Touring Grants Support Maryland Presenters And Performers
BlackRock Center for the Arts, Caroline County Public Library, The Garrett Lakes Arts Festival and the Baltimore Theatre Project are among the 18 Maryland arts organizations or programs to receive a FY2014 Maryland Touring Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC). The grants, which total $46,330, will be matched by the recipients and applied toward the cost of presenting performances by 20 Maryland artists.
“The Touring Grant is a resource for Maryland's performing arts presenters to look within our state’s incredible wealth of artistic talent and innovation,” said Theresa Colvin, MSAC executive director. “And, the grant supports opportunities for communities across the state to experience and learn about artists and performing arts that are unique to other Maryland regions.”
Baltimore Theatre Project received a Maryland Touring Grant. Photo by Maria Baranova.
Through the Maryland Touring Grant, eligible presenting arts organizations and programs can apply for a grant that defrays the cost of presenting an artist on the Maryland Touring Artist Roster. The Roster, which is maintained by the Maryland State Arts Council, accepts applications from Maryland artists that are ultimately selected by a peer review panel on the basis of artistic merit and a demonstrated history of successful touring engagements.
Richard Smith, Program Coordinator for the Caroline County Public Library said that the grant is a boost to the local community, where there is a demand for live music—especially jazz and blues. “In Caroline County, we don’t have a dedicated music venue that draws performers to the area, but our library has excellent acoustics, lighting and sound and that’s where Eric Byrd Trio—a quality jazz act—will be next winter, performing free.” The performance is set to be part of Friday Nights in Caroline, a partnership between the Caroline County Public Library and the Caroline County Arts Council that offers variety of free entertainment to residents of Caroline County from October to March.
For more information on applying to the Maryland Artist Roster or applying for a Maryland Touring Grant, contact MSAC Program Director, Amy Grossmann.
The Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, is dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive and enhance communities. For more information about the Maryland State Arts Council visit www.msac.org or call (410) 767-6555 or TTY 1-800-735-2258.