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Greetings Utah Performing Arts Community

I hope this finds you well. Visit the performing arts page of our website for more resources. Also, please let me know if you have any suggestions or are aware of resources that I should list.
All the best, Jason Bowcutt801-236-7554.

WESTAF TourWest Grant - Now Open
Application Deadline: April 3, 2017
TourWest is a competitive grant program that provides subsidies to arts and community organizations for the presentation of out-of-state touring performers artists. Projects must take place between September 1, 2017, andAugust 31, 2018All 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. 

All TourWest grants must be matched on a one-to-one basis in cash by the presenting organization.

More information regarding the grant guidelines and work sample file requirements can be found at

New applicants and previous applicants with questions or new approaches to their applications are encouraged to call the WESTAF office at (303) 629-1166 to receive advice and guidance from a TourWest staff person.

WESTAF will be offering a few webinars to help applicants to address any guideline questions. I will send information out about those as soon as I have it from WESTAF.

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - VSA Programs
Deadline to submit proposals is March 15th 

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is seeking contract proposals from eligible and qualified nonprofit arts, education, and cultural organizations to perform VSA programs that provide arts education experiences to students with disabilities. View the Requests for Contract Proposals (RFP's) for specific program details.

Eligible and qualified organizations are required to submit contract proposals online at the link specified in each RFP. The Kennedy Center will accept one contract proposal per organization for each RFP. Before applying, read RFP's thoroughly as updates have been made for the 2017-2018 contract cycle.

Funding for Presenters - Southern Exposure 
- Tours Booking Now

Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America brings exemplary contemporary and traditional performing artists from Latin America to audiences across the United States. Fee support grants are available to nonprofit presenters based anywhere in the United States or its territories who book artists from a curated roster.

  • Does my organization need to be located in the mid-Atlantic region to receive a grant? 
    No. Nonprofit presenters and units of city or state government nationwide are eligible to book artists and receive fee support grants.
  • How does my organization receive a grant? 
    Contact roster artist representatives directly to book engagements and discuss fee support grants.
  • Community engagement is important to my organization. 
    Great! Southern Exposure requires that each engagement include at least one community outreach activity that involves the artist.
  • When is the deadline? 
    Booking is ongoing through April 3, 2017.
  • When can engagements be scheduled? 
    Engagements must take place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
  • I want to book more than one artist on the roster, can I receive multiple grants? 
    Yes! Presenters can receive multiple subsidies for multiple roster artists contracted.
  • Who are the roster artists? 
    Details on the artists and contact information for their representatives are available on the Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America website

Western Arts Alliance Launchpad Program

Launchpad is Western Arts Alliance 's new start-up program for emerging artists and early career agents or managers. Launchpad participants receive a three-year bundle of technical assistance, professional development, mentoring, promotional benefits, and membership. Our goal for Launchpad is to make it possible for artists to become visible to, and to connect with, the managers and presenters who will book them. 

Western Arts Alliance is a focused, dynamic community of arts professionals. Getting started is tough—it’s competitive—but new artists and works invigorate the market and expand our horizon. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing a new WAA member engage, endeavour, and succeed.

New Jazz Works Grant
Deadline is March 5th

Chamber Music America supports the creation of new works by professional U.S.-based jazz artists and helps assure that these compositions will be heard through live performances and recordings. The New Jazz Works program has provided support for 198 works that reflect the multiple styles of contemporary jazz.

New Jazz Works grant provides up to $34,000 in funding for U.S. based jazz ensembles to create, perform and record new compositions. Since 2000, CMA has funded nearly 200 jazz commissions.

Composers/ Ensemble leaders need only 4 audio files from past recordings to apply. Click to read the 2017 program guidelines and learn about the simple application process.

Berliner International Music Competition
Application deadline is March 10th

The purpose of the “First Berliner International Music Competition” is to discover artists of outstanding personality and provide awards which can help to launch international careers: recitals at the Berlin Philharmonie (Chamber Music Hall), one of the most emblematic venues in the world; a CD recording with worldwide distribution, and the service of international management offered to the winners.

The aim of this competition is to find performers with a strong artistic personality and stage presence. The emphasis is therefore not on the purely technical aspect of the performance, but also on the artistic charisma of the performer.

In order to avoid travel expenses, the "First Berliner International Music Competition" has been designed so that musicians can show all their potential through video recordings (no traveling required). In addition, they are asked to provide the repertoire they would play at the Berlin Philharmonie or record for the CD release: a free recital that reflects their personality.

The First edition of the Berliner International Music Competition is open to a wide range of performers and is divided into three groups: pianists, singers and string performers. The age limit is 35.

Make Music - Worldwide celebration of music
Taking place June 21st


Make Music is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 750 cities in 120 countries.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.

We invite musicians, rappers and instrumentalists of all kinds to collaborate on making June 21 a musical masterpiece. Singers, church choirs, jazz combos, rock bands, glee clubs, MCs, marching bands, mariachis, and every other kind of musician, of any age group or skill level, are all welcome.

Now Playing Utah's mission is to increase awareness about arts & cultural opportunities in Utah by providing a comprehensive events resource.

NPU offers ideas of things to see and do throughout the state. Here you will find a comprehensive statewide calendar of events that allows you to search by date, location, category, venue, artist and more. NPU also provides easy access to dates, times, maps and direct links for purchasing tickets.