August 2021
USArtists International September Deadline Approaching
Five people surround a dark table onstage. They wear party hats and appear to be celebrating.  A projection of three other people celebrating outside in front of a trailer fills the back wall.  The virtual and onstage groups appear to be interacting.
USArtists International (USAI) 2021 – 2022 guidelines are now available and the application is open. The first deadline to submit applications is September 9, 2021, at 11:59 PM ET for projects taking place between December 15, 2021 and December 14, 2022.

USAI supports performances by U.S. artists at impactful international festivals and performing arts marketplaces outside the United States and its territories. USAI funds the engagements of exemplary solo artists and ensembles across all performing arts disciplines including dance, music, theater, multidisciplinary work, and folk/traditional arts.

This year, the USAI guidelines have undergone some changes, including an increased maximum request amount (now $18,000) and the return of three application deadlines. Both travel and virtual international engagements remain eligible. Those who wish to apply should read through the guidelines carefullythis program has three areas of eligibility, and applicants should be sure they, their festival/performing arts market, and engagement are all eligible for this program.

Also new this year - USAI applications will now be submitted through Mid Atlantic Arts’ new grant application platform, providing a more user-friendly experience. If you’ve applied to USAI before, give yourself a little extra time in the new setting.

Not ready to apply at the September 9 deadline? We have two more to serve you during this cycle:

  • December 1, 2021 by 11:59 PM ET for projects taking place between March 15, 2022 and March 14, 2023.
  • March 30, 2022 by 11:59 PM ET for projects taking place between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023.

Image: SITI Company of NYC performed virtually at the Singapore International Festival of Arts in May of 2021 with support from the USAI program. Credit: The Pond Photography.
Submit a Nomination for the
Appalachian Foodways Fellowship!
 Mid Atlantic Arts has partnered with the Appalachian Food Summit (AFS) to launch the Appalachian Foodways Practitioner Fellowships. This new program will annually honor, celebrate, and support foodways tradition bearers and practitioners in Central Appalachia. Nominations for the first round of fellowships are due Monday, September 6, 2021.
Awardees may include, but are not limited to home cooks and bakers, seed savers, farmers, community elders, keepers of recipes and traditional foodways knowledge, hunters, and foragers who have made significant and long-term contributions to sustaining and supporting the foodways heritage of their respective communities.
Nominees for the Appalachian Foodways Practitioner Fellowship must be residents of counties designated as Appalachian by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, or West Virginia.
Selected fellows will receive a $4,000 award to support their ongoing community-based work, including but not limited to the support of infrastructure, an event, a teaching opportunity, or a learning opportunity for the fellow. 
The Appalachian Foodways Practitioner Fellowships are made possible by Mid Atlantic Arts’ Central Appalachia Living Traditions program and the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky.

Arts Midwest Scholarships
Available for
Mid Atlantic Region Presenters
The Arts Midwest 2021 Online Conference, Building a Bridge to the Future, is a gathering space for artists, managers, agents, presenters, and beyond to connect, learn, and celebrate the creativity that keeps us moving forward. The conference will begin with
kick-off events the afternoon of Friday, September 17 with a break over the weekend, picking back up on Monday, September 20th through Wednesday, September 22nd.

Mid Atlantic Arts Conference Scholarships are available to cover registration fees for representatives of presenting organizations in the mid-Atlantic region including Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia. In alignment with Mid Atlantic Arts commitment to addressing long-standing barriers to equitable access and investment, individuals that identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color) LGBTQIA+, and/or a person with disabilities and those that represent organizations led-by and serving BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), LGBTQIA+, and/or people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

The deadline to apply is Friday, August 27. All applicants will be notified on or around Monday, August 30. Selected recipients will receive a coupon code to use for online registration. Please limit one scholarship application per presenting organization.
Questions? Contact Jess Porter, Program Officer, Mid Atlantic Arts at
Performing Arts Global Exchange News
2022-2023 PAGE Roster

Performing Arts Global Exchange (PAGE) brings international music, dance, and theater to audiences across the United States; the next cycle will present U.S. tours in 2022 – 2023. Fee support grants are available to nonprofit presenting venues and units of state, local, or tribal government based anywhere in the U.S. or its territories who book artists from a curated roster. Artists on the roster have not widely toured in the United States and reside in a selected region. Our upcoming roster will feature artists based in Australia and New Zealand! 

