M-AAA’s Regional Touring Program (RTP) awards grants to qualifying organizations that present public performances in their area. These grants are designed to support the performing arts in the region by underwriting fees of performing artists that live in the region.
- Presenters that book an artist listed on a state touring roster may get up to 50% 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% of the fee underwritten.
- Presenters located in rural communities may receive an additional 10% 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.Deadlines
RTP grants are administered throughout our fiscal year, which runs from July1-June 30. Applications are due about two months before the quarter in which the event will occur. For example, for the first quarter of the fiscal year (July 1-Sept. 30), the deadline will be May 1, in the previous fiscal year.Quarterly deadlines
(refer to the grant guidelines
for detailed information)
- For projects occurring between July 1 and Sept. 30: May 1
- For projects occurring between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31: Aug. 1
- For projects occurring between Jan. 1 and March 31: Nov. 1
- For projects occurring between April 1 and June 30: Feb. 1
The 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.
Although it's not a requirement, we encourage applicants to submit a draft application before the deadline. You must submit a draft at least two weeks before the deadline. Using the example above, a May 1 deadline would mean a draft deadline of April 17.
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 FY14 General Terms and Conditions
If You Are a Performing Artist
Although RTP grants are for presenters, performing 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.
State Arts Agency Touring Rosters
For additional information, read the FAQs for Artists.
Additional M-AAA Grant Resources