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

    Missouri-based touring performers may apply to be listed in the Missouri Touring Performers Directory. Applications are reviewed and performers added to the directory once a year. Applications received by the last Monday of February are reviewed by an independent panel in May and approved at the Missouri Arts Council board meeting in June. Newly approved performers are notified in July.

    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
    Guide to School Touring Qualified

  • Present a Touring Performer

    As of April 1, we are no longer accepting new applications for Express Touring for programs occurring in FY2019 (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019). In mid-April, we will begin accepting applications for Express Touring for FY2020 (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020). The first deadline to submit applications for FY2020 is Monday, May 6.

    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. You may apply once per fiscal year, for a total 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.

    For more information, see the guidelines. FY2020 grants are for projects occurring from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

    FY2019 Express Touring Grant Guidelines (for reference only)