Applications are available online for artists interested in participating in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Artists Directory, a marketing assistance program that supports Kentucky performers of music, dance, theater and storytelling.

The Performing Artists Directory is an adjudicated online roster of performing artists used by in-state and out-of-state presenters and others as a resource for identifying artists for performance bookings and projects. The deadline to apply is Feb. 16.

Inclusion in the directory has been advantageous to Frankfort-based world music quartet Stirfry Musette, said Joanna Hay, the group’s violinist.

“Being in the directory gave us sense of accomplishment, as well as opportunities to reach audiences beyond our local community,” Hay said. “We’ve been booked by libraries, universities and included in performing arts series because we are in the directory.”

Because the groups and individuals must be adjudicated into the directory, the process is competitive.

“The application process itself really makes you step up and improve your game,” Hay said. “You realize your work samples and photos have to be as high quality as the artwork you’ve created. Getting in means you’ve reached a level of excellence and that you know how to market yourself.”

The arts council endeavors to promote, showcase and provide professional development opportunities to a diverse selection of Kentucky's finest contemporary and traditional performing artists through the Performing Artists Directory. There are currently more than 80 individual artists and groups listed in the directory.

Applicants are adjudicated by a panel of independent industry professionals. Applications are assessed based on artistic excellence, performance experience and marketing capacity.

To assist in the application process, the arts council will host webinars Jan. 24 and Jan. 26 about applying for the directory. Interested parties, or those who have questions or need more information, should contact Tamara Coffey, individual artist director, at 502-564-3757, ext. 479, or

For more information or to apply, visit the arts council’s Performing Artists Directory page.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. The arts council celebrates 50 years of service in 2016.

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