The United Performing Arts Fund

We are an umbrella nonprofit organization that raises funds to support 15 of Southeastern Wisconsin’s most prominent performing arts groups including First Stage, Florentine Opera Company, Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Skylight Music Theatre.

One Gift, Many Benefits

Donors to UPAF may be eligible for many donor benefits including “buy one, get one free” tickets, invitation to special events, and the ability to designate a portion of your donation to one or more UPAF Member Groups.

Who We Fund

The United Performing Arts Fund provides financial support to 15 Member Groups and a diverse group of Affiliates, as well as promotes the performing arts as a regional asset in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Your Gift at Work

Performing arts entertain and engage, positively impact our economy, and provide important arts education to our area’s children. Collectively, UPAF’s 15 Member Groups impact over a million lives each year.

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Performance Calendar

2015-16 Season

Use our online Performance Calendar to find available dance, music and theater from UPAF Cornerstone Member Groups, Member Groups and Affiliates to create your special entertainment outing! You can sort by event or performance group type, as well as month, week and day.


The performing arts have a real and meaningful effect on the lives of thousands of people in Southeastern Wisconsin every year. Whether it’s a child finding her voice, an elderly man reconnecting with music or a mother watching her son come out of his shell, these stories show us just how important the arts are to our well-being.

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Find out all the latest news about UPAF, our Member Groups and all the performing arts happenings in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Oct 09

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Announces 2015-16 Season and Opening Concerts

Milwaukee, WI -- September 17, 2015 -- Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) will kick off its 60th anniversary season this fall with three perfor

Oct 06

United Performing Arts Fund Announces 2015-16 Affiliate Grants

The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) announced its selection of Affiliates for the 2015-16 performance season.  A total of 18 performing arts organ

Sep 25

Annual Tap the Potential Events Celebrate 25 years of ADA

Tap the Potential is one of a series of events held by a number of Milwaukee agencies in 2015 to celebrate the passage of the America

Sep 25

United Performing Arts Fund to Allocate a Record $9.175 Million to Performing Arts Groups

Boffo results support Southeastern Wisconsin’s vibrant performing arts scene MILWAUKEE (Sept. 24, 2015) – The United Performing Arts F

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