November 2018
Special Presenter Initiatives Webinars for Presenters in DC, DE, USVI, and WV
Contra-Tiempo dancers are spread acoss the stage in left profile with their left arms pointed up.  There are eight dancers in colorful costumes.
The Special Presenter Initiatives program supports the presentation of professional performing artists in all disciplines at venues in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia. 
Nonprofit 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. Proposed artists can be from anywhere worldwide, except the same state or jurisdiction as the applicant presenter.

For program guidelines and application information, click  here .  
Sign up for a webinar
Attend one of the three Special Presenter Initiatives webinars and our Program Officer, Haowen Wang, will walk you through the ins-and-outs of this program.
 Webinar dates and times:
Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 3-4PM ET
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 11AM-12PM ET
Friday, March 15, 2019, 1-2PM ET
RSVP here .

Photo: CONTRA-TIEMPO will perform at Dance Place in DC in March 2019 through the Special Presenters Initiative program. Credit: Courtesy of the artist.
USArtists International Round Two Deadline is November 30th!
Bohemian Trio on stage. Left a man in a red shirt plays a cello. Center a man in a suit jacket plays the piano. Right a man all in white plays a clarinet.
The USArtists International (USAI) application is open and the second deadline of the 2018-2019 program cycle is Friday, November 30, 2018 for engagements taking place between March 15, 2019, and March 14, 2020. If you applied at the September deadline, you will be notified by November 27.
Committed to the presence of U.S. artists on world stages, USArtists International provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music, and theater invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets abroad. Determine if you are eligible by reviewing the program guidelines

Photo: The Bohemian Trio received support from USAI to perform at The Haiti International Piano Festival. Credit: Manuel Valera.
REMINDER: On Screen/In Person Filmmaker and Host Site Application Deadline Approaching!
Behind the scenes of Man on Fire.
Behind the Scenes of OSIP 2018-2019 film
Man On Fire.
OSIP 2018-2019 Still from Holden On.
Still from OSIP 2018-2019 film Holden On.
Filmmakers! Interested in meeting new audiences while screening your film? On Screen/In Person tours filmmakers throughout the mid-Atlantic region helping to build understanding and appreciation of your work through direct audience engagement. We pay for the travel, provide a per diem, and each host site provides a stipend. You screen your film, meet the audience, and collaborate with your host on a community engagement activity.  Application is free !
Deadline: December 7, 2018. 

Organizations! Interested in hosting On Screen/In Person filmmakers? MAAF provides full tour management including film review, travel, marketing tools, and a grant to support filmmaker stipends. You host six public screenings + Q&A and partner with the filmmaker on a community engagement event. 
Apply  by December 3, 2018!
Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award Deadline Extended
New deadline: November 30th!

Do you know an active arts leader who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the arts sector within the mid-Atlantic region?  The Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award honors those who have demonstrated impactful leadership through the development of innovative models while showing consistent dedication to the value of diverse artistic expression. 

MAAF believes that leadership takes many forms and is practiced at all levels; it is the ability to conceive, articulate, and execute a direction and purpose while fostering others’ talents and the exchange of ideas. All nominations are welcome!

All nomination materials must be received no later than November 30, 2018 .
ArtsCONNECT Guidelines and Projects in Development Listing
Theatre Re performs The Nature of Forgetting. A small brown, square stage is center. A woman in a red dress sits with he back toward the audience center. Another woman in a lilac dress runs across the back of the stage right to left.
ArtsCONNECT provides funding for mid-Atlantic-based presenters working collaboratively to engage a performing artist or ensemble. Matching grants are awarded for up to $10,000 per presenter in DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, the USVI, and WV for non-commissioning presenting projects. Presenters with commissioning projects may request up to $15,000.
For program guidelines and application information, click  here .  
You block book, and we can help!
ArtsCONNECT requires three or more presenters from two or more states or jurisdictions from the mid-Atlantic region to apply as a consortium to jointly present an artist/ensemble. 
To help connect presenters in our region and develop projects for ArtsCONNECT, we encourage presenters to list their project ideas on our Projects in Development listing . Presenters can use this listing to:
  • List artists/ensembles to find additional presenting partners for ArtsCONNECT, and
  • List information about themselves so other presenters can contact them to form presenting partnerships
The first listing will be posted in December. To submit to the listing, click here .

Photo: ArtsCONNECT touring artist Theatre Re in The Nature of Forgetting . Credit: Theatre Re.
Opportunity Quick Links
  • The Joan Mitchell Fund has released a workbook, Estate Planning for Visual Artists: A Workbook for Attorneys & Executors. The workbook "features in-depth sections on...intellectual property and estate vehicles, but it is not solely for attorneys. The workbook captures perspectives from a diverse group of art professionals to help build a better understanding of the...relationships that play a role in the legacy-planning process." It is available for free download on their website.

  • The Maryland Film Office will be accepting applications for tax credits for Maryland small films. They will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Read more about the program here. Applications opened on Monday, November 19.

  • Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of ArtsMidwest and the NEA, is inviting proposals from nonprofit theater companies to perform Shakespeare for middle and high school students. $25,000 will be awarded to support performances at a minimum of 10 schools. Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018.

  • Northern California artists working in theater, dance, music, or interdisciplinary arts are invited to apply for the Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency. Recipients will receive up to four weeks of uninterrupted access to a well equipped rehearsal studio in West Oakland. Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2018.

  • Filmmakers: Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival has put out a call for entries. Onion City is one of the premiere international festivals exclusively devoted to experimental film and video. The 29th festival is March 21-24, 2019 in Chicago. Submit your film today! More information can be found here. Deadline: Friday, January 4, 2019.

  • The Indian Arts Research Center is accepting applications from Native artists for three residency fellowships. Applicants must be from a Native community in the southwest and work in the visual arts. Deadline: Tuesday, January 15th, 2019.

  • Choreographers from New England, apply now for New England Foundation for the Arts's New England Dance Fund. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to choreographers to help advance their career in dance. Deadline: Friday, February 8, 2019.