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

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.

Jan 18

Danceworks Performance Company pulls out all the stops in a variety show of hilarious heartbreak in Torch & Glamour: An Exploration of Love & Illusion

MILWAUKEE – Danceworks Performance Company continues its 2018-19 season with a variety show of hilarious heartbreak in Torch &a

Jan 17

Present Music Presents New Chamber Music by Women in the New Jan Serr Studio

December 15, 2018 (MILWAUKEE, WI) – In a concert devoted to performing a diverse and provocative sample of this century’s musical works created by

Jan 17

First Stage Presents Inaugural Forge Production LOCOMOTION

-First Stage’s Inaugural Forge Production- LOCO

Jan 14

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents STRANGE SNOW

Milwaukee, WI. … Twenty-four hours. That’s how long it takes for three lives to change forever in STRANGE SNOW, Stephen M

Jan 14

Milwaukee Ballet Invites Patrons to Vote in Genesis: International Choreographic Competition

Artists from Australia, Scotland and Spain will compete for top prize at The Pabst MILWAUKEE – Jan 9,

Jan 14

The Jamie Breiwick Jazz Quartet joins the Florentine Opera Baumgartner Studio Artists on stage in February concert

Con Amore runs February 8 - 10 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts MILWAUKEE, Wis.—

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