Regional Touring Program

The Regional Touring Program (RTP) provides support for projects by regional presenting organizations showcasing the work of artists from elsewhere in the M-AAA region.

  • Presenters that book an artist listed on a state touring roster may be awarded up to 50 percent of the artist’s fee.
  • Presenters that book an artist that lives in the region, but is not listed on a touring roster, may be awarded up to 25 percent of the artist’s fee.
  • Presenters located in rural communities may receive an additional 10 percent of the artist’s fee.

Touring artists must come from outside the presenter’s state but within M-AAA’s service region (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas). Organizations must be a 501(c)3 not-for-profit or a unit of state or local government or a federally recognized tribal entity.

Presenters may book artists of any discipline and grants require two public-facing activities: a feature presentation (a concert, performance, or other) and an outreach engagement (a class, workshop, artist talk, or other) to involve the general public in the work of the featured artist or educate an audience about the art form.

Applications are accepted on a rolling deadline at any point during M-AAA’s fiscal year, which is July 1–June 30. Grants are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, until the allocation for each state is gone. New allocations begin each year on July 1.


FY22 applications are available through June 30, 2022. (FY22 began July 1, 2021 and ends June 30, 2022.) Please read the FY22 Regional Touring Program grant guidelines before starting your online application. Still need help? Visit the FAQ for Artists or FAQ for Organizations to see if your question is answered. FY23 applications will become available online in late May 2022.

PLEASE NOTE: The guidelines allow for the safety of audiences, artists, and organizations during the pandemic. While M-AAA’s preference for public-facing activities remains in-person experiences of the artist or ensemble, live streaming online events are an excellent accommodation while the COVID-19 pandemic is a public health concern. The outreach engagement can be provided by a scholar, educator, or another artist who works with similar themes or the same art form as that involved in the feature presentation. Applicants and artists are urged to include a termination clause in all project contracts that states the fulfillment of the contract is contingent upon local public health authority guidance and/or funding from M-AAA and other pending financial resources.

If you have questions about the Regional Touring Program Grant email to arrange a phone or Zoom conversation.

Although RTP grants are awarded directly to presenting organizations, artists can help by:

  • Registering on your state’s touring roster. If you are already registered, make sure  your information is up to date.
  • Creating a website and making sure your information is up to date. Presenters are required to submit a link to this site as part of the application.

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