Proposals for Grants for Collaborative Performing Arts Tours

Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Accepting Proposals for Collaborative Performing Arts Tours

ArtsCONNECT, a program of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, is accepting proposals for projects that increase access to live performing arts engagements for audiences across the mid-Atlantic region, especially in underserved communities. The program is interested in fostering the sharing of information, experiences, and resources among presenters so as to build strong networks for future presentations.

The program provides support for projects in which at least three performing arts presenters from two different states work collaboratively to present a touring solo artist or ensemble. The tours must include performances as well as activities such as artist discussions, lecture demonstrations, master classes, and workshops designed to build greater appreciation for the work of the touring artist or ensemble. The program is also designed to develop and deepen relationships among the region’s presenters in order to build a more sustainable touring environment for professional performing artists.

Grant amounts will range between $1,000 and $10,000, except for projects that include the commissioning of new work, in which case grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded. Grants will be given directly to each presenter in a consortium whose project has been approved for support. Grants must be matched on a 1:1 basis, and the match may not include federal funds (whether they are received directly from a federal agency or indirectly, such as through a state agency or other entity).

ArtsCONNECT supports projects that are conceived and developed collaboratively by consortia of presenters from the mid-Atlantic region, including Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, or West Virginia. All presenters must be designated by the United States Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization or be a unit of state or local government. In addition, projects must feature professional performing artists who have at least two years of touring experience.

Informational webinars will be held on February 17, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. EST.

See the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation website for complete eligibility and application guidelines and an archive of past grants.

Link to Complete RFP

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