Inspiring and Enabling Remarkable Performance

The Touring Network supports, represents and connects a vibrant community of independent promoters and performers who present high-quality live performance across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland – transforming remote community spaces into cultural centres and performance venues.

Services available to promoter members

Supported Programme

A programme of co-funded events to bring exciting new programming to even the smallest of venues. Find out how it works.

Audience Promotion

Promote your shows far and wide on The Touring Network’s listings website supported by advertising, press and marketing support. Find out how to submit your listings here.

Go See

Subsidised opportunities to go and see a massive range of performances and events across Scotland and beyond.
Apply for Go See.

Training & Workshops

Access to training and workshops to help develop skills, grow audiences, work with performers and more. Find out about current opportunities.

Touring Lists

Access to available show information – search by genre, date or location for shows that are perfect for your venue.
Visit Tourbook.

Advice & Support

Year round access to advice and support including funding guidance, promoter resources, networking opportunities and one-to-one sessions. Get in touch for advice.

Services available to performer members

Showcasing

Support to showcase your work to promoters in order to help get the show on the road. As well as opportunities at the annual Gathering, showcase bursaries are available throughout the year for those shows that aren’t quite tour-ready.

NETWORKING EVENTS

Priority booking for The Touring Network’s annual Gathering, plus other networking events throughout the year.

PROMOTER LISTS

Connect with Touring Network promoters directly via Tourbook to book your tour, where profiles of performer members will be highlighted in a members-only collection. Exclusive members discount available for Tourbook Plus**.

FEATURED PERFORMER

Be featured on The Touring Network’s website and social media channels to raise your profile amongst the network.

ADVICE & SUPPORT

Bespoke 1-1 advice and support to help you navigate the eclectic mix of promoters in The Touring Network and get you touring across the diverse geography of the Highlands & Islands.

AUDIENCE PROMOTION

Promote your Highlands & Islands tour far and wide through inclusion on The Touring Network’s listings website, and have your tour dates featured on The Touring Network’s social media channels too.

Tools available to all members

the Know How

As a Network that’s been around for 20 odd years, there’s a lot of know-how amongst our members and team.

Back in 2002, the Scottish Arts Council commissioned PAN* and Duncan MacInnes to write a guide to rural promoting called Don’t Panic. This publication placed the collective knowledge of promoting in a clear and concise format, and continues to be a key reference tool for new and existing promoters.

Over the past few years, we’ve been working to review and update this publication, alongside creating other resources on best practice, with the aim of providing an indispensable and searchable online library for all those involved in rural touring.

This means that our members can access dynamic, relevant and up-to-date know how whenever they need advice or guidance – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

We’re almost ready to share this know how with our members, so stay tuned for more details on how to access the KNOW HOW early in 2019!

Tourbook

The showcasing platform and marketplace for live performance.

We’re proud to say that Tourbook originally emerged from our network, when our members were looking for a more efficient way to join up their activities within a challenging geographic and economic context. The idea of an ‘always on’ showcasing space to connect performers looking to tour with promoters and venues looking to host them, and to connect promoters with each other for coordination and support.

The Tourbook vision is a more accessible, diverse and well distributed professional performing arts scene – made possible by bespoke and effective digital cultural infrastructure.

And we’re even prouder to see Tourbook growing now that it’s a separate company, and open to venues and promoters across Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as performers touring in/to those countries. The Touring Network still owns a share of the company, but leaves the development and management of the platform up to the team at Tourbook. We believe it’s in safe hands.

To find out more about the history and ethos of Tourbook, visit: tourbook.live/about

To get started as a Tourbook user, head to tourbook.live and click the Sign Up button.

All of our promoter members receive a complimentary Tourbook Plus account as part of their Touring Network membership package.

All of our performer members receive an exclusive discount code* towards a Tourbook Plus plan as part of their Touring Network membership package. 

*Tourbook discount code offers 50% off an annual premium (Tourbook Plus) subscription for Regional performers, and 1/3 off annual premium subscription for National performers. By Regional we mean performers who are based in Highland, Argyll & Bute, Moray, Western Isles, Shetland, Orkney, and Perthshire.

additional Paid-For Services

Fundraising

We’re always happy to cast an eye over draft funding applications for our members and give some pointers before a deadline. However if you’re struggling to find the time or inspiration to even get started on your application, or just don’t know which funder to go for, drop us a line.

With experienced fundraisers on the Touring Network team, we can offer assistance with developing fundraising strategies and writing applications, for a reasonable fee.

Get in touch to discuss your needs.

strategic programming

Feeling a bit like a rabbit in the headlights when it comes to planning your programme? 

We get it. The abundance of amazing shows and performers out there who are keen to tour the highlands and islands can seem overwhelming at times. Especially if you’re a volunteer promoter who has limited time to respond to enquiries and plan ahead, and with a community out there with varied tastes and needs.  Where do you even begin??

We’re here to support you, and if that means spending some time with you and/or your community to help you select a programme more strategically, that’s what we’ll do. 

Get in touch to find out more.

The Touring Network (Highlands & Islands)

Supporting live performance across the Highlands & Islands as part of a central, celebrated and indispensable part of the cultural life of Scotland.

01463 231328
hello@thetouringnetwork.com

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