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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

ShiftChange: Festival Conference

Atlantic Presenters Association Conference about Arts Festivals (Halifax, Nova Scotia) 
Event Date February 23rd–25th, 2017

The Atlantic Presenters Association (APA) is pleased to host Canada’s newest and Atlantic Canada's only festival conference, ShiftChange: Festival Perspectives from Atlantic Canada and Beyond!

- APA Member: $75.00
- Festival Presenter: $100.00
- General Delegate: $125.00
- Industry Delegate (Includes a spot in the Solutions Centre Marketplace): $150.00
*Rates are subject to 15% HST and Ticketpro service fees.

ShiftChange invites festival presenters to attend three days of festival focused programming and networking, to be held February 23rd–25th, 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Houston Center Craft Residency

The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is accepting applications for its 2016-2017 Artist Residency Program.
Deadline 03-01-2017

Five to ten residencies of three to twelve months each will be awarded to craft artists working in wood, glass, metal, fiber, clay, and mixed media. Each artist will receive a $500 monthly stipend and a $300 quarterly housing/materials allowance. The residency also provides twenty-four-hour access to two-hundred-square-foot artist studios equipped with sinks, telephones, and wireless Internet access. In addition, fellows are provided with a wide variety of resources and opportunities, including teaching assignments through HCCC and opportunities for collaboration with other residents.

During the residency, artists’ creative work is represented by HCCC and is considered for display in the center’s Asher Sales Gallery. Additional opportunities include discussions with curators and gallery owners, exposure at HCCC events, and interactions with visiting art professionals; ongoing professional development; and a group exhibition at the end of the residency cycle.

A $30 application fee is required. Applicants also must be able to fulfill a program requirement of working in their studios twenty-four hours per week and at least two weekends per month during HCCC public hours. Residencies are available in lengths ranging from three to twelve months. International applicants must provide proof of ability to work in the United States.

For complete program guidelines, information about current and past residents, and application instructions, see the HCCC website.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Open Meadows Foundation

Open Meadows Foundation Invites Applications for Women-Led Projects
Deadline 02-15-2017

The Open Meadows Foundation is a grantmaking organization seeking to fund projects that promote gender, racial, and/or economic justice.

Grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded for projects that are designed and implemented by women and girls; reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization; promote building community power; and have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. Small and start-up organizations are strongly encouraged to apply.

To be eligible, projects must be led by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities.

The foundation funds projects that do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, sexual identity and expression, age, or ability. In addition, the annual organizational budget should not exceed $150,000.

See the Open Meadows Foundation site for past grantees, application instructions, the proposal cover sheet, and key dates.


NEH Creating Humanities Communities

The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for its Creating Humanities Communities program
Deadline 02-15-2017 

The annual program provides matching grants to help stimulate and proliferate meaningful humanities activities in states and U.S. territories that are underserved by NEH’s grantmaking divisions and offices. Grantees will use the funds to establish and undertake new humanities programs.

The goal of the program is to support the making of connections between organizations that foster community cohesion on a local or regional level. Applicants may define community in a variety of ways (by focusing, for example, on a place such as a village or town, or on a common interest or a common theme), while the programs that the cooperating institutions carry out together must aim to enhance the importance of the humanities in people’s lives.

Projects to create a humanities community might include, for example, linking a public library and a nearby community college in a collaborative effort to research, write, and produce a series of video biographies of the town’s important personalities (to be presented in public programs at the local historical movie palace); several railroad museums in a state joining forces to write a transportation-based curriculum module for use in fourth-grade social studies classes; three Native American tribes working together to establish a cultural heritage trail highlighting important sites and collections; a veterans' group and a high school joining forces to develop intergenerational family programs at local historic sites; or a public radio station and philosophy department at a local college hosting public programs that commemorate the hundredth anniversary of a town's paper mill with discussions of the industry and its ethics.

Three-year grants will be awarded in one of four amounts of the applicant's choosing: $30,000, $60,000, $90,000, or $150,000. The requested grant amount should be appropriate to the needs and fundraising capacity of the applicant.

Applicants must form collaborative partnerships with at least two and at most five institutions. These partnerships may involve organizations such as public libraries, cultural centers, museums, historical societies, colleges (including community colleges) and universities, archival repositories, historic houses, school districts, civic centers, or other cultural entities.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

NEA Art Works

National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant for organizations 
Deadline 02-16-2017 (Submit SF-424 to Grants.gov)

The guiding principle of "Art Works" is at the center of everything we do at the NEA. "Art Works" refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field.

Art works by enhancing the value of individuals and communities, by connecting us to each other and to something greater than ourselves, and by empowering creativity and innovation in our society and economy. The arts exist for beauty itself, but they also are an inexhaustible source of meaning and inspiration.

The NEA recognizes these catalytic effects of excellent art, and the key role that arts and design organizations play in revitalizing them. To deepen and extend the arts' value, including their ability to foster new connections and to exemplify creativity and innovation, we welcome projects that:
Are likely to prove transformative with the potential for meaningful change, whether in the development or enhancement of new or existing art forms, new approaches to the creation or presentation of art, or new ways of engaging the public with art;
Are distinctive, offering fresh insights and new value for their fields and/or the public through unconventional solutions; and
Have the potential to be shared and/or emulated, or are likely to lead to other advances in the field.

Harpo Foundation Native Fellowships

Harpo Foundation is accepting applications for Native American Artists Fellowships
Deadline 02-15-2017

The Chicago-based Harpo Foundation was established in 2006 to support artists who are under-recognized by the field. The foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry to encourage new modes of thinking about art.

The foundation is accepting applications for its Native American Fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center program, which supports the development of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian visual artists and the potential for intercultural dialogue. Each year, the program awards two residency fellowships to Native American artists at the Vermont Studio Center, an historic artist colony located along the Gihon River in Johnson, Vermont, in the northern Green Mountains. Each fellow receives up to four weeks of residency, which includes room and board, a private studio, and a $500 travel stipend.

To be eligible, Native American artists must demonstrate strong artistic ability, an evolving practice that is at a pivotal moment in its development, and a practice that engages dialogue between the artist’s indigenous world and the surrounding culture.

