FRANKFORT, Ky. — Six performing artists or groups have been accepted into the Kentucky Arts Council's Performing Arts Directory in the latest application cycle. One additional group had its eligibility renewed for the state's adjudicated roster of performing artists.

The arts council's Performing Arts Directory is an online, juried roster of some of the Commonwealth's best professional performing artists.

New artists listed in the directory are:

One group, LaMay & Reese, of Burnside, had its directory listing renewed.

"The Performing Arts Directory is an excellent resource for individuals, businesses and community groups that are looking for professional entertainers for events and festivals," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "Musicians, singers and dancers are just a few of the performance types in the directory. Anyone looking for Kentucky talent should find the online listing very helpful."

There are currently 89 individual artists or groups participating in the Performing Arts Directory. For a complete listing of performing artists in the directory, including contact information and performance samples, visit http://artistdirectory.ky.gov/Pages/PerformingArtistDirectory.aspx.

The arts council provides training and marketing opportunities to Performing Arts Directory artists in addition to promoting them to performing arts presenters and others via the Web-based directory, the Kentucky on Stage showcase, and on the Kentucky Stage at Kentucky Crafted: The Market.

Acceptance into the Performing Arts Directory is based on artistic excellence, performance experience and marketing capacity, as judged by an independent panel of performing arts professionals. For more information about the Performing Arts Directory or Kentucky on Stage, contact individual artist program director at tamara.coffey@ky.gov or 502-564-3757, ext. 479.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, creates opportunities for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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