September 2020
Celebrate Jazz With MAAF This October!
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This October, MAAF is pleased to be partnering with PECO to support to the jazz community by sponsoring the 3rd Annual Jazz Philadelphia Summit, taking place October 9 &10. On a virtual platform, the conference will reach jazz musicians, educators, presenters, and jazz fans from the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. Centering on the theme of Resilience, the 2020 Summit will include workshops, panel discussions, presentations, networking opportunities, and great jazz performances.

MAAF is disappointed to take a year’s hiatus from our annual October Living Legacy Jazz Award event at the Kimmel Center, but we believe in the work of Jazz Philadelphia and look forward to meeting with old and new friends at the Summit. See you in virtual Philly!
Apply Now for 2021 Creative Fellowships at the Millay Colony
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In need of some space away from home for your creative practice? Apply now for May, June, and July 2021 residencies at the Millay Colony for the 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. Read more about Millay Colony’s response to the pandemic on their website.
Residency support at Millay Colony is currently available for writers, visual artists, and composers residing in the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or the U.S. Virgin Islands through MAAF's Creative Fellowships program. Creative Fellows also receive a travel subsidy. Artists should apply directly to Millay Colony through their regular application process. A limited number of applicants selected for residencies will be recommended for Creative Fellowship support.  

The next deadline is  Thursday, October 1, 2020.

Image: Millay Colony for the Arts. Credit: Courtesy of the Millay Colony.
USArtists International Round One Deadline Approaching
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The first of two annual deadlines for USArtists International (USAI) is approachingapplications will be accepted through October 1, 2020. USArtists International supports performances by U.S. dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and performing arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories.
New Virtual Track!
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.
Project Window
The October 1, 2020 deadline is for applicants seeking funding for performances scheduled between January 5, 2021 and June 30, 2022. This extended project window allows for greater flexibility in the event that travel dates need to be rescheduled, as well as planning farther in advance. 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.

Image: Island Moving Company of Rhode Island received a 2020 USAI grant to for an engagement at the International Dance Festival San Nicola in Italy. Credit: Courtesy of the artist.
More Performing Arts 2020-2021 Grants Announced!
Jazz Touring Network Engagement Support
MAAF recently announced over $64,000 to support eight artists and 22 members through the 2020-2021 Jazz Touring Network program. Grants will support 33 engagements across the mid-Atlantic region. Collaboratively developed by members of the network, the tours include: 

The Jazz Touring Network (JTN) is a presenter-based membership program designed to expand the presentation of jazz throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Member organizations have access to the tools necessary to develop and sustain the art form as an ongoing part of their annual programming. The program offers opportunities for professional development, peer networking, and funding for regional jazz tours.
Image: Dayramir Gonzalez. Credit: Rob Klein.
Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network Engagement Support
MAAF is providing $15,540 to support four projects through the 2020-2021 Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network (FTAN) program. FTAN is a presenter based membership network designed to increase the public presentation of folk and traditional arts in the region. Through its members, the program aims to provide audiences and communities with direct access to folk and traditional arts and artists, increasing their community’s appreciation and understanding of cultural practice and identity. FTAN engages artists and tradition bearers that represent the breadth and diversity of folk and traditional arts across the United States and beyond, exhibit artistic excellence in their practice, and demonstrate the desire to develop and expand their public presentation expertise.
The 2020-2021 FTAN projects include:

The 2020-2021 FTAN projects were developed by individual members with support from their peer network and guidance from MAAF staff. Engagements include public performances or demonstrations, cultural presentations, and collaboratively planned residency activities.

Image: Las Cafeteras. Credit: Rafael Cardenas.
Opportunity Quick Links
  • For its fifth edition, Center Stage will host five contemporary ensembles from Colombia and Peru in the U.S. Musicians and multimedia artists will make independent month-long tours across the country from June-November 2021, promoting global ties and engaging with audiences on stage, off stage, and online. Each will make their U.S. debut with the program. Through virtual activities and direct engagements, they will reach communities across the United States. Contact: Lisa Booth Management, Inc.
  • ArtsReady and the Performing Arts Readiness project have released the Pocket Response Resource (“PRR”). The PRR is a document which prompts organizations to collect critical contact information on one side, and critical action steps such as evacuation, crisis communications, situational assessment, and prioritizing assets to be protected or salvaged on the other. It neatly folds down into a credit card-sized document piece for all staff, crew and volunteers to carry on their person – or have available to view on a device – so they have immediate access to information they’ll need in the first minutes and hours of any type of emergency. Download the PRR and Instructions, and see a schedule of free webinars, at and
  • The Getty Foundation welcomes applications for the Getty Scholar Grants program. Through the program, residencies at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa will be awarded to established scholars or writers to pursue projects free from work-related obligations. Scholars may be in residence from three to nine months. Deadline: October 1, 2020.
  • Since 1933, Barter Theatre has been developing new works and nurturing area talent. The Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (AFPP) has gained national attention by developing a process that has resulted in new plays being produced not only on Barter’s stages, but in regional theatres across the country. In an effort to give voice to the more diverse stories of the region, Barter's Black in Appalachia Initiative is committed to presenting at least one play written by a Black Appalachian playwright at each annual Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. Deadline: October 1, 2020.
  • The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is pleased to announce that nominations are open for 2021 Maryland Heritage Awards. The public is invited to nominate individuals, places, and traditions for outstanding achievement in traditional arts and culture. Awards are $5,000 each. Three winners will be selected and honored at a public ceremony. Nominations are due Thursday, October 15, at 5 p.m.