For complete program guidelines, information about previous fellowship recipients, and application instructions, see the Harpo Foundation website.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

NEFA Expeditions Touring Grant

Expeditions Touring grants provide funding for presenting in New England
Deadline 02-13-2017

New England Foundation for the Arts touring grants provide funding for presenting high quality artists with innovative projects that exhibit strong collaboration between artists, presenters, and nonprofit organizations, and that creatively bring the arts to communities and under-served populations in New England.

To be eligible for Expeditions Touring Grant funding, applicants must:

Be a nonprofit organization, school, or government entity. (Nonprofit organizations do not have to be arts organizations. Organizations that do not have a federal tax identification number may apply if part of an official government agency.)
Be based in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)
The federal government now requires that all NEFA organizational grant recipients supported by federal funds register for DUNS numbers. More specifics on the requirement will be included in all NEFA grant applications.
 Applicants must be able to provide, if requested, documentation of their compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Please visit our Increasing Access to the Arts page for details.
Expeditions Touring applicants may act as a lead partner or presenting partner in a maximum of five (5) tours. Each tour partner submits an individual application.

Expeditions will not fund:

Fundraising events or activities.
Organizations or activities occurring outside of the six-state New England region.
Events designed exclusively for students in school during class time.
Performances that are not open to the public and advertised accordingly.
If a project changes after funding has been awarded, the applicant must notify NEFA as soon as possible. NEFA does not guarantee funding if the project differs substantially from the original application. Requests for changes to a tour or tour planning grant will be considered on a case by case basis and may change the amount of the grant award.

More information at

NEFA Dance Fund

New England Dance Fund grants to New England-based choreographers
Deadline 02-01-2017

New England Dance Fund makes grants to New England-based choreographers of all genres and backgrounds to support critical opportunities that will advance their artistic careers.

NEFA will award small, catalytic grants of $500 to $1,000 directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Maine Arts Commission Organization Grants

Maine Arts Commission grants for 501c3 organizations are now available 
Deadline 03-23-2017 (for all)

The Maine Arts Commission awards grant funds as a way to develop the arts and culture infrastructure of Maine. This is just one tool the agency uses in its mission of “Building a broad support base for the arts by increasing local capacity for arts-making and arts presenting”.

Arts & Humanities
Max Individual Award: $1,000.00
The Arts & Humanities grant assists organizations in Maine interested in investigating and presenting stories and cultural expressions of the state, its communities, and its people.

Creative Communities = Economic Development (Phase I)
Max Individual Award: $10,000.00
This grant supports communities wishing to create an independent cultural development plan. A Cultural Plan required for the larger CC=ED Phase II grant.

Creative Aging
Max Individual Award: $1,000.00
The Creative Aging grant supports organizations in the development of high-quality, participatory arts programs for older adults. Funds are available to support teaching artists working with adults in a range of community settings including libraries, senior centers, arts organizations, and assisted- and independent-living centers.

Project Grant for Organizations
Max Individual Award: $5,000.00
The Project Grant for Organizations fund the production of high-quality creative activities, the creation of new work, and the continuation of successful arts programs. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale.

Partnership Grant
Max Individual Award: $15,000.00
This Partnership Grant provides operational support for Maine’s arts and cultural organizations.

Organizational Development
Max Individual Award: $5,000.00
The Organizational Development grant is designed to support capacity-building projects for arts organizations throughout Maine.

Arts Learning
Max Individual Award: $5,000.00
This program provides funding to support organizations that offer high-quality visual or performing arts education for PK-12 students and/or educators of this population.


NEA Challenge America Grant

National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Grant
Deadline 04-13-2017

The National Endowment for the Arts is making grants of $10,000, which require a $10,000 match, to "small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of arts to underserved populations."


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Aaron Copland Fund

Aaron Copland Fund for Music: Contemporary American Music Recording Projects
Deadline 02-15-2017

In keeping with his lifelong devotion to contemporary music, American composer Aaron Copland created the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and bequeathed to it a large part of his estate. Officially launched in 1992, the fund’s purpose is to encourage and improve public knowledge and appreciation of contemporary American music.

To advance this mission, the fund's Recording Program is designed to support projects that document and provide wider exposure for the music of contemporary American composers and/or develop audiences for contemporary American music through the distribution of recorded performances in physical and online media, as well as the production of new recordings of contemporary American music and the reissuance of significant recordings that are no longer available. Preference will be given to first recordings, although reissues of significant recordings are eligible if the music is not available from other sources such as ArkivMusic, Amazon, or other Internet services at the time of application. The fund is interested primarily in supporting recordings of works by living American composers and those who are recently deceased and favors works that were composed more recently.

In general, grants will not exceed $20,000.

Proposals may be submitted by nonprofit professional performance ensembles, presenting institutions, and nonprofit or commercial recording companies. Non-professionals and students are not eligible. Projects sponsored by universities and similar educational institutions are not eligible.


Citizens Bank Grant

Citizens Helping Citizens Grant from Citizens Bank
Deadline Open

 At Citizens Bank, we care deeply about the communities we serve. That’s why we leverage the strengths of our company to fight hunger, provide shelter, teach money management, and strengthen communities. We call this Citizens Helping Citizens.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Bangor Cultural Grant

City of Bangor Commission on Cultural Development's Grant 
Deadline  02-01-2017

The Commission on Cultural Development enriches and advances Bangor as a vibrant city of arts and culture. Its mission is to support art and culture through funding, marketing, advocacy, and education to benefit citizens, visitors, and the economic and cultural vitality of the city. The Commission values all of Bangor’s artistic and cultural community, and warmly welcomes artists to attend.

The City of Bangor, Maine is a service center community of 33,039 residents and is the county seat of Penobscot County.  Bangor is the major commercial and cultural center for much of northern and eastern Maine.

Applications are accepted from artists and nonprofit organizations. Please follow instructions on the applications and get in touch with any questions. Our next funding cycle will be in the spring with applications due by May 1st.

If you or your organization has any questions, please contact Zeth Lundy, Cultural Liaison for the City of Bangor, via email or phone at (207) 992-4234.



