STS Information for Artists

Student Ticket Subsidy is no longer available for the 2013-2014 school year. The eGrant application for 2014-2015 Student Ticket Subsidy will open on August 26, 2014 at 8:00 am, Central Standard Time.

STS Information for Artists
Student Ticket Subsidy (STS) is a program administered through the Tennessee Arts Commission. The program provides ticket subsidy funds to Tennessee public schools to expose students to a broad variety of cultural experiences, arts disciplines, and artists. STS events are primarily exposure-based activities in which student interaction is peripheral to watching, listening, and/or reacting to professional artists performing, creating, and/or discussing their art forms.

Artists and arts organizations must be on the approved list of STS artists under the Teaching Artist Roster on the Tennessee Arts Commission Roster. Artists must attend an Arts Education Informational Workshop to be eligible for roster application. For more information on how to be listed as an STS artist, please read the Teaching Artist Roster Application Guidelines for Artists

STS Grant Guidelines - STS providers must read the Student Ticket Subsidy Grant Guidelines before contracting with schools.


  • The maximum amount of compensation STS artists may receive in any fiscal year from all STS activities is $16,000 for individual artists or $30,000 for arts groups. Exceptions exist. See below.
  • Artists and arts organizations may not charge admission for teachers, principals, parent chaperones, and other school staff accompanying students (maximum of one free chaperone per ten students).
  • The Tennessee Arts Commission is offering a Targeted Arts Development Initiative with a special focus to support counties that have received zero arts grants in FY2013. If STS artists or arts groups receive funding from STS activities in any of the following counties, these funds will NOT be applied to the maximum amount of compensation that an artist or arts group may receive in the current fiscal year: Giles, Johnson, Lake, Lauderdale, Marshall, Moore, Obion, Pickett, Polk, Trousdale.

Artists and arts organizations presenting STS-funded activities must provide student preparatory materials to teachers at least ten days prior to the event.

Schools and artists should direct questions to one of the following TAC staff members. Please do not direct the same question to multiple staff, as this will slow down the response time.

James Wells, Arts Education Special Projects Coordinator, at or 615-532-5934.

Shannon Ford, Director of Community Arts, at or 615-532-9796.

Ann Talbott Brown, Director of Arts Education, at or 615-532-5939.