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.

UPAF Ride for the Arts

The UPAF Ride for the Arts, sponsored by Miller Lite, was on Sunday, June 5. Riders were able to choose from four routes that showcase Milwaukee’s Lakefront, the Hoan Bridge and other notable landmarks. Mark your calendars to sign up to ride or volunteer next year!

Host a Workplace Giving Campaign!

A Workplace Giving Campaign is a company-sponsored fundraising drive where employees can contribute to UPAF, have a fun, rewarding way to increase employee engagement & support the performing arts in Southeastern Wisconsin.

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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.

Jun 20

UPAF President and CEO Deanna Tillisch Honored as “Woman of Influence”

On Friday, UPAF's President and CEO, Deanna Tillisch, was honored as one of the Milwaukee Business Journal's "Women of Influence."   Mark K

Jun 15

The Biz Times Covers UPAF’s Finale

Biz Times covers UPAF Finale  

Jun 15

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Covers UPAF’s Finale

United Performing Arts Fund raises a record $12,163,486

Jun 14

UPAF President and CEO Deanna Tillisch on WTMJ4’s Morning Blend

UPAF's President and CEO Deanna Tillisch was on the Morning Blend to discuss our 2016 Campaign Finale event. Ryan Jay will MC the event.

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