Request for Proposals – Deadline: April 20, 2012

Administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the USArtists International program is committed to ensuring that the impressive range of performing arts in the United States is represented abroad, and that American artists can enhance their creative and professional development through participation at international festivals.

Through USAI, grants are available to American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo performers that have been invited to perform at international festivals and/or for performance engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities anywhere in the world outside the U.S.

To be eligible, applicants must be a dance, music, or theater ensemble or solo artist, including practitioners of folk and traditional forms, working at a professional level; be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization or have a U.S.-based fiscal sponsor that has nonprofit 501(c)(3) status; if an ensemble, have the majority of its members be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (whether a U.S.-based ensemble or a collaborative project with artists in the host country); and, if a solo performer, be invited to perform as a soloist without accompaniment and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

For the purposes of USAI, a festival is defined as an event consisting of live performances by multiple international performing artists/ensembles in dance, music, or theater that takes place within a contiguous period of three months or less. Eligible festivals must be sponsored or organized primarily by a non-U.S. based organization; be international in scope, with representation from 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 artists; reach a wide audience and be open and marketed to the general public; provide some support in the form of cash remuneration or paid or in-kind contributions toward eligible project expenses; and provide the applicant with a signed letter of invitation or signed contract to perform at the festival.

In exceptional instances, USAI will consider applications for international performance engagements that take place outside of festivals if the engagement represents an extraordinary career opportunity for the artist(s) and meets other criteria.

Grants, whiich will seldom cover the applicant's total expenses, generally range from $1,000 to $10,000. Grants will not exceed $15,000. Eligible costs include performance fees, travel, housing and per diem, shipping, international communications, visa fees, agents' fees related to participation in the international engagement, and fiscal sponsor administration fees, if applicable.

The April 20, 2012, deadline is for projects taking place between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013.

Visit the MAFA Web site for complete program guidelines and application materials.

Link to Complete RFP

Primary Subject: Arts and Culture
Geographic Funding Area: National

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