United Performing Arts Fund Announces Affiliate Grants

UPAF | October 30, 2019

MILWAUKEE (Oct. 30, 2019) The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) announced its selection of nonprofits to receive funding through the UPAF Affiliate Program, sponsored by Briggs & Stratton Corporation Foundation, for the 2019-20 performance season.  UPAF will allocate a total of $114,000 to 16 performing arts organizations that applied for programmatic funding.  This amount includes two earmarked gifts: $10,000 designation from Johnson Controls to Above the Clouds and $4,000 designation from the Milwaukee Bucks to Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. An additional $62,498 was allocated to Affiliates that performed in the workplace or at community events during the 2019 Campaign.

 “The Briggs & Stratton Corporation Foundation is pleased to support a wide variety of performing arts organizations through the UPAF Affiliate program,” said Rick Carpenter, Briggs & Stratton vice president of corporate marketing. “At Briggs & Stratton, we pride ourselves on our culture of innovation; the performing arts help to stimulate innovative and creative thinking. On behalf of the team at Briggs & Stratton, we applaud the 2019-20 Affiliates and commend them for the enhancements they bring to the performing arts scene in our region.”

To receive a grant, qualified organizations are required to submit an online application outlining their specific funding request.  Grant amounts were determined by an independent panel with expertise in arts, finance and community development. 


UPAF Affiliates for the 2019 - 2020 Season


2019 Grant Award

Latino Arts – Latino Strings


Black Arts MKE


Racine Symphony Orchestra


Above the Clouds


Kettle Moraine Symphony


Wisconsin Conservatory of Music


Festival City Symphony


Milwaukee Opera Theatre


Optimist Theatre


Sharon Lynne Wilson Center


Theatre Gigante


Wild Space Dance Company


Frankly Music


Windfall Theatre


Wisconsin Philharmonic


Darby’s Dancers



 $  114,000


About UPAF

The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) has been setting the stage since 1967 by providing critical investment in our region’s vibrant performing arts scene.  UPAF’s mission is to secure community resources, promote the performing arts as a regional asset and improve the quality of life through responsible investment in and financial support of the performing arts in Southeastern Wisconsin. In 2019 UPAF raised nearly $12 million to support the area’s performing arts environment. UPAF proudly bears Charity Navigator’s highest distinction for nonprofits – a four-star rating – and is the No. 1 united arts fund in the country in terms of dollars raised.

As an umbrella organization, UPAF supports a breadth of performing arts groups that collectively offer something for everyone through its 14 Member Groups and numerous Affiliates.  More than one million people are touched each year through performances, educational outreach, special events and community partnerships.