Good360 Donations

Good360 product donation to community charities
Deadline Open

Good360 is the largest charity in the world that focuses on new product donations from corporations. We, in turn, provide these new products to 150,000 community charities in America and throughout the world.    Good360 partners with thousands of companies, including nearly half of the Fortune 100 consumer and retail product corporations. IBM, Mattel, Gap, Avon, Office Depot, HP, Adobe, Bed Bath & Beyond, Dell, Nike, RadioShack, Hanesbrands, and Talbots.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Humanities Youth Program Awards

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Call for Entries
Deadline 02-08-2017

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

The twelve award-winning programs this year will each receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman at a ceremony at the White House.

After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs are encouraged to apply. Please click the following link to access the online National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards


Nikon Photo Contest

Nikon Photo Contest 
Deadline 01-27-2017

The Nikon Photo Contest International has been held by Nikon Corporation since 1969 to provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich image-making culture for professionals and amateurs alike. No Entry Fee.


Monday, January 23, 2017

NEFA Creative City Sessions

New England Foundation for the Arts Creative City information Sessions
Event Dates- Multiple (in Boston) 
Deadline 02-21-2017

NEFA is excited to announce a series of grant information sessions focusing on Creative City, a three-year pilot that makes grants to Boston area artists to create projects of all disciplines that take place in the public realm in the city of Boston and integrate public participation into the artistic process and/or presentation. The next deadline to apply for the Creative City grant is February 21, 2017.

Artists who reside within route 495 in Massachusetts and are interested in re-imagining places for art, engaging public imagination, and inspiring community members to share in civic experiences in the public realm in the city of Boston are encouraged to apply for a Creative City grant.

These free information sessions are designed to help artists prepare applications. Participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the program background and the grant guidelines in advance. Artists are welcome to bring project ideas and questions about the application process to a Creative City info session.

Attending an information session is not required to apply for Creative City.

Registration is strongly encouraged for info sessions, as some sessions may be canceled if registration is low.

1.13.17 | Creative City Info Session | Downtown, 9:00AM-10:30AM
1.24.17 | Creative City Info Session | East Boston, 9:00AM-10:30AM
1.26.17 | Creative City Info Session | Egleston, 6:30PM-8:00PM
1.30.17 | Creative City Info Session | Allston, 5:30PM-7:00PM
1.31.17 | Creative City Info Session | Roxbury, 5:30PM-7:00PM
2.2.17 | Creative City Info Session | Roxbury, 5:30PM-7:00PM


ArtPlace America Grants

ArtPlace America, National Creative Placemaking Fund is Accepting Project Proposals
Deadline 02-14-2017 (registration deadline)
Deadline 02-22-2017 (application deadline) 

We are excited to announce that $10 million is available to fund projects that work with artists and arts organizations help build stronger, healthier communities anywhere in the United States.

We expect many people to apply – last year, we received 1,300 applications – so the competition will be stiff.  Recognizing that, we created a simple and focused application that consists of 4 questions, a one-number budget, and some basic identifying information.

If you are thinking about a project that:
1.Focuses on a neighborhood or other geographic community
2.Is looking to work on a community challenge related to agriculture/food; economic development; education/youth; environment/energy; health; housing, immigration; public safety; transportation; or workforce development
3.Has a way that artists, arts organizations, and/or arts activities can help address that challenge
4.Will have a way of knowing whether the project has made progress on the challenge



Sunday, January 22, 2017

Alexia Foundation Photography Grant

Alexia Foundation Invites Applications for Professional Photography Projects
Deadline 01-31-2017

The Alexia Foundation is accepting applications from individual photographers for its Professional Alexia Grant Program.

Through the program, a professional photographer or visual journalist will receive a $20,000 grant to produce a substantial body of work that shares/promotes the foundation's goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. The foundation welcomes proposals for still photography as well as multimedia projects.

There is a $50 application fee.

Photographers and visual journalists from any country may apply. Proposals for projects that have already received grants or awards of more than $1,000 in the previous calendar year are not eligible.


Ogunquit Playhouse Box Office Job

Ogunquit Playhouse seeks Box Office Lead Associate (Temporary/Seasonal)
Deadline 02-04-2017

The Ogunquit Playhouse seeks a Box Office Lead Associate for the world-renowned theatre. The primary focus of the position is to sell tickets and related products to the general public, groups, members and subscribers of the Ogunquit Playhouse while ensuring the highest quality customer service standards are met and maintained. The ideal candidate will demonstrate best practices in sales techniques and the show the ability to work professionally and collaboratively with fellow staff.  This position reports to the Customer Service Manager and Box Office Manager.  Previous Box Office experience desired.  Experience with Tessitura Network a plus.

Primary Responsibilities

Assist Box Office Manager and Customer Service Manager with daily Box Office operations, such as:
 Set Box Office duty schedule and monitor staff performance

Assist in overall sales including, but not limited to: single tickets, package deals, group deals, and lodging partners.
Assist patrons and potential patrons in a positive professional manner
Perform opening and closing duties
Balance cash drawer and enter nightly deposits
Monitor email and voice mail, responding effectively and efficiently
Assist Box Office staff with patron questions and challenges
Ensure Box Office staff are using common language with appropriate talking points
Process lodging partner orders and staff/production/volunteer comp tickets
Manage batch printing for day-of-show tickets and mailing orders
Monitor group sales line and process reservations
Monitor Box Office supplies and assist with re-order requests
Work with Front of House (FOH) staff to resolve patron issues on show days
Attend each performance within the first week of the show.
Keep Box Office staff appraised of Playhouse operations and management requests

Please email at: leslierandazzo@ogunquitplayhouse.org


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Spencer Foundation Education Projects Call

Spencer Foundation Invites Proposals for Education Research Projects
Deadline 02-01-2017

Established in 1962, the Spencer Foundation is dedicated to the belief that research is necessary to the improvement of education. To that end, the foundation supports high-quality investigations of education through its research programs and the strengthening and renewing of the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities.

Through its Small Research Grants Program, the foundation is accepting proposals for education research projects. In keeping with the foundation’s mission, the program aims to fund academic work that contributes to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. Examples of previously funded projects include an experimental study of how college students use visual representations in solving math problems; a study exploring the process of racial and rural identity formation among African-American high-school students who attend de facto segregated schools in the rural South; and a mixed-methods study focused on the different types of knowledge novice and experienced teachers draw on in teaching for reading comprehension

Grant amounts will range up to $50,000.

