Whether you are a performing artist, visual artist, technician, craftsman, or arts enthusiast, we invite you to join us in creating a space for innovation, development, and exploration in the performing arts.
What does it mean to be a member of a performance cooperative?
If you are an artist that wants to contribute to developing a rich creative cultural environment in Milwaukee; if you are an artist looking for other artists to create new or innovative work with and work outside of the traditional performance worlds; if you are an artist who wants nothing more than to make inspired and unique work in the performing arts, then you embody the ideals of a Cooperative Performance member.
Through your member contribution and participation, you help form and choose the projects the company produces, the events we engage in, and the future of Cooperative Performance. Together, we can create great works of performance.
Membership is open to any individual who wishes to join. We encourage diverse artists and patrons alike to join us in a community of people dedicated to research, innovation, and development in the performing arts.
How do you become a member?
Members may join for 4 months ($20), 6 months ($25), 12 months ($50), or as a fully-vested member ($200). Memberships are cumulative towards Vested membership. Memberships are valid for one calendar year from the date of purchase. You should receive an email within a day or two of your payment. (If you haven't heard from us, please email.)
Member Ownership in Cooperative Performance
Voting rights to elect representatives to the Board of Directors and in all other member-wide elections.
Opportunity to present performance projects to the Board of Directors for season selection at Pitch & Play events.
Discounts on Classes - drop-in and packages
Opportunity to host workshops, readings, etc.
Complimentary or discount tickets to performances and events.
Eligible for election to the Board of Directors.
We recognize that financial burden is one of several barriers to entry which disproportionately affects specific groups of artists from potentially joining as a member. To assist with this, we are offering microgrants to offset the cost of annual membership ($50) for self-identified BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ artists who wish to present at our annual pitch event or be involved with the organization’s leadership.
How to apply
Members (or prospective members) who wish to pitch projects at our Pitch & Play events are already required to fill out a form with basic information about the project. On this form, they may self-identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ and indicate their interest in receiving a microgrant toward membership. Alternatively, prospective members (or members seeking renewal) who wish to become or stay involved with company leadership positions may contact the board regarding their interest in the microgrant.
How it works
Awarded microgrants are immediately applied to the cost of an annual membership (valid for one year from the date of approval). The membership is in all respects a standard membership and eligible for all rights, privileges, and benefits.
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