December 2019
Thank You for your Support!
Word cloud in many languages and colors of the phrase "Thank You"
As 2019 wraps up, and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation‘s 40 th Anniversary year draws to a close, we hope that you are able to take some time this holiday season to reflect on the role the arts play in your life. We have been thinking deeply about this at MAAF, and thanks to input from so many of you, we will soon be releasing our new strategic plan for supporting artists, organizations, and audiences in ever better ways to increase access to the arts and participation in creative activities.

This December, please consider making a monthly sustainer gift to Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation to support this work. Sustaining members help us to better forecast budgets, direct more funds to grantmaking, as well as saving money and the environment through fewer mailings. Can’t commit on a monthly basis at this time? We understand and hope you might still consider a one-time gift of $40 in honor of our 40th Anniversary. Please visit our donation page,, to learn more about who is giving and why through their personal comments. We hope you’ll consider adding your own voice by making a gift today. Your support helps us share the arts with more than 250,000 people each year through performances, residencies, and community outreach activities, a number that we are committed to growing over the next five years. 

We can’t wait to share our new plan with you. In the meantime, connect with us by visiting or follow MAAF on Twitter or Facebook @MidAtlanticArts.

Happy Holidays, and here’s to a great, and creative, 2020!
Performing Arts Global Exchange Announces 2020-2021 Roster!
Two rows of musicians stand and sit behind a table covered with lemons
Performing Arts Global Exchange (PAGE) is a new Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation grant program for performing arts presenters nationwide in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Arts. PAGE brings exemplary international music, dance, and theater to audiences across the United States.
Fee support grants are available to nonprofit presenting venues and units of government based anywhere in the U.S. or its territories who book artists from a curated roster and provide an artist-involved community engagement activity. Artists on the roster have not widely toured in the United States and reside in a selected region, with the inaugural year’s roster featuring artists from U.S. neighbors Canada and Mexico. 

The 2020-2021 roster includes the following artists:

  • Contemporary dance company La Serpiente (Mexico) in their U.S. debut
  • Balkan klezmer guerrilla-folk party-punk with Lemon Bucket Orkestra (Canada)
  • Haitian-Canadian vocalist and social justice advocate Vox Sambou (Canada)
  • JUNO Awardee and Peguis First Nation singer/songwriter William Prince (Canada)
  • One of Mexico’s greatest young talents, Xalapa folk artist Silvana Estrada  (Mexico) in her U.S. debut
  • Pioneering, award-winning theatre of the Deaf ensemble Seña y Verbo: Teatro de Sordos (Mexico)

There is no application process for Performing Arts Global Exchange, but funds are limited. Presenters are encouraged to secure artist engagements as soon as possible by directly contacting the artists' respective agents. 
To learn more, see the  PAGE program guidelines . Additional questions? Contact Robyn Busch, Program Officer, International at
Image: Lemon Bucket Orkestra by Carlos M. Garate.
Special Presenter Initiatives Webinar January 15
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Special Presenter Initiatives support the presentation of professional performing artists in all disciplines at venues in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia. Nonprofit 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 U.S. Virgin Islands. Proposed artists can be from anywhere worldwide, except the same state or jurisdiction as the applicant presenter. For program guidelines and application information, click  here .  
The application deadline is Friday, March 27, 2020  for projects taking place between   July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.
MAAF offers two webinars prior to the deadline for presenters interested in learning more about the program:
Wednesday, January 15 2020, 11AM-12PM
Thursday, March 12, 2020, 2-3PM
RSVP here

Image: Brooklyn Rider will appear at The Forum and St. John School of the Arts in St. John, USVI with support from the 2020 Special Presenter Initiatives program. Credit: Courtesy of the artist.
Creative Fellowships VCCA Deadline January 15
Are you an author, visual artist, or composer in need of time and space to focus on your work? Apply now for a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts! 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.
2020 residency support through MAAF’s Creative Fellowship program is still available for artists from Delaware, New York, and West Virginia.
Creative Fellows also receive a travel subsidy. Artists should apply directly to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts through their regular application process. A limited number of applicants selected for residencies will be recommended for Creative Fellowship support. For more information and to access the application, visit the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts' website The next application deadline is January 15, 2020.
MAAF also provides support for residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts for artists residing in the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Visit Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's website to learn more!  

