ArtsInk News & Updates               December 2017

Southern Exposure Roster Announced

Musical Group Rio Mira stands in front of a two story pale blue and white house.

Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America 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. 

We are pleased to announce the artist roster for 2018-2019 tours:

  • Explosión Negra (Colombia)
  • La Patronal (Peru)
  • Río Mira (Ecuador)
  • Lola Arias (Argentina), "Campo Minado" ("Minefield")
  • Manuela Infante (Chile), "Estado Vegetal" ("Vegetative State")
For complete eligibility details and information on receiving subsidies, please see the 2018-2019 program guidelines. Additional questions? E-mail Robyn Busch, Program Officer, International at

Photo: Rio Mira. Credit: Miguel Alvear.

French-American Jazz Exchange Announces NEW Guidelines and Application

2016 FAJE Grantees Yacine Boular_s and Vincent Segal with their project_ Abu Sadiya featuring drummer Nasheet Waits. Credit_ Tom Payeur.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and FACE Foundation are pleased to announce that the NEW French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE) program guidelines and application are now available online. The 2018 FAJE program has been designed to encompass two complementary grant components: grants for French and American musicians (Creative Project Grants) and grants for American presenters booking FAJE collaborations (FAJE On Tour).

FAJE Creative Project Grants support projects jointly conceived by French and American professional musicians that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue, and contribute to the dynamism of jazz as an art form. FAJE will prioritize projects that have the capacity to reach new audiences and engage communities through public performance.

Building upon MAAF's existing FAJE Tours program, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and FACE Foundation will partner to expand the touring component of FAJE through FAJE On Tour. This expanded program will launch in the summer of 2018 and provide national touring support for recently completed FAJE Projects. Please see the FAJE Guidelines to read more about the new FAJE On Tour program.

For program guidelines and Creative Project Grant online application, click here.

The application deadline for FAJE Creative Projects is March 16, 2018.

Photo: 2016 FAJE Grantees Yacine Boularès and Vincent Segal with their project, Abu Sadiya featuring drummer Nasheet Waits. Credit: Tom Payeur.

Are You A Presenter in D.C., Delaware, the US Virgin Islands, or West Virginia?

If so, apply to the 2018-2019 Special Presenter Initiatives program. Nonprofit presenters in these regions can request matching grants for the presentation of professional performing artists in all disciplines from around the world. Presenters in DC, DE, and WV can request up to $2,000 per project, and up to $5,000 per project for presenters in the US Virgin Islands.
Application deadline: March 30, 2018.
RSVP to an application webinar today:
Tuesday, February 6. 2018, 2-3PM
Wednesday, March 21. 2018, 11AM-12PM
RSVP here.

Looking for consortium partners for ArtCONNECT? 

ArtsCONNECT provides funding for mid-Atlantic-based presenters working collaboratively to engage a performing artist or ensemble. Grants are up to $10,000 per presenter, and $15,000 per presenter for commissioning projects.
If you are looking for potential partners, here is a listing of presenters looking to form a consortium for the 2018-2019 program cycle, and the presenting projects they are working on.

Nonprofit presenters in the mid-Atlantic region may submit to the listing by completing a survey here. It's free. The listing is updated on a weekly basis.

Application deadline:  March 9, 2018.

Jazz Touring Network Spotlight: Arden Concert Gild, DE

In October, Arden Gild Hall hosted Etienne Charles and his band for a wonderful engagement filled with ethnomusical history, fluent jazz lines, and funky creole rhythms from Trinidad, Venezuela, and the world.

Before the concert, Etienne visited the Music School of Delaware where a group of instrumentalists, including local teenagers and University of Delaware students and music professors, worked together with Mr. Charles on how to make their Monk selection "swing". As an observer, I found the process of getting this group to gel to be fascinating. As Etienne arrived, the eight piece band played a Monk composition that while well played, clearly needed some practice. Etienne asked them "What was needed to make this piece swing? What is missing?" With no response he asked one musician "Say I am speaking to you like this" - and he turned to face away from him and continued talking. He turned to them all and said "You need to look at each other, watch your movements, the fingers, make eye contact. Music is a conversation, you need to all be speaking the same language. That brings the swing." Then he gave each musician a few tips on tempo, phrasing, the emphasis, how the melody should sound for all of them to agree on. The subsequent playing of the piece was remarkably better, flowing and speaking to this listener much more clearly than it had at first. In a short time, Etienne was joining in and leading the melody on trumpet, adding grace notes, and we had a quite swinging room.

