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 exist to enable live performances of the highest level, transforming 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 voluntary promoters across the Highlands & Islands to connect and network, sharing knowledge, skills and resources. We develop relationships between promoters and performers and help the best performances happen.
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 touring scheme 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 Services 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, including Supported Touring, Go See, Tourbook, Epic Stage, the Gathering, and of course, membership support and development. As Services Manager, she manages a wider pool of contractors and associates to help deliver services effectively to members 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:
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.
- Christine Hamilton (Chair)
- Melanie Baines, Lochan
- Alasdair Wright, West Coast Arts
- Karl Jay-Lewin, Bodysurf Scotland
- Simon Hart, Puppet Animation Scotland
- George McConnachie, SENScot
- Lucy Conway, Isle of Eigg Residents Association
- Pippa Murphy, Composer
- Kenny Taylor, Resolis Community Arts
- Liz Taylor, HR Consultant
- Joseph Peach, Musician