Grants & Programs

Artstour & Live Music

Please know that the funds for ArtsTour & Live Music have been fully expended for FY21.  FY22 applications will be available in mid-July, 2021 for projects taking place between September of 2021 through August 31, 2022. 

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 no longer 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 2021 are for activities occurring by August 31, 2021.

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, 2021.

To access the Artstour & Live Music guidelines follow this link:

The electronic application is now available through the Illinois eGrant System.

For further information about Artstour & Live Music, contact George Tarasuk, Program Director, by email: or by phone: 312-814-3916.

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