   

If you are attending the APAP|NYC Conference in January, visit Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's booth in Rhinelander #113. MAAF Program Officers will be on hand to discuss MAAF programs available to presenters nationally and in the mid-Atlantic region.

On Friday, January 6th, join MAAF in the Gramercy Room on the lower level of the Sheraton New York at 2 pm for an information session on all of MAAF's funding opportunities including regional, national, and international programs for artists and presenters.

For further information or to schedule a meeting, contact Haowen Wang at  
Mid Atlantic Tours - Check out the 2017-2018 Roster

Bombay Rickey will be touring through the 17-18 MAT program.
Mid Atlantic Tours provides funding for mid-Atlantic-based presenters booking artists from its annual roster, which features performing artists and ensembles chosen to engage broad regional participation and promote access to high quality performing arts in communities throughout the region. 
The 2017-2018 roster includes:

Contemporary Chamber Music
Ashley Bathgate (NYC)
Melissa Aldana (NYC)
Contemporary Vocal
Bombay Rickey (NYC)
Daniel Beaty (NYC)
BalletX (PA)
World Music
Nobuntu (Zimbabwe) 
Folk/Traditional Music
The Church Sisters (VA)

For further information about the artists and booking requirements, click here. 2017-2018 booking deadline, March 3, 2017. 
ArtsCONNECT - Submit to the Projects in Development Listing

ArtsCONNECT provides funding for mid-Atlantic-based presenters working collaboratively to engage a performing artist or ensemble.
In order to facilitate the development of projects, MAAF provides a list of Projects in Development to connect presenters who have a project, artist, or ensemble identified but seek additional presenting partners.  The Projects in Development listings also serves as a resource for presenters looking to join an existing project consortium. Submitted projects will be periodically posted on the ArtsCONNECT webpage. For more information about ArtsCONNECT, and to submit to the listing, click here. The 2017-2018 program deadline is March 17, 2017.
Special Presenters Initiatives - RSVP to a Free Webinar

Special Presenter Initiatives supports the presentation of professional performing artists in all disciplines at venues in Delaware, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, and the US Virgin Islands, to increase access to and appreciation for the performing arts in these states and jurisdictions. 

MAAF will be offering free webinars to assist potential applicants in understanding the program and filling out the online application. For more information about Special Presenters Initiatives and to RSVP to a webinar, click 
here. The 2017-2018 program deadline is March 31, 2017.
Congratulations Grammy Nominees!

Congratulations to all former and current MAAF grantee and touring artists announced as Grammy Nominees:

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album:
Bill Frisell; Snarky Puppy
Best Improvised Jazz Solo: 
Ravi Coltrane; John Scofield 

Best Jazz Vocal Album: 
René Marie; Branford Marsalis Quartet With Special Guest Kurt Elling;
Gregory Porter; Catherine Russell
Best Jazz Instrumental Album: 
Kenny Barron Trio; Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau; John Scofield
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Darcy James Argue's Secret Society 

Best World Music Album: 
Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Anoushka Shankar

Best Orchestral Performance:
San Francisco Symphony; Boston Symphony Orchestra

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance:
Third Coast Percussion

Best Classical Instrumental Solo:
Leila Josefowicz with Chester Englander and the St. Louis Symphony

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: 
Mason Bates performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Other Opportunities!

  • Registration is open for Artworks for Virginia. Meet with artists and arts professionals from all over the state and discuss the theme, 'How Creativity Will Define Our Commonwealth'. The conference takes place January 25, 2017. Sign up by January 6, 2017 for the preferred rate. 
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is now accepting applications for Workspace - a studio residency program in New York City for emerging performing, visual, and literary artists, offering access to free studio space in Lower Manhattan, professional development opportunities, and a network of peers and arts professionals for nine consecutive months from September 2017 to May 2018. U.S. and International artists can apply. Deadline: Thursday, January 26, 5:00 PM (EST). 
  • The Contemporary is accepting applications to the Grit Fund. Earn a grant of up to $6,000 for an artist-organized collaborative project that takes place in Baltimore City or County. If you struggle with typical funding sources, this grant is for you! Deadline: January 30, 2017 at 11:59 PM (EST)
  • Apply now to the Art and Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation. The grants of up to $2,500 support women and trans artists in the Delaware Valley seeking funding for arts-based social change projects. Deadline: March 1, 2017. 
  • For the 20th anniversary of the National Dance Project, New England Foundation for the Arts has released a thorough report Moving Dance Forward: NEFA's National Dance Project at 20 & Critical Field Trends which includes research about the needs of the dance field as well as an evaluation of the program.