Midwest Nexus Touring Exchange

The Midwest Nexus Program provides an opportunity for Chicago-based performing artists to develop relationships with artists, institutions, organizations and presenters in the Midwest region. The program offers direct financial support, tour preparation workshops, mentorship, and performance space so artists can share their work beyond Chicago.

Each Midwest Nexus artist will self-produce a shared bill with an out-of-town artist(s) of their choosing. This shared program will then be presented for one weekend at Links Hall and one weekend in the home city of the non-Chicago artist(s). The goals of this program include artistic exchange, the presentation of new work or work that is new to Links Hall, audience development for the artists, expanded venue partnerships, professional development, and filling the opportunity gap for artists who are no longer “emerging”.

Artists must be nominated to apply to the Midwest Nexus Touring Exchange. Links Hall plans to select two Midwest Nexus artists for 2016/17. Links Hall’s Programming Committee, seasoned Links Hall artists, and Links Hall Staff and Board members will make the proposal review and selection.

The Midwest Nexus Touring Exchange is part of Links’ Scaffolding Project, underwritten by The Boeing Company



The goals of the Midwest Nexus Touring Program are to

  • Building artistic relationships between Chicago and other cities
  • Present new work at Links Hall that are ready to tour, and considering touring in their presentation
  • Professional development for self producing artists:
    • production/touring mentorship
    • Audience development – build new audiences for the both artists in the exchange
    • relationship building between Chicago artists and out of town venues
  • To create regional and national opportunities for artists who are no longer “emerging”

Selected Artists Receive

  • A travel stipend of $1,500 to cover the travel expenses of the Chicago based artist
  • Performance space at Links Hall for one weekend including
    • Links Hall’s Studio A (white box), seating, and technical equipment for three shows (typically Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
    • Evening hours Tues-Thur the week of for load in, tech and dress rehearsals, and two hours before each performance.
  • A tour preparation workshop as well as education in contract literacy, budgeting for tours, and production planning, led by Program Manager Rachel Damon.
  • Links Hall marketing support – inclusion in the season press release, website listings, and email newsletters.
  • The leverage of Links Hall connections with out of town presenters.