Travel Assistance Fund


As a component of WAA’s Advancing Indigenous Performance (AIP) program, the Artists Travel Assistance Fund is a travel subsidy award program to assist U.S.-based Indigenous* performing artists with building partnerships and networking with other artists or presenters that may include showcases, conferences, or other related professional development activities that will lead to future presenting and touring opportunities. Although travel assistance funds are not to be used by artists to research and develop new work, they may be used to promote work to a potential presenter that is recently completed or will be tour ready within 12 months.

* In AIP forms and documents, the term Indigenous refers to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian, as well as Native/First Peoples of Canada, Mexico, and U.S. Territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


 

Funding Cycle

Deadline

Announcement

Travel Period

I

December 7, 2018

December 14, 2018

January 1-
March 31, 2019

II

February 15, 2019

March 8, 2019

April 1-
June 30, 2019

III

May 1, 2019

May 17, 2019

July 1-
September 30, 2019

 

IV

August 1, 2019

August 16, 2019

October 1-
December 31, 2019

 

V

November 1, 2019

November 15, 2019

January 1-
March 31, 2020

VI

February 3, 2020

February 19, 2010

April 1-
June 30, 2020


Funding Eligibility
The AIP Artists Travel Assistance Fund will only consider individual or ensemble performing artists who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Awardees will be asked to complete a W-9 (request for taxpayer identification number and certification).
  • 18 years of age at the time of application
  • Member or descendant of a Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian, as well as Native/First Peoples of Canada, Mexico, and U.S. Territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Three-year performance history that includes performances outside the artist’s community of residence

Award travel subsidies are not available for:

  • Travel for research and development of new work
  • Presenters, managers, agents, or producers
  • Student applicants
  • Staff, board, or contractors of Western Arts Alliance
  • Members of WAA’s Advancing Indigenous Performance Committee
  • Artists who have received an AIP Travel grant within the within the previous 12 months

AIP will not consider incomplete applications. 

Funding Criteria 
Applicants should describe with as much detail as possible the purpose of their travel in conjunction with aspirations to expand opportunities to present and tour their work. An Indigenous review panel will consider applications using the following criteria:

  1. History & Readiness for Touring
    Based on the artist's statement, resume/CV, touring history, and work samples (video)
  2. Opportunity
    Based on the event or program website and the statement of purpose. 

The AIP Travel Assistance Fund places a priority on:

  • Invited participation in regional, national, or international conferences that include a focus on the work of Indigenous artists and will provide an opportunity for artists to showcase or otherwise market their work.
  • Travel to regional, national, or international conferences which offer education, networking, or promotional opportunities within the performing arts presenting and touring industry.
  • Targeted opportunities to build relationships, engagement activities, and logistics with presenters around a proposed regional or national tour of work that is or will be tour ready within twelve months.

       3. Feasibility
            Based on the venue, destination, budget, schedule, and traveling party.

       4. Career Advancement
            Based on the artist's goal statement and the application as a whole, to what degree will the activity advance the career of the artist and/or expand their network with other artists or organizations.

Application Requirements

  • Submission of a complete application by the funding cycle deadline
  • Statement of Indigenous Identity as a member or descendant of a Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian, as well as Native/First Peoples of Canada, Mexico, and U.S. Territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Artist’s Statement
  • Three-year performance history
  • Video that shows your work in live performance (up to ten minutes). You submit videos by embedded link (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.).
  • Letter of invitation, letter of acceptance, or completed registration form to a conference, program or event.
  • Proposed travel itinerary and budget
  • Statements providing specific information about individuals and activities, goals and anticipated outcomes of the travel

Funding Awards and Amounts
There will be six formal cycles of funding for the AIP Artists Travel Assistance awards between November 15, 2018, and June 30, 2020. Announced award amounts will represent maximum reimbursable expenses, based on estimates of projected airfare, accommodations, ground transportation and per diem rates for the specified travel location(s) at the time of application submission.

AIP will reimburse actual travel expenses incurred by the artist(s), with the submission of receipts, not to exceed the announced award amount. The Travel fund will not pay un-spent balances to the artist(s). Per diem requests must not exceed the allowable rates listed for destination city listed at GSA.gov. Travel days will receive 75% of the permitted per diem per day.

Artist Travel Assistance Funds are awarded as follows:

  • For individual artists: the maximum amount award per artist is $1,500 ($2,500 for international travel beyond North America and Hawaii)
  • For group/ensemble travel (may include 1 or more-3 artists or artist plus company representative): the maximum amount awarded for travel costs and per diem is $4,000

Travel subsidy award funds will be issued within ten days of WAA’s receipt of a Travel Summary Report and completed Travel Reimbursement form following the approved trip. The Travel Reimbursement form must include a copy of the primary transportation carrier receipt (airline, train, or other), hotel or lodging receipt, and per diem calculation to document the trip.

Travel Summary Report: The Travel Summary Report will briefly outline key activities that took place and document current and anticipated outcomes related to goals that you identified in the application. WAA will provide the Travel Summary Report form.

Funders
The Advancing Indigenous Performance Program (AIP) and the Artists Travel Assistance Fund is made possible by generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.