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South Arts offering Regional Touring and Block Booking grants

[caption id="attachment_18692" align="alignright" width="270"]Brian Blade Brian Blade and Hallelujah Train perform at the Savannah Music Festival. Photo: Ayano Hisa[/caption] South Arts is currently accepting Regional Touring and Block Booking grant applications. Presenters from within the organization's nine-state region (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee) can request up to $7,500. These grants support performing arts presenting organizations for engagements by guest artists (theatre, music, opera, musical theatre and dance) from outside of the presenter’s state. The project must include publicly accessible performances and educational activities that provide opportunities for people to participate in the arts. Regional Touring grant applications are due March 2 and Block-Booking applications are due by March 9. Find out more on South Arts' website. Via: South Arts

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

Performing Arts Exchange: THE place to book and showcase performing artists

The Performing Arts Exchange, or PAE, is an annual performing arts booking, showcasing and professional development conference managed by South Arts and hosted by a different eastern city each year.  The 2013 PAE is scheduled for Sept. 23-26 in Nashville, TN. PAE is the primary marketplace and forum for performing arts presenting and touring – artists and work, ideas, learning and information – in the eastern U.S.  The purpose of PAE is to connect artists with audiences by fostering excellence in all aspects of presenting and touring the performing arts. Who should attend?

  • Presenters -- people who bring artists to communities. Presenters may run venues or rent places for the touring artist to perform.
  • Supporters -- people from organizations who are associated with the presenting and touring but are not directly touring or presenting. Supporters may also be agents, managers, or artists who are not attending the Performing Arts Exchange to do business.
  • Exhibitors -- artists, agents and managers attending the conference to book tour dates and showcase their artists.
Early bird registration pricing ends July 31. Single Day Passes, Artist Passes and Student rates are available. Find out more and register on South Arts website.  Joy Young, director of performing arts and presenting for the S.C. Arts Commission, can answer questions for S.C. presenters and performing artists who are unsure about attending. Email Joy or call (803) 734-8203. Via: South Arts