To be eligible, principal investigators and co-PIs must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field, or appropriate experience in an education research-related profession. In addition, the PI must be affiliated with a college, university, school district, nonprofit research facility, or nonprofit cultural institution that is willing to serve as the fiscal agent if the grant is awarded.

See the Spencer Foundation website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions.


Mid-Atlantic ArtsCONNECT Program

Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Accepting Proposals for Collaborative Performing Arts Tours
Deadline 03-17-2017

ArtsCONNECT, a program of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, is accepting proposals for projects that increase access to live performing arts engagements to audiences across the mid-Atlantic region, especially in underserved communities. Through the program, MAAF is interested in fostering the sharing of information, experiences, and resources among presenters so as to build strong networks for future presentations.

The program provides support for projects in which at least three performing arts presenters from two different states work collaboratively to present a touring solo artist or ensemble. Tours should include performances as well as activities such as artist discussions, lecture demonstrations, master classes, and workshops designed to build greater appreciation for the work of the touring artist or ensemble. The program is also designed to develop and deepen relationships among the region's presenters in order to build a more sustainable touring environment for professional performing artists.

Grant amounts will range between $1,000 and $10,000, except for projects that include the commissioning of new work, in which case grants cannot exceed $15,000. Grants are made directly to each presenter in a consortium whose project has been approved for support.

ArtsCONNECT supports projects that are conceived and developed collaboratively by consortia of presenters from within the mid-Atlantic region. All presenters participating in a consortium must be based in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, or West Virginia, and be designated by as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization under the Internal Revenue Code or be a unit of state or local government. In addition, projects must feature professional performing artists that have at least two years of touring experience.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Humanities Youth Program Awards

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
Deadline 02-08-2017

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

The twelve award-winning programs this year will each receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award at a ceremony at the White House. After-school and out-of-school-time arts and humanities programs, also known as Creative Youth Development programs, are encouraged to apply.

Awards Application: www.nahyp.org/how-to-apply

New Brunswick Public Art Call for Artists

New Brunswick Public Art Call for Artists
Deadline 02-17-2017

This is an invitation for professional artists from NB and elsewhere to submit proposals to design, create and install artwork at a new elementary school in Saint John, NB.

The total project budget is $20,000.

The new K-5 school will serve over 400 students, and teachers and staff in the Fundy Heights area of the city. This commission has a completion and installation deadline of December 2017. The commissioned art work should reflect the concepts of learning, community, and diversity. The school’s mission is to promote excellence in learning by recognizing the special nature of students of elementary school age in respect to their intellectual, physical, and social development.

The submission deadline is Friday, February 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm.

 For questions about the facility, contact Heather.Copp@gnb.ca

 All other questions, contact Caroline.Walker@gnb.ca



Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tides Institute Residence, Eastport

Artist-in-Residence Program at the Tides Institute & Museum of Art: call to visual artists
Deadline 02-01-2017

The StudioWorks Artist-in-Residence Program at the Tides Institute & Museum of Art (TIMA) offers residency opportunities to visual artists to deepen and develop their practice within a community setting. Our studios, museum and housing are located within the historic downtown and working waterfront of Eastport, Maine and overlook the U.S./Canada boundary. The StudioWorks building contains private studios, common work areas, and a ground floor printmaking and letterpress studio. The residency provides a unique experience for an artist to play an active role in our creative community. $25 application fee.

The StudioWorks program mission, supported by two national awards from ARTPLACE, is to place the arts in the center of the community, utilizing the arts and artists to foster, engage, and create a vital and vibrant downtown. Housing for visiting artists is provided in two adjacent buildings (Veterans Memorial Hall and Four Green Street) located one block away from StudioWorks and the museum.

Complete information at:

Fender Music Guitar Program

Fender Music Foundation Guitar Donations to Nonprofit Music Instruction Programs
Deadline Open 

Founded in 2005, the Fender Music Foundation awards instruments and equipment to eligible nonprofit music instruction programs. The donated items are lightly used, blemished, or otherwise imperfect and have been collected by the foundation from manufacturers and retailers.

The foundation currently is awarding acoustic guitars, electric guitars, acoustic-electric guitars, bass guitars, and the equipment necessary to play them. In addition, other traditional music instruments, including string instruments, woodwind instruments, brass instruments, percussion instruments, and keyboards, are sometimes available. DJ equipment and computers are not available through the program.

The foundation awards instruments only to music instruction programs at public schools or operated by 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. To qualify as a music instruction program, participants in the program must be learning how to make music and the program must fit into one of the following categories: in-school music classes, in which the students make music; afterschool music programs that are not run by the school; community music programs that offer music instruction to community members; and music therapy programs in which the participants make the music.

Music appreciation or entertainment programs do not qualify, nor do programs featuring professional or career musicians as instructors.



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Princess Grace Theater Awards Program

Princess Grace Foundation-USA Seeks Nominations for 2017 Theater Awards Program
Deadline: March 31, 2017 

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging theater, dance, and film artists who are at the beginning of their careers or an early stage of professional development.

The foundation is currently inviting nominations for its 2017 Theater Grants Program. The annual program provides financial assistance in the categories of Scholarships and Apprenticeships/Fellowships.

1) Scholarships: Tuition assistance will be awarded for the last year of professional training at a nonprofit school located in the United States. Grants are based on tuition costs only; no other expenses (i.e., room and board, materials, books, etc.) may be included.

2) Apprenticeships/Fellowships: Financial compensation will be provided to an individual artist (exclusive of benefits) nominated by a professional nonprofit theater company. Nominees may not have worked with the company for more than five years at the time of application. The strength of the partnership between the company and the artist is taken into serious consideration during the adjudication process.

To be eligible to nominate, professional nonprofit theater companies must employ professional artistic and administrative staff; have been in continuous operation as a nonprofit professional theater company for a minimum of three years; and have held a total of twenty weeks of rehearsal and performances for the current and previous three years. In addition, theaters must have demonstrated the ability to raise public and other private funds.



