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USArtists International (USAI)

Grants to USA Artists, Ensembles, and Nonprofits
for Performances at International Cultural Events

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF)

Conf. Date:

02/19/20

Deadline Date:

04/01/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 to USA and territories individual artists, ensembles, and nonprofit arts organizations to support performances at performing arts marketplaces and international festivals outside of the United States. Funding is intended to support performances representing all performing arts disciplines, including dance, music, theater, multidisciplinary work, and folk and traditional arts.

USArtists International is designed to encourage and promote the vibrant diversity of U.S. artists and creative expression in the performing arts by expanding opportunity and exposure to international audiences, encouraging international cultural exchange, and enhancing creative and professional development of U.S. artists by providing connections with presenters, curators and fellow artists. The program is committed to the presence of U.S. artists on world stages and aims to extend the reach and impact of professional artists dependent on touring for continued sustainability and career advancement.


Multiple Engagements:

Artists/Ensembles are limited to one application per program deadline, but may submit an application seeking support for performances at up to three festivals and/or markets as long as the artists/ensembles will not travel to and from the US between engagements. Applicants must provide separate signed letters of invitation or signed contracts for each festival and/or market.


Eligible Expenses:

Eligible expenses supported through USAI are performance fees, travel, housing and per diem, shipping, visa fees, agents’ fees related to participation in the international engagement, registration/application fees up to $250 and fiscal sponsor administration fees, if applicable. Expenses not listed in the USAI budget are not eligible for support.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174881

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants generally range from $1,000 to $10,000. Grant requests may not be less than $1,000 and may not exceed $15,000.

Term of Contract:

- The September 5, 2019 deadline is for projects taking place between December 15, 2019 and December 14, 2020.
- The November 22, 2019 deadline is for projects taking place between March 15, 2020 and March 14, 2021.
- The April 1, 2020 deadline is for projects taking place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications to USAI must meet eligibility criteria in each of the following three areas to be eligible for the program:
1. Applicant Eligibility
2. Festival/Performing Arts Market Eligibility
3. Engagement Eligibility

1. Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants must:
- Be a dance, music or theater ensemble or individual artist, that work at a professional level; festivals and/or curators cannot apply on behalf of U.S. artists.
- Be designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, OR apply using a U.S.-based fiscal sponsor that is designated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
- Currently reside in the United States or its territories
- Be invited to perform at a significant international festival or performing arts market that meets the eligibility guidelines below
- Not have received a USAI grant within the calendar year, regardless of when the festival(s) or market(s) take place
- Not be involved in the curation, administration or management of the festival or performing arts market for which they seek funding
- Be in good standing with Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, with no overdue or outstanding required reports and/or grant documents
- Meet residency requirements: USAI will only fund performances in which at least half of the performers are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. For all projects with international collaborators or accompaniment, at least half of the performers must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and the lead creative artist must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

2. Festival/Performing Arts Market Eligibility
Eligible festivals must:
- Be sponsored or organized primarily by a non-U.S. based organization
- Be curated and not require registration, application, performance or any other type of fees from performers to exceed USD $250.00
- Be international in scope with performers representing at least two countries outside the host country, or have a U.S. theme with representation from at least three U.S. ensembles and/or solo performers
- Be open and marketed to the general public
- Provide the applicant with a signed letter of invitation or signed contract to perform at the festival, stating the details of the festival’s financial or in-kind contributions towards eligible project expenses as identified in the USAI guidelines under Grant Amounts and Eligible Expenses.

Eligible Performing Arts Markets must:
- Meet all festival eligibility requirements listed above with the exception that they do not need to be open and marketed to the general public and that they may charge artists for showcase participation.

3. Engagement Eligibility
Eligible engagements must:
- Pay artists or artists must receive in-kind contributions towards eligible project expenses as defined in the USAI guidelines under Grant Amounts and Eligible Expenses
- Be at least 20 minutes in duration, which may be comprised of single or multiple works or excerpts from longer pieces.

Restrictions can be found at http://www.midatlanticarts.org/wp-content/uploads/USAI-FY20-Guidelines-FINAL.pdf#page=3.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants wishing to learn more about the USArtists International program are invited to attend the following webinars.

USArtists International: Am I eligible?
- October 16, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT
- February 19, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT
USArtists International: Am I eligible? provides program information for solo artists and performing arts ensembles considering an application to the USArtists International grant program. The webinar highlights updates to the program guidelines. Get a clear idea about who and what type of projects USArtists International funds. New applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about updates to the USAI program can benefit from this webinar.

USArtists International: Tips and Pointers for Applicants
- August 16, 2019, 2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT
- November 6, 2019, 2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT
- March 11, 2020 2:00, – 3:30 PM EDT
This webinar is for artists planning to apply for USArtists International. The webinar reviews the online application, the panel process, and provides helpful tips to applicants interested in strengthening their applications and avoid common mistakes.

Registration:
Am I Eligible: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/1223445679420982796
Tips and Pointers for Applicants: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/4994995962577651725

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadlines:
- September 5, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern for projects taking place between December 15, 2019 and December 14, 2020. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by September 12, 2019. Applicants notified of grant status by: November 14, 2019

- November 22, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern for projects taking place between March 15, 2020 and March 14, 2021. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by December 3, 2019. Applicants notified of grant status by: February 28, 2020

- April 1, 2020 by 11:59 PM Eastern for projects taking place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by April 18, 2020. Applicants notified of grant status by: June 22, 2020

Please Note: Although the application and required materials are submitted online, your application is not complete until Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has received your signed Certification Sheet and signed letter(s) of invitation or contract(s) as instructed in these guidelines.

If awarded, 90% of the grant amount will be sent by check to the grantee (or fiscal sponsor, if applicable) approximately 90 days prior to the engagement following the review and signing of a grant award agreement sent via email. The final 10% of the grant amount will be sent by check to the grantee (or fiscal sponsor, if applicable) once the final report has been reviewed and approved by MAAF staff.

Webinar Recording: https://youtu.be/6nd1w82iDPA

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Application System:
https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net/login.aspx?PIID=147&OID=21

Email attachments should be in PDF format and sent to usai@midatlanticarts.org

For more information:
Robyn Busch, Program Officer, International
robyn@midatlanticarts.org

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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