Touring Fund

The Western Arts Alliance’s Advancing Indigenous Performance (AIP) Touring Fund matches any Regional Arts Organization (RAO) Touring grant awarded to a presenter engaging an Indigenous performing artist for touring within the RAO’s region. The AIP Touring fund offers fee support, not to exceed 50% of the artist fee, subject to availability, for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. 

Funds are available through any of the six Regional Arts Organizations - Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mid-Atlantic Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, South Arts or Western States Arts Federation - for tours beginning July 1, 2019.

Presenters who wish to be considered for a AIP Touring Fund match make a regular application to their Regional Arts Organization’s existing touring program(s), identifying the artist or ensemble to be presented as Indigenous. These applications are forwarded by the RAOs to WAA for confirmation of eligibility and processing of matching funds. There are no additional application requirements beyond the RAO’s and match funding follows the RAOs’ existing disbursement timelines and policies.

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Awards are considered for individual or ensemble artists who self-identify as Indigenous. Otherwise, award eligibility follows the requirements established by each RAO’s guidelines. In WAA documents and forms, Indigenous is defined as: Member or descendant of a Native American, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian nation or community, including U.S.-based Native/First Peoples of Canada, Mexico, and U.S. Territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This includes individuals without official tribal status who are members of Native communities, and tribal members or descendants not living in their homelands or home community. Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

For additional information see the AIP Touring Fund Guidelines for Presenters and FAQs. Contact AIP Program Manager Ed Bourgeois with other questions or to discuss your project’s eligibility.

The Advancing Indigenous Performance Program (AIP) and the AIP Touring Fund are made possible by generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.