- Date: 13 December 2012
- Area: South West
Routes South West, a project run by Bristol Music Trust and Colston Hall has been awarded funding through our strategic touring programme.
The project will work with a network of music venues, promoters, producers and artists to develop and tour a variety of folk, jazz, roots, electronica and experimental music across the region, concentrating in areas that currently see little touring music provision.
Previous touring projects supported by Routes South West included concerts from Philip Henry and Hannah Martin, who recently won a South West Music award, Scottish Celtic folk band Rua Macmillian Trio, kora virtuoso Seckou Keita and Trembling Bells with Bonnie Prince Billy.
The scheme will work across all areas of the music business to enable exciting and innovative tours to take place. For venues and promoters, Routes South West will support their professional development through training days looking at audience development, marketing and pitching skills.
For producers and agents there will be the opportunity to pitch their artists to venues and promoters and to get advice on applying for Arts Council England Grants for the arts or Strategic touring funding.
The scheme will also work with new and emerging musicians and provide funding of up to £6k to deliver 2-3 regional tours per year. Alongside this work, Bristol Music Trust is working with South West Music School to deliver a training and mentoring programme for five south west based artists.
Arts Council England's Director for the South West, Phil Gibby said:
''I am delighted that we can support Routes South West to bring together venues and producers to ensure that the best left field music reaches audiences across the region. It is a great project to develop the talent of artists based in the South West.'
Louise Mitchell, Chief Executive of Bristol Music Trust said:
'Bristol Music Trust is very pleased to be acting as lead organisation for Routes South West. We are committed to making great music available right across the region and are grateful to the Arts Council for funding this exciting new venture.'