Why is Dave Douglas the only savvy jazz artist taking advantage of this program?

Baltimore, MD – November 8, 2012- Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announces the first round of grant awards for the 2013 program year of USArtists International. USAI ensures that the impressive range of the performing arts in the United States is represented abroad. The program works to strengthen the creative and professional development of American artists through participation at significant international festivals and engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities. USAI is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation will grant awards totaling $113,910 to four theater, four dance, and seven music ensembles and solo artists. All together, the grantees will perform at 17 different festivals in 13 countries across five continents, including Australia, Chile, China, Cuba, France, Guatemala, Israel, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The grantees are a mix of emerging and established companies from the classical to the experimental that showcase a diversity of styles within their artistic disciplines ranging from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to jazz artist Dave Douglas of New York, and from Ballet Austin to the cutting-edge Cloud Eye Control theater company of Los Angeles. The grantees include solo performers and ensembles from California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas. A complete list of grantees can be found here.

The second deadline of the 2013 USAI program is December 7, 2012 for projects taking place between March 1, 2013 and February 28, 2014. Guidelines and application are available on the Foundation website at www.midatlanticarts.org.

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2 Responses to Why is Dave Douglas the only savvy jazz artist taking advantage of this program?

  1. Dave Douglas is not the only savvy artist taking advantage of this grant. I’ve applied unsuccessfully several times, and know other jazz artists who have had challenges with this grant. The rules and guidelines are somewhat challenging and many jazz festivals do not fit the requirements, or, in the case of support for appearances to present original compositions, again, the guidelines are prohibitive.

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