ArtsInk News & Updates                          July 2018


Are you an artist in Delaware or Maryland planning on applying for an artist fellowship? Deadlines are right around the corner!

Delaware: Deadline Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 4:30 PM EST
Maryland: Deadline Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 4:30 PM EST

For more information, including guidelines, disciplines, and technical assistance, click your state above.
USArtists International Announces 2017-2018 Round Three Grants

Three musicians stand on a rooftop against a view of the NYC skyline.

MAAF has announced grants totaling $304,012 to 10 dance, 13 music, and five theater companies and solo performers from across the United States. Engagements will take place at 38 festivals in 27 countries around the globe. To find out more about the third round grantees and where they will be performing click here.

The first deadline for the 2018-2019 USAI cycle is September 7, 2018. Please click here for program guidelines.

Image: The Bohemian Trio (MA) will travel to the Haiti International Piano Festival with support from a USAI 2017-2018 third round grant. Credit: Laura Razzano.

Performing Arts Touring Programs Announce Mid Atlantic Tours and Special Presenter Initiatives Grants

Four Korean musican stand dressed in black in front of a white backdrop.  They hold traditional instruments.

Two of MAAF's regional performing arts touring programs have announced grants for the 2018-2019 program year:

Mid Atlantic Tours (MAT) has awarded $134,366 in grants supporting 52 performing arts engagements. The grants will support public performances and community activities to encourage greater appreciation for artists' work. MAT 2018-2019 tours include: 
  • Choral Music: The Crossing, Philadelphia, PA
  • Contemporary Chamber Music: M is Black Enough, New York, NY
  • Dance: Bridgman | Packer Dance, New York NY
  • Folk & Traditional Music: Kaia Kater, Toronto, Canada
  • Jazz: RenĂ© Marie & Experiment In Truth, Warrenton, VA
  • Theater: Ping Chong+Company, New York, NY
  • World Music: Alsarah & the Nubatones, New York, NY 
The roster for the 2019-2020 MAT program will be available in September 2018.

The Special Presenter Initiatives (SPI) program has announced $54,634 in grants to presenting organizations in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia to support lively and engaging performing arts touring projects in these regions. SPI guidelines for 2019-2020 will be available this fall.

Image: Black String (Korea) will perform at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington in January 2019 with support from the Special Presenter Initiatives. Credit: Courtesy of the artist.
MAAF On The Road

Come see us when we are out in the field!

Western Arts Alliance Conference, Las Vegas, August 27-30
Contact Robyn Busch, Program Officer, International to set up an in person consultation time to talk about USArtists International or Southern Exposure; Performing Arts of Latin America.

Arts Midwest, Indianapolis, September 5-8
Individual consultations during scheduled hours available with Performing Arts Program Officer, Haowen Wang. Haowen is available Thursday, September 6, 2:00-4:30 pm. & Friday, September 7, 2:30-4:30 pm. Sign-up on site at the conference. Haowen will also host a MAAF Information Session on Friday, September 7, from 4:30-5:15 pm.

PAE (Performing Arts Exchange), Orlando, October 1-4
Visit program staff in Booth 315. Individual consults are available during marketplace hours. Contact Haowen Wang, Program Officer for Performing Arts for more information at

Artists in the USVI and Puerto Rico Still Need Your Help!

It's been 10 months since Hurricanes Irma and Maria, two category 5 storms, devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and thousands of artists and artisans are STILL struggling to recover. Some artists are living in makeshift homes without a roof and their studios and equipment were severely damaged or completely destroyed. In the wake of this catastrophe, markets to sell their handmade work have closed and customers have disappeared, leaving them without any source of income. 

For some artists, CERF+ has been their only source of emergency assistance.
Please help us Help CERF+ and give to their USVI and PR Campaigns today!

USVI Campaign (note that support is for USVI artists)

Great Opportunity in Jazz!

Now is your chance to make your mark on a brand new program. Apply now for South Art's Program Director - JazzPlan and implement a new program to bolster connections between jazz musicians and communities across the nation through touring and career development. This initiative, led by South Arts in partnership with the five other Regional Arts Organizations, will support professional development and technical assistance to early- and mid-career jazz artists, touring/residency support for jazz artists to work with existing and new/alternative-space jazz presenters (especially in rural areas), and the creation of online resources to assist both presenters and artists in expanding jazz touring across the U.S.

Quick Links:
  • Western Arts Alliance is launching Advancing Indigenous Performance, a program to create touring and presenting opportunities for Indigenous performing artists. The program will be rolled out over a three year period, so make sure to sign up for the email list at the bottom of the page to stay on top of the latest announcements.
  • Apply now for Traditional Arts Touring Grants from SouthArts! Receive up to $5,000 to present a Southern traditional artist in dance, foodways, music, storytelling, materials, and more. The projects will bring a traditional artist/ensemble and a scholar/folklorist for multi-day residencies in Southern communities to increase understanding and appreciation of the traditional arts. Deadline 1: August 15, 2018 & Deadline 2: December 5, 2018.  
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is now accepting applications for the Creative Engagement program. Grants of up to $8,000 will be awarded to small and mid-sized organizations in Manhattan that provide high quality local arts projects. Deadline: September 18, 2018.
  • Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, a program of the Levitt Foundation, gives grants of up to $25,000 to present a free outdoor concert series in the grantee's city. Music presenting nonprofits, don't miss this opportunity. Deadline: September 25, 2018.