September 26, 2008


1) National Endowment for the Arts Announces Guidelines for American Masterpieces: Dance
Deadline: October 24, 2008

American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius ( is a major initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts ( to acquaint Americans with the best of their cultural and artistic legacy.

Through the initiative, reconstructions and restagings of significant dance works of the highest quality will be experienced by Americans in communities across the nation. The endowment
plans to support a variety of projects that are artistically, historically, and culturally significant and that reflect the breadth of dance forms, styles, and techniques in America.

Grants will be awarded in two areas: 1) for the reconstruction or restaging of significant American dance works and their performance at home and on tour by dance companies, presenters, and festivals; and 2) to college and university dance programs for the restaging, performance, and documentation of significant dance choreography in order to provide dance students with access to the legacy of American dance history.

All projects must be accompanied by related educational, interpretive, or contextual components. Substantial efforts should be made to engage and expand dance audiences by reaching underserved communities.

For dance companies, presenters, and festivals, grants will range from $15,000 to $150,000 each. For college and university dance programs, all grants will be for $15,000 each. All grants require a nonfederal match of at least 1 to 1. A grant period of up to two years is allowed.

Eligible applicants include nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes.

Program guidelines are available at the NEA Web site.

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2) Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Releases Guidelines for Artists & Communities Program
Deadline: December 1, 2008

The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation ( has announced program guidelines for the 2009-10 cycle of its Artists & Communities program. This year, artists from any of the foundation's nine partner states are eligible to participate.

Artists & Communities supports artist residencies designed collaboratively by visiting artists and host nonprofit organizations that engage the public in the creative process. Artists and non-
profit organizations from Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia are eligible to participate
in the program.

Artists & Communities supports professional creative artists (choreographers, composers, poets, writers, filmmakers, media, and visual artists of all kinds) who partner with nonprofit
organizations on projects that result in the creation of new work. The program is specifically designed to support artists whose work is informed by or developed in conjunction with
community participation. Nonprofit organizations apply in partnership with the artist(s)
they wish to host. The project must be designed collaboratively by the artist and the host organization. The host organization must be a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation or a unit of government.

Artists & Communities grants usually range from $5,000 to $20,000 each and must be matched on a 1:1 basis. Grants funds may only be used toward the artist's stipend, long-distance travel and accommodations, supplies and materials used in the project, and documentation.

Visit the MAAF Web site for complete program information.

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3) New York City African-American and Latino Composers Invited to Apply for Van Lier Fellowships
Deadline: December 8, 2008

The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust provides support for talented, culturally diverse young people who are seriously dedicated to a career in the arts. Meet The Composer administers the Van Lier Fellowship on behalf of the Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust.

The purpose of the fellowship is to provide financial and career support for New York City's African-American and Latino composers still in the early stages of their careers. Composers, improvisers, singer/songwriters and sound artists working in any style or genre of music and sound will be considered. Funds can be used for any purpose, including the creation of new work, the purchasing of music/tech equipment, travel, or research and development.

The fellowship is open to African-American and Latino composers thirty-two years of age or younger. Applicants must be a fulltime resident of New York City (any borough), show financial need, and not be enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of application (i.e., no students).

The one-year fellowship award is $8,500. Additional monetary support will be provided if the composer develops and participates in an educational outreach program with students and/or youth groups. The educational component is optional. Two fellowships are awarded each year.

Guidelines and application forms are available at the Meet the Composer Web site.

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4) USArtists International Announces Global Expansion
Deadline: January 9, 2009; and May 4, 2009

With support from the National Endowment for the Arts (, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding (, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation ( has announced a major expansion of USArtists International, a national initiative solely dedicated to promoting the work of American performing
artists abroad.

Formerly limited to supporting dance and music ensembles invited to perform at international festivals in Europe, USAI will now encompass festivals anywhere in the world outside the United States. The program also will be open to support American theater companies and solo performances in all performing arts disciplines.

Grants are available to American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists that have been invited to participate in international festivals outside the United States.

Eligible applicants must be dance, music, or theater ensembles, including practitioners of folk and traditional forms, that work at a professional level; consist of a majority of members who
are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.; and have 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization status or a fiscal sponsor with such status.

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. performing groups; reach a wide audience and 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; and provide some support to the invited ensembles in the form of cash remuneration, paid travel-related expenses, or in-kind contributions.

Upcoming deadlines for the program are January 9, 2009, for projects taking place between March 1, 2009, and February 28, 2010; and May 4, 2009, for projects taking place between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010.

The USAI guidelines are available at the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Web site.

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