ArtsInk News & Updates                    March 2018
Book Now for the Best in French-American Jazz!

Looking for something fresh and exciting for your 2018-2019 season?  Let MAAF's French-American Jazz Exchange Tours bring the best in new jazz projects and collaborations to your community. FAJE Tours provides funding for mid-Atlantic-based presenters engaging artists from the French-American Jazz Exchange Tours roster. The annual roster features performing ensembles that have completed a project funded through the French-American Jazz Exchange program. 

The 2018-2019 roster features the Aaron Goldberg Trio, Reverso-Suite Ravel, and THIEFS. Visit the FAJE Tours Now Booking page for more information on the tours and a booking link. The best part? There is no application for French-American Jazz Exchange tour funding! Simply email the listed agent for date and funding availability!

The booking deadline for FAJE Tours is March 30, 2018.

Photo: THIEFS. Credit: Laetitia Derieux & Davis Thompson Moss
Special Presenter Initiatives Support DC, DE, USVI, and WV Presenters

Are you a presenter in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or West Virginia looking for funding? MAAF's Special Presenter Initiatives support the presentation of professional performing artists in all disciplines and are just for you! Nonprofit presenters can request matching grants for up to two projects per annual cycle. Presenters in DC, DE, and WV can request up to $2,000 per project, and up to $5,000 per project for presenters in the U.S. Virgin Islands. If you are thinking about applying, don't wait! Take a moment to read through the program guidelines and application information here. Deadline: March 30, 2018.

Photo: Combo Chimbita performing at Atlas Performing Arts Center in October. Credit: Truly Herbert, Atlas Performing Arts Center
Round 3 USArtists International Deadline Coming Up

Don't miss the April 5th deadline for USArtists International for projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. This is last opportunity to apply for summer 2018 projects. The next deadline will be in September 2018. USAI supports performances by U.S. artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Where exactly around the globe? ALL around the globe! We want to support you, too. Get your application materials in early so staff can assist if any issues arise. Questions about the program and how to apply? View our guidelines or sign up for/watch an application webinar under the Guidelines tab here

Photo: Rosy Simas Dance performing at DANSEM in France, December 2017. Credit: Ian Douglas.
On Screen/In Person April Film Tour 

Ghost Town to Havana | Trailer
Ghost Town to Havana | Trailer

Just in time for the start of spring baseball, MAAF's On Screen/In Person program will be touring Ghost Town to Havana across the mid-Atlantic region. Ghost Town to Havana follows filmmaker Eugene Corr as he spends five years on ball fields in inner city Oakland and Havana, documenting the lives of two extraordinary youth baseball coaches: Nicol├ís Reyes, a 61 year old Afro-Cuban who coaches in an economically desperate Havana neighborhood, and Roscoe Bryant, a 46 year old African-American man coaching in an Oakland neighborhood wracked by three decades of gang violence. After two years of U.S./Cuba sanctions and red tape, Coach Roscoe and 9 players fly to Havana to play Coach Nicolas' team. As the boys gradually warm to the fun-loving friendship of their hosts, Roscoe receives a fateful phone call from home. Right fielder Chris Fletcher's stepfather has been murdered on an Oakland street. 

Meet filmmaker Eugene Corr and see Ghost Town to Havana at a host site (click on the Host Site tab) near you. 
National Dance Presenters - Don't Miss This Opportunity!

View of Jacob_s Pillow barn.

National Dance Presenters Forum
| July 11-15

Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 28

Jacob's Pillow, in partnership with the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) and The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), invites emerging dance presenters to apply for an immersive professional development experience to:

* Strengthen curatorial practice in dance
* Discuss critical issues facing the dance field
* Learn about and share audience engagement strategies
* Explore collaborative strategies to support choreographic development
* Strengthen professional networks

Individuals who have been presenting dance for less than five years, or are based at an organization that has been presenting dance for less than five years, are encouraged to apply. 15 participants will be selected, receiving housing, meals, and Festival performance tickets. A limited number of travel stipends are available.

Read more about the opportunity in this Press Release.
Quick Links:

  • The Theater Awards Program of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA provides tuition assistance scholarships, or apprenticeships and fellowships to provide compensation for individual theater artists. A professional nonprofit theater company must nominate the artist for an apprenticeship or fellowship. Theater artists include actors, directors, designers, and sound designers. Deadline: March 30, 2018.
  •  Amphion Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit ensembles performing contemporary classical music. The Performing Ensembles grants range from $1,000-$7,500 and can be used for general operating support or special projects. Deadline: April 1, 2018. 
  • The Howard Hughes Corporation with Howard County Arts Council invites artists to apply to the Merriweather District Artist-in-Residence Program. Three artists will be selected to spend up to two months creating a work of art preferably integrating art, innovation, and technology. Winners will receive a $10,000 stipend. Deadline: April 7, 2018.
  • Women painters working in figurative realism are invited to apply to the Pittsburgh Foundation's Bennett Prize. Designed for women looking to break into the field, the winner will receive $50,000 over two years so she can mount a solo exhibition and then travel the exhibition around the country. Deadline: September 28, 2018.