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 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 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 also is designed to develop and deepen relationships among the regions presenters in order to build a more sustainable touring environment for professional performing artists.
Grant amounts range from between $1,000 and $10,000, except for projects that include the commissioning of new work, in which case grants cannot exceed $15,000. Grants are made directly to each presenter in a consortium whose project has been approved for support.
ArtsCONNECT supports projects that are conceived and developed collaboratively by consortia of presenters from within the mid-Atlantic region. All presenters participating in a consortium must be based in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, or West Virginia; and 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 that have at least two years of touring experience.
See the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation website for complete eligibility and application guidelines and an archive of past grants.