Arts Council England today announced the successful applicants to the second round of our Strategic touring funding programme. £1,400,104 has been awarded to nine organisations in the second of six rounds of funding for this year.
You can view a full list of successful applicants on the Strategic touring funding pages of our website. This includes those awarded funding in the first round.
The strategic touring programme is designed to increase access to the arts, especially in places with low levels of arts engagement and those which rely on touring for much of their arts provision. £45 million of Lottery funds will be awarded over the next three years, complementing our other investments in building audiences for the arts such as digital arts service The Space and our Creative people and places fund.
Successful applicants from this round include:
- Contact Theatre who are forming a five-year partnership with the National Rural Touring Forum to take their production of CountryBoy's Struggle across the country. They will initially produce a 70-date tour working alongside 20 rural touring schemes across the UK, reaching 24 areas of least engagement.
- Northern Ballet which will create three small scale family productions toured to 15 venues across the Northern region over three years. Accompanied by an audience engagement programme, the productions will be created to inspire and engage children and families who may now usually access the arts.
- Get It Loud In Libraries - a project to develop a new touring network in libraries to showcase the best new high quality live music with associated workshops and participation opportunities. The programme aims to engage the low library-using 14-25 age group with public libraries, simultaneously supporting emerging artists with performance and workshop opportunities.
Organisations looking for funding from future Strategic touring rounds can access guidance and deadlines, and apply through the Arts Council website.
Read more about our strategic touring fund.