TourWest is a competitive grant program that provides subsidies to arts and community organizations for the presentation of out-of-state touring performers and literary artists. Funds are available to organizations that sponsor performances within the 13-state WESTAF region (see eligibility below). For the 2017–2018 cycle, projects must take place between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018. All projects must have one public performance and one educational outreach activity (lecture-demonstrations, master classes, in-school educational activities, etc.).
In order to receive TourWest funding, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to all of the following: high artistic quality, collaboration and block booking, presentation of programs to underserved and/or culturally diverse audiences, audience development, and community participation. Applicants may apply for up to two standard performance grants.
Amount: Grants of up to $2,500 or 50% of artistic fees, whichever is less, are available. Grants must be matched on a one-to-one basis in cash.
- Applicants must be nonprofit organizations, units of state or local government, institutions of higher education, or federally-recognized Indian tribal governments that are eligible to receive funds sub-granted through an Arts Endowment award
- Applicants must be incorporated in and currently conducting business in one or more of the following states within the WESTAF region: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming
- Applicants must have presented one performance by a paid professional company within the last three years
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