Portland Museum of Art Job

Portland Museum of Art seeks Director of Development (FT)
Deadline Open until filled

The Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is searching for a Director of Development. Under the direction of the Director, the Director of Development will lead the continuing transformation of fundraising efforts at the PMA. The Director of Development serves as a key cultivator and solicitor of donors, inspires constituents to higher levels of giving, and works collaboratively with museum staff and volunteers to ensure success in building strong constituent relationships and supporting the PMA’s strategic goal to build financial strength and sustainability. With an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibitions, the Portland Museum of Art is the cultural heart of Portland, Maine.

The PMA boasts significant holdings of American, European, and contemporary art, as well as iconic works from Maine—highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists. For position description listing responsibilities, qualifications, and application instructions, please visit http://www.portlandmuseum.org/about/employment  Job applications will be accepted electronically only and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

The Portland Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Henson Grants for Puppet Theater

Jim Henson Foundation Invites Grant Applications for Puppet Theater
Deadline: March 13, 2017  (Letters of Intent) 

The Jim Henson Foundation awards grants annually for the creation and development of innovative works of puppet theater.

1) Production grants of $7,000 will be awarded for the production of new works ready to be presented in 2018. Workshop grants of $3,000 are intended to support the development and work shopping of the pieces. Workshop grants and Production grants can be combined over a two-year period for the greatest benefit to the piece. However, a Production grant does not need to be proceeded by a Workshop grant and a Workshop grant in no way ensures a future Production grant.

2) Family Grants of $4,000 are intended to fund the development of new and innovative work specifically for children, families, and teenagers.

Grants are made only for the development of new works of live puppet theater. The foundation does not award funds for the presentation or remounting of existing work. Grants cannot be applied retroactively, and substantial portions of a proposed project must take place after the funds are awarded.

To be eligible, applicants must be considered tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Applications for international collaborations are accepted, but the primary artist and fiscal sponsor must be a U.S. citizen. Projects that will only take place outside the Unites States are not eligible for funding.



Tribeca Documentary Fund

The Tribeca Documentary Fund is accepting  applications
Deadline 02-05-2017

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries which highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. For films, based anywhere, that are in production or post-production with the intended premiere exhibition. Grants range from $10,000 to $25,000.

As mainstream media moves away from in-depth coverage of world affairs, domestic issues and social conflicts, the documentary has become an important and much needed tool to draw attention to the serious issues facing our world today. At the same time, the craft of the documentary is expanding in exciting directions, merging diverse points-of-view with new technologies and responding to the immediacy of the internet.

The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund seeks feature-length documentaries that are in production or post-production. Eligible films highlight the most critical, important stories affecting the world we live in today told in a humanizing, illuminating way. We are looking for films which challenge the status quo not just as it pertains to subject matter but also in form. Films should be able to exist on multiple distribution platforms and should resonate with a wide audience.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Maine Arts Commission Workshops

Maine Arts Iditarod Community Arts Discussions
Event Date - Multiple 

The Maine Arts Commission is coming to Maine communities this winter. The Arts Iditarod 2017 will feature Commission staff braving the elements to travel around the state in January and February.

The Iditarod will include conversations and information sharing on the following topics: Grants; Using Data to Tell Your Story; the National Endowment for the Arts' Creativity Connects initiative; the Arts Education Census results and actions; Building Cultural Equity in Maine, and -- whatever you bring to the table. These community forums are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, January 17
12:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Portland Public Library
(Rines Auditorium & Room 3)
5 Monument Square
Portland, ME 04101

Thursday, January 19
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine
(Auditorium & Classroom)
Klahr Center
University of Maine at Augusta
46 University Drive
Augusta, ME 04330

Monday, January 23
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Schoodic Arts for All
(Hammond Hall)
427 Main Street
Winter Harbor, ME 04693

Thursday, January 26
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Waterfall Arts
(Fall Out Shelter & Bridge Room)
256 High Street
Belfast, ME 04915

Tuesday, January 31
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Bangor Public Library
(Community Room)
145 Harlow Street
Bangor, ME 04401

Wednesday, February 8
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Museums of Old York
(Parson Center)
3 Lindsay Road
York, ME 03909

Tuesday, February 21
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Wintergreen Arts Center
149 State Street
Presque Isle, ME 04769


Maine Farmland Trust Residency

Maine Farmland Trust Artist Residency for Maine Visual Artists
Deadline 03-01-2017

The Visual Artist Residency is one month long, with 2 artists per months attending for July, August and September. It includes a private room with shared bathroom in the renovated farmhouse at Rolling Acres Farm, shared kitchen and living space, and a private studio space in the barn with a large art table and easel. The residents will have three shared dinners a month which will be attended by the residency directors and one or more visiting artists (two dinners will be prepared by a local chef, one will be a potluck). At these gatherings, there will be opportunities for structured critiques by established artists. Beyond these shared dinners, residents will be responsible for all their own meals. Residents will receive a $1000 stipend and local food coupons for the value of $400. Residents will need to provide all art materials and are expected to participate in an open studio day at the end of their residency.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Maine Indy Film Competition Call

Maine Film Initiative call to Maine filmmakers
Deadline 02-28-2017 (late 03-21-2017)

Calling all indie filmmakers! There's a new statewide competition for Maine screenplays and pilots. The winner gets his or her film made.

We want your screenplays and pilots. We want films that we can make here in our wonderful state, bold and original stories that will take advantage of everything Maine has to offer as a film-making destination. Give us something interesting we can make here, and we will make it.

This production will be funded by the application fees from the contest. Our goal and our hope is that there will be enough money over and above the cash awards, paying readers, and small amount of overhead, to finance a Maine film production, using the talented cast and crew available to us right here in the Pine Tree State.

MFI will collaborate directly with the winning writer, inviting them to participate in every step of the process. It might be a five hundred dollar short. It might be two hundred thousand dollar feature. The scope of the production depends on the number of entries we receive.

Our goal with MFI is to reward daring screenwriters and support local film artists. We want to encourage making movies in Maine by making a movie in Maine…maybe your movie!


Waterville Creates! Job

Waterville Creates! needs a part time Bookkeeper
Deadline 01-31-2017

Waterville Creates! (WC!) is seeking a skilled Bookkeeper to maintain current and accurate financial records, including purchases, sales, receipts and payments, for Waterville Creates! and its partner, the Waterville Opera House (WOH). Additional partners may be added at a later date.

