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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 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

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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 Councils developmentareas for touring 2012-15 3. Achieving great art for everyone Touring is one of the 13 priorities within Achieving great art foreveryone, and features in the Arts Council Plan 2011-15 In order to explain how we will meet this priority, we havepublished our development areas for touring 2012-15 on ourwebsite 15/touring/ These areas cover all of our investment, development andadvocacy 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 placesthat rely on touring for much of their arts provision develop arts opportunities for people and places with the leastengagement, by enabling more quality work to reach peoplein these areas 6. Partnership working We will: work in partnership with those on the demand (promoters,curators, audiences) and supply (artists, producers) side oftouring encourage stronger collaborative working among all of ourpartners support and develop the community, schools and outdoorinfrastructure so that quality work can have the widestpossible reach support and develop networks and consortia, to help widenthe reach and diversity of work that tours 7. National portfolio organisations We will: work more strategically with the Arts Council National portfolioand other key organisations which tour, with equal importancegiven to how and where they tour and the work they produce work in partnership with National portfolio organisations andthe wider sector to ensure the best return for our investmentin large scale work that tours, in terms of quality and range ofwork, geographic reach and audience numbers 8. Content developmentWe will: support more high quality work for children and young peopleto tour across a wider network, including schools ensure that artists and companies from diverse backgroundshave the skills and opportunities to tour their work, so thatpeople across England are able to experience work by thewidest range of artists 9. The aims of the strategic touringprogramme 10. Strategic touring programme - aims People across England having improved access to great artvisiting their local area. This includes: Better access to high quality work for people in places inEngland which rely on touring for much of their artsprovision More high quality work to reach people and places with theleast engagement More high quality work on tour connecting more effectivelywith people across a wide range of venues 11. Strategic touring programme - aims Stronger relationships forged between those involved inartistic, audience and programme development on both thesupply and demand side of touring a wide range of high quality work on tour, including inparticular 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 ofhigh quality work on tour Ensure that those working within National portfolioorganisations that wish to engage in the programme do so ina way that spreads the benefit beyond themselves, forexample 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 FebruaryMonday 15 AprilFriday 19 April Monday 10 JuneFriday 14 JuneMonday 5 AugustFriday 9 August Monday 30 SeptemberFriday 4 OctoberMonday 25 NovemberFriday 29 NovemberMonday 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 amaximum 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 alreadybeen presented to the publico audience development activityo skills development activityo proportionate management and administrative costs 17. Who can applyOpen to any individual or organisation, including museumsand libraries, for the touring of projects which are explicitlylinked 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 audiencedevelopment expertise, or else explain how they wouldaddress this deficit within the project 18. National portfolio organisations National portfolio organisations wishing to apply to thestrategic programme, either as lead organisations or partnerswithin an application, will be asked to demonstrate within theapplication how the proposed activity they will benefit from isadditional 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 UKArts bodies (Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), whichapplies to this programme. This covers all our funded activity International incoming tours which benefit people in Englandand the UK can be supported We will be limited in our ability to support outgoinginternational touring work through this Lottery-fundedprogramme. Projects which include international partners canbe eligible if they can demonstrate the benefit of thesepartnerships 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 ofthe activity proposed and the nature of collaborationinvolved. 21. Writing your applicationWe will also ask you to tell us: How the project will help to develop touring in England, in linewith the programmes aims How relationships will be sustained and developed throughand, if appropriate, beyond the life of the project How the project will be evaluated, and how what you learnfrom the project will be shared across all partners as well asmore 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 canbe included as a venue in applications for touring. However,in addition there should be at least two other venues withinthe provisional tour schedule. This would be the minimumlength for any tour we would consider through the programme We do not expect you to have fully confirmed your tour by thetime you apply You may provide us with an update to the tour schedule afteryou 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 youdescribe how your project will help to meet them? Is the touring aspect of your project (as opposed to thearts production aspect) strategic and well thought-through? Can you explain what you are adding to the artistic offer ineach venue you are touring to? What is the balancebetween breadth of provision (reaching more people andplaces) and depth of provision (offering more provision toplaces which already have it)? How are you stretching your reach to go beyond yourregular touring network? 25. What happens next This is a national programme; all applications are sent to onenational decision-making panel We will involve specialist staff across the country to inform ourassessment of applications We have a budget in 2013/14 of 15 million, which will coverall six rounds of the programme We expect to receive more applications than we can fund,and therefore not all projects that successfully meet the aimsand criteria for the programme will be funded 26. Touring and Grants for the artsGrants for the arts remains open for touri