Native Launchpad Program


Kaumakaiwa photo by Adam Palumbo@visionhorsemedia

Native Launchpad will provide Indigenous artists with tools and resources needed to further their careers and introduce them to the world of arts presenting and management. It is a development program for professional Indigenous artists who are interested in touring yet have little experience working with presenters and need guidance and assistance to break into the touring market. 

The Launchpad is a response to the demonstrated need among US-based Indigenous artists and is open to those who self-identify as belonging to a Native American Nation, Alaskan Native Corporation, native Hawaiian or who identifies as an Indigenous person from the US territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands.  

The total estimated value of each Native Launchpad award is $40,000 over the three-year cycle of the cohort including a $17,000 cash award, membership in the Western Arts Alliance and Association of Performing Arts Professionals, travel support, professional development and mentoring. Recipients of this award will be asked to commit to engage in all elements of the Native Launchpad award for the duration of the three years. Participants will be eligible to seek additional funding through WAA’s Advancing Indigenous Performance Program’s travel and touring funds during the three years of the award.

Learn about the 2018 Native Launchpad Artists

Native Launchpad award cycle (for 2019 and beyond):

  • Request for Applications:  January through March
  • Notification:  May
  • Western Arts Alliance Conference (location changes every year):  August
  • Association of Performing Arts Professionals Conference (New York City):  January

Applications will require:

  • At least one video work sample (preferably of live, staged work)
  • An artist’s statement
  • A statement of Native Identity
  • A statement of touring goals and objectives
  • A letter of recommendation from an individual or organization that has presented or produced your work in the last three years
  • A standard application form

For more information about this program please contact the Advancing Indigenous Performance Program Manager.