WESTAF Funding Opportunities

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TourWest is a competitive grant program that provides subsidies to arts and community organizations for the presentation of out-of-state touring performers and literary artists. Funds are available to organizations that sponsor performances within the 13-state WESTAF region. Projects must take place between September 1, 2014, and August 31, 2015. All projects must have one public performance and one educational outreach activity. TourWest standard performance grants are available in an amount of up to $2,500 or 50% of the artistic fees, whichever is less. Applicants may apply for up to two standard performance grants. More information regarding the grant guidelines and the application can be found online at tourwest.culturegrants.org. The annual TourWest grant application opens annually in mid-January and closes on the first day of April.

All TourWest grants must be matched on a one-to-one basis in cash by the presenting organization. Funds are available to organizations that sponsor performances or literary events within the 13-state WESTAF region. The WESTAF region includes the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai'i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. In order to receive TourWest funding, applicants must demonstrate a commitment to all of the following: high artistic quality, collaboration and block booking, presentation of programs to underserved and/or culturally diverse audiences, audience development, and community participation.

TourWest is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Visual Arts Exhibition Touring Program (CLOSED)
The Visual Arts Exhibition Touring Program (VAT) is a competitive grant program for visual arts organizations to support tours of visual art exhibitions of important regional artists. Matching grants of up to $50,000 are available to visual arts organizations that originate exhibitions of notable artists from the WESTAF region. To qualify for funding, the exhibition must also tour outside of the originating state but within the WESTAF region. More information about the VAT opportunity and the online application can be found at amp.cgweb.org. The deadline for VAT funding is currently a rolling deadline.

Through this program, WESTAF seeks to expand the awareness of noteworthy visual artists in the region, especially artists who have significantly influenced the aesthetic of a state or a region. WESTAF is also interested in building the understanding of environments, issues, and ideas rooted in the West that have been explored by seasoned artists and/or groups of artists. Artists of very high quality who are relatively unknown are of special interest as are artists who have served as teachers and/or leaders within the arts field, and who have influenced other artists.

VAT-funded exhibitions must open at a venue in the 13-state WESTAF region and then tour to a minimum of two other venues within the region. The WESTAF region includes the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai'i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The touring venues must be located outside of the state of the exhibition's origination. In addition, WESTAF will provide limited assistance with the implementation of a technology component for each touring project that receives an award. Exhibitions supported with VAT grant awards must take place within the VAT two year project period. Please contact westaf at staff@westaf.org for available project periods.

This Visual Arts Touring Grant is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Independent Music on Tour Program
IMTour is a grant program for tour-ready independent musicians. This pilot program is for musicians from the Front Range, including Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs. Mission Statement: Independent Music on Tour (IMTour) is committed to artistic excellence, audience development, and sustainable touring practices for musicians and nonprofit presenters in the West. IMTour seeks to meet these goals by offering resources to touring independent musicians and grants to nonprofit organizations to present independent musicians.

The artist roster for the inaugural 2012 WESTAF Independent Music Tour (IMTour) project was selected in July. They were chosen by a national panel of music industry professionals, consisting of  booking agents Erick Carer of Uncle Booking; Craig Grossman and David Priebe of Green Room Music Source; and Stefan Goldby, Executive Producer at Buzzine Networks. These panelists work with the largest names in independent music and were immensely helpful in identifying bands that are on par with nationally successful acts. The groups selected were: Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, Ian Cooke, Mane Rok, The Changing Colors, Paper Bird, and The Photo Atlas. The participating musicians will receive financial and technical support for touring to nonprofit performing arts presenters in the WESTAF region. For additional information on these artists, please visit the IMTour site at imtour.org. Please contact Bryce Merrill at for more information.

For more information about WESTAF's funding opportunities, please contact WESTAF at (303) 629-1166 or by e-mail at staff@westaf.org.

WESTAF's programs and activities do not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission, access or employment.

The TourWest 2015- 2016 application is open. Click HERE to apply.

To submit final reports for TourWest 2013 and earlier cycles, click HERE.

To submit final reports for TourWest 2014, click HERE.

Click HERE to see a list of the 2013-2014 TourWest awards.
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Please use the standard NEA logo when recognizing TourWest and VAT awards received.