FLY Dance Company
Entertainment with wholesome, universal appeal,' NY Times. Founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Kathy Wood, FLY Dance Company offers a variety of concert performances as well as educational shows, workshops, and residencies available for booking locally, nationally, and internationally. Labeled an artistic phenomenon, FLY crosses street dance with classical choreographic principles. Their technique is hip hop, very creative, gymnastic, and highly masculine. FLY's concerts are clean-cut, wholesome artistry designed to cross all audience boundaries, young and old, men and women, sophisticated and unsophisticated, with pieces combining styles and cultures to reflect contemporary Americana. FLY's community outreach reaches an average of 50,000 kids annually with educational shows, residencies, and workshops that are unmatched in variety and positive social impact. Put it all together and you will agree, 'There is no other group like FLY Dance Company,' the Gentlemen of Hip Hop. FLY’s educational shows are fun and fast-action; scripted and designed to deliver entertainment, knowledge, and important social messages to school-aged audiences. Concert offerings are available as full-length or mini-concerts and are adaptable for college student activities and youth concerts. Performances can vary in length and cast size, with performing fees adjusted accordingly. Photo by J. Del Fierro.
15433 Chichester Ln
Houston, TX 77040
public performance/concert $5,000 - $12,000
school performance $900 - $2,500
workshop fees $500 - $1,000
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1,000
Flying Balalaika Brothers
The band Flying Balalaika Brothers was founded in 1995 by guitar virtuoso Zhenya Rock. The band has featured Balkan, Ukrainian, Romany (Gypsy), Jewish, Russian, and Cossack folk music with crossovers into bluegrass and even country music. The group’s name comes from the uniquely shaped instrument known as the balalaika. A balalaika is a triangular-shaped instrument you can see in the photo of the band. Flying Balalaika Brothers successfully perform at festivals and present educational programs in three languages (English, Spanish and Russian). The cross-culture educational program includes musicians and dancer performing in native costumes. Presentations combine music performances with the exploration of sounds, rhythms, and cultural history of traditional Slavic folk instruments combined with traditional American instruments. The musical journey compares and contrasts the rich musical heritage and traditions of two cultures. The in-class workshops offer children a chance to touch and experience the musical instruments first hand. The band also has a special program, Application of STEM Standards with Music Concepts. In this program, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics applications are demonstrated by a musical presentation. Students can apply the information that they will learn through the presentation in classroom activities and problems. Photo by Katie Smith.
Austin, TX 78750
public performance/concert $500 - $7,000
school performance $300 - $2,000
workshop fees $100 - $1,500
travel/per diem/lodging $150 - $1,000
Sue Foley is a triple-threat lead guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist multi-award-winning musician. Sue is equally comfortable performing with a full band at a festival or outdoor venue, in front of audiences of over 10,000, or in an intimate setting as an acoustic performer (solo or trio). She also offers workshops on Women in Guitar and Texas Blues. She's performed alongside legends like Billy F Gibbons (ZZ Top), Jimmie Vaughan, Buddy Guy, 'The Queen of The Blues' Koko Taylor, and many more. Foley has a long history of defying convention and being a positive role model for aspiring, young female musicians. She began her recording career in Austin, TX with Antone’s. The Ice Queen (March 2, 2018), features guests Jimmie Vaughan, ZZ Top’s Billy F Gibbons, Charlie Sexton, and other Lone Star State all-stars. It's been nominated for a Juno Award, two Blues Music Awards and six Maple Blues Awards. Other accolades include 2019 Juno Award Nominee, two 2019 Blues Music Award Nominations, 2020 Blues Music Award Nominee, four 2020 Maple Blues Awards Nominations, 2020 Austin Music Award Nominee. She holds the record for the most Maple Blues Awards in Canada and has earned three Trophees de Blues de France. Photo by Scott Doubt Photography.
4425 S. Mopac Expy, Building 2, Suite 300
Austin, TX 78735
phone 818-617-2228 Ext. 801
public performance/concert $1,500 - $7,500
workshop fees $1,500 - $2,500
travel/per diem/lodging $650 - $1,500
Founded in 2001 by Artistic Director Allison Orr, award-winning Austin-based Forklift Danceworks engages diverse communities in the creation of innovative civic dance projects. Drawing inspiration from the movement of work and everyday life, Forklift’s performances highlight the skilled movement and often unheard stories of the people whose work sustains our daily lives. From city sanitation employees to Venetian gondoliers, local baseball players to recycling warehouse workers, Forklift’s partners are cast as the primary performers and have included firefighters, pool maintenance workers, a symphony conductor, electric utility workers, college campus employees, and many others. Forklift artists have garnered local and national attention for outstanding choreography and artistic excellence, with commissions by Fusebox Festival, National Performance Network, the International Community Arts Festival, and the University of Houston. Forklift’s uniquely collaborative process is best toured by commissioning the company to create a site-specific work for the host organization, involving employees or community members and local artists as performers. Allison Orr and Associate Artistic Director Krissie Marty can also set work on professional or student dancers and/or community members for theater-based performances. The company offers school residencies from pre-K to college, professional development for classroom teachers, leadership training workshops, and keynotes. Photo by Jonica Moore.