The Bookkeeper will work closely with WC! and WOH management to record all day-to-day financial transactions of the organizations, process accounts receivable and accounts payable, and create and analyze monthly and annual financial reports. The Bookkeeper position will report to vice president of programs & operations of WC! and will also work closely with the treasurers of WC!, WOH, and any other partner organization that may contract with WC! for bookkeeping services. This is a part-time position (estimated at 16-20 hours/week) with the opportunity for growth.

Bookkeeper Essential Functions:

  • Conducts all duties associated with weekly accounts payable, including: interacting with staff and vendors; processing invoices; expense coding; and data entry.
  • Conducts all duties associated with accounts receivable, including: creating invoices; recording receipt of funds; depositing accounts receivable into bank accounts.
  • Communicates (both in verbal and written form) with suppliers, vendors, and banking contacts.
  • Keeps track of assets and liabilities.
  • Prepares appropriate schedules and reports as requested.
  • Enters payroll into QuickBooks using reports from payroll company.
  • Performs monthly bank reconciliations.
  • Assists in the preparation, entry, and tracking of budgets.
  • Assists accountants on tax return preparation.
  • Generates 1099s.
  • Performs other duties as assigned from time to time.
  • Assists with grant tracking and reporting.

Education, Experience, and Skills Required:

  • Minimum of two years responsible accounting or bookkeeping experience including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and financial reports.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the variety of financial statements and their purposes.
  • Ability to perform several tasks concurrently with ease and professionalism.
  • Proficiency with QuickBooks.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, verbally and in writing.
  • Must be able to keep financial matters strictly confidential.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and customer service skills.
  • Experience working with nonprofit organizations.

Submit cover letter and resume via email (preferred) to office@watervillecreates.org

or via hard copy to

Waterville Creates
93 Main Street, Suite 201,
Waterville, ME 04901


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Ogunquit Playhouse Job

Ogunquit Playhouse seeks Marketing and Public Relations Manager (FT)
Deadline Until filled

The Ogunquit Playhouse seeks a Marketing and Public Relations Manager to join the fast-paced, exciting Marketing Department. The Marketing and Public Relations Manager assists with the department focus to drive company-wide earned revenue sales through advertising, marketing promotions, press relations, promotional events and social media. The Marketing and Public Relations Manager is responsible for assisting in developing and implementing messaging for advertising campaigns, as well as for producing promotional materials and collateral for all departments alongside the Marketing Design Manager and Director of Marketing/PR. The Marketing Manager is also responsible for managing all social media platforms; digital advertising including eNews, Facebook, Google, and other outlets; and tracking and reporting on these and other marketing efforts. This position also provides public relations and design/production support. Start date, February 2017

The ideal candidate is creative, organized, and goal-oriented with a professional demeanor and the ability to communicate and conduct themselves with grace in a high profile and fast-paced environment. The Marketing Manager must be a capable and confident independent worker while also being able to work well in a collaborative environment. Experience working in theatre or non-profit marketing department

Education/Experience Requirements:

Experience in marketing department of a theatre, non-profit, professional establishment or Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, Communications, Marketing or related field. Must be proficient in Adobe CC (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator), Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook); Google products, including Gmail, Calendar, Drive; social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram; Knowledge of ticketing system or Tessitura and budget-management skills a plus.

Please email leslierandazzo@ogunquitplayhouse.org

NEA Fast-Track Grants

National Endowment for the Arts Accepting Applications for Challenge America Fast-Track Grants
Deadline 04-13-2017 

 The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications from small and midsize organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, including those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

Through the Challenge America Fast-Track grants program, NEA will award grants of $10,000 to projects designed to extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. A minimum match of $10,000 from an outside funder is required. Applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside the arts, as appropriate to their projects.

To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization; a unit of state or local government; or a federally recognized tribal community or tribe. Applicants may be an arts organization, a local arts agency, an arts service organization, a local education agency (school district), or other organization able to help advance NEA's goals. All organizations must have a three-year history of programming prior to the application deadline.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Bates Dance Festival Internships

Bates Dance Festival call for interns
Deadline 02-01-2017

The Festival’s internship program offers qualified individuals an opportunity to work side-by-side with the Festival’s professional staff. Interns receive on-the-job training in technical production, video/media, arts administration or dance education, while gaining valuable contacts and in-depth knowledge of contemporary dance.

Housing, meals and complimentary tickets to performances are provided. Dance education, administration and video interns may register for up to two classes a day. Technical Production interns may register for one class a day and will receive a $200 stipend (upon submission of receipts) to assist with travel.


Waging Peace, FL

MoFA Call to Artists for Waging Peace Show, Florida
Deadline 01-31-2017

This exhibition is conceived in the spirit of Picasso's Guernica. The selection committee, a committee of educators, is seeking artworks that comment upon an active striving toward peace in some way. Peace represented by pastoral scenes, tranquility, heaven, or cliched symbols will not be accepted.

Color catalogue. Exhibition scheduled for May 11 to July 8 2018.
No Entry Fee.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Portland Symphony Orchestra Job

Portland Symphony Orchestra seeks a Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager (FT)
Deadline 01-31-2017

The Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager is responsible for developing relationships with Foundations and Corporations, determining if interests align, meeting with and introducing key staff, soliciting gifts, writing proposals and reports and stewarding grants.

As a key relationship builder to the PSO, this person must have a deep understanding of the PSO’s artistic and educational programs, as well as a passion for the Symphony’s mission of serving our community by enriching lives through music.

The desired candidate will provide expertise to advance the PSO’s mission by researching and identifying sources of supporting, proactively seeking opportunities to generate new proposals based on corporate or foundation guidelines and interests, managing the grants and sponsorship calendar, and maintaining strong communication ties with corporate and foundation donors and prospects. This position collaborates with Symphony staff about funding priorities and activation of sponsorships.

