Grants

The arts give so much to our communities: vibrancy, creativity, new ways of solving problems.

Our grantmaking programs provide money directly to artists to continue their important work, and directly to arts organizations to support new arts activities in their communities. In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the state art agencies in our region, M-AAA offers two grant programs: Artistic Innovations and the Regional Touring Program.

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Artistic Innovations

These grants support the creation of new work. The program is designed to encourage experimentation and collaboration, and engaging audiences throughout M-AAA’s region.

Artistic Innovations grants underwrite direct expenses related to the art-making process, as well as the premier of new endeavors.

With generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, M-AAA distributes grants of up to $15,000.  Only artists and organizations in M-AAA’s region are eligible for this grant.

Deadlines
For FY2018, Letters of Intent are due on October 28, 2016. Read more about the current open call for Letters of Intent. Invitations to submit a full proposal will be distributed on November 18, 2016, and full proposals will be due January 20, 2017. These projects must occur between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018.

Learn more about Artistic Innovations

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Regional Touring Program

This program awards grants to qualifying organizations that present public events in their community. Grants support projects of artistic excellence and merit by underwriting the fees of artists who live in the region, providing financial support for nonprofit presenters who hire in-region artists, including those listed on the regional state arts agency touring rosters. Presenters may book artists in any discipline.

Deadlines
This program has a rolling deadline, and applications are due eight weeks prior to the start date of the project. Grants are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, until the allocation for each state is gone.

Learn More about Regional Touring Program