Touring artists are professional artists that perform for live audiences in various communities and/or are hired for a live performance. Touring artists are typically artists that work in performance disciplines such as music, theater, dance, storytelling, puppetry, or multidisciplinary forms.

New England-based touring artists are able to participate in NEFA’s New England States Touring (NEST) grant program, which subsidizes up to 50% of artists’ touring fees. CreativeGround houses the directory of all artists who may be chosen by nonprofit presenters for NEST funding.

All artists who wish to qualify for NEST funding must maintain an artist profile on CreativeGround. For more information about how to become NEST eligible, please click here. Artists can also watch this video tutorial for instructions on how to complete all required fields in their artist profile to request NEST eligibility.