July 2019
Mid Atlantic Tours 2019-2020 Engagements Announced
Mid Atlantic Tours has awarded $95,090 in support of 37 performing arts engagements in 2019-2020. The grants will support engagements throughout the mid-Atlantic region by the following artists: Crys Matthews , VA; Jane Bunnett and Maqueque , Ontario, Canada; Los Pleneros de la 21 , NY; Nordic Affect , Reykjavík, Iceland; Paige Hernandez , DC; PHILADANCO! , PA. All engagements will include public performances and activities designed to foster greater appreciation for artists' work and offer meaningful exchanges between artists and the public. Information on the Mid Atlantic Tours program and a complete list of current tours, including presenters and dates, can be accessed  here . For specific performance dates and times, please contact the presenting organization. 

Image: PHILADANCO! Credit: Lois Greenfield.
USArtists International Announces 2019 Round Three Grants
MAAF has announced 48 grants totaling $477,900 to 16 dance, 23 music, and nine theater companies and solo performers from across the United States through the third round of USArtists International 2019. Grantees will perform at 63 festivals in 32 countries around the world. This round broke a number of USAI records, including:

  • The number of grants increased from 38 to 48
  • The total funding increased from $341,610 to $477,900 
  • The number of applications increased from 104 to 118
  • The number of countries artists will visit increased from 27 to 32
  • The number of states represented in the grantee pool increased from 12 to 15

See a full list of grantees and the festivals they will be visiting, here .

Deadlines for the 2020 USAI program are September 5, 2019; November 22, 2019; and April 1, 2020. Program guidelines and the online application will be available by the end of July 2019.

Photo: Reggae artist Aaron Nigel Smith will travel to Rototom Sunsplash in Spain with support from USAI 2019. Credit: Courtesy of the artist.
2019 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO
MAAF is thrilled to announce that trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader Charles Tolliver will be honored with the  2019 Living Legacy Jazz Award  Presented by  PECO  in a special ceremony at the  Kimmel Center  on Friday, October 11, 2019. The Award honors living jazz masters from the mid-Atlantic region and 2019 marks the 25th Anniversary of the event.

Charles Tolliver began his professional career and simultaneously his recording debut with the saxophone giant Jackie McLean on Blue Note Records in 1964. With a career that has spanned five decades he has recorded and/or performed with renowned artists Roy Haynes, Hank Mobley, Willie Bobo, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Rollins, Booker Ervin, Gary Bartz, the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Oliver Nelson, Stanley Cowell, Herbie Hancock, Andrew Hill, Louis Hayes, Roy Ayers, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, and owned the trumpet chair with the great Max Roach for many years. He has a Grammy nomination or his Blue Note recording With Love . His latest recording, Emperor March , was recorded live at the Blue Note club New York City.      

The 2019 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO will include a reception in the Kimmel Center’s Hamilton Garden including music from a local youth jazz group and the Award ceremony. At 8pm, guests will be treated to a concert by Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation Band with a special appearance by the 2018 Living Legacy honoree, Toshiko Akiyoshi in the Perelman Theater. In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Living Legacy Jazz Award, previous Legacy winners will join us as our guests for the evening. Past awardees that have been invited to join us include: Toshiko Akiyoshi, Kenny Barron, Gary Bartz, Joanne Brackeen, Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Barry Harris, Roy Haynes, Jimmy Heath, Oliver Lake, Odean Pope, Rufus Reid, Larry Ridley, and Reggie Workman. Interested in attending? Find out more, here!

Image credit: Jimmy Katz.
MAAF Welcomes Four New Board Members!
At our annual May may meeting, MAAF nominated and confirmed four new board members for three-year terms beginning July 1, 2019: Vernon Araujo, USVI; James Lemons, NY; Lenwood Sloan, PA; and Donna Walker-Kuhne, NY. Additionally, the board elected the following officers for a second term for fiscal year 2020: Hal Real (DE), Chair; Barbara Bershon (MD), Vice Chair; Margaret G. Vanderhye (VA), Secretary; and J. Mack Wathen (DE), Treasurer. You can read more about our board members and their work in the arts and in their communities, here .
New Staff Joins MAAF Team
Over the last month, we have welcomed two new MAAF staff members. Lee (Leander) Jackson joins us as MAAF’s new Director of Finance and Human Resources. Lee has a long history of work in the non-profit sector and we look forward to his tenure with MAAF. We also welcomed Delise White, a former intern and part-timer, to our full time staff. Delise will be our Support Specialist assisting finance, operations, and external affairs. Welcome Lee and Delise to the MAAF family! We also want to thank our summer intern, Lauren Jackson, for the work she is doing with our state fellowships program!
Opportunity Quick Links
  • Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency offers emerging artists free 24-hour access to printmaking facilities to develop new work and foster their artistic careers. Residencies are free and one year long. Deadline: September 1st.
  • The Heinz Endowment Small Arts Initiative advances the development of small, professional arts organizations and the artists with whom they work. Through the initiative, grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to help Pittsburgh-area organizations or collectives of artists/organizations. Deadline: August 1st.
  • The Leeway Foundation's Art and Change program awards grants of up to $2,500 to women and trans artists in the greater Philadelphia area in support of art-for-social-change projects. Deadline: August 1st.
  • The Corning Museum of Glass David Whitehouse Research Residency for Artists is open to artists who want to utilize the Museum’s resources, including the permanent collections and the holdings of the Rakow Research Library, to inform their practice. Deadline: August 31st.