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Performing Arts

Our performing arts services provide support to Utah performing artists and presenting organizations (presenters) in their efforts to enhance artistic/professional development and increase community involvement and accessibility.


The Business of the Touring Arts – FREE Training Webinars

The Performing Arts Program is partnering with Weber State University Lindquist College of Arts and Humanities to bring free training webinars to performing artists and presenters throughout the state.

SAVE THE DATES
January 18th – Performing Artist Overview
February 22nd – Presenters Overview
March 15th – Contracts Overview
April 12th – Wrap-up and Summary
All webinars take place from 2pm – 2:50pm

Instructors Rachel Cohen and Diane Neri Stern will provide best-practice methods for working in the field of the performing arts. Training will include information for artists, those who present artists, in-depth examination of contracting, and time for exploring questions from participants. Areas to be covered will include readiness to participate in the professional field, representation, budgeting, timelines, outreach, development of residency options, professional behavior and associated areas.

More information coming soon

Funding Opportunities

Performing Arts Booking Conference Support – Utah Performing Artists & Performing Arts Presenters

The Performing Arts Program provides funding support for professional presenters or performing artists to attend annual booking conferences. Booking conferences are gathering places for performing arts professionals.  These conferences provide opportunities for performing artists to market their art to presenters who are looking to bring performance to their communities. Booking conferences are also exceptional opportunities for artists to obtain professional development and network with other professionals in the field.

Professional Development/Career Advancement Funding – Utah Performing Artists

The Performing Arts Program provides funding to support the professional development and career advancement of performing artists. This funding is specifically designed to help individuals who are professionally engaged in the performing arts. Projects can include but are not limited to: creation/design of marketing materials (photo, video, print, web, recording, etc.), conference registration, professional development, equipment purchase, etc.

If you are interested in applying please contact Jason Bowcutt, 801-236-7554, for a brief consultation prior to submission.

WESTAF’s TourWest  Grant

TourWest is a competitive grant program that provides subsidies to arts and community organizations for the presentation of out-of-state touring performing artists. Projects must take place between September 1 and August 31. All 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. Applications can be found on the TourWest website.

OnStage in Utah – Closed, will reopen Spring of 2018

OnStage in Utah recognizes the important role presenters play in linking performing artists with Utah audiences. Funding is available to Utah Presenters to support a public performance with a separate community outreach activity of an in-state or out-of-state performing artist. OnStage in Utah funding is available in an amount of up to $2,000 or 50% of the artistic fees, whichever is less.


Resources

Performing Artist List

Performing Artist List – A list of Utah performing artists that have been booked through OnStage in Utah, or who have received funding to attend regional performing arts booking conferences.

Performing Arts Newsletter

This newsletter contains information about local and national funding and professional development opportunities. If you would like to receive this please send a request via email to Jason Bowcutt, jbowcutt@utah.gov. Please include your name, address and information about your art.

Free Online Artist Training in Arts and Aging
– National Center for Creative Again NCCA

The NCCA Online Artist Training in Arts and Aging, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Michelson Foundation, and MetLife Foundation, is a free online course for teaching artists interested in learning how to lead lifelong learning programs in the arts that engage older people as creators. This self-guided training offers an introduction to philosophy, key concepts, methods, and current research from the field of arts in aging. It introduces readers to the life story-based methods developed by Susan Perlstein and Elders Share the Arts, as well as several other approaches and techniques, offering an array of exercises and case studies that exemplify the work that is happening in the field today.

Utah Presenters

Click HERE for a list of Utah Presenters.

Utah Presenters is a network of organizations that bring performing arts events to their communities. Presenters connect with each other to foster collaboration, arrange block booking, provide professional development training, mentor and share best practices, and raise public awareness of the value of arts in communities.

Presenters can join the Facebook membership-only group networking site. Contact Jason Bowcutt to request an invitation to join.

Nonprofit Venues – Provided by Utah Cultural Alliance

Click HERE for a list of Nonprofit venues in Utah. Or, submit your venue to be a part of this list.

Performing Artist Profiles on NowPlayingUtah.com

Performing artists are an integral part of arts activities throughout the state. Through dance, music, theatre, storytelling and other live performances, performing artists enhance our communities and open new vistas of understanding and appreciation. Visit NowPlayingUtah.com to view performing artists throughout Utah.

Performing Arts Program Brochure

Download the Performing Arts program brochure.


Questions?

Contact Jason Bowcutt at jbowcutt@utah.gov or 801.236.7554.