Iber Exchange Grant Program

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

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Next predicted deadline: Oct 1, 2023 (Full proposal)

Later predicted deadlines: Apr 25, 2024 (Full proposal)

Grant amount: US $2,000 - US $8,000

Fields of work: Music Cross-Cultural Understanding & Exchanges

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York Show all

Location of residency: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York Show all

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NOTE: Artists must apply to Ibermúsicas for support before October 1, 2022. All presenters interested in receiving grant subsidies and forming part of selected tours must submit their online grant form by April 25, 2023. Presenters must invite artists for a public performance in addition to a community engagement activity between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024.


Mid Atlantic Arts was established to promote and support multi-state arts programming in a region that includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia. It is one of six regional arts organizations in the United States, and works in close partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and its member state and jurisdictional arts agencies. Mid Atlantic Arts distinguishes itself through its work in international cultural exchange, model programs in performing arts touring, its knowledge and presence in the jazz field, and its support of folk and traditional arts.


Mid Atlantic Arts nurtures and funds the creation and presentation of diverse artistic expression and connects people to meaningful arts experiences within our region and beyond.


Mid Atlantic Arts envisions a future in which artists and creators are actively engaged with diverse communities to energize the transformative power of the arts.

Iber Exchange Grant Program

Mid Atlantic Arts believes in the power of the arts to promote a greater understanding of other cultures. Iber Exchange is a grant program designed to increase availability of international music programming throughout the Mid Atlantic region and to promote a greater understanding of other cultures through the performing arts. Iber Exchange provides fee support grants to nonprofit presenters located in the mid-Atlantic region that contract artists as part of the Iber Exchange program in collaboration with the Ibermúsicas organization.

Mid Atlantic Arts recognizes that international touring is most cost-effective for presenters and artists when multiple presenters collaborate to bring an artist to various communities in one trip. This program offers the opportunity for both presenters and artists to receive funding to facilitate collaborative cultural exchange.

About Ibermúsicas

Ibermúsicas is a nongovernmental organization dedicated to supporting the diversity and growth of the Iberoamerican music sector. Members include Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and Uruguay. Ibermúsicas provides grants to support the mobility and development of musicians in their member countries.

How it Works

This initiative is a partnership grant program featuring cross-cultural collaboration between artists and presenters.

  • Artist Selection: 
    • Artists must be based in Ibermúsicas’ member countries to apply for funding and meet eligibility criteria.
    • Nonprofit presenters in mid-Atlantic Arts’ region interested in inviting an international music ensemble or solo musician should provide a letter of invitation to the artist so that artists can apply directly to Ibermúsicas.
    • Artists selected following panel review will receive grant support directly from Ibermúsicas to defray visa costs.
  • Presenter Grant Support:
    • Nonprofit mid-Atlantic presenters who provided letters of invitation to these artists when they applied to Ibermúsicas will be eligible for grant support from Mid Atlantic Arts for up to 50% of the negotiated artist fee.
    • Grants will generally range between $2,000 - $8,000 per presenter.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Presenter Eligibility
    • In order to receive fee support grants, a presenting organization must:
      • Be based anywhere in the mid-Atlantic jurisdiction: the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
      • Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or a unit of state or local government. Units of state or local government must provide a document on official letterhead to confirm status as a government entity.
      • Be in good standing with Mid Atlantic Arts, with no overdue or outstanding required reports and/or grant documents.
      • For this program, a presenter is defined as an organization that regularly schedules and engages professional artists to perform before general audiences in its community and manages the related performance logistics as an ongoing and significant component of their organization’s activity.
      • We encourage the participation of presenters from a variety of eligible organizations including: organizations that serve populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by ethnicity, economics, geography, or disability; organizations with small and medium-sized budgets; organizations from rural or urban communities; and organizations that may be receiving funding from Mid Atlantic Arts for the first time.
      • Presenters will be selected on the strength of their proposed activity engagement as well as compelling outreach to their community.
  • Engagement Requirements
    • In order to receive fee support grants a presenting organization must:
      • Enter into a contract with an Ibermúsicas-selected artist for at least one public performance and at least one community engagement activity that builds appreciation for the performance or art form and provides the public with opportunities for direct interaction with the visiting artists.
      • Presenters will be selected on the strength of their proposed activity engagement as well as compelling outreach to their community. Community engagement activities may include, but are not limited to, master classes, lecture-demonstrations, workshops, and pre- or post- performance discussions.
      • The activity offered must involve the featured artist(s).
      • Presenters must discuss the community engagement activity and the artist’s involvement and include these activities in their negotiations.
      • Presenters must provide details on community engagement plans before being confirmed for a grant award.
  • An eligible presenter can receive one award per year provided each engagement meets program guidelines.
  • Fee support grants are first come, first served. Presenters are encouraged to secure artist engagements as soon as possible.
  • Funding awarded by Mid Atlantic Arts is restricted to the specific, direct costs of the project.
  • Grants must be matched on a 1:1 basis.
    • The match may not include Federal funds and the grant and the required match may not be used to match other Federal funds whether they are received directly from a Federal agency or indirectly, such as through a state agency or other entity.
  • Any air travel directly paid by the presenter in whole or in part with this grant or the match must follow the provisions of the Fly America Act.
    • Any air travel must be done on a U.S. flag air carrier which can include service provided under a code share agreement with a foreign air carrier when the ticket, or documentation for an electronic ticket, identifies the U.S. flag air carrier’s designator code and flight number.


  • Presenters reaching communities whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability will be given priority consideration for support.


  • Fiscal sponsorship is not permitted for this program.
  • Funding may not be used for indirect costs.


This page was last reviewed August 19, 2022 and last updated August 19, 2022