Funding Opportunities

WESTAF currently administers grants in touring and presenting: TourWest and Independent Music on Tour (IMTour™).



TourWest is a competitive grant program that provides subsidies to arts and community organizations in the 13-state WESTAF region for the presentation of out-of-state touring performing and literary artists. The WESTAF region includes the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, TourWest standard performance grants are available in an amount of up to $2,500 or 50% of the artistic fees, whichever is less. Visit for application, eligibility, guidelines, and policies. The TourWest grant application opens in mid-January and closes on the first day of April each year. Eligible projects in the 2020-2021 cycle must take place between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021 and include one public performance and one educational outreach activity. 

Preferential consideration will be given to applications that most effectively address the following criteria: artistic merit, presentation of programs to underserved and/or culturally diverse audiences, quality of the outreach activities, engagement and collaboration (including block booking), and thoroughness of the project’s planning. 

Grantees must clearly acknowledge support from the National Endowment for the Arts (Arts Endowment), WESTAF, and their state arts agency in the programs and related promotional materials. Acknowledgement should be given in text and graphically by using the Arts Endowment and WESTAF logos. You can download logos below:


Example acknowledgment:

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


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

Please contact with questions.


Independent Music on Tour Program™

Independent Music on Tour (IMTour™) is a grant program for tour-ready independent musicians in the WESTAF region that matches independent roster musicians with nonprofit presenters in the West. IMTour demonstrates its commitment to audience development and sustainable touring practices by offering resources to the nonprofit organizations that present these emerging artists. For additional information on these artists, please visit IMTour or email


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

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