The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) has been setting the stage for 50 years 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. UPAF is proud to celebrate a half-century of making the community a better place to live, work and play.
In 2016 UPAF’s Annual Campaign raised more than $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 the highest point ranking of any Milwaukee area non-profit. The UPAF 50th Anniversary Campaign is generously sponsored by Herb Kohl Philanthropies.
As an umbrella organization, UPAF supports a breadth of performing arts groups that collectively offer something for everyone through its 15 Member Groups and numerous Affiliates. More than one million people are touched each year through performances, educational outreach, special events and community partnerships.
UPAF and Footlights share a mission to promote the performing arts as a regional asset, and UPAF is proud to serve as the presenting sponsor for the 2017 Footlights Performing Arts Awards.
“UPAF’s mission is to support the vibrancy of our region’s performing arts scene. Partnering with Footlights to present the inaugural Footlights Performing Arts Award is the perfect opportunity to further that mission and recognize the world class performing arts organizations that we have in the Greater Milwaukee area, and the significant contribution UPAF and its donors make to its vitality.” - Deanna Tillisch, UPAF President & CEO
The InterContinental Milwaukee mixes sophisticated elegance with modern luxury, offering a chic, upscale atmosphere with a twist of the unexpected. The InterContinental is centrally located to the theatre district, within walking distance to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Milwaukee Theatre, The Pabst Theater, and Milwaukee Repertory Theater.
The InterContinental is proud to serve as the official sponsor for the 2017 Footlights Performing Arts Awards’ After Party.
Through music and stories created for a culturally open-minded community, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee is a catalyst for creating a better, more inclusive and engaged Milwaukee.
88Nine Radio Milwaukee champions Milwaukee – its music, arts and culture, neighborhoods and community organizations. Celebrating diversity and encouraging community engagement, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee aspires to be a force when breaking down barriers and breaking people together.
88Nine Radio Milwaukee is proud be the official media sponsor for 2017 Footlights Performing Arts Awards for Greater Milwaukee.