June 2021
Performing Artist Opportunity!
Apply Now for the Performing Artist Discovery Program
Deadline 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 Arts Endowment 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.

Questions? Please contact Makaveli Gresham at WAA adminassistant@westarts.org.
Delaware and New Jersey State Fellowships
Applications Now Open
Mid Atlantic Arts provides services to help administer individual artist fellowship programs for our partners at the Delaware Division of the Arts and New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Guidelines and applications are now available for both programs.

Information for Artists in Delaware:
The Delaware Division of the Arts offers fellowships in dance, folk art, jazz, literature, media arts, music, and visual arts. Fellowships are designed to enable recipients to purchase equipment and materials, allocate working time, or fulfill other needs that will allow them to advance their careers. 

Program information, guidelines, and a link to the online application are available on the Delaware Division of the Arts website

The deadline for 2022 Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship applications is Monday, August 2, 2021.

Information for Artists in New Jersey:
New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships are awarded to practicing New Jersey artists through an anonymous, competitive application process to help them pursue their artistic goals. Categories offered for the 2022 Fellowships are Digital/Electronic, Film/Video, Painting, Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts and Prose.

Program guidelines, a link to the online application, webinar registration links, and other application assistance resources are available on the Mid Atlantic Arts website.

The deadline for 2022 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships applications is 5:00 PM ET on Thursday, July 15, 2021.
Congratulations to the 2021
Poetry Out Loud National Champions!
A big congratulations to the 2021 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Rahele Megosha of Washington High School in South Dakota. Rahele recited poems by Linda Pastan, Jehanne Dubrow, and Mary Lamb and will receive a prize of $20,000!

Brava to the second-place winner, Kendall Grimes, a junior at Battle Ground Academy in Tennessee, who receives a $10,000 prize, and third-place winner, Soojin Park, a senior at Auburn High School in Alabama, who receives a $5,000 prize.

The remaining six National Finalists - Samuel Eluemunoh (TX), Kaden Hughes (USVI), Ben Long (WV), Aidyn Reid (CO), Irén Hangen Vázquez (VT), and Alexandra Rose Zaleski (NE) - will each receive a $1,000 prize. The schools of each of the top nine finalists will receive $500 to purchase poetry materials. 

Thanks to all 55 state champions, their teachers, family, friends, and state arts agency/POL coordinators who made this (virtual) year possible!

Image: Rahele Megosha and friends celebrate live. Credit: James Kegley Photography.
Jazz Road Creative Residencies Deadline Extended!
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Mid Atlantic region musicians! Our colleagues at South Arts are now accepting applications for Jazz Road Creative Residencies. Artists from anywhere in the U.S. are eligible for grants of up to $40,000 for 1-to 3-week projects that significantly enhance their creative journey. How projects define "residency" is flexible and might include a focus on creating work, engagement with communities, or a mixture of both. Projects may include the work of a single artist or be a collaboration with other artists or organizations. Find out more on the Jazz Road website and submit your application by July 12, 2021.

Have questions or want to set up a time to discuss your application? Contact Jess Porter, Program Officer for Jazz and Folk & Traditional Arts at jess@midatlanticarts.org.
USArtists International 2022 Guidelines Available in June!
USArtists International (USAI) funds U.S. performing artists, both individuals and ensembles, traveling to or performing virtually at eligible international festivals and arts markets. If that sounds like you, you can apply for up to $15,000 to support your engagements through the USAI 2022 program.

Updated 2022 USAI program guidelines and deadlines will be posted to the Mid Atlantic website in June 2021!

You can follow us on Twitter or Facebook for up-to-date program announcements.

WHO...is eligible?
  • Professional dance, music, or theater ensembles or individual artists
  • 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).

WHERE...can you go with grant funds?
Anywhere outside the U.S. and its territories! You can apply for up to three eligible international festivalsas long as you don't return to the U.S. between festivalson a single application.

Image: Tom Lee in Sounding the Resonant Path during the filming of the performance for the virtual Pesta Boneka Festival #6 in Indonesia. Credit: Courtesy of Tom Lee. 
Opportunity Quick Links
  • The National Endowment for the Arts is partnering with the White House and their “We Can Do This” campaign to encourage all Americans to get their COVID-19 vaccine so that all arts venues can open and welcome audiences. You might call it, “The Arts Can Do This” because you have helped and can continue to help in this effort. This includes using venues as vaccination centers, providing arts experiences at those centers, contributing creatively to public messages, or simply sharing the information. Visit the We Can Do This website for more information.
  • APAP is working with the live entertainment industry to launch a national campaign to endorse and adopt “Safe In Sound” reopening guidance, with the goal that this CDC-reviewed checklist of safety protocols becomes the singular, broadly-accepted standard and expectation for safe operations across all events. To view the guidance, please click here. To join this movement and to add your organization as an endorser of this document, please complete this form.
  • The Classics for Kids Foundation invites applications for its matching grant program. Through the program, grants will be awarded to schools or nonprofit organizations to support the incorporation of string instruments into music education programs. All instruments in the string family are supported (including guitars and ukuleles). Programs must serve children from kindergarten through grade twelve. Deadline: June 30, 2021.
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation invites community-based archives in the United States and its territories to submit applications for its 2021 Call for Proposals to Community-Based Archives. These grants will provide support to archives in one or more of the following areas of need: operational costs, collections care, programming activities, and/or activation and advocacy efforts. All interested applicants must first complete a registration request by June 25, 2021 at 9:00am ET. Deadline: Friday, July 2, 2021, 9:00am ET.
  • The William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund of the Baltimore Community Foundation is awarding grants ranging from $1,500 and $45,000 (averaging $10,000) to cultural organizations in support of organizational effectiveness initiatives, efforts to promote local artists and their work, and initiatives to provide cultural experiences that welcome people of all backgrounds, enhance the lives of metro Baltimore residents, and strengthen the region’s sense of cohesion and identity. Deadline: July 9, 2021.
  • The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is inviting artists and artist teams to apply to the Public Art Building Communities grant in Washington, DC. The program supports individual artists and organizations in their effort to design, fabricate, and install new temporary or permanent works of public art that connect artists with communities. Deadline: July 16, 2021, 11:59 PM ET.
  • New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is partnering with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) , and Queens Theatre, to launch City Artist Corps Grants. These grants are intended to support NYC-based working artists who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The program will distribute one-time $5,000 grants to over 3000 artists to help sustain their practice and engage the public across New York City’s five boroughs this summer beginning July. Artists working in any discipline are eligible to apply. Application Cycle 2 Deadline: July 20, 2021, 10:00 AM ET.