GRANTS

Funding Opportunities

WESTAF currently administers two grant programs: Independent Music on Tour (IMTour™), a grant program for tour-ready independent musicians, and TourWest a competitive grant program that provides subsidies to arts and community organizations for the presentation of out-of-state touring performers and literary artists.

To learn more about WESTAF’s online grants management system, visit GO Smart.™.

Independent Music on Tour Program

Independent Music on Tour (IMTour™) matches independent musicians with nonprofit presenters in the West. IMTour is committed to artistic excellence, audience development, and sustainable touring practices by offering resources to touring independent musicians and grants to nonprofit organizations that present them. For additional information on these artists, please visit IMTour.

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

TourWest

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. For the 2019-2020 cycle , projects must take place between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020. 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.gosmart.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. Grantees must clearly acknowledge support from the National Endowment for the Arts, WESTAF and their state arts agency in the programs and related promotional materials. Acknowledgement should be given in text and graphically by using the NEA and WESTAF logos.

For example:

Funding for the Commission and its programs is provided by WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This project received support from [Grantee’s State Arts Agency]; WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Please use WESTAF standard logos when recognizing our programs and awards. You can download logos below:

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

TourWest is now using GO Smart as its new grant application management system. Please go to https://tourwest.gosmart.org/ to access the TW2019 grant application and updated guidelines. Please note that beginning in 2017(TW2017) and for all subsequent years, we will only accept applications and final reports through the GO Smart system.

If you have any other questions regarding IMTour or Tourwest please feel free to contact Madalena Salazar at madalena.salazar@westaf.org.

Funding for IMTour and TourWest is provided by WESTAF and the National Endowment for the Arts.