Strategic Touring fund changes and why it's important to the UK culture sector

Touring companies can sometimes be the only way some people access and experience art and culture in their area. Arts Council England provides guidance and funding through the Strategic Touring fund to help reach areas of low engagement, adding to the amount of venues giving space to the arts, and building stronger relationships between audiences, promoters, venues, artists and producers.

Changes to the Strategic Touring fund, and guidance on how to apply, are:

  • Application form is easier to navigate, with clearer, simpler questions
  • Applicants for under £100,000 will not have to submit a full audience development plan unless their application is successful
  • Partners should be strongly represented in the application, and commit to best practice around data capture and sharing
  • Successful applicants must submit a case study of their project to CultureHive to help others learn from their experience
  • Increased support for applicants – there will be mandatory conversations to give potential applicants clear feedback and close monitoring of project delivery

You can read more about the changes and the importance of touring to the country's arts and culture in this blog by Michelle Dixon, Director of Touring at Arts Council England.

Round 29 of applications closes on 18 November 2016 before a decision on 23 January 2017. Apply here.


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