February 2021
Mid Atlantic Tours Roster Announced - Book Now!
Mid Atlantic Arts has announced the artists for its 2021-2022 Mid Atlantic Tours program. Project support grants are available to mid-Atlantic presenters (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, USVI, VA, WV) booking roster artists for engagements taking place between September 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022. The booking deadline is Friday, May 7, 2021.

There is no application process for Mid Atlantic Tours funding, but funds are limited. Presenters are encouraged to pursue this opportunity and secure artist engagements as soon as possible by directly contacting the artists' respective representatives. 

The 2021-2022 selected artists include:

  • Charlotte Blake Alston (PA): Nationally acclaimed storyteller committed to the preservation of African and African American oral traditions
  • Garba360 (NJ): Beloved Gujarati social folk dance experience reimagined for all to participate
  • Resistance Revival Chorus (NY): A collective of women and non-binary singers who join together to uplift and center women’s voices
  • SQUONK (PA): Joyful outdoor spectacles with giant welcoming hands as big as houses and music that blows the roof off.
  • Tom Paxton & The DonJuans (VA): Legendary songwriter that influenced generations of traditional folksingers for over 50 years
Due to the challenges the field faces through the ongoing pandemic, we have developed new guidelines to adjust to new realities. Key updates include support for in-person and virtual engagements, more support to cover project expenses, and no restriction for booking an artist in your own state/jurisdiction. Please refer to the booking guidelines for full details and further changes.

Questions? Contact Haowen Wang, Program Officer, Performing Arts, at 

Image: Garba360. Credit: Kevin Yatarola.
Deadline Approaching for Mid Atlantic Arts Supported Creative Fellowships at Millay Colony
Apply now for a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts and be considered for a 2021 Creative Fellowship, supported by Mid Atlantic Arts! Following strict health and safety protocols, Millay Colony residencies offer private studios, room, and board for intensive, self-guided creative exploration and development in a tranquil rural setting. Creative Fellows also receive a travel subsidy. The next deadline for applications is March 1, 2021
2021 Creative Fellowship funding is still available for artists from the District of ColumbiaNew Jersey, Virginia, or the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Artists should apply directly to the Millay Colony for the Arts through their regular application process. A limited number of applicants selected for residencies will be recommended for Creative Fellowship support. For more information and to access the application, visit the Millay Colony for the Arts' website.  
Mid Atlantic Arts provides support annually to artists from each state and jurisdiction in the mid-Atlantic region at either Millay Colony or the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Visit Mid Atlantic Arts' website to learn more! 
Image: The Main Building at the Millay Colony for the Arts. Credit: Courtesy of the Millay Colony for the Arts.
USArtists International 2021 First Round Grants Announced and Next Deadline March 31, 2021!
Mid Atlantic Arts recently announced over $250,000 in grant support to 25 ensembles and solo performers who will represent the United States through the first round of USArtists International's (USAI) 2021 program year. USAI grantees include nine dance, 14 music, and two theater companies/solo performers and represent 10 states. Engagements include both virtual and in-person events and will take place between January 2021 and June 2022.

USAI supports performances by American artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Committed to the presence of U.S.-based artists on world stages, USAI provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music, and theater invited to perform at significant international festivals.

In an effort to remain flexible to the needs in the field as they navigate COVID-19, USAI currently accepts applications for funding to support virtual performances as well as eligible in-person engagements at international festivals. Support for postponed engagement dates is also being offered.

The next deadline for USAI is March 31, 2021 for projects taking place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Potential applicants are encouraged to carefully read through the program guidelines in advance due to changes put in place since the pandemic.

Virtual Performances are Eligible!
While USAI will continue to accept applications for travel engagements, a new virtual track has opened to accommodate artists whose eligible international engagements are offering an option to present their work digitally. Eligible virtual performances can be live-streamed, pre-recorded, or a combination of both. Please review the guidelines for more information on how to apply for virtual-engagement support.

Project Window
The March 31, 2021 deadline is for applicants seeking funding for performances scheduled between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Artists/ensembles can apply for up to three engagements on a single application, including a mix of virtual or travel engagements. Please review the guidelines for more details.

Join us for a Webinar!
USArtists International: Am I eligible?

