Welcome to the Performing Arts Tour Directory

The touring assistance program is designed to ensure that all Virginians have the ability to enjoy high quality performances by our state’s finest touring artists. The performers represent a wide range of disciplines and have been selected by the Commission on the basis of artistic quality, sound management and the ability to provide inspiring, entertaining and educational programs for the citizens of Virginia. 

We are pleased to provide this service to any non-profit Virginia organization. Arts organizations, theatres, Pre K-12 schools, colleges and universities, libraries, parks and recreation departments, hospitals, nursing homes, service organizations, and units of local government are all examples of eligible non-profit presenters that may apply for up to 50% of the performance and/or educational program fees of the performers listed in this publication. 

You will see that each performer is represented by a brief biography, description of programs, contact information, fees, availability and technical requirements. We have provided this basic information so that you can decide if the artist or ensemble is likely to fulfill your programming needs. You can learn more about the performers by visiting their websites and by contacting them directly to plan and explore possibilities together.

  • Contacting & Booking Performers

    Artists and presenters are responsible for scheduling events, negotiating fees, and all other arrangements. The amount of the Virginia Commission for the Arts subsidy may be negotiated by artists and presenters at any level up to, but not exceeding, 50 percent of the negotiated fee (with a cap of $7,500) for a particular event. To be eligible for funding, events must take place outside of the performer’s home base. The Commission also encourages artists and presenters to seek bookings independent of this touring program.

    The fees listed for each artist or ensemble are approximate fees for performances, residencies, workshops, and other events. The fees listed may not include expenses such as the artist’s transportation to the presenter’s community, meals, lodging, and related expenses. Presenters should clarify what additional expenses may or may not be included in the fee. Presenters should also confirm all technical requirements with the artist or ensemble prior to negotiating the terms of the contract. Funds from other Commission programs may not be used to match any portion of a touring assistance grant award.

  • Contracts with Performers

    Presenters must execute a contract with each artist. The contract must be signed by both the artist or the artist’s representative and the presenter. A well-written contract can be simple and concise and will clarify each party’s requirements and expectations about the event. It should specify items such as technical and publicity requirements; the date, time and place of the event; the artist’s fee to be paid by the presenter; the anticipated Commission touring assistance grant award to the presenter to be applied toward the total fee; and all other special requirements or considerations. Presenters should keep a copy of the application and signed contract on file for future reference.

    Contracts must include a clause stating: “this contract is contingent upon receipt of a touring assistance grant award in the amount of $_________ from the Virginia commission for the Arts.”

    Any activity underwritten with Commission touring assistance funds must be open to the public, and the presenter must provide community-wide publicity. Elementary and secondary schools, senior living facilities, correctional facilities, and hospitals are exempt from this Commission requirement.

  • Funding Requests Procedures

    1. The presenter (sponsor) should choose the performer(s) or ensemble it wishes to present, then contact the artist, agent or ensemble directly using the contact information included with each Tour Directory listing.

    2. The presenter should negotiate the terms of all performance/event arrangements directly with each artist or ensemble. Upon finalization of the terms of the contract, the presenter should go to the Commission’s website and fill out an online Presenter Touring Assistance Application including a copy of the signed contract by the deadline.

    3. The Commission awards touring support grants to presenters (sponsors) of a particular artist/ensemble on a first-come, first-served basis from that artist’s/ensemble’s allocation until February 1, 2021. Presenters (sponsors) should not consider touring grants automatic but should wait for confirmation from the Commission. Award letters are generally emailed by the Commission two weeks after receipt of each completed application and contract.

    4. Touring grant award confirmation letters are generally emailed to the presenter about two weeks after the Commission receives the completed application questionnaire and signed contract. A copy of the grant award confirmation letter is also emailed to the artist, ensemble, or agent.

    5. For grant awards of over $150, the Commission sends 85 percent of the grant award to the presenter prior to the scheduled event/concert. The remainder of each grant award—15 percent—is held until the Commission receives the final report from the presenter and it has been approved. For grants of $150 or less, payment will be made after the Commission has received and approved the final report. It is the responsibility of the presenter to complete and submit the final report form to the Commission no later than 30 days after each touring performance/event and before June 15. Final report forms are available on the VCA's online grant system under the applicant's Dashboard - "Follow Ups".

    6. If a presenter receiving touring assistance funds for one of the performers listed in the directory has actual income in excess of expenses, the presenter must use the additional funds for other arts activities. The Virginia Commission for the Arts must approve the use of the excess funds up to the amount of the grant.