About The Touring Network
The Touring Network exists to see rural touring be a central, celebrated and indispensable part of the cultural life of Scotland. We encourage live performances of the highest level, and support people as promoters, performers and audiences to create vibrant places to live, work and visit.
Our venues cover over half the area of Scotland. We have promoters working in communities across Highland, Argyll & Bute, Moray, Orkney, Shetland and Perthshire.
Events each Year
We provide a forum for promoters across the Highlands & Islands to connect and network, sharing knowledge, skills and resources. We develop relationships between promoters, performers and communities, to make performances vibrant and fulfilling experiences for everyone.
We work on behalf of our members and alongside partner organisations to strengthen and support the rural touring ecology as a whole and and to ensure that touring and promoting remain accessible and relevant to all.
We provide help, advice and training for those involved in putting on professional performing arts events in small-scale venues. Whether you are putting on your first ever show or have been running events for years, we are here to provide help and support.
We are committed to bringing live performances of the highest quality to all areas of the Highlands and Islands. Through our Supported Programme we are able to support performances in under-represented geographic areas and genres.
Who We Are
The Touring Network is managed by a strong core team of two full-time members of staff: a Chief Executive Officer, and Operations Manager. Our Youth Promoter scheme, GET IN, is run by a part-time Project Coordinator, and we’re also supported by a part-time Marketing & Events Officer.
Chief Executive Officer
Before joining the Touring Network team in August 2015 Jo (a former classical musician) worked as a consultant and producer across Scotland and internationally, commissioning small and large scale works across a wide range of art forms. As well as a passion for the performing arts, she brings strong leadership skills, and a solid grasp of organisational governance to the role.
Rhiannon joined the team in 2013 as Membership Officer (Highlands), and since then has been involved in many of the Touring Network’s projects and services, including Supported Touring, Go See, Tourbook, Epic Stage, the Gathering, GET IN, and of course, membership support and development. As Operations Manager, she is responsible for the planning, direction and coordination of all projects and services, managing the team to deliver these effectively across the Network.
GET IN Project Coordinator
With her experience as a Promoter on the Isle of Coll, her knowledge of the geography of the Highlands & Islands, and her experience of developing Young Arts Leaders projects, Tamara coordinates our Youth Promoter project: GET IN. She coordinates and delivers training events, a mentor scheme, Go See opportunities for the GET IN Youth Promoters, and supports them to programme a Highland-wide tour.
Marketing & Events Officer
Before joining the team in August 2017, Claire was involved in artist development via management and micro label Hits The Fan Records. She released Frightened Rabbit’s debut album in 2006, had a 7 year hiatus event managing in the tourism sector for Hello Scotland, before returning to release and develop now award-winning artist Kathryn Joseph (SAY Award winner 2015). Claire had hands on experience with The Touring Network when organising Kathryn as performer on the inaugural GET IN tour in 2016.
ASSOCIATES & CONTRACTORS
The core team is currently supported by the following associates and contractors:
Connecting Creative Communities
- Christine Hamilton (Chair)
- Alasdair Wright, West Coast Arts
- Simon Hart, Puppet Animation Scotland
- Lucy Conway, Isle of Eigg Residents Association
- Pippa Murphy, Composer
- Kenny Taylor, Resolis Community Arts
- Liz Taylor, HR Consultant
- Joseph Peach, Musician
- Rhona Dougall, Oban Communities Trust
- John Saich, Craignish Village Hall
We are always on the look out for additional associates and board members to join our team. If you would like to be considered, please get in touch.