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 is open! Click here!

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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.

Apr 18

The Florentine Opera Company announces its 2019-2020 Season

MILWAUKEE, Wis.—April 17, 2019— The Florentine Opera Company proudly announces its first season under the leadership of new Gener

Apr 15

Conductor Francesco Milioto joins the Florentine Opera as Artistic Advisor

MILWAUKEE, Wis.—April 10, 2019—Francesco Milioto has been named the company’s Artistic Advisor. “In this role, Francesco will

Apr 15

First Stage presents TINKER BELL, A Family-Friendly Adventure to Neverland!

Journey to Neverland for a Family-Friendly Adventure in TINKER BELL  -Featuring enchanting puppet

Apr 15

Kettle Moraine Symphony and Choruses to Perform at Holy Hill May 6

WEST BEND (April 6, 2019) Kettle Moraine Symphony and Moraine Chorus along with members of Bel Canto Chorus return to the Basilica at Holy Hill Sunday

Apr 15

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents The Montgomery Davis Play Development Series staged reading of ‘Neath the Hills of Bastogne

Monday, April 29, 2019 – 7:30 PM Skylight Bar & Bistro – Broadway Theatre Center   Milwaukee, WI

Apr 10

Skylight Music Theatre Announces Full Cast, Creative Team, and Extension for Musical KISS ME, KATE

Milwaukee, Wis. (April 4, 2019) — Skylight Music Theatre today announced the full cast and creative team for Kiss Me, Kate

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