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The Artist Access Program was created out of a directive from City Council to utilize Hotel Occupancy Tax’s Cultural Arts funds to expand hours at three of the City-owned cultural centers. Applicants are ranked by an impartial panel made up of professional artists from Austin using an established criteria. Click here to learn more about the application process, including the program guidelines and rules. For more information email      

Applications are now being accepted for the 2025 season! The deadline to submit an application is February 29, 2024 at 11:59pm. The 2025 season follows the fiscal year and includes dates between October 1, 2024 and September 30, 2025.  

2025 Artist Access Application

Application Guide

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Venue Information

Click here to learn more about our venues. As an event goer, you will find helpful Information, including directions and contact information. Interested AAP applicants can also view available performance spaces and more.  

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Attend An Event

Whether you are planning a weekend trip to Austin, or are currently living in our city and are looking for something a little different, you are welcome to participate! Take part in a variety of events including theatre & dance performances, concerts, festivals, and workshops. See our Programs and Events page for a list of upcoming events.

2024 AAP Partners

Austin Shakespeare  Fisterra Project
Lannaya Drum Austin Samba
Early Era Collective  Ariel Dance
Dance Waterloo Glass Half Full
Austin City Ballet Diversity Band (Austin Sister Cities International)
Kendra Wiley Proyecto 
Metamorphosis Dance   

2023 AAP Partners

Escandalo                  Fisterra Projects   
Color Arc Productions            Glass Half Full Theatre
Austin Dance India Texas Bengali Cultural Alliance 
Teatro Vivo Ariel Dance Theatre
Austin Dance Ensemble Lannaya Drum & Dance Ensemble 
Xavier Jara  A'lante Flamenco
Austin City Ballet  Austin Shakespeare 

2022 AAP Partners

A'Lante Flamenco Ariel Dance Theater Austin
Asian American Film Festival Austin Dance Ensemble
Austin Dance India  Austin Shakespeare
Isabel & The Runaway Train Lannaya Drum & Dance Ensemble
Pollyanna Theatre Company Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance
Spectrum Theatre Company The Austin City Ballet

2021 AAP Partners