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M-AAA’s Regional Touring Program (RTP) awards grants to qualifying organizations that present public events in their area. These grants are designed to support projects of artistic excellence and merit by underwriting fees of artists who live in the region.
  • Presenters that book an artist listed on a state touring roster may get up to 50 percent of the fee underwritten.
  • Presenters that book an artist that lives in the region, but is not listed on a touring roster, may get up to 25 percent of the fee underwritten.
  • Presenters located in rural communities may receive an additional 10 percent of the fee underwritten.
Performing artists must come from outside your state but within M-AAA's service region (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas). Grants are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, until the allocation for your state is gone.

New: Marketing Flier for Roster Artists
If you are listed on a state's arts roster and would like to market the availability of RTP grants to

Change for FY15

Beginning with grants awarded in fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015), presenters may book artists in any discipline, not just in performing arts. Most of the state arts agency rosters include visual and literary artists. Those links are listed below, and for additional information, refer to the grant guidelines.


Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis as follows:

Activities Occurring Between:
Online Application Due at 11:59 p.m. CST on:
July 1–Sept. 30, 2014
May 1
Oct. 1–Dec. 31, 2014
Aug. 1
Jan. 1–March 31, 2015
Nov. 1
April 1–June 30, 2015
Feb. 1

The grant application is available at:

Grants come with several conditions, including a requirement that a complementary arts activity must precede a public performance. Organizations also must be a nonprofit organization, or a governmental or tribal entity.

We encourage you to review the grant guidelines and the FAQs for Organizations before you submit a draft or an application, and submit your materials as early as possible to meet the deadlines. For an overview of M-AAA's general grant policies, as well as a glossary of terms, refer to the document FY15 General Terms and Conditions.

If You Are a Performing Artist

Although RTP grants are for presenters, artists can assist presenting organizations by taking these steps:
  • Getting registered on the touring roster for your home state. If you are already registered, make sure that your information is up to date.
  • Create an artist website if you do not have one. If you already have a website, make sure your content is up to date. Presenters are required to submit a link to your site as part of the application.
  • Submit an M-AAA Records Request Form, which is required before a presenter can submit an application. To submit a request, go to M-AAA's forms site on Submittable and select "Records Request Form" from the menu.

For additional information, read the FAQs for Artists.

State Arts Agency Rosters

Arkansas Arts on Tour Roster
Celebration arts, dance, film, music, theater, visual arts

Kansas Artist Roster
Classical music ensembles and soloists, dance and movement theater, jazz, music technology, storytelling, theater, traditional and acoustic music ensembles and soloists, visual and literary artists

Missouri Touring Performers
Dance, music, puppetry, school touring qualified, storytelling, theater, visual arts, young audiences

Nebraska Touring Program Roster
Dance, folklife/traditional arts, interdisciplinary, literature, music, opera/musical theater, theater, visual arts

Oklahoma Performing Artist Roster
Classical, dance, ethnic, folk, western and bluegrass, jazz and blues, Native American programming, opera and choral, solo artists, storytelling, theater, younger audiences

Texas Touring Roster
Dance, folk arts, music, theater, visual and media, words

For more information, contact rtp (at)

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