Supported Programme helps promoters to programme excellent and experimental new work in venues across the Highlands & Islands. Extend your tour route and discover hidden corners of the country, meet new people and perform in up-close and personal spaces for a tour like no other!

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 performances venues.

We help our members by delivering a package of services including networking, resources, development opportunities and funding. 


One of our most successful funding pots is Supported Programme, which is a bursary scheme for promoters who need financial assistance to

  • take risks on certain shows
  • programme different genres
  • and encourage new and more diverse audiences to attend their events

The award of a bursary allows them to pay a fair and reasonable fee to performers, who otherwise may not be able to tour to some of the more remote and rural areas of Scotland.

Priority is currently given to shows that:

  • tackle equalities, diversity and inclusion issues
  • are new music, dance, physical theatre, or site-responsive works
  • have audience engagement potential

Touring Network promoters can apply for a bursary to book performers that

  • fit the above criteria
  • and are included in our Supported Programme collection on tourbook. 

Our Supported Programme collection is curated by a panel consisting of

  • Promoter members from within the Network,
  • Representatives from The Touring Network’s board of directors,
  • and members of the staff team.

Those performers included in the collection will have applied, and been selected, to showcase at a The Gathering – the next one of which takes place in April 2020.


Tour dates

Total bursaries awarded

these figures are based on supported programme analysis between 2016-2019



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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.

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