The Gathering Early Bird Tickets launch today! This year is a very special affair to celebrate The Touring Network's 20th Anniversary in collaboration with the Findhorn Bay Festival... first announcements and ticket links here!
The Touring Network team want to congratulate Duncan MacInnes, a founding member of The Touring Network (formally PAN) and SEALL's Creative Director on becoming one of only seven to be inducted into Hands Up for Trad Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame 2018!
Meet John Saich, Freelancer in the world of music as well as Arts Programme Manager for Craignish Village Hall in Ardfern for almost 2 years. Read on to hear about him, his community and of course his #EPICSTAGESTORY
Are you a promoter who programmes contemporary dance? Or perhaps you want to, but don't know where to begin? Join us at Rise 2018 in Findhorn on Fri 8 Jun . **Financial Support available to attend for promoter members**
We're in search of 12 performers - individuals or companies - who are able to perform a 15 minute, low tech excerpt of their tour-ready small-scale work, at Rafford Village Hall, Forres on Fri 28 Sept 2018.
Funding to Support the Development of Small Charities and Social Enterprises - The Social Entrepreneurs Programme aims to help people start up and scale up social enterprise, community projects and impact-led organisations across the UK. Deadline 26th April
Join us and Penny Lewis, independent fundraising consultant, in Fort William on Thu 19 April 2018, for a tailor-made training day focussing on fundraising for your arts programme. LAST DAY TO REGISTER Thursday 12th April.
GDPR changes are coming into effect on 25th May 2018, and Culture Republic want to make sure you're GDPR ready. Their workshop is coming to Inverness on 5th April and The Touring Network are offering bursaries for those wishing to attend. Apply ASAP.
From the 3rd April 2018, early stage charities, community interest companies and social enterprises will have the opportunity to register to apply for development funding of up to £30,000. Deadline 30th April 2018
The Leche Trust is a grant making charity that provides funding of up to £5,000 to UK registered charities, public authorities or institutions in the areas of the Performing Arts and Conservation. Deadline for applications: Fri 20 Apr 2018
Community Fund for arts available from Scotrail. Funding of between £500 and £2,000 is available to individuals/sole traders and constituted community groups working in Scotland with an income of no more than £100,000 per year. Deadline: 26 Mar 2018.
To celebrate the Foundation’s 60th anniversary the Weston Anniversary Fund will award grants to provide new or improve existing community facilities. Grants ranging from £30,000 to £150,000. Deadline: 30 Jun 2018
The Film Festival Fund is aimed at supporting a broad range of audience facing film festivals, from community provision to sustaining the ambition and reach of those which are of UK or international significance. Applications may be submitted at any time.
Federation of Scottish Theatre is hosting their annual Emporium and we have one space available for a member promoter to attend alongside Rhiannon (travel and accommodation covered). Don't miss out! Read more here
Jo, Rhiannon and Claire will be hosting appointments during Celtic Connections. We'd love to catch up with you, so please do come along and meet us Tue 30 Jan-Thur 1 Feb. Appointments available for members and non-members.
BBC Children in Need are open to funding applications from not-for-profit and voluntary organisations for their Small Grants Programme. Fund available is £10,000 per year for up to 3 years. Deadline: 1 Mar 2018.
The Touring Network have been granted funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to embark on a new project which will document and celebrate the impact of volunteer promoters and their effect on communities in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland over the period of the last 40 years. See how you can be involved here...
We asked our CEO Jo what our new Connecting Creative Communities Project is all about - see what she has to say, and how you can get involved now, in this video. Deadline for applying/expressions of interest 10 Nov 2017
Voluntary Arts Scotland are running two FREE workshops at the end of November, would you like to attend? The Touring Network may be able to cover travel expenses for those member promoters interested. Check it out now.
