The USArtists International® (USAI) application is now open and updated guidelines are available. If you have an eligible international engagement happening between January 15, 2024 and June 30, 2025, you can apply at the September 29 deadline. Read the program guidelines to confirm eligibility before applying.
Deadline September 29, 2023
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USArtists International® supports in-person performances by U.S. artists at engagements at international festivals and global presenting arts marketplaces outside of the United States. Performing abroad can lead to artistic growth and can expand an artist's career by providing connections with presenters, curators, and fellow artists. Grants of up to $15,000 toward eligible expenses are available across all performing arts practices and disciplines.
Submit your application by September 29, 2023
Updated USAI program guidelines have been published. Read through them before applying, and see select highlights below:
- Did you recently receive a USAI grant? You now have to wait a little longer before applying for the grant again. After receiving notice of grant approval, USAI grantees must wait to reapply until 12 months have passed from the Grant Award Date as listed in your Grant Award Agreement.
- There will be two application deadlines this year, one on September 29th, 2023 for engagements taking place between January 15, 2024 and June 30, 2025, and one on March 27, 2024 for engagements taking place between July 1, 2024 and June 30, 2025.
- Applicants can request up to $15,000 in grant support toward eligible expenses.
- Artistic Merit application review criteria have received a slight update.
Is Your UEI Ready?
All applicants must now have a SAM.gov UEI number in order to apply for or receive a USArtists International Grant. Individuals applying with a Fiscal Sponsor do not need a SAM UEI but the Fiscal Sponsor will be required to submit theirs. Acquiring a SAM UEI is a free, but potentially slow, process. Learn more on our website and get started before the deadline.
UNA Productions is a dance production company, founded in 2013 by Artistic Director and Choreographer Chuck Wilt, that creates original productions that incorporate contemporary dance, live-music, and drag performance. They recently performed at the Chutzpah! Festival in Canada with support from USAI.
Wilt shared that their engagement enabled them to "present our evening-length work Grass is Green and engage with international audiences in Canada through the performance and conversations paired with the show. Grass is Green is an evening-length work for six dancers and drag queen/live cellist/live pianist, Rose Nylons. Grass is Green considers cycles of destruction and rebirth both within humanity and the land we are a part of. Our goal was to provide visibility for Queer focused dance, a predominantly Queer cast and engage in conversations surrounding themes of the show with Vancouver audiences... This was a very impactful, direct engagement with the community. Participation in this festival allowed us to further our relationship with the Chutzpah! Festival...Additionally it exposed us to being able to partner with a developing performance series and artist in residence program, BC Movement Arts Society, which we plan to partner with in future years for performances and outreach in rural BC communities."
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