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Artstour & Live Music

Artstour & Live Music provides support to eligible Illinois not-for-profit organizations seeking to present Illinois performing artists, companies, or groups for performances, collaborations, or short residencies held in conjunction with performances. This program can not be used to support events that are part of a regular series by organizations already receiving Program Grants in the discipline of Presenters. Please Note: The GATA Prequalification process is not a requirement of this program.  

Examples of programs:

  • A library engages a storyteller to present stories during a children’s story festival.
  • A school district brings in a theatre company to perform at the local high school.  In addition, the company visits the elementary school to work with 3rd and 4th graders involved in the school’s upcoming theatre production.
  • A theatre company collaborates with a folk musician in the creation and presentation of a new play.
  • The local college brings a jazz orchestra to town to perform.  The musicians also give a mini-performance at the local senior center.
  • A dance company engages a classical music ensemble to provide live music for a performance.

Grant requests for fiscal year 2024 are for activities occurring by August 31, 2024.

This is an open deadline program.  Applications must be received no less than eight weeks before the project start date as identified in the application. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received and will be accepted until the funds are fully committed or by May 15, 2024.

Application Assistance

Artstour & Live Music Grant Recorded Webinar

Drop-in session for questions on the program, or online platform.  There is no registration for the drop-in sessions.  To join, click on the link at the meeting time:

Friday, August 25, 2023 at 1:00 PM

Friday, October 20, 2023, at 1:00 PM

To access the Artstour & Live Music guidelines follow this LINK

To access the ArtsTour Roster, a supplemental resource created in collaboration between the Illinois Presenters Network and the Illinois Arts Council, follow this LINK

The electronic application is now available through Salesforce

For further information about Artstour & Live Music, contact Danielle Heal, Program Director, by email: or by phone: 312-793-1060.