Duties include:

  • stewarding the corporate and foundation relationships for the Symphony
  • developing relationships through personal meetings, emails, letters with corporate and foundation decision makers and introducing them to appropriate PSO personnel
  • developing strategies for attaining gifts from corporations and foundations
  • soliciting corporations for annual support and sponsorships as well as campaign gifts and naming opportunities
  • with the encouragement of Foundations, writing grants for projects that align with the goals and needs of the PSO and managing the entire funding process
  • working with key staff and departments within the PSO to understand their funding needs
  • researching  prospective funders
  • working closely with the Symphony’s Development team to meet the organization’s financial goals

The Symphony seeks someone with a bachelor’s degree and 3 to 5 years working in a Development Office or other related sales experience. This person should be an energetic, ambitious, fearless, and goal-oriented individual who has the ability to work independently and collaboratively. This person should also have a talent for building strong relationships across constituencies, be able to maintain professionalism internally and externally, and be able to maintain confidentiality of donor information.

Qualifications for the job include: excellent verbal and written communication skills; knowledge of philanthropy best practices; strong computer skills; experience building relationships with funders; prioritizing tasks to meet deadlines and financial goals; and appreciation for the Symphony’s artistic and educational programs and activities. Raiser’s Edge experience or other relational database experience is also recommended.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Leah Robertson, Director of Development at lrobertson@portlandsymphony.org


Shakespeare in American Communities

Shakespeare in American Communities request for proposals
Deadline 02-02-2017

Grant Award: $25,000
Up to 40 theater companies will be selected

Shakespeare in American Communities is a national theater program of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest bringing performances and educational activities to audiences across the country.

The program reaches middle- and high-school students in underserved schools throughout the United States with high-quality, professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays.

Arts Midwest invites proposals from nonprofit theater companies to perform works by Shakespeare for middle- and high-school students. Grants will be awarded to up to 40 theater companies to support performances and educational activities for students from a minimum of 10 schools. Applicant review will be based on artistic excellence and merit.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Crooked Tree Residency, Michigan

Crooked Tree Arts Center Artist in Residency Program at Good Hart
Deadline 01-31-2017

The CTAC Artist in Residency Program in Good Hart offers 2 and 4 week residencies to dedicated, emerging 2D artists. The residency is located in beautiful, rural, Emmet County, in Northern Michigan, a short distance from Lake Michigan. The residency provides artists with a live/work studio, meals, and a quiet setting to concentrate on creative work.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Glacier National Park Residence

Artist in Residence - Glacier National Park
Deadline 01-31-2017

Each session of the Artist-in-Residence program offers the artist four weeks of uninterrupted time to pursue their artistic discipline. It also provides the artist with a furnished house located in the park.
 The artist is required to present several public programs during their residency. The programs must be related to their experience as the artist-in-residence and can be demonstrations, talks, exploratory walks, or performances. Digital images of selected work produced as a part of the residency may be used in park publications, websites and presentations for education and outreach.
 Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Who Can You Trust Contest, Writing

Who Can You Trust Contest Writing Opportunity 
Deadline 01-16-2017

St. Martin's Press is giving five lucky winners the opportunity to be published in A Divided Spy by New York Times bestselling author Charles Cumming. The theme of trust looms large in A Divided Spy. To enter the contest, write up to 1,000 words on how trust (or distrust) has changed your outlook.

Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, style, and integrity. No Entry Fee.


Monday, January 9, 2017

Woodstock Artist In Residence

Woodstock Artist In Residence (AIR) 2017
Deadline 01-16-2017

The Center for Photography at Woodstock Artist In Residence Program is designed to support US-based artists and curators/scholars/critics of color working in photography. WOODSTOCK AIR provides access to facilities, financial, critical, and technical support. The drive for this program is to free the residents from the busy routines and demands of everyday life – and to provide a sanctuary for creativity. Each year CPW offers seven residencies for artists of color and one residency for a curator/critic of color. Residencies are one month in duration, and occur from May through September.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

StudioWorks Artist-in-Residence

StudioWorks Artist-in-Residence Program: Eastport Maine
Deadline 02-01-2017

Located on the border between New England and the Atlantic Provinces, the Tides Institute & Museum of Art (TIMA) looks out to sweeping views of neighboring Canadian islands. The Institute’s activities reflect this cross-border perspective. TIMA acts as both a cultural resource as well as cultural catalyst with collections, summer exhibitions, programs and nearby StudioWorks facility which houses a printmaking/letterpress facility and artist-in-residence program with studio spaces. TIMA is the first Maine institution to receive funding from the national ArtPlace initiative with their support for TIMA’s regional, cross-border, and wide-ranging Artsipelago project.

To apply, follow this link to our page on Submittable:

If you have any questions:


Saturday, January 7, 2017

Barbara Deming Fund

Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for feminists in the arts
Deadline 01-31-2017

The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund gives encouragement and grants to individual feminists in the arts, specifically writers and visual artists, in the United States and Canada. $25 application fee.

Grants of up $1,500 will be awarded to women poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, visual artists, and mixed-genre (illustration and text) artists whose work in some way focuses on women. Priority will be given to projects that have been initiated or are well under way and for which the artist has substantial work to show.

The fund does not support theater, playscripts, videos, or work that is or will be self-published. It also does not provide funds for editing services, business projects, or emergency situations for people in need.


Friday, January 6, 2017

Farmland Trust Art Residency

Maine Farmland Trust - Agriculture & Art Resident at Joseph A. Fiore Art Center
Deadline 02-01-2017

The ideal candidate is an artist/creative with at least two years of solid organic gardening experience (enough to garden with minimal supervision), who would love to be immersed in an artist residency experience with serious visual artists, while being responsible for the Fiore Center's farm and garden. They would take advantage of their residency by devoting much of their extra time to their own creative work. All mediums and genres are welcome, though we are especially interested in creatives who would like to explore how working in close communion with the land would inform and develop their artistic practice.


MANP Seeks Training Coordinator

Maine Association of Nonprofits seeks Training Program Coordinator
Deadline 01-09-2017

The Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP), a statewide membership organization dedicated to strengthening the leadership, voice and management effectiveness of Maine's nonprofit organizations, is seeking a Program Coordinator to provide support for education and training programs. This is a full-time position based in our Portland office which requires travel to various regions of the state.

