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 and support the performing arts. Click here to access the Ambassador Prop Shop for tools to use for your campaign!

UPAF Ride for the Arts

Thank you to the riders and sponsors of the UPAF Ride for the Arts, sponsored by Miller Lite. Registration is open for the 2020 UPAF Ride for the Arts, sponsored by Miller Lite, to be held May 31, 2020! Click here to get the special price!

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Performance Calendar

2019-20 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.

Nov 25

Bel Canto Chorus Celebrates the Holidays with Christmas in the Basilica

MILWAUKEE, WI (November 12, 2019)—Bel Canto Chorus brings its vocal power and beauty to the holiday season with its annual Christmas in the Basilica

Oct 29

Skylight Music Theatre Extends Contract of Executive Director Jack R. Lemmon

Milwaukee, Wis. (October 29, 2019) — Skylight Music Theatre Board of Directors President Marta Bianchini announced the renewal and

Oct 23

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents JEEVES AT SEA

Milwaukee, Wis. (October 22, 2019) – Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s 45th anniversary season continues wi

Oct 14

Present Music’s Thanksgiving Concert Introduces New Traditions

OCTOBER 3, 2019 (MILWAUKEE, WI) – Milwaukee’s holiday season truly begins with Thanksgiving. Present Music’s new Co-Artistic Directors, David Bl

Oct 07

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents The Montgomery Davis Play Development Series staged reading of “LE/LA” by Liz Shipe

Milwaukee, WI (October 7, 2019) – True to its mission of nurturing local theatre artists, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) presents

Oct 02

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre Announces Departure of Managing Director

Milwaukee, WI. (OCTOBER 2019) – Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Managing Director Kirsten Finn has announced that sh

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