The arts give so much to our communities: vibrancy, creativity, and 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.

Artistic Innovations

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

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

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

For FY2019, Letters of Intent are due on October 30, 2017. Read more about the call for Letters of Intent. Invitations to submit a full proposal will be distributed to those submitting qualified Letters of Intent. These projects will occur between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019.

Want to learn more? Watch this webinar about the application process and requirements.

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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.

This program has a rolling deadline, and applications are due three 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.

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