ArtsInk News & Updates              October 2016

French-American Jazz Exchange Grants Announced

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and FACE Foundation recently announced six French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE) project grants, totaling $138,942 in support. The program is designed to foster the creative and professional development of jazz artists from both countries through their collaborative investigation of artistic practice and exposure to new audiences, musical concepts, and professional relationships. FAJE grant recipients for 2016-2017 include: 
See the full press release for additional details.

Interested in FAJE? Updated program guidelines and the application for the 2017-2018 FAJE Project Grants will be released in early winter. For questions on this or other jazz programs, please contact Jess Porter, Program Officer, Performing Arts at

Reconnect with Nature this November

MAAF's regional film touring program, On Screen/In Person, will wrap up its fall season this November with Sylvie Rokab's stunning documentary, Love Thy Nature. Narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature is a cinematic journey and exploration of our relationship with nature that proposes new approaches to a sustainable future. Please contact the tour venues directly for dates, times and locations of screenings and other scheduled activities. The 2016-2017 On Screen/In Person spring season begins in February.  For information about the spring lineup of films, please click on the "Current Tours" tab here.  

Ron Carter Receives BNY Mellon Jazz 2016 Living Legacy Award

Bassist and educator Ron Carter was honored with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2016 Living Legacy Award in a special ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, on Friday, October 7, 2016. The 
Living Legacy Jazz Award honors jazz masters from the mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education. Guests enjoyed a reception in the Kennedy Center Atrium including music by the Virgin Islands Youth Ensemble. Following the Award presentation, guests were treated to a performance by 2015 Living Legacy awardee Gary Bartz in the KC Jazz Club. But the most magical part of the evening was a wonderful, impromptu performance by Mr. Carter to finish out his acceptance speech!

Photo Credit: Valerie Russell

United Jazz Foundation's Virgin Island Youth Ensemble Performs at Living Legacy Event

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation had the pleasure of featuring young musicians from the U.S. Virgin Islands, part of the MAAF region, at this year's BNY Mellon Jazz 2016 Living Legacy Award event honoring Ron Carter.
United Jazz Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to cultivating the talents of youth in the U.S. Virgin Islands, through music mentorship and arts education advocacy. In addition to a memorable performance during the Legacy Event, the group spent three days exploring the Washington, DC jazz scene including attending a performance by local saxophonist, Herb Scott at Blues Alley; touring Howard University and meeting with Mr. Fred Irby III of the Jazz Studies Program; and attending the City of Poets performance at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. For information on Foundation jazz opportunities, contact Jess Porter at

The VI Youth Ensemble is: 
Eljhaie Brathwaite, Steel Pan; Joshua Ferrell, Drums; Keshawn Hardy, Trumpet; Sherwin Williams, Saxophone; Tariq Lionel, Piano;  Uriel Rogers, Bass; and Dion Parson, Musical Director.

Photo Credit: Valerie Russell
USArtists International Upcoming Webinars

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USArtists International, a nationwide program that provides grants to U.S. music, dance and theatre artists invited to perform at significant international festivals or performing arts markets abroad is currently accepting applications for projects taking place between March 15, 2017 and March 14, 2018. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2016. Before starting an application, please read the program guidelines to verify eligibility. 
If you are interested in learning more about the program, please join us for a webinar:
  • USArtists International: Am I eligible?
    October 19, 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 USArtists International grant program. In this session, you will gain a clear idea about who and what type of projects USArtists International funds. 
  • USArtists International: 2017 Tips and Pointers for Applicants
    November 3, 2:00 - 3:15 PM ET | Sign me up!

    USArtists International: Tips and Pointers for Applicants includes updates to the online application, a review of the criteria panelists use to evaluate applications and highlights important tips for strengthening applications. Due to annual revisions, attendees should read USAI program guidelines in addition to attending the webinar, even if they have applied to the program in the past.
December 1: Application deadline for projects taking place March 15, 2017 - March 14, 2018. Additional deadlines are available in the program guidelines.  
For more information on USArtists International, please contact Robyn Busch, Program Associate, International at

Performing Arts Presenter Funding Opportunities Coming Soon!

Other Opportunities!

  • Delaware Division of the Arts is accepting applications for its grant programs. Delaware-based individual artists, nonprofit organizations, schools, and government entities may be eligible to apply. Deadlines vary by program.
  • The 2017 Public Art Exhibition on Hilton Head Island is seeking proposals for large-scale outdoor sculpture engaged in a contemporary conversation about art within a natural environment. Deadline: December 31, 2016
  • The Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award is granted annually to encourage talented young jazz composers during the earliest stages of their careers. Deadline: November 1, 2016
  • Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellowship program provides up to $100,000 over two years to artists in support of an ambitious creative work that tackles the theme of racial justice, with a particular focus on mass incarceration. U.S.-based artists and artist collectives seeking to work full-time on a project are encouraged to apply. Deadline: December 5, 2016
  • Barbara Deming Memorial Fund annually provides small artist support grants ($500-$1,500) to U.S. and Canadian individual feminist artists in literary and visual arts. Deadline: January 31, 2017 for nonfiction and poetry proposals.
  • The William H. Johnson Prize is awarded annually to an early-career African American visual artist working in the following media: painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation and/or new genre. Deadline: November 10, 2016.