Later during the Arden Concert Gild presentation, it was fun to watch his expert ensemble have their own "conversation" on each piece, with Etienne explaining the history behind many of his compositions to make the concert itself a master class as well. The audience left the show with hearts full of music from a world class band led by a master interpreter. - Ron Ozer, Arden Concert Gild 

Photo: Arden Concert Gild presented Etienne Charles through a 2017-2018 JTN grant. Credit: Joel Del Tufo, Moonloop Photography.
MAAF Staff on the Road!

The MAAF staff is hitting the road in January - and we hope to see you soon!

APAP: Visit us in Rhinelander 113 and at our Program Info Session on Sunday, January 14th at 8:00am in the Sheraton Flatiron Room.

Staff will also be traveling to Winter Jazz Fest, French Quarter Jazz in NYC, ISPA International Society for the Performing Arts Congress, Santiago a Mil International Festival, and West Virginia Arts Advocacy Conference. Please feel free to email program staff to set up a time to meet!
Mid Atlantic Tours Artist Receives 2018 Grammy Nomination

Photo of The Crossing choir in silhoette against a fuscia and yellow background.

Congratulations to The Crossing, Philadelphia's new music choral ensemble and 2018-2019 Mid Atlantic Tours artist, for the 2018 Grammy nomination for Best Choral Performance!
Fee support grants are available for mid-Atlantic presenters booking The Crossing, and all artists on the current Mid Atlantic Tours roster, for engagements scheduled between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Booking deadline is March 2, 2018.
For more information on the 2018-2019 Mid Atlantic Tours artists, booking agent contact information, and program guidelines please click here.

Photo: The Crossing. Courtesy of the artist.
Congratulations Grammy Nominees!

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

Best Jazz Vocal Album: 
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: 
Christian McBride Big Band 

Best Latin Jazz Album: 
Anat Cohen; Miguel Zenón

Best Traditional Blues Album
Eric Bibb; Guy Davis 

Best World Music Album
Buika; Anat Cohen; Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Tinariwen

Best Children's Album
Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Best Instrumental Composition
JACK Quartet

Best Orchestral Performance:
Minnesota Orchestra; Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; San Francisco Symphony

Best Choral Performance
The Crossing; PRISM Quartet 

Folk Alliance International Conference

Folk Artists, don't miss the opportunity to attend the 30th Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, February 14th-18th. 

See artists including Martha RedBone, John Oates, Anais Mitchell, and more, in addition to industry professionals from APA, FLI Artists, Paradigm, and others. There are 200 jury-selected concerts featuring international folk artists, private showcases, panels, workshops, exhibit hall, and of course the International Folk Music Awards. Don't miss the folk event of the year!

Presenters from the Mid America Arts Alliance region are eligible to apply for funds to support travel to the Folk Alliance International Conference. 

Quick Links:
  • DC Jazz Festival is expanding its international jazz band competition, DCJazzPrix. While there is a small entry fee for each band, the contest awards a $15,000 cash prize, and the opportunity to perform at the DC Jazz Festival in the following year. Sunny Sumter, DC Jazz Festival Executive Director says, "The contest is designed to help launch and promote the careers of emerging jazz artists around the world who are committed to sustained and creative band development and performance opportunities." Deadline: March 4, 2018.
  • World Learning is looking for United States organizations for a US Department of State program called Communities Connecting Heritage. The program will connect United States organizations with similar organizations abroad to work on a collaborative cultural heritage project.The result being a public exhibition and reciprocal exchange program. Fill out the Inquiry Form to receive an application.
  • The Watermill Center is currently accepting applications to their 2018 International Summer Program. The five week artist residency program provides the opportunity to observe the methodologies of Robert Wilson and collaborate with artists from all over the world in an intense creative environment. Deadline: February 17, 2018.
  • The National Endowment for the Arts has posted guidelines and application materials for three programs: Art Works, Challenge America, and Creative Writing FellowshipsDeadlines: February 15, April 12, and March 7 respectively.