May 2020
Coping with COVID Webinar Available to All!
MAAF recently presented Coping with Covid: Strategies for Mid-Atlantic Artists* and is pleased to share the webinar recording with our constituents.

Featuring Elaine Luttrull of Minerva Financial Arts, Coping with COVID walked artists and gig workers in the mid-Atlantic region through some of the resources and opportunities available during this challenging time. The webinar highlighted unemployment assistance in states and territories served by MAAF, emergency assistance opportunities provided by regional partners and the Small Business Administration (SBA), and reviewed financial planning tips for individuals to use as they navigate this crisis. The webinar is also available as PowerPoint slides  here .

*Takes you to MAAF’s You Tube channel. Click on the three dots next to “SAVE” below the video to open the closed captioning transcript.
Performing Arts Global Exchange Deadline Extended
Black and white image.  Two men stand on a stage formally dressed in tuxedos with tales. They hold cut out fish shapes in their hands.  A man in the audience, with his back to the camera, stands and points to the left.
MAAF has extended the deadline to book roster artists through the Performing Arts Global Exchange (PAGE) program until May 31, 2020. PAGE is a new grant program for performing arts presenters nationwide in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Arts. PAGE brings international music, dance, and theater to audiences across the United States. Fee-support grants are available to nonprofit presenting venues and units of government based anywhere in the U.S. or its territories who book artists from a curated roster for both performance and community-engagement activities. Artists on the roster have not widely toured in the U.S. and reside in a selected region, with the inaugural year’s roster featuring artists from neighbors Canada and Mexico. See the full roster here . Eligible presenters can receive more than one grant for booking more than one roster artist each year. 

Concerned about cancellations or postponements? Scheduling flexibility due to COVID-19 is available, for some tours, into the 2021-2022 season; please reach out to the respective artist's agent on the roster listing to discuss your needs.

For complete eligibility details and information on receiving subsidies, please see the  program guidelines . Additional questions? E-mail Robyn Busch, Program Officer, International at .

Image: Seña y Verbo: Teatro de Sordos (Sign and Verb: Theatre of the Deaf) of Mexico City. Credit: Ricardo Ramirez Arriola, 360
CARES Act Mid-Atlantic Region Funding Opportunities
In several weeks, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation will announce its program of support made possible through the Arts Endowment CARES Act funding. Guidelines will be announced via email, newsletter, and social media.

Each state arts agency in the region will also be announcing - or has announced - their own CARES Act program. Find more information on your state's program here:

In the meantime, we have compiled a list of resources for artists, organizations, creatives, and administrators that can be found here: The list is ever evolving - so check back frequently. We also encourage everyone to take a look at their state government page for information on small business, non-profit, and individual relief programs.
Opportunity Quick Links
  • The New York Foundation for the Arts has created the Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts. This emergency relief grant program will provide $1,250,000 in aid to CT, NJ, and NY non-salaried workers in the visual arts, and will distribute one-time unrestricted cash grants of $2,000 each to qualifying applicants who will be selected for funding each cycle via a lottery process. The next application cycles are May 19-20 and June 2-3.
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries support museums and libraries in addressing their communities’ immediate and future needs caused by the pandemic. Projects may focus on preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, or providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement. Applicants are encouraged to prioritize services for high-need communities. Deadline: June 12, 2020.
  • The New York Foundation for the Arts is partnering with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer a new medical emergency grant program called Rauschenberg Emergency Grants. The program will provide visual and media artists and choreographers with one-time grants of up to $5,000 for medical emergencies. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to hospital and doctor bills (including insurance co-pays), tests, physical/occupational therapy, prescription drugs specifically for the emergency medical condition, and emergency dental work. Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis and funds will be distributed upon acceptance. Open application until August 31, 2020.
  • The Foundation for Contemporary Arts is inviting applications for its FCA Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund. In response to the impact of COVID-19 on the arts community, FCA has created a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from COVID-19. The Foundation will disburse one-time grants of $1,500 to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed due to the pandemic. Deadline: August 31, 2020.
  • Artist Relief helps support the financial, professional, social, and mental well-being of artists impacted by the Coronavirus public health crisis. The initiative will distribute grants of $5,000 to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19, as well as serve as an ongoing informational resource and co-sponsor (with Americans for the Arts) of the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers to identify and address the needs of artists moving forward. Deadline: September 30, 2020.