UPAF News Releases

United Performing Arts Fund to Allocate $8,440,613 to Member Groups

The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) today announced it will allocate $8,440,613 to its 14 Member Groups. A total of $7,170,591 or about 85% of the allocation, will be distributed to the six UPAF Cornerstones.
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2020 UPAF Campaign Raises Over $11.6 Million for Local Performing Arts Organizations

The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) announced last night that the 2020 UPAF Campaign raised $11,662,693. Dollars generated through fundraising total $11,358,693, with an additional $304,000 raised in grant revenue. The Campaign is down by 1.9% compared to 2019, which is significantly less than the 8.5% UPAF projected once COVID-19 required all efforts and performances to be 100% virtual.
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UPAF Welcomes Black Arts MKE as Newest Member Group

The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved Black Arts MKE as a Member Group, effective immediately. The organization joins 13 other premiere world class performing arts organizations as a UPAF Member Group.
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UPAF Enters the “Final Stretch” of the 2020 Fundraising Campaign

The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) is entering the final stretch of its 2020 fundraising Campaign, at a time when the performing arts sector has been significantly impacted by COVID-19. After being extended by 10 weeks, the UPAF Campaign will officially close on August 31. 
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Phoenix Investors Sees Value in Local Arts Education Programming

Phoenix Investors, a national private commercial real estate firm headquartered in Milwaukee, is investing $25,000 in United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF), specifically to UPAF Bright Minds, presented by BMO Harris Bank. UPAF Bright Minds provides essential funding to arts education initiatives delivered by UPAF Member Groups, touching the lives of over 100,000 students each year.
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UPAF Ride for the Arts, sponsored by Miller Lite, Will Go Virtual as “An Event for All” on Sunday, June 14

The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) announced today that the 40th Anniversary UPAF Ride for the Arts, sponsored by Miller Lite, will be held as a virtual event on Sunday, June 14. With the uncertainty surrounding the safety of mass gatherings, UPAF will instead host “An Event for All” to allow participants the flexibility to ride, walk or run anywhere with anyone from any starting point.
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UPAF Brings Together Community Leaders and Performers in UNITE with UPAF Live

The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) is hosting UNITE with UPAF Live to showcase the importance of our local performing arts scene and raise much needed funds for their 14 Member Groups.
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UPAF Launches “UNITE with UPAF” Collaborative to Lift Community Spirits

The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) is launching “UNITE with UPAF” Collaborative to help lift the spirits of the community during this time of great uncertainty. Partnering with its 14 Member Groups, UPAF is offering free virtual performing arts experiences, both live and on demand, to showcase music, dance and theater.
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The United Performing Arts Fund Leaps into the 2020 Campaign with the “No Show Gala” Online Auction, Presented by KS Energy Services

The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) is hosting the second annual “No Show Gala” Online Auction, sponsored by KS Energy Services, February 1 through March 3. This online auction allows participants to support UPAF by bidding on over 40 exciting packages, products and once-in-a-lifetime experiences directly from their smart phone or the comfort of their homes at https://upaf.givesmart.com.
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United Performing Arts Fund Names 2020 Campaign Co-Chairs

Focus of the 2020 Campaign is on efforts to ensure entertainment excellence and arts inclusivity.
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