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.

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 not-for-profit or a governmental or tribal entity.

Presenters may book artists in any discipline and grants require a complementary arts activity (a class, performance, or other) that precedes a public performance.

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. FY19 Regional Touring Program Grant application and guidelines (for projects happening between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019) will be available in May 2018.

Note, Dec 2017: At this point in the fiscal year, funds are extremely limited. Interested presenters need to contact Christine Dotterweich Bial,, to request fund availability status. Please include your organization’s name, website (if applicable), and street address.

Review full RTP Grant Guidelines
Review FAQs for RTP Organizations
Apply 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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