Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
201 North Charles Street, Suite 401
Baltimore, MD 21201
Type of foundation: Public charity
Types of grants: Residency, Capacity-building, Project/presenting, Fellowships
Description: Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation was established in 1979 to promote and support multi-state arts programming. The Foundation serves the states and territories of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the US Virgin Islands, Virginia and West Virginia. Additionally, the Foundation engages in national and international work focused on performing arts touring, jazz and independent filmmakers.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation partners with the National Endowment for the Arts, State Arts Agencies and others to fund and deliver its work. A list of the Foundation’s funders is provided here.
The Foundation supports numerous programs (some national), in the following categories:
- Presenting, Touring and Exhibiting programs work to strengthen the region’s presenter network, provide stable touring engagements for artists both within the mid-Atlantic region and internationally, and give communities high quality, varied artistic experiences. The programs build audiences for artists and provide opportunities for greater understanding and appreciation of the arts.
- Artist Support, Projects and Residencies allow artists to explore, create and exhibit their work while providing support and services to assist in career development.
- Knowledge Building Programs develop the capacity of national artists and arts organizations and enhance their participation in the Foundation’s programs and services.
Funding programs include, among others:
- ArtsCONNECT: This 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 artist’s work. ArtsConnect grants range up to $15,000.
- Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America: This national program supports projects in which arts presenters from different cities or states work collaboratively to bring exemplary performing artists from Latin America to audiences in the United States that have little access to this work. The initiative supports the presentation of dance, music and theater artists and ensembles. It encourages arts presenters to reach new audiences, including communities with origins in Latin America that reflect the demographic changes that have taken place in the U.S. over recent decades. In addition to public performances, all projects must include complementary community activities. Southern Exposure grants range up to $25,000.
- Jazz.NEXT: This national program is designed to encourage innovative approaches that can be enhanced through the incorporation of technology to broaden and deepen relationships with new and existing audiences, promote enhanced communications with the public, more effectively market and distribute the work of jazz artists, and build links that create a more informed and cohesive jazz community.
- Jazz Touring Network: This program is designed to increase the presentation of jazz throughout the mid-Atlantic region, particularly in communities underserved by the arts, by providing selected presenters with 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.
Sample grants (all grants from year ending June 30, 2011):
- $88,392 to National Federation of Community Broadcasters to create a national metadata library for jazz stations.
- $61,944 to Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA).
- $34,380 to Jazz Journalists Association (New York, NY).
- $20,000 to Dancing in the Street (Bronx, NY).
- $18,690 to Fractured Atlas Productions (New York, NY).
- $17,790 to Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia (Charleston, WV).
- $11,466 to Monterey Jazz Festival (Monterey, CA).
- $10,925 to World Music Institute (New York, NY).
- $10,678 to National Public Radio.
- $10,551 to Savannah Music Festival (Savannah, GA).
- $7,950 to Alternative Music Productions (Lansdowne, PA).
- $6,500 to Baltimore Theatre Project (Baltimore, MD).
- $98,300 to National Public Radio to launch a new website solely focused on jazz, NPR.org/jazz (year unspecified).
Fit for public broadcasting: The Foundation offers numerous funding programs, some of which clearly converge with public media. The Foundation is a good prospect for music stations that are involved in presenting art performances. Stations are well-positioned to partner with other presenting organizations and to bring the artists to significant audiences, both via media and in-person events.
Eligibility: Interested applicants should review the guidelines of the specific funding program to assess eligibility.
Deadline: Deadlines vary by program. An updated list of deadlines is available here.
How to apply: Applicants should review the instructions in the guidelines for the specific funding opportunity.
Giving range: Grant ranges vary by program.
Assets: $6,506,392 (year ended 6/30/11).
Total giving: $3,218,140 (year ended 6/30/11).