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Western Arts Alliance calls for performing artists

2021 Performing Arts Discovery Program

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, June 25, 2021

The U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and Western Arts Alliance (WAA) are pleased to announce a virtual international showcase opportunity for performing artists.

This opportunity is part of the National Endowment for the Arts Performing Arts Discovery Program (PAD). The NEA launched the PAD program in 2015 to promote U.S. artists to international programmers, festival directors, and venue managers. In this first round, PAD will select 10 artists to showcase virtually at this year’s Western Arts Alliance and Arts Midwest Conferences. Later this year a second round will seek an additional 20 artists and ensembles for additional showcase opportunities. All 30 groups will also be featured on a dedicated platform and included in selected international online showcases. PAD encourages those who self-identify as BIPOC and LGBTQ+ to apply. Learn more and apply at this link.

Jason Rapp

International touring help for performers

USArtists grants for FY22

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

USArtists International (USAI) funds U.S. performing artists, both individuals and ensembles, traveling to or performing virtually at international festivals and arts markets.

If that sounds like you, apply for up to $15,000 to support your engagements between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2021.

A Fuller Picture

WHO...is eligible?
  • Professional performing artists in dance, music, theater, multidisciplinary work, and folk/traditional arts. Ensembles and individual artists are eligible to apply.
  • at least half of the performers must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • applicant must have 501(c)(3) status OR work with a fiscal sponsor
  • applicant must have invitation to perform at an international festival or arts market
WHAT...can you actually apply for? Artists can apply for funds to support: performance fees, agents' fees related to participation in the international engagement, registration/application fees up to $250, and fiscal sponsor administration fees. If you're traveling to the performance, you can also apply for flight, housing, per diem, shipping, and visa costs. If you're performing virtually, you can apply for up to $2,500 in technology needs (hardware and software). WHEN...is the project window? Applications due on March 31, 2021 are for projects or engagements that are scheduled to occur in person or virtually between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. WHERE...can you go with grant funds? Anywhere outside the U.S. and its territories! You can apply for up to three eligible international festivals—as long as you don't return to the U.S. between festivals—on a single application. HOW...can I learn more?
  • Read the full guidelines for the program
  • Check out the webinar offerings, listed below
  • If you have questions, reach out to program staff via email: Robyn Busch, Program Officer, International, at Robyn@midatlanticarts.org; Leah Harrison, Program Associate, International, at Leah@midatlanticarts.org.
In addition to artists and engagements that demonstrate excellence and merit, USAI works to promote the range of United States performing arts by supporting America's aesthetic, geographic, gender, and racial diversity.
  • Ready? Start your application.
  • Not quite ready to apply? Future application deadlines in 2021 and 2022 will be announced this summer.

Jason Rapp

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