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Performing artists grant option closing soon

[caption id="attachment_34373" align="alignright" width="800"] The Wooster Group, 2017 USArtists International grantee. Photo by Bruce Jackson.[/caption] USArtists International is a grant program that supports performances by U.S. dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and performing arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. In 2016-2017, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation supported nearly 1000 individuals through the USArtists International program. Applications for Round 3 are due April 5, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET for engagements between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Additional deadlines will be announced in July.


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Thinking about applying? There are two webinars coming soon... Two webinars are scheduled to assist potential applicants, and are most helpful when attended in sequence. March 6:  USArtists International: Am I eligible? 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. Attendees will leave with a clear idea about who and what type of projects USArtists International funds. New applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about updates to the USAI program are welcome to join! A recording will be posted to the USAI website following the webinar.   March 20: USArtists International: Tips & Pointers for Applicants  2:00 - 3:15 PM ET | Sign me up! In USArtists International: 2018 Tips and Pointers for Applicants, attendees will review updates to the online application, learn what criteria panelists use to evaluate applications and receive important tips for strengthening applications. This webinar is for new applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about applying to USAI. All attendees should read USAI program guidelines prior to attending the webinar, as they are updated annually. A recording will be posted to the USAI website following the webinar.

USArtists International offers grants for artists performing outside U.S.

USArtists International supports performances by American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has released revised program guidelines and 2016-2017 application deadlines. Application deadlines:

  • September 7, 2016 for projects taking place between December 15, 2016 and December 14, 2017.
  • December 1, 2016 for projects taking place between March 15, 2017 and March 14, 2018.
  • April 5, 2017 for projects taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
Two webinars are scheduled to assist potential applicants and include details about changes to the program. July 25:  USArtists International: Am I eligible? 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET  This webinar provides program information for solo artists and performing arts ensembles considering an application to the USArtists International grant program. The webinar will highlight updates to the 2017 program guidelines. Attendees will leave with a clear idea about who and what type of projects USArtists International funds. New applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about updates to the USAI program are welcome to join. August 16: USArtists International: Tips & Pointers for Applicants 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. ET Attendees will review updates to the online application, learn what criteria panelists use to evaluate applications and receive important tips for strengthening applications. This webinar is for new applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about applying to USAI. Due to new changes, attendees should read USAI program guidelines prior to attending the webinar, even if they have applied for the program in the past. Visit Mid Atlantic Arts' website to read the guidelines and eligibility requirements and find out how to attend the webinars. USArtists International will have additional funds available in the 2016-2017 program year to support eligible engagements in Cuba, thanks to additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Questions about USArtists International? Contact Robyn Busch at robyn@midatlanticarts.org. Image: California-based ensemble The Actor’s Gang took their rendition of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Tim Robbins to the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Italy with support from USArtists International. Photo by Dianr

Grants for American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists to perform outside U.S.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has opened applications for the second of three USArtists International ("USAI") rounds in 2015-2016. The program supports performances by American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. Round II applications are due Friday, December 4, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST for projects taking place between March 15, 2016 and March 14, 2017. USAI provides grants of up to $15,000 towards support of artist fees, travel, accommodations, per diem, shipping and visa preparation. Complete guidelines and the grant application are available online. USAI encourages and promotes the vibrant diversity of American artists and creative expression in the performing arts by expanding opportunity and exposure to international audiences, encouraging international cultural exchange and enhancing the creative and professional development of U.S.-based artists. USAI  is committed to expanded touring opportunities for continued sustainability of U.S. artists. USAI is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous funding of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Image: California-based ensemble The Actor’s Gang took their rendition of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Tim Robbins to the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Italy with support from USArtists International. Photo by Dianr.

Presenting organizations: help select artists for Southern Exposure, apply for fee support

Funding opportunities will be announced in December. The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has revised Southern Exposure, a national initiative that brings exemplary contemporary and traditional performing artists from Latin America to U.S. audiences. The grants process has been simplified, and the program will be more accessible to a broader range of presenters. Fee support will now be available to nonprofit presenters based anywhere in the United States and its territories that book artists from a curated roster that will change annually. The program will no longer accept applications from presenters for support of engagements by artists they have self-identified for engagements. Help Select the 2015-2016 Artist Roster The artist roster for the next funding cycle is currently in formation. Read about the candidates under consideration and take a brief survey to help choose the artists. The survey closes on Friday, December 5, 2014. Only presenters based in the United States and its territories are eligible to take the survey. The 2015-2016 artist roster will be announced in December 2014. Funding will be available for roster engagements taking place between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. Instructions on booking artists and receiving funding will be made available when the roster is announced. Questions? Contact Robyn Busch at robyn@midatlanticarts.org Image: Companhia Urbana de Dança, Brazil Via: Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

USArtists International grants available for performances at international festivals

USArtists International provides support to American dance, music and theater ensembles and solo performers that have been invited to perform at significant international festivals anywhere in the world outside of the United States. The first of three application deadlines for the 2014 program year is September 6, 2013, for festival engagements taking place between November 1, 2013 and October 31, 2014.

  • December 6, 2013 for projects taking place between March 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015
  • April 18, 2014 for projects taking place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015
Guidelines and the new online application for the USArtists International program can be found on the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website. USArtists International (USAI) is committed to ensuring that the impressive range of expression of the performing arts in the United States is represented abroad, and that the creative and professional development of American artists is enhanced through participation at significant international festivals.  Performances at important festivals provide American artists with opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices with their colleagues in other countries, as well as exposure to new and larger audiences. USAI is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Via: Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation