The United Performing Arts Fund

We are an umbrella nonprofit organization that raises funds to support 14 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.

Arts Education

Collectively, UPAF Member Groups provide arts education to thousands of children, replacing what drastic budget cuts have taken away in many of our schools. Each year, they deliver quality arts education directly in the classroom, through after-school programs and on an individual basis with scholarships.

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.

UPAF Ride for the Arts

The 38th Annual UPAF Ride for the Arts, sponsored by Miller Lite, will be held Sunday, June 2, 2019! Mark your calendars to sign up to ride or volunteer! Registration for next year’s Ride is open! Click here!

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Performance Calendar

2018-19 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 17

Present Music’s Annual Musical Meditation on Gratitude

October 3, 2018 (Milwaukee, WI) – Present Music’s annual THANKSGIVING concert continues this year, with its focus on unity and community. Over one

Oct 17

Wisconsin Philharmonic “Friday Flix! Classic Hollywood Scores” with Concertmaster Tim Kamps

Come join the Wisconsin Philharmonic for a fun, family-oriented evening as we celebrate the many moods of the very greatest of Amer

Oct 12

BizTimes Reports on UPAF 2018 Allocation to Member Groups

UPAF is proud to share that over $9 Million will be allocated to Member Groups following the 2018 Campaign.

Oct 12

Shepherd Express: UPAF Allocates More Than $9 Million to Member Groups

The Shepherd Express reports on UPAF's 2018 Allocation to Member Groups.

Oct 12

UPAF and TODAY’S TMJ4 Celebrates Performing Arts Month with Milwaukee Ballet and Skylight Music Theatre

Learn about the upcoming performing arts season and the importance of UPAF in Milwaukee from Milwaukee Ballet and Skylight Music Theatre. Both joined

Oct 12

First Stage Previews Matilda on TODAY’S TMJ4 for Performing Arts Month

First Stage Director of Artistic Operations, Jeff Schaetzke, and young performers Taylor Arnstein, Reese Bell, and Marina Evans explain the First Sta

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