Our performing arts services provide support to Utah performing artists and presenting organizations (presenters) in their efforts to enhance artistic/professional development and increase community involvement and accessibility.
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Performing Arts Booking Conference Scholarship
Performing Artists & Performing Arts Presenters
The Performing Arts Program provides scholarships for professional presenters or performing artists to attend annual booking conferences. Booking conferences are gathering places for performing arts professionals. These conferences provide opportunities for performing artists to market their art to presenters who are looking to bring performance to their communities. Booking conferences are also exceptional opportunities for artists to obtain professional development and network with other professionals in the field.
This link will open a list of regional booking conferences
Performing Arts Fellowship
The purpose of the Performing Arts Fellowship is to acknowledge and encourage the careers of established, professional Utah artists demonstrating exceptional creativity in, and dedication to, the performing arts. The Fellowship seeks to support professional and committed Utah artists reaching pivotal moments in their artistic careers. Applicants are expected to demonstrate why now is the appropriate time in their career for this one-time award. The Fellowship is not an award to support a specific art project, recognition of lifetime achievement, or for artists just beginning their careers.
Six $5,000 fellowships will be awarded to performing artists annually. Performing arts disciplines will rotate every three years between dance, music, and theatre. This years focus is on theatre applicants.
westaf tourwest grant
TourWest is a competitive grant program that provides subsidies to arts and community organizations for the presentation of out-of-state touring performing artists. Projects must take place between September 1 and August 31. All projects must have one public performance and one educational outreach activity. TourWest standard performance grants are available in an amount of up to $2,500 or 50% of the artistic fees, whichever is less. Applicants may apply for up to two standard performance grants. Applications can be found on the TourWest website.
Important information new this year:
A one-time exception will be available for the 2021-2022 cycle to applicants experiencing difficulties booking out-of-state artists due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applicants are eligible to apply for the presentation of in-state touring artists traveling at least 50 miles to your venue. Artists located within 50 miles of your venue will not be considered touring artists and therefore will not be eligible for this grant. Performances and educational outreach activities can take place in person if COVID-19 state restrictions are lifted to permit social gatherings. TourWest values the safety of our presenters and performers and encourages all applicants to review their state guidelines before applying and keep informed if awarded a TourWest grant. Out-of-state artististic performances and educational outreach activities are also eligible to take place in a virtual setting.
OnStage in Utah
Performing Arts Presenters
Utah Arts & Museums recognizes the important role of Utah’s presenters in connecting performing artists with audiences and communities. OnStage in Utah provides presenters funding to support a public performance, as well as a separate community outreach activity by in-state or out-of-state performing artists. Funding is competitive and is not based on previous organizational funding levels. No organization is guaranteed funding from one year to the next.
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Artist Career Advancement Scholarships
Follow this link to the Artist Career Advancement Scholarship on our grants page. Artist Career Advancement Scholarships are being offered to support the professional development and career advancement of artists. These scholarships are specifically designed to support individual artists by helping them to take advantage of timely external professional opportunities and providing access to resources to advance their artistic careers.
If you are interested in applying and have questions please contact Jason Bowcutt, 801-236-7554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presenter - An organization that selects, engages, and pays artists to perform before an audience as an ongoing and significant component of their organization’s activity and that contracts, markets and accepts financial risk for an arts presentation that is not self-produced.
Utah Presenters is a network of organizations that bring performing arts events to their communities. Presenters connect with each other to foster collaboration, arrange block booking, provide professional development training, mentor and share best practices, and raise public awareness of the value of arts in communities.
Presenters can join the Facebook membership-only group networking site. Contact Jason Bowcutt to request an invitation to join.
Performing arts newsletter
This newsletter contains information about local and national funding and professional development opportunities.
Utah Performing artists List
A list of Utah performing artists that have been booked through OnStage in Utah, or who have received funding to attend regional performing arts booking conferences.
Performing arts Booking conferences
This link will open a list of regional booking conferences.