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Performing Arts Touring Assistance - For Performing Artists

Grants to Virginia Performing Artists and
Ensembles for In-State Touring Performances

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Virginia Commission for the Arts

Deadline Date:

07/15/17 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Virginia performing artists and arts ensembles for touring activities within the State. New applicants must contact the funding source prior to submission. Funding is intended to give Virginians opportunities to experience high-quality performing arts events.

Eligible Activities

- The touring activities are restricted to those listed in the Commission's annual Tour Directory.
- Programs listed in the Performing Arts Tour Directory, which take place 30 miles outside of the home area of the touring artist(s)
- Programs should be open to the public, and the presenter must provide community-wide publicity. Elementary and secondary schools, senior living facilities, correctional facilities, and hospitals may be exempt from this requirement.

Applications Are Evaluated On The Following Criteria:

- Artistic excellence
- Effective management
- Availability of similar touring programs in the state
- Lost effectiveness of the proposed tour
- Evidence of presenter interest in the proposed tour
- Impact of the proposed tour on the career of the touring artist or organization

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168368

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Commission will fund up to 50 percent of the artist’s fee for any touring program listed in the 2017-2018 Performing Arts Tour Directory, subject to the overall limit for each touring artist/ensemble.

Term of Contract:

Grants are for the touring season of July 1, 2018 to June 15, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants for Tour Directory listing are Virginia performing artists and performing arts organizations/ensembles. Virginia artists and arts organizations must reside or be headquartered in the state of Virginia. For larger ensembles, the majority of its members must be Virginia residents.

Individual students or organizations whose members are primarily PK-12 or undergraduate college students are not eligible for inclusion in the Tour Directory. Eligible activities include programs listed in the Virginia Commission’s Tour Directory which take place outside of the home area of the touring artist(s).

The Virginia Commission for the Arts does not fund:
- Activities restricted to an organization’s membership
- Costs of parties, receptions, fund-raising benefits, etc.
- Endowments, capital campaigns
- Activities that are primarily religious in purpose
- College or university-based projects that are part of a required course or curriculum, that do not involve and serve a significant non-student population, or that are for activities that are otherwise available in the community
- General operating support for historic celebrations or community promotional activities
- Applications to reduce or eliminate existing deficits
- Arts activities / programs that have started or already occurred
- Activities or programs that take place outside Virginia with the exception of the technical assistance grant.
- Vocal and musical ensembles that perform primarily pop, Broadway, or barbershop music, or that focus primarily on competitions

Pre-Application Information:

Guidelines for funding:

New applicants to the Commission should contact the Commission staff as soon as possible for information on application procedures.

All application materials must be received in the Commission office by 5:00 PM, July 15, 2017, for the touring season of July 1, 2018 to June 15, 2019. This is not a postmark deadline.

The Virginia Commission for the Arts awards touring support grants to presenters of a particular
artist/ensemble on a first- come, first-served basis from that artist’s/ensemble’s allocation. Grant award
letters are generally mailed two weeks after receipt of each presenter’s application by the Commission.

The Commission approves artists/ensembles for touring support and reserves a block of funds for each. Decisions will be announced in late October, 2017. By early December 2017, the Commission will update its Online Tour Directory with information about artists and ensembles eligible for touring support and descriptions of their touring program.

Grants are made to the presenter, not to the touring artist(s). Touring artists apply to be listed in the Tour Directory with a set dollar amount reserved to support their touring as outlined below.

All applicants must include their DUNS number when applying for a grant. Obtaining your DUNS number is a free, straightforward process. For more information, see here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail application to the new address:

Virginia Commission for the Arts
Main Street Centre
600 East Main Street, Suite 330
Richmond, VA 23219

804.225.3132 (Voice/TDD)

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia