Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) maintains a roster of artists available to perform, give workshops, and or create works of art with community members. For the next roster, TCA really wants the literary field to be well-represented. This is a competitive process, but we do hope to get a wider array of applications from writers, including slam poets, “page poets,” and fiction writers. Writers must be Texas-based.
The deadline to apply is January 31, but since that falls on a Sunday, it’s extended to February 1.
To apply, writers need to get an account set up with TCA by calling at 512/936-6573. They will use the account to fill out an online application, and they will need to send in a few supporting materials– notable among those is an audiovisual sample of the writer in performance.
Placement on the roster does not guarantee bookings, nor does it have any direct money associated with it, but roster artists can refer nonprofit clients, schools, and municipalities in Texas to the Arts Respond Performance Support grant program— the fact that TCA can provide a grant for up to half of the artist fee is a great incentive to help the artist get bookings.
Please feel free to pass this information along to folks who you think are good candidates, or apply yourselves!
Interested? Learn more here.