Image: VCCA studio space of 2019 Creative Fellow, Elise P. Church . Photo courtesy of the artist. 
MAAF Staff on the Road
Headed to APAP? Join us for a conversation about grant opportunities for artists and presenters:
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Info Session
 National Funding Opportunities for U.S. Artists and Presenters
Sunday, January 12, 2020: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Hilton Concourse Level, Concourse B
1335 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10019
We will talk about MAAF’s funding programs for touring artists and presenters. Come learn about USArtists International , a program that supports U.S. artists traveling to perform at international festivals and marketplaces, or Performing Arts Global Exchange , a new program for U.S. presenters to engage international touring artists.
Presenters from the mid-Atlantic region are also invited to join this session to get an overview of MAAF’s regional touring programs .
Bring your questions! We hope to meet you and learn about your work.
Can't make it to the session? Come talk to us at Rhinelander booth 113!
Reach out to our program staff to set an appointment:
  • Robyn Busch, Program Officer, International (USArtist International, Performing Arts Global Exchange)
  • Leah Harrison, Program Associate, International (USArtists International, Performing Arts Global Exchange)
  • Jess Porter, Program Officer, Performing Arts (jazz, folk and traditional arts programs)
  • Haowen Wang, Program Officer, Performing Arts (regional touring programs)

And immediately following APAP, join Robyn at the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) New York Congress , January 14-16, 2020. Email Robyn to meet up! 
Grammy Award Congratulations!
Congratulations to the MAAF grantees and touring artists who are 2020 Grammy nominees! What a list - best of luck to all!

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
Theo Croker

Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Melissa Aldana, soloist

Christian McBride, soloist
Best Jazz Vocal Album

Catherine Russell

Esperanza Spalding

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

Christian McBride

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Anat Cohen Tentet

Best Latin Jazz Album

Chick Corea & The Spanish Heart Band
David Sánchez
Miguel Zenón

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano)

Mariachi Los Camperos

Best Bluegrass Album

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Best Regional Roots Music Album
Ranky Tanky
Rebirth Brass Band

Best World Music Album

Nathalie Joachim With Spektral Quartet

Best Instrumental Composition

Fred Hersch, composer (Fred Hersch & The WDR Big Band Conducted By Vince Mendoza)

Christian McBride, composer (Christian McBride)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

Cyrille Aimée & Diego Figueiredo, arrangers (Cyrille Aimée)

Esperanza Spalding, arranger (Esperanza Spalding)

Best Orchestral Performance

Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

Best Choral Performance

Donald Nally, conductor (The Crossing)

Craig Hella Johnson, conductor (Conspirare)

Donald Nally, conductor (The Crossing)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance


Third Coast Percussion
Welcome, Leah!
Welcome to Leah Harrison, our new Program Associate, International. Leah will be working on USArtists International, Southern Exposure, and Performing Arts Global Exchange with Program Officer, International, Robyn Busch. Leah comes to MAAF from the Spoleto Festival USA where she served as the Institutional Writer with responsibilities in both the Development and PR/Marketing departments. Leah holds a Masters in Arts Journalism from Syracuse University, a Masters in Musicology from Florida State, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music History from Converse College.
Opportunity Quick Links
  • Leeway Foundation invites applications for Art and Change Grants. The Art and Change Grant (ACG) provides project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and trans artists in Greater Philadelphia to fund art for social change projects. Eligible applicants must live in the greater Philadelphia region. Deadline: March 1, 2020.
  • Bogliasco Foundation invites applications for Fall 2020 Arts and Humanities Fellowships. The program awards one-month fellowships to individuals of all ages and nationalities who have made significant contributions in the arts and humanities. Fellows live and work in bucolic surroundings on the coast near Genoa, Italy. Deadline: January 15, 2020.
  • The New York Foundation for the Arts is inviting applications for its 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship program. Through the program, unrestricted cash grants of $7,000 will be awarded to artists living in New York State and/or one of the Indian Nations located therein. Fellowship categories in 2020 include craft/sculpture, digital/electronic arts, nonfiction literature, poetry, and printmaking/drawing/book arts. Deadline: January 22, 2020.
  • The Institute for Electronic Arts is inviting applications for its Experimental Projects Residency Programs. The organization offers two residency programs: a Electronic Media and Film program and a Visual Arts Program. Both programs offer artists a one- or two-week residency, an artist stipend, and travel support. Applicants must be a resident of New York State. Deadline: January 15, 2020.
  • The MacDowell Colony is accepting applications for Summer Artist Residencies. The colony is accepting applications from emerging and established artists for its summer fellowship program in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theater, and visual arts. The fellowship includes exclusive use of a private studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for a period of two to eight weeks. Deadline: January 15, 2020.