ArtsInk News & Updates                     July 2016

ArtsCONNECT Grants Announced

Barely Methodical Troupe will tour in 2016-2017 through the ArtsCONNECT program.
MAAF has awarded 29 grants, totaling over $210,000, to support eight performing arts tours developed by presenter consortia based in the mid-Atlantic region through its 2016-2017 ArtsCONNECT program. The grants will support tours by Bang on A Can All Stars, Barely Methodical Troupe, Kid Koala, Manual Cinema, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Ronald K. Brown/ Evidence Dance Company, Step Afrika!, and Twyla Tharp Dance Company.  A complete list of ArtsCONNECT tours with venues and dates can be accessed here under the Current Tours tab. For tickets and to confirm performance dates and times, please contact the presenting organizations directly. Questions about ArtsCONNECT should be directed to Paul Brohan at

Special Presenter Initiatives Grant Awarded

LaneCoArts will perform at Dance Place in Washington, DC through the Special Presenter Initiatives program.
MAAF has awarded 24 grants through its Special Presenter Initiatives to presenting organizations in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia to support performing arts engagements in their communities in 2016-2017. Through this program, the Delaware Division of the Arts, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Virgin Islands Council on the Arts, and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History partner with Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation to encourage presenters in their respective jurisdictions to expand their programming and develop new audiences. A complete listing of the 2016-2017 Special Presenter Initiatives grants can be found here under the Current Grantees tab. To purchase tickets and confirm performance dates and times, please contact presenting organizations directly. Questions about the Special Presenter Initiatives should be directed to Paul Brohan at

USArtists International Program Announces Webinars & Deadlines 

USArtists International, a nationwide program that provides grants to U.S. music, dance and theatre artists invited to perform at significant international festivals or performing arts markets abroad, has released the program guidelines for 2016-2017. Before starting an application, please read the program guidelines to verify eligibility. The online application for the program will open July 27, 2016. The deadline for applications for Round 1 is September 7, 2016. 
If you are already planning on applying in a future round, two webinars are scheduled to assist potential applicants, and are most helpful when attended in sequence. Both webinars will include details about changes to the program starting this fall.

Mark your calendars:

July 25:  USArtists International: Am I eligible?
2:00 - 3:00 PM ET | Sign me up!

USArtists International: Am I eligible? provides program information for solo artists and performing arts ensembles considering an application to the USArtists International grant program. The webinar will highlight updates to the 2017 program guidelines. Attendees will leave with a clear idea about who and what type of projects USArtists International funds. New applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about updates to the USAI program are welcome to join!
August 16: USArtists International: 2017 Tips and Pointers for Applicants 
2:00 - 3:15 PM ET | Sign me up!

In USArtists International: Tips and Pointers for Applicants, attendees will review updates to the online application, learn what criteria panelists use to evaluate applications and receive important tips for strengthening applications. This webinar is for new applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about applying to USAI are welcome to join! Due to annual revisions, attendees should read USAI program guidelines prior to attending the webinar, even if they have applied for the program in the past.

For more information on USArtists International, please contact Robyn Busch, Program Associate, International at

USArtists International Congratulates 2016 Round III Grantees!

Bent Frequency (GA) will play the Eduardo Mata Festival in Mexico through a 2016 USAI grant.
Yesterday, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) announced grants totaling $258,270 to eight theatre, eight dance, and 12 music ensembles from across the United States to support their engagements at 33 festivals in 25 countries around the globe through the third and final of three grant rounds of the 2016 USArtists International (USAI) program. Committed to the presence of U.S. based artists on world stages, USAI provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music, and theatre invited to perform at significant international festivals. The latest round of grantees are a mix of emerging and established companies that showcase a diversity of styles within their artistic disciplines from The Braided Candle of Minnesota to Anthony Braxton of New York, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet of California to Manual Cinema of Illinois. They include ensembles and soloists from California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. More information on the USAI program and a complete list of grantees can be found here.

Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America Program Update

Curation of the artists roster for the 2017-2018 Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America program is underway.  Southern Exposure provides fee support grants to nonprofit presenters who engage Latin American artists from an annually curated roster. The roster of artists and ensembles in music, dance and theatre from across Latin America will be released early this fall. Nonprofit performing arts presenters interested in learning more about the program should visit the Southern Exposure website and review the program guidelines. Southern Exposure is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, please contact Robyn Busch, Program Associate, International at

Other Opportunities!

  • Virginia Commission for the Arts is soliciting applications for its 2016-2017 fellowships in poetry! Deadline: October 1, 2016.
  • Register now for the Mid-Atlantic Performing Arts Market November 1-3 in Lancaster PA. Early pricing ends September 30, 2016.
  • The Foundation for Roanoke Valley is accepting applications from Alleghany County, Bath County, Covington and Clifton Forge (VA) to support private instruction in music or performing arts and the purchase of instruments and related activities which enable gifted but needy individuals to advance or enhance their talents. Deadline: August 12, 2016
  • A Blade of Grass is accepting applications for fellowships in socially engaged art. Deadline: September 19, 2016
  • VCCA Creative Nonfiction residency! Deadline: September 15, 2016