Regional Touring Program

The Regional Touring Program (RTP) provides support for regional presenting organizations to showcase the work of artists from outside their home states.

  • 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.

A note on awarded Regional Touring Program grants during the Covid-19 pandemic from Director Christine Bial.

Touring artists must come from outside your 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 governmental or tribal entity.

Presenters may book artists in any discipline and grants require an outreach activity (a class, performance, or other) to engage 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.


FY21 applications are now available. (FY21 begins July 1, 2020 and ends June 30, 2021.) Please read the full 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.

PLEASE NOTE: The guidelines have changed this year to 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 local 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 these changes, or your RTP application, you can join Grants Director Christine Bial on Zoom the second and last Fridays of June and July from noon to 1:00 p.m. Sign up for an appointment here.

If you are an artist

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.
  • Circulating this flyer, outlining the program opportunities.

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