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.

“No Show” Gala Online Auction

Support the Arts! UPAF silent auction bidding is fun & easy—no black tie required, just your smartphone or laptop! Bid on exciting items & packages Wednesday, February 20, at 8:00 a.m. – Tuesday, March 5, at 1:00 p.m. Items will be award to the highest bidder.
Click here for Auction!

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.

Feb 19

First Stage Awarded Major Grant from Wisconsin Humanities Council

-The Power of Poetry: FORGE Workshops inspired by LOCOMOTION receives grant- Mil

Feb 19

Racine Symphony Orchestra Announces Top Finishers in Annual Young Artists’ Competition

RACINE, WI | February 14, 2019 The Racine Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the top finishers in our annual Young Artists’ Competition. H

Feb 19

Skylight Music Theatre Announces Leads for Kiss Me, Kate

Valentine Day Announcement for Musical Running May 17 – June 9 Milwaukee, Wis.

Feb 19

Bel Canto Chorus Honors Veterans with March Concert

Featuring Richard Danielpour’s ‘An American Requiem,’ accompanied by 69-piece orchestra

Feb 12

2019 GRAMMY winner Karim Sulayman to sing in Florentine Opera’s new and original production of The Coronation of Poppea

MILWAUKEE, Wis.—February 11, 2019—The Florentine Opera Company’s March production of The Coronation of Poppea by Cla

Feb 12

Skylight Music Theatre Announces 2019-2020 Season Marking Landmark 60th Anniversary

Milwaukee, Wis. (Feb. 5, 2019) — Artistic Director Ray Jivoff today unveiled Skylight Music Theatre’s 2019-2020 season, which wil

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