Touring Performers in Missouri

The Missouri Arts Council is dedicated to providing performance arts experiences for audiences throughout the state to nurture appreciation for Missouri’s diverse cultural resources. We do this in two ways: we promote touring artists on our directory, and we financially support their performances throughout Missouri (and a six-state region through Mid-America Arts Alliance).

Artists formally apply to be included in the directory. They are reviewed by a Missouri Arts Council panel for their artistic quality, management ability, and touring experience. We then offer Express Touring Grants to nonprofit presenters such as schools, libraries, and community centers to assist them in bringing artists from the directory to perform in their communities.

  • Find a Touring Performer

    Our directory is a searchable database of performing artists based in Missouri who are seeking opportunities to perform at venues across the state.

    Browse or search the directory

  • Be a Touring Performer

    The Missouri Arts Council is not accepting new applications for the Missouri Touring Performers Directory for FY2021 (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021). To learn when FY2022 applications become available, we recommend that interested artists sign up for email notifications about our programs. The sign-up form is in the lower right-hand corner of every page of this website.

    The applications for FY2020 (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020) were reviewed by an independent panel in May 2019 and approved at the Missouri Arts Council board meeting in June.

    To become School Touring Qualified, artists and arts organizations must apply and be selected by an independent panel. Applications are accepted throughout the year. School Touring Qualified artists are identified in the Missouri Touring Performers Directory.

    Guidelines for Missouri Touring Performers Directory (FY2020, for reference only)
    Guide to School Touring Qualified

  • Present a Touring Performer

    We are accepting applications for Express Touring Grants for Schools and Communities for FY2020 (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020).

    If your organization is eligible to receive Missouri Arts Council funding (tax-exempt, Missouri-based) you may apply for an Express Community Touring Grant to support presenting a performer from the Missouri Touring Performers Directory. An organization may apply once per fiscal year, for a maximum of $3,000.

    School Touring Grants fund PK-12 schools to pay a portion of the artistic fee charged for schools and organizations to present School Touring Qualified artist(s) during school assemblies. Schools may apply once per fiscal year, for a maximum of $1,000 per school building and $3,000 per school district.

    FY20 Guide to Express Touring Grants for Schools and Communities