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Touring Grants Support Maryland Presenters and Performers

Touring Grants Support Maryland Presenters and Performers


Grants help send artists to performance venues across the state

July 03, 2014Press Release

Joe’s Movement Emporium, The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the Caroline County Public Library and  Common Ground on the Hill are among the 31 organizations selected to receive Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Maryland Touring Grants totaling $63,500.

Each grant recipient will commit matching funds to present an artist from the MSAC’s highly competitive Maryland Performing Artist Touring Roster, a vetted list of 59 Maryland-based musicians and dancers, including classical guitar aficionados Beijing Guitar Duo; Baltimore-based singer, song writer and multi-instrumentalist Victoria Vox; and former Kennedy Center/United States State Department Jazz Ambassadors, The Eric Byrd Trio.

“The Maryland Touring Grant and its accompanying Maryland Touring Roster generate booking opportunities for artists,” said Amy Grossmann, program director, MSAC. “But arts organizations also benefit from the opportunity to enhance their programs, and of course, Maryland citizens get to enjoy world-class performers in their communities.”

One such opportunity will be at the 17th annual Common Ground on the Hill Festival, July 12-13 in Westminster, where MSAC Touring Artists Slim Harrison and Sankofa Dance Theater will be presented.  

“Slim Harrison plays music that’s derivative of southern Appalachian song and dance music and is a magnet for children and families,” said Common Ground on the Hill Executive Director Walt Michael. “The Maryland Touring Grant really helps us to present him.”

A Frederick native, Harrison performs traditional American roots music on fiddle, banjo, mountain dulcimer, and other instruments, and is also an accomplished barn dance caller, clogger, storyteller and instrument builder who has performed at The Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap and other national and international venues. 

For more information on applying to the Maryland Touring 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 or call (410) 767-6555 or TTY 1-800-735-2258