2023 East Cesar Chavez
Austin, TX 78702
public performance/concert $2,000 - $50,000
school performance $500 - $3,500
workshop fees $500 - $10,000
travel/per diem/lodging $300 - $3,000
Guy Forsyth migrated to Austin in 1990, quickly making his musical mark. As a regular onstage at Antone’s, he formed the Asylum Street Spankers, went solo, formed the Hot Nut Riveters and a blues band, toured the world, won many Austin Music Awards (winning 2019 honors for Best Blues/Soul/Funk Band and Best Miscellaneous Instrument-harmonica, and 2018’s Best Male Vocals award) and toured the world some more. He’s toured the globe and shared stages with acts like Ray Charles, B.B. King, and Lucinda Williams. Guy regularly performs in solo/duo/blues band or string band configuration(s). Mixing humor, irreverence, devotion, and deep knowledge of musical history, he’s earned his status as one of the city’s top talents— a status he now proudly shares with his favorite partner, his wife, Jeska Bailey Forsyth. Their newest release, Conspirators, rose to #1 Song of the Month and #5 Top CD of the Month in July 2019 on the Folk DJ radio chart. As co-conspirators in life and song, they’ve proven that the whole can indeed be even greater than the sum of its formidable parts. As a proud TCA Texas Touring Roster member, they have traveled the state to present educational programs at schools and libraries. Photo by Rene Maldonada.
4505 Bull Creek Rd
Austin, TX 78731
public performance/concert $1,200 - $7,500
school performance $900 - $2,000
workshop fees $900 - $3,500
travel/per diem/lodging $0 - $1,500
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is made up of 66 internationally-recruited musicians who have brought world-class symphonic performances to rural communities across Texas for over 35 years. The FWSO is nationally recognized for its artistic excellence and dynamic approach to music education programming. With the help of an experienced managerial and artistic staff, the Orchestra frequently presents inspiring public or student-focused performances in concert halls, community centers, and schools. Whenever possible, the FWSO seeks to make symphonic music accessible to children and adults who, due to geographic constraints, might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a live, professional orchestral performance. The Orchestra regularly presents a wide range of traditional and contemporary works that are audience-specific and age-appropriate, both in Fort Worth and throughout neighboring communities. Also, education programs include study materials, provided in advance of each performance to prepare students for their concert experience. Based on availability and the presenter's budget, community concerts can feature soloists, incorporate choral support, and take place in outdoor venues. The FWSO's unique programs are constantly being updated. Please consult their website or contact the FWSO for current details. Photo by Julien Lambert.
330 East Fourth Street, Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX 76102
public performance/concert $20,000 - $30,000
school performance $10,000 - $15,000
workshop fees $1,000 - $5,000
travel/per diem/lodging $2,500 - $12,000
Those who have followed Ruthie Foster’s eclectic musical history know that she can ignite any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk, and gospel. Ruthie’s astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, to a tour of duty with the US Navy Band, and finally back to Austin and an award-filled music career. Ruthie has received 2009, 2012, and 2014 GRAMMY Award nominations for Best Blues Album; 9 Blues Music Awards, of which 7 are for Best Traditional Blues Female Artist; and three-time Best Female Vocalist and Texas Hall of Fame inductee in 2019 from Austin Music Awards. Ruthie Foster can perform solo with her guitar, or in duo, trio, quartet, quintet, and big band configurations. Her show includes originals and covers in the areas of blues, folk, soul, and gospel music. Photo by Riccardo Piccirillo.
PO Box 440326
Somerville, MA 02144
public performance/concert $4,000 - $20,000
school performance $4,000 - $20,000
workshop fees $4,000 - $15,000
travel/per diem/lodging $100 - $1,000
State Artist Carrie Fountain
Carrie Fountain’s poems have appeared in Tin House, Poetry, and The New Yorker, among others. Her debut collection, Burn Lake, was a National Poetry Series winner and was published in 2010 by Penguin. Her second collection, Instant Winner, was published by Penguin in 2014. Fountain’s debut novel, I’m Not Missing, was published in 2018 by Flatiron Books (Macmillan). Her forthcoming children’s book on the life and legacy of poet W.S. Merwin will be published by Candlewick Books. Born and raised in Mesilla, New Mexico, Fountain received her MFA as a fellow at the James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. Currently writer-in-residence at St. Edward’s University, she is the host of KUT’s This Is Just to Say, a radio show and podcast where she has intimate conversations with America’s most influential poets. Fountain lives in Austin with her husband, playwright and novelist Kirk Lynn, and their two children.
public performance/concert $2,000 - $4,000
school performance $1,500 - $3,000
workshop fees $2,500 - $4,000