Routes South West Touring Development Programme 2013/14 – Bringing underrepresented music to audiences across the South West.

Bristol Music Trust has been awarded funding from Arts Council England to develop their successful Routes South West Touring programme.

This programme aims to achieve the following goals:

Enable more diverse music programming across the South West Region

To bring producers and artists together with regional small to medium-scale venues in the South West to encourage and support regional touring

To encourage better partnership working between promoters and producers working in small to medium scale touring.

To enable more diverse programming.

We are looking for tour proposals for Routes South West Autumn 2013 and Spring 2014 tours. The proposals will be assessed by the Routes South West advisory group who will select 6-8 proposals to be “pitched” to around 15 small to medium scale regional venues at a networking day on Monday 21st October at Colston Hall, Bristol.

Each selected tour will receive subsidy from Routes SW programme of up to £5000. The project aims to fund between 3 – 4 of the proposed tours in each round.

Please note the subsidy is not available to applicants already in receipt of funding though Arts Council England as an NPO or through Grants for the Arts or the Strategic Touring Fund. However, if you have money or are applying to the latter two schemes, Routes South West will also be providing an opportunity for you to pitch your proposal to South West venues and discuss your application with an ACE representative.

The criteria for consideration are as follows:

 Your work is tour-ready.

 The proposal is for new artistic tours or collaborations.

 You are an artist/s wanting to develop your role as a producer.

 You are a promoter wanting to develop your role as a producer.

 You are working with new and emerging genres and artists.

Please refer to the guidelines attached and use the budget template included when writing your proposals.

Pitching day – Monday 21st October 2013 at Colston Hall

At the pitching day you will be asked to:

 Present a 5 – 10 minute pitch to the venues for your tour

 To produce a press / tour pack including:

Artist biography

Technical requirements

Proposed touring dates

Marketing plan

o Music sample or signpost to download

 Propose a budget based on a 6 – 8 date tour

If you would like some help with preparing your proposal and pitch, you can bring along your draft proposals to a proposal writing and pitching preparation session at Colston Hall Mid- September, we will advise you shortly of when this will be . Please contact owen.parry@colstonhall.org if you would like to attend this day and he will contact you when we have a set date.

If you are interested in this opportunity please submit your outline tour proposals to Cathy Gremin cathy.gremin@colstonhall.org by Thursday 3th October 2013 for consideration by the advisory group. You will need to be available to pitch your tour at the networking day on Monday 21st October 2013.

We look forward to receiving your proposals and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Cathy directly on the email above or on 0117 204 7128.