This position works with the Director of Education and Event Assistant to organize, promote, deliver and evaluate training and education programs, but will also assist other staff responsible for overseeing events. The position frequently interacts with program participants, volunteers, vendors and partners; therefore, strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships are essential.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

MANP Advocay Job

Maine Association of Nonprofits seeks Advocay + Public Relations Manager Job 
Deadline 01-09-2017

The Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP), a statewide membership organization dedicated to strengthening the leadership, voice and management effectiveness of Maine's nonprofit organizations, is seeking a skilled communicator and project manager with a public policy background.

The manager will:

- Manage the organization's advocacy/public affairs activities and communications with direction from the Executive Director and/or Board.

- Research and develop policy positions and coordinate grassroots and/or lobbying strategies to advance issues/priorities identified by the Advocacy Committee.

- Coordinate MANP's Advocacy Network, including planning special events.

- Develop messaging and coordinate campaigns to strengthen the collective voice of sector, including managing Nonprofit Day events and campaigns; collecting and crafting case studies representing the economic and social impact of Maine nonprofits; conducting presentations about the sector to key stakeholder groups; identifying opportunities for MANP to represent the sector in the press.

- Manage and coordinate all media relations and advertising.

- Develop/compile resources/tools and coordinate and/or deliver training to educate nonprofit staff and volunteers about legal and effective advocacy.

- Represent MANP at public events.

- Support the Executive Director to raise grant, advertising, and sponsorship funds to underwrite the MANP Advocacy Program and other MANP operations.

Requirements: BA and 5 or more years of experience in marketing/communications and/or public affairs.

Desired skills/attributes: Exceptional oral and written communications skills. Strong project management skills. Public policy and/or lobbying experience. Comfort with Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Molly OConnell



American Music Abroad Exchange

American Music Abroad Invites Applications for International Exchange Program
Deadline 01-27-2017

American Music Abroad, a partnership of American Voices and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is an international exchange program designed to share America's rich musical contributions and diverse culture with audiences around the world.

Each year, approximately ten ensembles are selected to conduct a month-long regional cultural exchange tour in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Central and South America, or the Middle East. As part of their program activities, selected ensembles will perform high-profile public concerts, engage in intensive collaborations with local musicians, lead jam sessions, appear in local media, and offer educational activities such as workshops, music business training for aspiring musicians, and motivational and education programs for underserved youth. Musicians will also feature their music and share their expertise through Skype chats and Internet radio broadcasts on AMA Radio.

Prior to its tour, each ensemble will participate in the American Music Abroad@Home program in Washington, D.C., which includes a concert or education program in a local school or community center and an orientation at the State Department. All events nationally and internationally may be recorded, posted on social media, and broadcast non-commercially.

AMA tours operate under the official auspices of the U.S. government. The State Department funds international travel, hotels, and an allowance for meals and incidental expenses. In addition, a tour honorarium of $200 per day is awarded to each individual musician in an ensemble. American Voices organizes the tours with the input of ECA/State Department and the participating U.S. embassies and consulates.

Participating musician must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, and either hold or be able to obtain a valid U.S. passport.

For complete program guidelines, information about last year's participants, and application instructions, see the AMA website.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Festival Presenter Conference

Atlantic Presenters Association ShiftChange: Festival Perspectives from Atlantic Canada and Beyond
Event Date February 23rd – 25th 2017
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Hosted by the APA, ShiftChange invites festival presenters to attend three days of festival focussed programming and networking in Halifax, Nova Scotia. ShiftChange will equip festival presenters with educational initiatives to make their festivals stronger and more sustainable, creating amazing opportunities to discover what is new and trending from leading experts, share ideas and collaborate with colleagues, and connect with festival service providers in the Solutions Centre Marketplace.

ShiftChange is open to all festival presenters across Canada and beyond!

Registration rates are as follows:

Festival Delegate - APA Member: $75.00
Festival Delegate: $100.00
Industry Delegate: $125.00

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

MLTI Screensaver Challenge

Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) Screensaver Challenge for Maine students
Deadline 01-17-2017

For the past 8 years the Maine Learning Technology Initiative has provided the opportunity for students to submit their artwork to be considered for the MLTI devices.


Portland Fine Craft Show Call

Third annual Portland Fine Craft Show, call for artists 
Deadline 01-130-2017
Event date August 26, 2017 

The MCA will present the third annual Portland Fine Craft Show on August 26, 2017 on Congress Street in Portland, Maine. The show is free and open to the public, taking place between High St and State St.

The show features 100 juried exhibitors from the greater New England area exhibiting fine craft in the following media categories: baskets, ceramics, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone and wood as well as outreach booths exhibiting the work of international artists new to Maine and food trucks in Longfellow Square.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya Competition

Kurt Weill Foundation Invites Applications from Vocalists for Lotte Lenya Competition
Deadline 01-23-2017

Founded in 1962, the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music is dedicated to promoting understanding of the life and works of composers Kurt Weill (1900-1950) and Marc Blitzstein (1905-1963) and preserving the legacies of Weill and his wife, actress-singer Lotte Lenya (1898-1981).

In 1998, to honor the centenary of the birth of Lenya, the foundation established the annual Lotte Lenya Competition, an international contest that bridges the worlds of opera/operetta and Broadway musical theater. More than a vocal competition, the contest emphasizes wide-ranging repertoire and the acting of songs and arias within a dramatic context. The 2017 competition seeks exceptionally talented young singer/actors who excel in a wide range of musical theater styles to compete for first-, second-, and third-place prizes of $20,000, $15,000, and $10,000.

The competition is open to singer/actors of all nationalities, ages 19–32 (born after 23 April 1984 and before 24 January 1998).


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Jane's Trust Grant

Jane's Trust Grant for Community Improvement
Deadline 01-25-2017

Jane's Trust makes grants to address important issues in the Trust's fields of interest and areas of geographical focus, and are interested primarily in organizations and projects which benefit underserved populations and disadvantaged communities.

The Trust supports collaborations among nonprofit organizations and welcomes joint applications, and encourages grant requests and collaborations that bridge two or more areas of interest. Application is a two step process involving first the submission of an initial inquiry and then, only upon request from the Trustees, the submission of a full proposal. The Trustees meet several times per year to consider requests, although payment of all grants is in December.