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Why Support ISPA?


Why Support ISPA?

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ISPA, the International Society for the Performing Arts, is an international network of more than 400 performing arts professionals from 50 countries who come together with the shared goal of strengthening the arts internationally by building leadership ability, recognizing and discussing field-wide trends, and deepening global exchange through the arts. We achieve this through international congresses, fellowship programs, professional development workshops, resource sharing, and online exchange.

In the past 67 years we have:

Thanks to Our Supporters
Provided funding in excess of 625,000 USD to more than 200 emerging leaders from around the world 

Facilitated cultural understanding and exchange through 94 meetings spanning 6 continents, 22 countries, and 29 cities

Supported tens of thousands of arts leaders in furthering their professional and personal development

Created a network spanning over 50 countries which is actively facilitating the development and touring of new work internationally

Make a World of Difference!

More than 80% of ISPA's budget is directed toward program services. ISPA’s non-profit programs and services are then underwritten through three key sources – Congress income (40%), membership dues (35%) and contributed income (25%). With respect to contributed income, there are three primary sources of support.

ISPA is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and therefore has been given tax-exempt status making your contributions tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by U.S. law.

Challenge Fund
Individual Donations | Make an Online Donation Today and Track the Campaign's Progress

The Challenge is just that – a challenge to you as a leader in your organization and community to support ISPA’s Global Fellowship Program. Since 2005, hundreds of individuals have supported ISPA with annual donations ranging from 5 to 1,500 USD or more – these individual donations form a real core of support without which we could not undertake our programs. View a list of the Challenge Fund Donors.

Take The Challenge and make an online donation today!

Patron Program
Patron support will be dedicated to building ISPA's capacity to include emerging arts leaders from (primarily) developing countries in our semi-annual Congresses, and to developing ISPA's ability to offer fellowships to cover expenses for Congress attendees. Since 2007 more than 75 fellowships have been awarded through ISPA’s Patron Program and the recipients have then taken their experiences and network back to their communities (29 countries represented). Patrons will support ISPA's mission and the Global Engagement Program with annual support of 5,000 USD. In order to ensure an effective growth experience for the beneficiaries of the Global Engagement Program, the minimum period of Patron support is three years. View a list of the Patron Program Participants.

Regional Fellowship Programs
Through ISPA’s Regional Fellowship Programs ISPA partners with a regional funder to support eligible delegates from the region to participate in ISPA. Current Regional Fellowship partners include the Arts Council England, Australia Council for the Arts, British Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Creative Scotland, Kulturstyrelsen (Denmark), Musikverket/ Svensk Scenkonst (Sweden), the Ministry of Culture in Bogotá, and eje 7/University of Guadalajara (Latin America). Generally support is provided for a minimum of three years.

This form of support is key to increasing an organization’s or individual’s visibility among our membership. ISPA has a range of sponsorship opportunities available ranging from 500 to 25,000 USD. Sponsors are typically linked to ISPA’s Congresses, but other opportunities are also available including website and the ISPA app.


All support of the International Society for the Performing Arts is acknowledged. The extent of the acknowledgement depends on the level of support. For example, a donor of 65 USD is recognized on our website and in our Congress Program Book. A 10,000 USD Congress Sponsor receives, among other things, a full-page ad in our Program Book, on-site signage and verbal recognition, and an opportunity to address the delegates.

Please contact David Baile, Chief Executive Officer, at or 1 212 206 8490 x206 for additional information on supporting ISPA.

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