Grants & Programs

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.

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 2020 are for activities occurring by August 31, 2020.

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, 2020.

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

http://arts.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/content/program-forms/FY20_ATLM_2.pdf

NEW Illinois Grant Accountability and Transparency Act 

  • Before submitting an application through the Illinois Arts Council Agency’s eGrant system, applicants must first complete a validation process through the State of Illinois’s Grantee Portal to obtain a pre-qualification status. The IACA will not be able to consider an application for funding until the applicant has completed this step.
  • Pre-qualification through the Grantee Portal is required for all organizations, units of government, and schools and school-affiliate organizations applying for grant funding from the IACA.
  • To obtain a pre-qualification status, go to the Grantee Portal (https://grants.illinois.gov/portal).
  • Refer to the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act/GATA page on the IACA website for specific details.

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