ArtsInk News & Updates             September 2017
On Screen/In Person Now Accepting Filmmaker and Host Site Applications

OSIP 2016-2017 filmmaker Sylvie Rokab filming Love Thy Nature.

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: November 20, 2017 

Still from OSIP 2017-2018 film 
Big Sonia.

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 November 20, 2017!

October Film Screening - Oil & Water

Oil & Water is the true story of two boys coming of age as they each confront one of the world's worst toxic disasters. Hugo and David were born on opposite ends of the oil pipeline. Hugo comes to America to fight for the survival of his Cofan tribe in the Ecuadorian Amazon, while David goes to Ecuador to launch the world's first company to certify oil as "fair trade." 

Their journeys lead them to explore what could be a more just future, not just for the Cofan, but for all people around the world born with oil beneath their feet.

Find a MAAF host site near you!

Oil & Water - Trailer
Oil & Water - Trailer


Southern Exposure Across the Country!

Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo performed in Butte, MT in July with
Southern Exposure support.
Since January 1, 2017 Southern Exposure artists have been seen by 54,237 people in 17 states nationwide! 
Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo (Venezuela) began their tour to 25 U.S. communities in July. This quote from the Myrna Loy Center in Helena, MT following an engagement with Betsayda really brings home the importance of programs like Southern Exposure:

"... It is impossible to overstate the importance of bringing multi-cultural arts experiences into our rural, remote community. Travel here is so expensive, distances so far, and audiences so small, we can only present this kind of event with help from subsidy programs like Southern Exposure. Most people here think they don't need experiences like this... But given the opportunity to interact with a group like Betsayda's, they respond with open and welcoming hearts, with thankfulness for the artists' willingness to travel so far, with curiosity about their lives, and concern for their families' well-being back home. This work is crucially important in rural America right now. "

We are working hard right now with our Southern Exposure curators to put together the 2018-2019 roster. Subscribe to our newsletter for roster and program updates. Interested in attending a Southern Exposure performance? Find an engagement near you!
Mid Atlantic Tours Roster 2018-2019 Released!

Book Kaia Kater now!
MAAF has released the 2018-2019 Mid Atlantic Tours (MAT) roster and we hope you are excited about the artist line-up as we are! 

Choral Music: The Crossing (PA)
Contemporary Chamber Music: M is Black Enough (NYC)
Dance: Bridgman|Packer Dance (NYC)
Folk/Traditional Music: Kaia Kater (Canada) 
Theater: Ping Chong + Company (NYC)
World Music: Alsarah & the Nubatones (NYC)

MAT provides fee support grants to organizations booking from the artist roster. There is no application for MAT - you must contact the artist agent directly. The MAT artists book quickly - hurry to take advantage of grant funding! For booking guidelines, tech riders, agent contact information, and more, click here.
What is Fiscal Sponsorship?
We get this question at MAAF all of the time - especially as it pertains to USArtists International (USAI). USAI funds artists and ensembles that are designated 501(c) 3 organizations - which can be a problem for many performing artists that do not wish to start a nonprofit in order to apply for grant support. However - we do allow for fiscal sponsorship. Fiscal sponsorship is a formal arrangement in which a 501(c)(3) sponsors a project that does not have exempt status. Want to learn more? Check out this great resource from Grantspace on Fiscal Sponsorship.
MAAF On the Road

Haowen Wang and Robyn Busch, two of our program officers, will be holding an info session at the Performing Arts Exchange in Atlanta, GA on September 26 at 8:00am (yes - 8am). We hope you will join them - but if you cannot, you can visit Haowen and Robyn at the MAAF booth (#811) for more information on MAAF programs.

Congratulations and Kudos!

  • To Phil Wiggins who was named a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts! Phil was honored at a ceremony on September 14 and the National Heritage Fellow concert on
    September 15. MAAF has had the good fortune to work with Phil a number of times and is delighted that this Mid-Atlantic artist has been recognized!
  • To 2016 Jazz Touring Network artist Robert Glasper for his Emmy win on September 18 for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for the documentary 13th on Netflix!
Artist Access: APAP announces Introductory Individual Artist Membership!

Are you an artist who has always wanted to join APAP and attend APAP|NYC? Now is the perfect time to become a member! Introducing the new Artist Access membership, a new pilot program for self-represented, individual artists who are brand new to APAP, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. Qualifying artists get a $100 membership rate, discounted conference registration, a guided experience, mentoring, and more. To learn more please visit: 
Upcoming Deadlines:

Creative Fellowships: October 1, 2017
Supporting artists from DC, NJ, PA, VA, and the USVI at the Millay Colony for the Arts, NY.
Quick Links:
  • WEBINAR: State of the Documentary Field, Strengthening Communities: Regional Programs & Public Broadcast Initiatives. This webinar focuses on developing community-driven programs that bring a regional spotlight to independent content creators. Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A session with the panelists and webinar participants. October 12, 2017 3:00pm ET.
  • Chamber Music America is now accepting applications from ensembles and presenters for the Residency Partnership Program. The project supports audience building in communities for classical, contemporary, jazz, and world chamber music. Deadline: October 15, 2017. 
  • Americans for the Arts has released their fifth Arts and Economic Prosperity Report. The report shows the role nonprofit arts and culture industries and their audiences play in strengthening the economy. This toolkit helps pick out the key data from the report to communicate to local businesses. 
  • Register now for the Delaware Arts Summit on October 30, 2017. Speakers and workshops will focus on how to create value and impact in the arts to enhance, learning, well-being, and creativity in individuals and communities.