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The Maryland Touring Grant, a grant program of the Maryland State Arts Council, provides matching funding (up to $5,000) to eligible Maryland-based non-profit organizations to support artist presentations on the Maryland Performing Artists Touring Roster. The grant increases opportunities for residents of Maryland to experience high-quality and engaging performances in their own communities and neighborhoods.

The Maryland Touring Grant and the Maryland Performing Artists Touring Roster work together to promote the artistic collaboration between local artists and presenters. View the Maryland Performing Artists Touring Roster to find a list of Maryland-based performing artists who have been selected through a peer review process, in which they are rated on artistic merit and a demonstrated history of successful touring engagements.

Who can apply for this grant?

Non-profit organizations (including but not limited to libraries, festivals, places of worship, museums, etc.)who are seeking funding to host and present dynamic performances to the public.

Before you apply:

Contact and negotiate the details of the event/activity with the performing artists from the Maryland Performing Artist Touring Roster.

How do I apply?

Step #1

Ensure your event takes place 90 days after the submission of your event/activity you’re applying for, and proposed artistic presentations/projects are open to the public and take place within 18-months of application submission.

Step #2

Register your organization in SmartSimple (if not done already) and access the application. (Reach out to a Program Director with any questions you may have!)

Step #3

Submit your Maryland Touring Grant application in SmartSimple (Deadline for quarterly review: January 1, 2020)

In order to ensure that payment is received prior to the funded activity, applications must be received 3 months prior to the first day of the review month, in order to be evaluated during that quarter. July 1 (for activities occurring after October 1), October 1 (for activities occurring after January 1), January 1 (for activities occurring after April 1), and April 1 (for activities occurring after July 1).

Questions? Contact Program Directors Emily Sollenberger or Laura Weiss for assistance.


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