ArtsInk News & Updates                       June 2017
USArtists International 2018 Announces Webinars & First Round Deadline

Kontras Quartet will perform at the
Vrystaat Arts Festival in South Africa
this July with 2017 USAI support.
USArtists International (USAI), the only nationwide program providing grants to U.S. music, dance, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at significant international festivals or performing arts markets abroad, has a number of important upcoming dates. Revisions to the program guidelines will be announced and the application for Round I will open in mid-July. 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 27: 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 USAI grant program. The webinar will highlight updates to the 2018 program guidelines. Attendees will leave with a clear idea about who and what type of projects USAI funds. New applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about updates to the USAI program are welcome to join!
  • August 21: USArtists International: Tips and Pointers for Applicants Webinar
    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. 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.
  • September 7: Round 1 application deadline for projects taking place December 15, 2017 - December 14, 2018. Additional deadlines will be announced with the release of the program guidelines in mid-July.
For more information on USArtists International, please contact Robyn Busch, Program Officer, International at
Congratulations to USAI Round III Grantees!

The Wooster Group will perform in Taiwan and South Korea with 2017 USAI support.
Image: Paula Court.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation recently announced grants totaling $282,690 to eight theater, seven dance, and 15 music ensembles from across the United States to support their engagements at 34 festivals in 19 countries around the world through the final grant round of the 2017 USAI program. Learn more about the grantees here.  
Individual Artist Awards & Fellowships Deadline Reminder 
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation administers individual artist award and fellowship programs on behalf of the state art agencies in Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey. Applications and program guidelines are now available for all three programs. 

Artists are encouraged to note the deadline for their respective state's program. For more information about each program including program guidelines, a link to the online application, and other application assistance resources, please click here then select the tab for the state to which you would like to apply. 

Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships
Deadline: August 1, 2017, 4:30 PM EST

Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards
Deadline: July 21, 2017, 4:30 PM EST

New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships
Deadline: July 14, 2017, 5:00 PM EST
Other Opportunities!
  • Apply now for the Our Town grant program from National Endowment for the Arts. The program supports creative placemaking projects that help transform communities through the arts. Applicants can receive support for projects that build knowledge about creative placemaking or arts engagement, cultural planning, and design projects. Deadline: September 11, 2017.
  • College Arts Association with support from the Terra Foundation for American Art is pleased to announce the Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant. The awards of up to $15,000 will be awarded to support book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American Art and visual studies in three categories. Letter of Inquiry Deadline: September 15th, 2017.
  • The Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library is an international fellowship program for those who will benefit from the collections at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, which includes academics, independent scholars and creative writers. Deadline: September 29th, 2017.  
  • The Foundation for Contemporary Art's Emergency Grant Program provides funding for inventive visual and performing artists who have unexpected expenses, including unexpected opportunities to present their work and unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion. Deadline: Rolling. 
  • The Arts & Culture Grant Program from the Japan Foundation of New York supports projects that further the understanding of Japanese arts and culture, and is open to activites which take place in the 37 states east of the Rocky Mountatins. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded. Deadline: Rolling.