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.

Nov 21

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Hires Rebecca Owen for New Vice President of Development Position

Milwaukee, WI - The Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) has created a new position, Vice President of Development, to build a foundation for fut

Nov 19

UPAF Appears on WISN Arts Ave to Promote the 2019 Ride for the Arts

On Nov. 17, special events manager Angela appeared on WISN-12's Arts Avenue to promote the 2019 Ride that will be held on June 2, 2019. Register befor

Nov 13

Bel Canto Chorus Celebrates 10 Years of Christmas in the Basilica

Annual concert pays homage to Polish heritage & holiday favorites

Nov 12

Wisconsin Philharmonic Presents “My Favorite Things: Joyful Sounds of Christmas” Featuring Local Choirs and the Brusubardis Family

Stay warm and enjoy the sounds of your favorite holiday tunes with the Wisconsin Philharmonic in their traditional holiday concert in their biggest co

Nov 07

Announcing the Winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – Wisconsin District

Announcing the Winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – Wisconsin District MILWAUKEE, Wis.—Novem

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