Our definition of touring activity is where the same artistic programme or event is taking place in two or more venues. This covers all artforms, scales of work, and kinds of places, from outdoors to indoors, local to national. The artistic programme or event may involve live performers and/or exhibition artworks; it should be fundamentally the same event offered to all, but may involve some adaptation to suit the different spaces and contexts in which it was being presented.

Touring activity relates to artistic programmes or events which take place at a geographic location, with some live element in terms of being close to performers or artworks and/or experiencing something with a group of people. We recognise the growing inter-relationships between touring and digital distribution and anticipate that this may be reflected within some applications to the programme.


We define a venue as any space into which work which tours can be programmed or booked, including theatres, museums, concert halls, galleries, festivals, carnivals, as well as village halls, community centres, libraries, schools, outdoor spaces, 'found' spaces, prisons, shopping centres etc.


We define the promoter as the individual responsible for booking or programming work into a venue or circuit of venues. This can be the director, artistic director, curator, programmer, manager, circuit coordinator, local authority employee, etc. In most cases, this would be the person who takes financial responsibility for booking or programming the event on behalf of their organisation.


Our definition of diversity encompasses responding to issues around race, ethnicity, faith, disability, age, gender, sexuality, class and economic disadvantage and any social and institutional barriers which prevent people from participating in and enjoying the arts. We are turning our focus from remedying past imbalances towards celebrating diversity positively, with all the artistic and creative opportunities it offers.