November 2021
Amina Claudine Myers Receives the
2021 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO
On Saturday, November 6, 2021, Mid Atlantic Arts celebrated the career and contributions of keyboardist, vocalist, and composer Amina Claudine Myers at the virtual 2021 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO.

We welcome you to enjoy this special virtual event - celebrating Amina’s work with archival footage, an interview, extraordinary mini-performance, the Award presentation, and surprise guest appearances - on our YouTube channel. You can also view the event program.

Thank you to all who supported this event, including:

  • Our returning title sponsor, PECO
  • Amina's colleagues, family, and friends
  • Our Host Committee: Romona Riscoe Benson, Andrea Custis, Dr. Guy Generals, Bill Golderer, Scott Johnson, Leonade Jones, Charisse Lillie, Dorothy McSweeny, Liz Murphy, Bernard Smalley, John and Pat Strickland, and Gerald Veasley
  • Jazz Philadelphia
  • The National Jazz Museum in Harlem

We look forward to returning in-person to the home of the Living Legacy Jazz Museum, the Kimmel Cultural Campus, in the fall of 2022.

Photo: Amina Claudine Myers. Credit: Courtesy of Ms. Myers.
Special Presenter Initiatives Grants Support
Engagements in DC, DE, the USVI, and WV
Five musicans play a variety of instruments on a stage bathed in warm oranges and yellows.  The footlights and house are visible on the right side of the image.
Over $76,000 in grants has been awarded to DC, DE, USVI, and WV presenters through the 2021-2022 Special Presenter Initiatives program.

The Special Presenter Initiatives offer small and mid-sized presenting organizations grants to support performing arts touring projects in these regions. Engagements may take place in-person or virtually and artists may be from anywhere across the U.S. or around the world. The supported projects include performances as well as community engagement activities that enhance the performance experience and offer meaningful exchanges between touring artists and a presenter’s community.

The 2021-2022 grantees include:

  • Delaware: Arden Club, The Choir School of Delaware, Christina Cultural Arts Center, and Coastal Concerts.
  • District of Columbia: Building Bridges Across the River, CapitalBop, CityDance Ensemble, Dance Place/DC Wheel Productions, Dumbarton Concerts Innercity-Innerchild, and Washington Performing Arts Society.
  • U.S. Virgin Islands: Caribbean Museum Center of St. Croix, The Forum, and St. John School of the Arts.
  • West Virginia: ArtsLink and Charles T "Chuck" Mathena II Foundation.

For a complete list of grantees and artists, please click here.

Image: The Delaware Friends of Folk received a 2021 Special Presenter Initiatives grant to present ILYAIMY at the Delmarva Folk Festival. Credit: John Kidd.
USArtists International
December Deadline Approaching
Two musicians - a man and a woman - play a guitar (man) and xylophone (woman) on a stage with a bright blue and purple backdrop.
The second deadline to submit applications for the 2021-2022 USArtists International program is Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 11:59 PM ET for projects taking place between March 15, 2022 and March 14, 2023.

USArtists International supports in-person and virtual performances by American artists at engagements at international festivals and global presenting arts marketplaces outside of the United States. The program funds individuals and ensembles across all performing arts practices and disciplines.

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 December deadline? We have one more deadline in this cycle:

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

Photo: Sounding Eye of California, received USAI support for an engagement at the Flatpack Festival in the UK in 2021. Here they perform Dreamerfly, and other stories. Credit: Katja Ogrin.
Opportunity Quick Links
  • The U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and Western Arts Alliance (WAA) are pleased to announce the second phase of this virtual international showcase opportunity for performing artists. The Performing Arts Discovery Program seeks to globally amplify the breadth and depth of American cultural expression. Applications are open to all U.S.-based performing artists with readiness to tour internationally. Deadline: January 7, 2022.
  • The Broadway Advocacy Coalition (BAC) is proud to announce the second annual BAC Artivism Fellowship to support artist activists using their tools to have an impact on the world around them. This year’s theme is Reimagining Justice through Abolition and will support Black/ Indigenous/ Artists of Color across the Latinx, Asian, and African Diaspora focused on criminal justice reform through the use of narrative storytelling and artistry. Deadline: November 25, 2021.
  • Chamber Music America is inviting applications for its Performance Plus program, which will provides grants to U.S. based gender minority and women-led jazz ensembles to engage an experienced jazz artist-educator for six evaluative listening sessions with the goal of enhancing the ensemble's performance. The listening sessions will culminate in a recording session resulting in a high-quality demo for use by the grantee ensemble. Deadline: November 29, 2021.
  • The Mid-America Arts Alliance is inviting applications for the Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant program, which aims to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for military service members and veterans exposed to trauma as well as their families and caregivers through experiences of art or art making. Through the program, approximately thirty-five matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 will be awarded in support of arts-based community engagement projects that engage targeted military-connected communities. Deadline: December 15, 2021.
  • The Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 to professional dancers in need across the country, who have a dire financial emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is administered by New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and funded by Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Cycle 1 Deadline: January 7, 2022.