4Culture Grants + Calls

Touring Arts Roster Presenter Incentive Program

Hire from our Touring Arts Roster and receive up to $2,500. Support local arts and bring some of the best King County performing artists to your community!

Steps to Apply

1 What the Presenter Incentive Program Funds

1 What the Presenter Incentive Program Funds

The Presenter Incentive provides up to $2,500 per calendar year to organizations who hire performing artists from our Touring Arts Roster—a juried list of some of the best performers in King County. Funding is available to Local Arts Agencies, city agencies, business associations, Sustained Support organizations, and Public Development Authorities producing free or low-cost performing arts events for their communities. Organizations and events must be located in King County.

  • Reimburses 50% of artist fees for Touring Arts Roster performers only.
  • $2,500 maximum per calendar year; can include multiple events.


We fund our grants through a competitive process. Reviewers will evaluate your project based on the following criteria:

  • Public benefit: is your event an accessible, feasible performing arts event in King County? Will King County residents or visitors be able to enjoy, experience, or benefit from the event?
  • Qualifications: if you are new to 4Culture funding, does your organization have the experience and ability to successfully produce the event?
  • Feasibility: is your artist/performer budget realistic?
  • Advancing equity (optional): if your event is created for or by historically marginalized communities, please describe. This is not a requirement for funding.

Public Benefit: Why It Matters

Visitors who stay in hotels and motels in King County pay sales tax. A small part of that tax generates the funds for our grants—our mission is to reinvest those funds into King County communities. Most importantly, in your application you will be asked to state specifically how fellow residents will benefit from the work you do.

Equity Investments

To combat inequities in our grantmaking, 4Culture engages in the practice of making Equity Investments. This practice involves looking at several indicators of structural inequity and applying that knowledge to our peer review panel process. These indicators include but are not limited to: geographic location of applicants, operating budget, communities engaged with and audiences served, and project focus. By prioritizing these factors in our grantmaking decisions and panel review process, we anticipate funds will be distributed to communities that have historically been excluded from cultural funding.

Each of our grant programs utilizes an Equity Investment system tailored to the specific needs of its applicants; please read the After You Submit section of this page for details on how Equity Investments will function for this grant. This organization-wide change—and what we learn about its impact—is an important step towards more equitable funding at 4Culture and throughout the King County cultural sector.

2 Are You and Your Project Eligible?

2 Are You and Your Project Eligible?


Your organization must be located in King County and be one of the following:

  • King County Local Arts Agencies (LAAs)
  • Business associations, such as Chambers of Commerce and Downtown Associations.
  • City agencies or municipalities.
  • Sustained Support nonprofit organizations.
  • Public Development Authorities.

Awarded organizations can receive funding for 50% of Touring Artist Roster performer fees, for a maximum of $2,500 per calendar year.

Your Event

4Culture values the right to express and experience culture as a community. This grant offers financial support for organizations presenting performing artists from our Touring Arts Roster for their communities. Your event must:

  • Be open to the public, accessible, and free or low cost.
  • Take place in King County.
  • Include performing artists currently listed on the 4Culture Touring Arts Roster. You can only apply for reimbursement for TAR performer fees.

We cannot fund religious instruction, exercise, or worship, or performances for fundraising events.

3 Helping You Succeed

3 Helping You Succeed

Feel free to contact us if you need support! Our friendly staff will answer any of your questions and assist you with the application and Touring Arts Roster.


Scott Oshima
(206) 477-8064

Translation and Assistance

If you anticipate a barrier to your participation due to limited English writing ability, visual impairment, or would like to request assistance to access this application, please contact us at hello@4culture.org or 206-296-7580 or TTY 711.
Si anticipa una barrera para su participación debido a la capacidad limitada de escritura en inglés, discapacidad visual, o desea solicitar asistencia para acceder a esta aplicación, contáctenos en hello@4culture.org o 206-296-7580 o TTY 711.
如果您由于英语写作能力有限,视力障碍而希望参加比赛,或者希望获得协助来访问此应用程序,请通过hello@4culture.org或206-296-7580或TTY 711与我们联系。

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4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit


Once you have contacted our staff and submitted your application, you will receive an email notification on your award status within 1-2 weeks. If your application is not accepted this time, we are happy to share feedback through a brief phone call.

Contracts and Payment

If your project is selected for funding, our staff will work with you to create a Letter of Agreement for the current calendar year and all proposed events, all the requirements for a successful contract, and a schedule for when you will be paid.

Payment requires a Social Security Number or Tax Payer ID Number. Reimbursement will be paid when your event is complete for up to 50% of the artist fees and a total of $2,500 maximum per calendar year. A brief evaluation and event documentation are required for payment.

Requirements and Appeals

Learn about what will be required if you are awarded a grant, and about the process for appeal of a 4Culture decision.

5 Apply

5 Apply

Applications must be submitted at least 1 month before the date of the project or event. For example, if your event is February 1, you must submit by January 1.

All applicants will be notified if they were awarded funding or not and receive feedback if requested.

What’s in the Application?

The TAR Presenter Incentive application is intended to place minimal burdens on applicants.

Application Sections

  • Event title
  • Event date
  • Event descriptions: What, how, and why? How will your event be accessible and include performing arts? How will King County residents or visitors learn about, experience, or benefit from the event?
  • Estimated attendees
  • Qualifications: this section is only required for organizations who are new to 4Culture funding. Please share a brief description of your organization and/or event producer. Describe your organization’s ability to successfully complete this event. Have you created a project like this in the past?
  • Advancing equity (optional): If your event is created for or by historically marginalized communities, please describe why and how. This is not a requirement for funding.
  • Venue address
  • TAR performers
  • Budget: total performer fees and requested budgets

Demographic Information

Your profile in our portal must provide demographic information for the current year, for yourself, and if you are applying as an organization, for your board and staff. We use this information to help us understand how well we are doing in our efforts to reach all communities in King County.

Check out more of 4Culture’s grant opportunities and other local grants.