Each year, we reach out to presenters across the U.S. to help us select the roster through a survey. While the official survey has closed, we are still accepting suggestions via email.

How can you participate? 
  1. View the artists under consideration.
  2. Email for instructions!

Later this fall, a final roster of 5 – 6 artists/ensembles will be available to book with grant support toward performance fees. Funding will be available to support engagements of roster artists taking place between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

Grant Support Still Available Now for Presenters Interested in Joining Upcoming PAGE 2021-2022 Tours

PAGE grants supporting the presentation of Mexican and Canadian artists from the 2020 – 2021 roster were awarded in 2020, however tours are being rescheduled into 2022 due to the pandemic and remaining funds. New presenters are invited to join tours with grant support. If you would like to join an upcoming 2022 PAGE tour featuring Canadian and Mexican roster artists with up to 50% grant support, visit our website to see the roster artists and their existing tours, and to contact the artist’s agent for details.

Image: Atamira Dance Company of New Zealand is one of the artists being considered for the Australia/New Zealand PAGE tours. Image: Courtesy of the artist. 
Opportunity Quick Links
  • The RJE Sprout Fund supports artists with the direct funds needed to complete projects in the next twelve months. All artists – whether formally trained, self-taught, or whose creative work falls outside traditional art forms – are encouraged to apply. Artists are also encouraged to apply for funds for projects that involve their communities (e.g., art classes, art therapy, outreach, and non-traditional projects). Deadline: Rolling.
  • The Ucross Foundation is accepting applications for its 2022 Spring Residency program, which runs from February to early June. Residencies vary in length from two to six weeks. There are up to ten individuals in residence at any one time representing a mix of visual artists, writers, composers, choreographers, interdisciplinary artists, performance artists, and teams of collaborators. Artists, writers, and composers from around the United States and elsewhere, in any stage of their professional career, are invited to apply to work as an individual or as part of a team. Deadline: September 1, 2021.
  • The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University is inviting applications for its annual Hodder Fellowship, through which writers and non-literary artists of exceptional promise will be awarded a stipend of $86,000 for a ten-month appointment to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the academic year. Fellows also receive $5,000 (per academic year) for research expenses and $2,000 (per academic year) for classroom expenses. Deadline: September 14, 2021 5 PM EST.
  • The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts invites applications for its individual grants program. Grants will be awarded to assist individuals with production-related expenses necessary to take a project from conceptualization to realization and public presentation. Grants will also be awarded to assist individuals with seed money for research-related expenses such as travel, documentation, materials, supplies, and other development costs. The Graham Foundation does not require individuals to have a fiscal agent through this program. Deadline: September 15, 2021.
  • The College Art Association is accepting applications to its Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grant. The program supports book-length scholarly manuscripts in American art history, visual studies, and related subjects that are under contract with a publisher. Applications must be submitted by the publisher for the U.S. and non-U.S. book grants; publishers and authors/translators can apply for the translation grant. Deadline: September 15, 2021 (Letters of Intent).
  • The Heinz Endowments invites applications for its Creative Development Awards grantmaking program. Each year, the Creative Development Awards provide support to a cohort of Pittsburgh-area professional artists to advance their careers through direct financial assistance, partnership opportunities, and increased visibility. Arts and arts organizations must be in the Pittsburgh-area counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Washington, and Westmoreland. Deadline: September 22, 2021.
  • YoungArts is accepting applications for its 2022 YoungArts Award Competition. Accomplished artists between the ages of 15 and 18 (or in grades 10 through 12) are encouraged to apply for a financial award of up to $10,000 as well as opportunities to work with leading artists and will become eligible for exclusive creative and professional development support throughout their careers. To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or legally able to receive taxable income in the United States. Deadline: October 15, 2021.