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. 

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 2014 are for activities occurring between January 15, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

This is an open deadline program.  Applications will be accepted through June 1, 2014 and must be submitted at least 10 weeks before activities begin.

To access the Artstour & Live Music guidelines follow this link: /files/content/program-forms/ATLM%20FY14_0_0.pdf

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

For further information about Artstour & Live Music, contact Walter Buford, Director of Performing Arts and Partners in Excellence Programs, by email: or by phone: 312-814-4992.