Do you know a musician looking to develop or test new work? Why not see if they might be eligible for the new FUSION FUND offered by Help Musicians UK. They are interested in seeing applications that consider unusual and extraordinary spaces to show work to new audiences - something which is right up our street - DEADLINE 13th October
We are seeking to recruit an Animateur, who will be the main point of contact between artists, promoters and their communities, for our new audience development project - Connecting Creative Communities.
In the coming year The Touring Network will be prioritising our focus on joining up the dots between the individual and independent tourist and the cultural activities of our promoters. We love this article from Culture Republic addressing the opportunities we have in marketing cultural goings-on to eco-tourists.
The Theatres Trust has extended "The UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme" which offers capital grants of up to £5,000 to theatres that are run by charities and not-for-profit groups across the UK as long as the capital improvements will add value to their work in their local communities
Help Musicians UK is proud to launch the Jazz Promoters Fellowship; a new pilot programme in partnership with internationally recognised and award-winning jazz composer, educator and record producer, Issie Barratt. Deadline to apply: Fri 7 Jul
Interested in touring to the Highlands & Islands from Jun 2017 onwards? Will your show be ready to be performed as a showcase excerpt in Mar 2017? Does it fit our Supported Programme priorities? Find out more about this opportunity...
In September, The Touring Network worked in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland and Imaginate to bring a tour of two award-winning, internationally recognised Scottish productions to the Highlands. Find out more about how the partnership is progressing.
The Touring Network are working in partnership with the Theatre in Schools Scotland initiative to bring a tour of two award-winning, internationally recognised Scottish productions to the Highlands this September.
Craignish Village Hall is a stunning, eco-designed community hall in Ardfern on the western seaboard of Argyll, and was of course the venue for our most recent Spring Gathering. With a busy summer ahead, Arts Programme Co-ordinator Lucy Walsh and Hall Manager Diane Steele took some time out to tell us more about their 10th anniversary celebrations and arts promotion at the venue.
Tourbook is a project by the Touring Network to develop an online platform for discovering and showcasing touring theatre, music, dance and more. Project lead, Adrian Lear and designer, Jane Wilde answer a few questions about what they’ve been up to.
Just 8 weeks on from our 3rd annual Spring Gathering, and the word on the street (or should that be single-track road) is that 64% of those performers who showcased at the event are now set to tour the Highlands in the next 12 months.
FST hosted their touring forum at the Edinburgh Festival theatre in April, to a mix of producers, artists and organisations involved in theatre and dance touring within Scotland and further afield. The topic of the forum was: Who should pay for touring?
Audience development is the phrase we all keep hearing.
So what does audience development look like? We're not sure we know the definitive answer but we have gathered together some of the best people we know to talk about it !
Following recent success at the Traditional Music Awards in which SEALL won Venue of the Year, Duncan MacInnes, one of The Touring Network’s most established promoters, takes part in an interview with Gordon. We learn about his past as an event organiser, what inspired him in the first place and what's different about it now.
Sign up to attend our annual event, bringing together promoters from across the Highlands and Islands with performers, producers, funders and other creative professionals, to network, build key skills and showcase new work. Deadline to sign up is Monday 22nd February.
We are looking for an experienced individual who is based in the Highlands and Islands, or with very strong connections to the region, and who has the time, commitment and relevant Board experience to ensure the organisation achieves its strategic goals over the next period of its development. Deadline: Fri 22 May
We would like to thank all of our members for being part of the Touring Network, and look forward to supporting you in bringing the very best cultural experiences to the Highlands & Islands throughout 2015.
The Imaginate Festival is Scotland’s international festival of performing arts for children and young people and runs from Monday 11 to Sunday 17 May 2015 at venues across Edinburgh. Apply for GoSee funding now.
The Cultural Assembly will host a series of open meetings this March and April in Argyll & Bute, and anyone working in the sector – or interested in moving it forward – is encouraged to attend to find out how to get involved.
Sessions in Wick, Inverness and Portree, to fully explain the Highland Cultural Strategic Board cultural strategy ‘Highland Culture- Take Pride, Take Part’, and to provide arts organisations with the opportunity to discuss potential proposals.