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The £45 million Strategic touring programme is designed to encourage collaboration between organisations, so that more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in …

The £45 million Strategic touring programme is designed to encourage collaboration between organisations, so that more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision.

Applications for the first round are now open, and must be submitted online by 5pm on Friday 2 March 2012.

For more information visit http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/touring

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  • 1. Strategic touringprogrammeBriefing slidesUpdated January 2013Monkey: Journey to the Westperformed at the Royal Opera HousePhoto: Robert Piwko
  • 2. An introduction tothe Arts Council’s developmentareas for touring 2012-15
  • 3. Achieving great art for everyone• Touring is one of the 13 priorities within Achieving great art for everyone, and features in the Arts Council Plan 2011-15• In order to explain how we will meet this priority, we have published our development areas for touring 2012-15 on our website http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/our-priorities-2011- 15/touring/• These areas cover all of our investment, development and advocacy work
  • 4. DefinitionsTouring: where the same artistic programme or event is takingplace in two or more venues. Could involve live performersand/or exhibition artworks; it would be fundamentally the sameevent offered to all, but may involve some adaptation to suit thedifferent spaces and contexts in which it was being presented.Venue: any space into which work that tours can beprogrammed or booked.Promoter: the individual responsible for booking orprogramming work into a venue or circuit of venues. In mostcases, this would be the person who takes the financialresponsibility for booking or programming the event on behalf oftheir organisation.
  • 5. Improving local access to high quality art We will:• strengthen access to high quality work for people in places that rely on touring for much of their arts provision• develop arts opportunities for people and places with the least engagement, by enabling more quality work to reach people in these areas
  • 6. Partnership working We will:• work in partnership with those on the demand (promoters, curators, audiences) and supply (artists, producers) side of touring• encourage stronger collaborative working among all of our partners• support and develop the community, schools and outdoor infrastructure so that quality work can have the widest possible reach• support and develop networks and consortia, to help widen the reach and diversity of work that tours
  • 7. National portfolio organisations We will:• work more strategically with the Arts Council National portfolio and other key organisations which tour, with equal importance given to how and where they tour and the work they produce• work in partnership with National portfolio organisations and the wider sector to ensure the best return for our investment in large scale work that tours, in terms of quality and range of work, geographic reach and audience numbers
  • 8. Content developmentWe will:• support more high quality work for children and young people to tour across a wider network, including schools• ensure that artists and companies from diverse backgrounds have the skills and opportunities to tour their work, so that people across England are able to experience work by the widest range of artists
  • 9. The aims of the strategic touringprogramme
  • 10. Strategic touring programme - aims• People across England having improved access to great art visiting their local area. This includes: • Better access to high quality work for people in places in England which rely on touring for much of their arts provision • More high quality work to reach people and places with the least engagement • More high quality work on tour connecting more effectively with people across a wide range of venues
  • 11. Strategic touring programme - aims• Stronger relationships forged between those involved in artistic, audience and programme development on both the supply and demand side of touring• a wide range of high quality work on tour, including in particular more work by and for children and young people, and more work by and for people from diverse backgrounds
  • 12. Strategic touring programme – what we want to encourage • all of those involved in touring to play an active role in ensuring that high quality work successfully reaches more people and places across England • a positive step-change in collaborative behaviour between all of those involved in creating and programming high quality work which tours • more effective touring, programming and audience development of high quality work on tour, including in particular work by and for children and young people, and work by and for people from diverse backgrounds
  • 13. Strategic touring programme – what we will do• Actively encourage the development of partnerships, networks and consortia that help to strengthen the reach of high quality work on tour• Ensure that those working within National portfolio organisations that wish to engage in the programme do so in a way that spreads the benefit beyond themselves, for example by contributing actively as partners, catalysts, mentors and sharing good practice
  • 14. Explaining the applicationprocess for the strategic touringprogramme
  • 15. Strategic touring programme deadlines 2013Deadline for submissions: Date you will hear outcome:Friday 15 February Monday 15 AprilFriday 19 April Monday 10 JuneFriday 14 June Monday 5 AugustFriday 9 August Monday 30 SeptemberFriday 4 October Monday 25 NovemberFriday 29 November Monday 27 January 2014
