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 Performer Directory. Applications are reviewed and performers added to the directory once a year. Applications received by the end 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 announced in July.

    FY2020 Missouri Touring Performer Application Guidelines

  • Present a Touring Performer

    If your organization is eligible to receive Missouri Arts Council funding (tax-exempt, Missouri-based) you may apply for an Express Strategic Touring Grant to support presenting a performer from the Missouri Touring Performer directory. You may apply once per fiscal year, for a total maximum of $3,000. For more information, see the guidelines. FY2019 grants are for projects occurring from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

    FY2019 Express Touring Grant Guidelines