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Native Launchpad 2023 Application Guidelines
Submission deadline: Wednesday, February 1st, 5:00 pm PST
Awards announced May 1, 2023


Native Launchpad is the cornerstone program of Advancing Indigenous Performance (AIP), Western Arts Alliance’s national initiative to create new touring and presentation opportunities for US-based Indigenous performing artists.


Native Launchpad provides Indigenous artists with tools and resources needed to further their careers and introduce them to the world of arts presenting and management. Native Launchpad helps create opportunity and sustainability for individual Native artists through financial support, professional development opportunities, strategic promotions and networking. Each awardee will receive direct financial and travel support, mentoring/coaching, career development and promotional benefits, valued at $40,000, over three years.


Four (4) Native Launchpad Artists will be selected by a panel of Indigenous performing arts professionals from across the country. In addition, a cohort of up to five AIP Associate Artists will be invited to access professional development and networking resources through the program. 


Eligibility Requirements
Qualified applicants must:
· Be US-based professional performing artists at any stage in their career
· Be US citizens or have permanent resident status
· Be planning to tour work within the coming three years
· Self-identify as Indigenous. AIP defines Indigenous (or Native) as, Member or descendant of a Native American, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian nation or community, including the US Territories of Amelika Sāmoa (American Samoa), Guahan (Guam), Saipan, Tinian, Rota (Northern Mariana Islands), Borikén (Puerto Rico), and the US Virgin Islands.

The program is open to any performing arts discipline suitable for touring. Membership with Western Arts Alliance is not a requirement for applicants.


Please see the Native Launchpad Guidelines or FAQs  for additional information. For application support and questions please contact us at staff@westarts.org.


Native Launchpad and the Advancing Indigenous Performance (AIP) program are made possible by a lead grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Regional Arts Organization (RAO) partners Arts Midwest, Mid Atlantic Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, and WESTAF.

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