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  • Purpose

    To increase opportunities for Virginians to experience high-quality performing arts events.

  • Description

    This grant program supports touring by Virginia performing artists and ensembles within the state. The touring activities are restricted to those listed in the Commission's annual Tour Directory. Any not-for-profit organization meeting the Basic Eligibility criteria can apply to receive a touring assistance grant to support these activities. Grants are made to the presenter, not to the touring artist(s). Touring artists apply to be listed in the Tour Directory with a set dollar amount reserved to support their touring as outlined below.

    To be eligible for funding, performances must take place in Virginia but outside of the performer’s home base. 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. 


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  • Virginia W-9 Form Requirement

    All organizations applying to the Virginia Commission for the Arts are required to provide a Virginia W-9. Do NOT submit a US Treasury W-9.  Download the VA W-9 form, HERE.

  • DUNS Number Requirement

    All applicants must include their DUNS number when applying for a grant. Obtaining your DUNS number is a free, straightforward process. For more information, click here.

Touring Assistance - For Presenters

  • Description

    The Commission supports touring by Virginia performing arts and ensembles within the state. The touring activities are restricted to those listed in the Commission’s annual Tour Directory. Any not-for-profit organization meeting the eligibility criteria listed below can apply to receive a touring assistance grant to support these activities. Grants are made to the presenter (sponsor), not to the touring artist(s). Touring artists apply to be listed in the Tour Directory with a set dollar amount reserved to support their touring.
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  • Deadline

    Presenters (sponsors) should send completed applications and copies of the signed contracts to the Commission office between March 15, 2017, and December 1, 2017. Applications (including signed contracts) must be received at least four weeks prior to the scheduled event.
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  • Eligibility & Criteria

    Virginia not-for-profit organizations, units of local government, and educational institutions that meet the Basic Eligibility criteria listed in the 2017-2018 Online Guidelines for Funding are eligible to apply. Any programs listed in the Tour Directory are eligible for support but have to take place outside of the home area of the touring artist(s). 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 public schools, senior living facilities, correctional facilities, and hospitals are exempt from this Commission requirement.

    All performances must take place in Virginia between July 1, 2017 and June 15, 2018. Applicants wishing to present artists between June 16-30, 2018, must apply in the next fiscal year. Touring assistance may not be used for fund-raising events.

    * For the 2017-2018 grant cycle ONLY, the Commission has adopted temporary, interim Guidelines to Funding to facilitate the transition from a paper to an online grant management system. These interim Guidelines will streamline the application process for grantees and increase the efficiencies of the review process for the Commission while the new online system is being installed and tested. New Guidelines for FY19 and future grant cycles will be established by the Commission to reflect changes to the online grant system and review process.
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  • Amount of Assistance

    The Commission will fund up to 50 percent of the artist’s fee for any touring program listed in the 2017-2018 Performing Arts Tour Directory, subject to the overall limit for each touring artist/ensemble.
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  • Application Submission Checklist

    A complete application must contain one collated set of the following items. Any application not containing all of the items will be considered incomplete and will be returned with a brief explanation. NOTE: Be sure to keep a copy of your application and all forms and attachments.

    • Completed Presenter Touring Assistance Application on 8.5" x 11" pages typed on one side.
    • A copy of the contract between the presenter (sponsor) and the touring artist signed by representatives of both parties.
    • Signed Certification of Assurances by an authorized official of the organization or the school.

          NOTE: For public schools the authorizing official is the principal; for PTAs/PTOs it is the president.


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  • Application and Final Report Forms


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  • Touring Directory - For Performing Artists

  • Description

    The Virginia Commission for the Arts supports touring by Virginia performing artists and ensembles within the state. The touring activities are restricted to those listed in the Commission’s annual Tour Directory. Any not-for-profit organization, school, or government agency can apply to receive a touring assistance grant to support these activities. Grants are made to the presenter, not to the touring artist(s). Touring artists apply to be listed in the Tour Directory with a set dollar amount reserved to support their touring as outlined below.
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  • Deadline

    All application materials must be received in the Commission office by 5:00 PM, July 14, 2017, for the touring season of July 1, 2018 to June 15, 2019. This is not a postmark deadline.

  • Eligibility & Criteria

    Eligible applicants for Tour Directory listing are Virginia performing artists and performing arts organizations/ensembles. Virginia artists and arts organizations must reside or be headquartered in the state of Virginia. For larger ensembles, the majority of its members must be Virginia residents. Individual students or organizations whose members are primarily PK-12 or undergraduate college students are not eligible for inclusion in the Tour Directory. Eligible activities include programs listed in the Virginia Commission’s Tour Directory which take place outside of the home area of the touring artist(s).

  • Applications Are Evaluated On The Following Criteria

    1. Artistic excellence
    2. Effective management
    3. Availability of similar touring programs in the state
    4. Lost effectiveness of the proposed tour
    5. Evidence of presenter interest in the proposed tour
    6. Impact of the proposed tour on the career of the touring artist or organization
  • Application Review & Payment Procedure

  • For Performers:  The artist/ensemble submits a complete application to the Commission by the July 14, 2017 deadline. The Touring Program advisory panel reviews the proposals and makes recommendations to the Commission. The Commission approves artists/ensembles for touring support and reserves a block of funds for each. Decisions will be announced in late October, 2017. By early December 2017, the Commission will update its Online Tour Directory with information about artists and ensembles eligible for touring support and descriptions of their touring program.

    For Presenters: The Commission will begin accepting touring assistance applications from presenters on March 15, 2018. Applications submitted before that date will be returned. Presenters send applications for touring support, including copies of signed contracts with touring artists/ensembles, to the Commission. Applications must be received by the Commission at least four weeks prior to the event and no later than December 1, 2018. The Commission awards touring support grants to presenters of a particular artist/ensemble on a first-come, first-served basis from that artist’s/ensemble’s allocation. Award letters are generally emailed two weeks after receipt of each presenter’s application by the Commission.

    NOTE:  For the 2017-2018 grant cycle ONLY, the Commission has adopted temporary, interim Guidelines to Funding to facilitate the transition from a paper to an online grant management system. These interim Guidelines will streamline the application process for grantees and increase the efficiencies of the review process for the Commission while the new online system is being installed and tested. New Guidelines for FY19 and future grant cycles will be established by the Commission to reflect changes to the online grant system and review process.

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  • Application and Final Report Forms