Arts & Humanities Touring Program ‘Call for Performers’
Possibly one of the most-loved programs in the state by teachers, local festivals and event planners, the Michigan Arts & Humanities Touring Program not only brings outstanding live performances to local communities of all sizes each year, but it is also an excellent way for our top talent to promote themselves and develop an ongoing revenue stream.
It’s been three years since the current online directory of Arts & Humanities performers has been updated so now is the time to apply for consideration to be included in the 2012-2015 Touring Directory.
“We are taking extra steps this fall to partner with other major arts and humanities organizations to get the word out about the application process for the touring directory,” said Katie Wolf, executive director of the Michigan Humanities Council. “Local communities and schools depend on the directory to inspire local residents and attract thousands of visitors to their community each year, so we want to make sure they have the best-of-the-best talent at their fingertips.”
A joint project between the Michigan Humanities Council and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Touring Directory is an online database featuring more than 200 performers representing the arts and humanities.
An electronic version of the application is now available online. Requests for printed copies of the application can be directed to the Michigan Humanities Council by calling (517) 372-7770, or emailing email@example.com.
Schools, libraries, museums and the like often use the directory as their one-stop shop for identifying authentic and highly qualified artists and scholars. Directory categories include: visual artists; performing artists; storytellers, historical re-enactors and historians; writers; and tradition bearers and folk artists.
Performers interested in applying for a slot in the directory must return their complete application to the Humanities Council by Dec. 1. It is important to make sure that every portion of the application is filled out and that samples are included.
It is advised that applicants take extra steps to ensure your video, sound track, photo and description are professionally prepared. DVD samples should be audible and elicit audience response and interaction.
In January, adjudicators comprised of scholars and educators from around the state will review the applications, taking into consideration expertise, talent, experience, cultural sensitivity and historical accuracy, as well as the ability of a performer to entertain and engage audiences. Applicants will be notified in May as to whether they have been selected for inclusion into the 2012-15 Arts & Humanities Touring Directory.
A listing in Michigan’s Arts & Humanities Touring Directory is not an endorsement by the Michigan Humanities Council or the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, nor are the councils responsible for program content and/or incorrect information.
Touring Grants Available for Nonprofits
The Council is now accepting applications for touring programs taking place between Oct. 1, 2011 and Sept. 30, 2012.
Nonprofit organizations may request up to 40 percent of a performer, presenter or exhibitor’s fee and travel expense. A touring program grant request may not exceed $3,000 per application, and an organization may not submit more than four applications, or request more than $4,000 in a fiscal year (Oct. 1 to Sept. 30).
The application can be found online and must be mailed to the Council offices at least four weeks prior to the program or exhibition date. Funding is available on first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted.
If you have any questions on the touring directory or grants, please call (517) 372-7770, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.michiganhumanities.org.
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