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Touring Directory - For Performing Artists

Opportunity for Virginia Performing Artists and
Ensembles for Inclusion in a Statewide Touring Directory

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Virginia Commission for the Arts

Deadline Date:

07/16/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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A program is open to Virginia performing artists and ensembles to support touring opportunities within the state. The purpose of this program is to increase opportunities for state citizens to access quality performing arts events. Artists and performing arts organizations are invited to apply for inclusion in the annual Tour Directory.

The Virginia Commission for the Arts supports touring by Virginia performing artists and ensembles within the state. The touring activities are restricted to those listed in the Commission’s annual Tour Directory. Any not-for-profit organization, school, or government agency can apply to receive a touring assistance grant to support these activities. 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.

Applications Are Evaluated On The Following Criteria
1. Artistic excellence
2. Effective management
3. Availability of similar touring programs in the state
4. Lost effectiveness of the proposed tour
5. Evidence of presenter interest in the proposed tour
6. Impact of the proposed tour on the career of the touring artist or organization

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).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168368

Term of Contract:

Applications are currently being accepted for the touring season of July 1, 2019 to June 15, 2020.

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 preK-12 or undergraduate college students are not eligible for inclusion in the Tour Directory.

Pre-Application Information:

All application materials must be received in the Commission office by 5:00 PM, July 16, 2018.

The Touring Program advisory panel reviews the proposals and makes recommendations to 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, 2018.

By early December 2018, the Commission will update its Online Tour Directory with information about artists and ensembles eligible for touring support and descriptions of their touring program.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Margaret Vanderhye, Executive Director

Cathy Welborn, Program Coordinator

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

(804) 225-3132

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USA: Virginia