February 18, 1:30pm – 2:30pm

USArtists International: Am I eligible? provides program information for solo artists and performing arts ensembles considering an application to the USArtists International grant program. Get a clear idea about whom 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 can benefit from this webinar.
USArtists International: Tips and Pointers for Applicants

March 10, 2021, 1:30pm – 3:00pm

This webinar is for artists planning to apply for USArtists International. The webinar reviews the online application, the panel process, and provides helpful tips to applicants interested in strengthening their applications and avoiding common mistakes.
For questions about USArtists International, contact Program Officer, International, Robyn Busch at robyn@midatlanticarts.org, or Program Associate, International, Leah Harrison at leah@midatlanticarts.org  

Image: Manual Cinema of Chicago, IL relaxes in the house following their final show at Santiago a Mil International Festival, Chile in January 2020. Support from USArtists International 2020 made this engagement possible. Credit: Courtesy of the artist.
Congratulations to the 2021 Delaware and New Jersey Individual Artist Fellowships Recipients!
Mid Atlantic Arts is pleased to partner with the Delaware Division of the Arts and New Jersey State Council on the Arts to provide administrative support for their respective Individual Artist Fellowship programs. It gives us great pleasure to recognize the newest Individual Artist grantees!
Delaware’s Individual Artist Fellowships recognize Delaware artists for their outstanding quality of work and provide monetary awards. Individual Artist Fellows are publicly acknowledged and benefit from the additional exposure to their work. This year 25 artists were awarded Fellowships in the following categories – one Masters; fourteen Established; and ten Emerging.

New Jersey:
Individual Artist Fellowships are awarded to practicing New Jersey artists to enable them to pursue their artistic goals. Fellows are selected through a competitive evaluation process by independent panels of peer reviewers based solely on the artistic excellence of the work submitted as part of the application. Thirteen artistic categories for the Fellowships program are offered on a three-year rotation schedule. 2021 Individual Artist Fellowships were awarded categories of crafts, interdisciplinary performance and interdisciplinary visual art, photography, and playwriting and screenwriting.

Shuttered Venue Program
Thinking of applying for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant when opened? Follow these steps to be ready when the time arrives!

1) If you or your organization does not already have a Dunn and Bradstreet DUNS Number, get one. (https://www.dnb.com/duns-number.html)

2) Use your DUNS number to register in the federal government’s System for Award Management (SAM). You can’t simply use a Taxpayer or Employer ID Number to apply for an SVO grant. (Note: It could take up to two weeks to finalize a SAM registration.) (https://www.sam.gov/SAM/)

3) Gather documents that demonstrate your number of employees and monthly revenues so you can calculate the average number of qualifying employees you had over the prior 12 months.

4) Determine your gross earned revenue losses. It looks like SBA is going to use the Gross Earned Revenue definition to determine Priority Eligibility, but it’s not confirmed yet.

5) Determine the extent of gross earned revenue loss you experienced between 2019 and 2020 on a quarterly basis.

6) Make PDFs of additional information such as floor plans, contract copies and other evidence that will be needed to apply for an SVO grant.

7) Sign up for a regional mailing list and webinar in your area and develop a direct relationship.

Ask the SBA specific questions about SVO eligibility by e-mailing SVOGrant@sba.gov.

Opportunity Quick Links
  • The Massachusetts Cultural Council has announced its capacity building series, Recover, Rebuild, and Renew. The series of free sessions guides organizations navigating programming and governance during COVID-19. They are open to participants outside Massachusetts and will be delivered in wide ranging formats, including multi-session webinars, single-topic webinars and meetings, small group and panel conversations, and on-on-one coaching. To see the variety of session topics and dates, see here.
  • The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is inviting applications for its Artist Residency Program. The program supports emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and mixed media. Through the residency, museum visitors have the unique opportunity to visit the artists’ studios and watch the artists at work; in turn, artists receive a unique opportunity to gain exposure, make connections with the community in Houston, and help educate the public about craft. Deadline: March 1, 2021.
  • Maryland Humanities is accepting applications for its Major Grants program. Through the program, grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded in support of innovative projects that use the humanities to engage Maryland residents through programming (e.g., exhibits, community dialogues, and documentary films) and include a wide variety of perspectives exploring critical issues. Letters of Intent Deadline: March 1, 2021.
  • Native Arts & Cultures Foundation is inviting applications for its SHIFT – Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts program. The program supports artist and community-driven projects responding to social, environmental or economic justice issues through a Native lens. The SHIFT program consists of a two-year suite of support services that includes financial resources, professional development, and more. Letters of Interest Deadline: March 16, 2021 5 PM PT.
  • The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) announces an open call for Latinx artists, cultural workers and arts organizations to apply for emergency grants through its Actos de Confianza relief efforts. In collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) partners, the $2,500 artist grants and $5,000 organization grants aim to support those facing critical financial emergencies due to the impact of COVID-19 in the United States and Puerto Rico. The open call for applications for Actos de Confianza relief grants are organized by geographic region. Eastern US + Puerto Rico Open Call Deadline: March 17, 2021.