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Posted on: January 24, 2018

Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission now accepting applications for expanded Touring Roster


TOPEKA -- To help promote Kansas-based performing artists, The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) maintains an approved Touring Roster of Kansas-based touring companies and artists. The roster enables those looking to book performers to identify acts available for bookings. The KCAIC is now accepting applications for inclusion on the roster.

“If you are an artist, becoming a Kansas Touring Performer helps you to be found by presenters and allows you to be considered for increased grant amounts in both the KCAIC AIP-Visiting Artist program and the Mid-America Arts Alliance Regional Touring Program,” said Peter Jasso, Director of the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission.

In this program, the artist or artist's management sets the fee and negotiates the booking. To be eligible for inclusion, applicants:

  • Can come from any artistic discipline (including, but not limited to: music, theater, dance, visual arts, literary, comedy, graphic novels, film, podcasting, etc.).
  • Should be either a Kansas-based nonprofit, individual artist, university, or unincorporated/for-profit group providing arts performances and experiences.
  • Must have a history of touring and maintain a reasonable fee range.
  • Are required to perform outside their community regularly.
  • Must offer single performances or exhibitions as well as complementary services that may include workshops, master classes, lecture-demonstrations, arts education components, residencies, or short performances.

The fact that an artist is approved to the roster does not imply or guarantee that the artist will receive bookings in the coming year.

The deadline for consideration this round is Feb. 23, 2018. The review panel will convene in early March.

All applications must be submitted via an online form:

Applicants will provide the following information:

  • Biographical information
  • Brief description of the artist’s programs
  • Contact information including website
  • Program fees

Support Materials may include:

  • Performances/Programs: Panelists will limit their review to 3-5 minute segments. Video of a staged performance or public program offering is preferred to a video production.
  • Marketing: brochure; sample program; sample news release; reviews; artist/presenter contract,
  • Reviews, previous presenters, audience, and noteworthy individuals (cite source).
  • Resume(s) of artists/touring manager (2 pages maximum per person)
  • Letters of Recommendation (3 maximum)


Applications will be evaluated on the following:

  • Artistic Quality: The Artistic merit of the applicant and quality of services. This is the primary consideration for inclusion in the roster.
  • Capability and Experience: Evidence of experience and reliability. Ability of applicant for effective implementation, management, and promotion of programs
  • Impact: Ability of the applicant to impact teaching and learning in, about and through the arts and/or innovative integration of an arts discipline into a non-arts curriculum or content areas. The quality of complementary activities will be considered.
  • The performance fee indicates the cost of presenting a program an average distance from the artist’s home area and includes transportation and lodging unless otherwise noted. Factors affecting the performance fee include: number and type of performances at a specific location; size and type of audience expected; actual distance traveled; block booking arrangements; and equipment required. All fees listed are negotiable and subject to change.
    KCAIC does not serve as a booking agent for artists listed, nor does a listing guarantee employment. The most successful artists use this as a tool to help promote themselves to potential booking agents. Eligible organizations may request funding from KCAIC through the AIP-Visiting Artists program to present artists on this roster to their community for an increased grant amount. Roster artists are also eligible for an increased grant amount through the Mid-America Arts Alliance Regional Touring Program.


  • Visiting Artists grants featuring roster artists will be accepted and reviewed year round. Applicants can apply at any time up to 30 days prior to the start of proposed activities. These grants will be reviewed for compliance with general policies and approved by staff.
  • Visiting Artist grants featuring non-roster artists must go through the panel review process held during scheduled grant rounds.
  • Applications can be submitted online at

For more on the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission go to



Peter Jasso     

(785) 296-2178

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