  • 16. What we will fund• the programme is for awards over £15,000• the activity must be time-limited and take place over a maximum of three years• The kinds of activity we will support include: o artistic activity including the creation of work to be toured, commissioning, re-production of work that has already been presented to the public o audience development activity o skills development activity o proportionate management and administrative costs
  • 17. Who can apply• Open to any individual or organisation, including museums and libraries, for the touring of projects which are explicitly linked with arts activityPartnerships, networks and consortia can also apply:• partners can include: promoters, producers, artists, agencies, or any other kind of organisation or individual• they must include at least one promoter as a partner• they must include individuals or organisations with audience development expertise, or else explain how they would address this deficit within the project
  • 18. National portfolio organisations• National portfolio organisations wishing to apply to the strategic programme, either as lead organisations or partners within an application, will be asked to demonstrate within the application how the proposed activity they will benefit from is additional to their National portfolio-funded activity• Grants will not be awarded for extending currently funded, existing or planned tours by NPOs
  • 19. Activity outside England• We have a cross border touring agreement with the other UK Arts bodies (Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), which applies to this programme. This covers all our funded activity• International incoming tours which benefit people in England and the UK can be supported• We will be limited in our ability to support outgoing international touring work through this Lottery-funded programme. Projects which include international partners can be eligible if they can demonstrate the benefit of these partnerships to the public in England
  • 20. Writing your applicationWe ask for your proposal to cover these four areas:• Proposed activity• Audience development• Finance• Managing the projectThroughout, your proposal should address the quality of the activity proposed and the nature of collaboration involved.
  • 21. Writing your applicationWe will also ask you to tell us:• How the project will help to develop touring in England, in line with the programme’s aims• How relationships will be sustained and developed through and, if appropriate, beyond the life of the project• How the project will be evaluated, and how what you learn from the project will be shared across all partners as well as more widely across the arts sector
  • 22. The tour schedule• You must complete the tour schedule in the application form• The venue where the activity has been created/initiated can be included as a venue in applications for touring. However, in addition there should be at least two other venues within the provisional tour schedule. This would be the minimum length for any tour we would consider through the programme• We do not expect you to have fully confirmed your tour by the time you apply• You may provide us with an update to the tour schedule after you have submitted your application
  • 23. Talking with us about your proposal: mandatory conversation • Once you have read the guidance and started to think about your application, you should speak with a member of staff in one of our regional offices in more detail about your proposal. Please contact our Enquiries team to find out more about this • We will arrange a time to talk with you • We will not be able to read or provide written comment on draft applications • Once you have spoken to us, you can submit your application at any time. It is your responsibility to develop and write the application, including what you feel to be all the relevant information
  • 24. What our conversation with you may cover • Have you considered the programme aims, and can you describe how your project will help to meet them? • Is the ‘touring’ aspect of your project (as opposed to the ‘arts production’ aspect) strategic and well thought- through? • Can you explain what you are adding to the ‘artistic offer’ in each venue you are touring to? What is the balance between ‘breadth of provision’ (reaching more people and places) and ‘depth of provision’ (offering more provision to places which already have it)? • How are you ‘stretching’ your reach to go beyond your regular touring network?
  • 25. What happens next• This is a national programme; all applications are sent to one national decision-making panel• We will involve specialist staff across the country to inform our assessment of applications• We have a budget in 2013/14 of £15 million, which will cover all six rounds of the programme• We expect to receive more applications than we can fund, and therefore not all projects that successfully meet the aims and criteria for the programme will be funded
  • 26. Touring and Grants for the artsGrants for the arts remains open for touring applications from non- NPOs:• Who wish to apply for funding of less than £15,000• Who wish to apply for funding for a range of activity which includes a touring element• Who wish to apply for touring activity where the main purpose of that activity does not meet the aims or the criteria for the strategic touring programme, for example artistic development• Applicants wishing to apply to Grants for the arts for funding of over £80,000 for touring activity should speak to us
  • 27. Thank youwww.artscouncil.org.uk