ArtsInk News & Updates             March 2016

French-American Jazz Exchange Guidelines and Application Available

Program guidelines and online application for the French-American Jazz Exchange are now available for 2016-2017.  Co-administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and FACE Foundation (French-American Cultural Exchange), the French-American Jazz Exchange supports projects jointly conceived by French and American professional musicians that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue and contribute to the dynamism of jazz as an art form.  Application deadline is Friday May 27, 2016 for projects taking place between September 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017.  Program guidelines and information about the application are available here.  Questions should be directed to Paul Brohan at

Deaf Jam Touring This National Poetry Month
STill from the film Deaf Jam.
Still from the film Deaf Jam.

The 2015-2016 season of On Screen/In Person, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's regional film touring program, will wrap up this April with Deaf Jam, which highlights the extraordinary power of American Sign Language (ASL) poetry as it follows deaf high school student Aneta Brodski's bold journey into the spoken word slam scene.  Filmmaker Judy Lieff will accompany her film on tour and be present at all screenings. Please contact the tour venues directly for dates, times and locations of screenings and other scheduled activities. For information about the 2015-2016 lineup of films and participating venues, please click through the appropriate tabs here
Stay tuned! Information about the venues and films participating in the 2016-2017 On Screen/In Person tours will be announced in early summer 2016.  

Subsidies Remaining - Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America Tours Deadline Approaching

Nonprofit presenters nationwide are eligible for grant subsidies of up to 40% of eligible expenses for booking artists from the Southern Exposure roster. The 2016-2017 touring roster includes exceptional music, dance and theatre artists from Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico. Interested presenters must have offers in writing to agents by April 1, 2016 to be eligible for grant subsidies. To learn how to receive subsidies see the program guidelines. For more information on booking roster artists, visit the Southern Exposure website. Questions? Contact Robyn Busch at

Special Presenter Deadline Approaching
Musical act Sweet Plantain.
The Forum in the USVI will present Sweet Plantain this 
spring through a Special Presenter Initiatives grant. 
Photo: Stefan Hansson.
Special Presenter Initiatives support the presentation of professional performing artists at small and mid-sized venues in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia in order to increase access to and appreciation for the arts in these jurisdictions. The deadline for this program is Friday, April 1, 2016  for projects taking place between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017. Program guidelines and information about the application are available here. Questions should be directed to Michelle Grove at

Deadline & Webinars for USArtists International
Dancing Earth
Dancing Earth of NM, will travel to the Riddu Riddu Festival in Norway with USArtists International grant support.

American performing artists with invitations to perform at an international festival or performing arts market are invited to apply for USArtists International grant funding up to $15,000 to support their international performance. Please review instructions and eligibility guidelines before applying. Applications must be submitted by April 15, 2016 for engagements taking place between July 15, 2016 and July 14, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to register and attend the "USArtists International: Application Tips and Pointers" webinar on March 24, 2016 at 2:30 PM ET. Questions? Contact Robyn Busch at

USArtists International 2016  Round Two Grants Awarded

MAAF has announced grants totaling $186,200 to five theater, three dance, and 14 music ensembles from across the United States to support their engagements at 27 festivals in 15 countries around the globe through the second of three grant rounds of the 2016 USArtists International (USAI) program. USAI supports performances by American artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe.
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 Kronos Quartet of California to Saint Genet of Washington, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago of Illinois to Dancing Earth of New Mexico. A complete list of grantees can be found here under Current Cycle. USAI is made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

New Jersey Individual Artist Fellowships Announced

New Jersey State Council on the Arts Logo
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts announced the recipients of the 2016 Individual Artist Fellowships at their public meeting on February 23, 2016.  Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation administers the Fellowship programs on behalf of the Council and extends its congratulations to all awardees.  Click
here to see the list of recipients.  

Other Opportunities!

  • Do you have an emergency plan in place for your organization or studio? Did you know that basic ArtsReady membership is free? Find out more here!
  • The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of Individual Photographer's Fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each, for artists working in photography and photo-based art. Deadline: May 30, 2016
  • The National Storytelling Network is accepting applications for the 2016 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling, an annual award that recognizes the transformational properties of storytelling and the ways storytelling can promote change in individuals and communities. Deadline: April 28, 2016
  • The Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program provides grants to U.S.-based presenters and contemporary classical and world music ensembles for the commissioning and performance of new works by American composers. Deadline: April 1, 2016.