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

Our grant 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.

Read an update on Artistic Innovations and Regional Touring Program grants during the Covid-19 pandemic from Director Christine Bial

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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, M-AAA distributes grants of up to $15,000. Only artists and organizations in M-AAA’s region are eligible for this grant.

FY21 grants will encompass projects taking place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. We are now accepting Letters of Intent for FY21 grants, which will be due on November 1, 2019.

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.

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. FY19 Regional Touring Program Grant application and guidelines (for projects happening between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019) are now available.

Learn More about Regional Touring Program

Are you looking for Artists 360 or Interchange?

Artists 360 and Interchange make grants, but they also include professional development support and peer network building! You can find them on our Programs page.