Apply to have your tour bankrolled by the government via a tour grant from WESTAF
UPDATE: Okay, so it turns out, we got it a little twisted yesterday regarding the WESTAF TourWest grant program. According to WESTAF Deputy Director, Shannon Daut, the grant is actually earmarked toward "presenting entities" in the WESTAF region (venues in which an artist might play), as opposed to the musicians, as originally reported. And the prospective recipient must be a non-profit entity that engages in educational activity for the community. WESTAF, however, is working on custom tailoring a grant towards working musicians. For more information, visit WESTAF's site.