Before contacting Artsreach we highly recommend finding out a little more about rural touring and the way in which schemes like ours work by reading the information below. 

If you have not been inolved with rural touring before, please read the National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) publication 'Eyes Wide Open', which is available to download from the NRTF website.

Rural Touring in a Nutshell

How do companies get bookings?

Artsreach recommends companies and artists to its volunteer promoters through a menu. Published in May each year, the menu gives details of all productions available for booking from September of that year through to the following Easter. 

Our volunteer promoters select the shows they ideally would like to host in their community, and we then liaise with performers and promoters to arrange available dates. Our Performance Programme brochure comes out three times a year the autumn programme covers September to December; the spring programme covers January to Easter (varying between March/April) and the slightly smaller summer programme covers April to August.

How do we select the performers for inclusion in our Menu?

Artsreach selects performances through recommendation and research, using information gathered from other touring schemes, our promoters, mainstream venues, showcases, other companies and by investigating unsolicited information sent to us. We request that companies submit touring information to us in February/March, for consideration for autumn and/or the following spring.

We select work from both new and returning companies based locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, to provide a high quality and diverse menu of professional events for promoters to choose from. It is important to us that the productions on offer are appealing to a wide-ranging audience, and are interesting, engaging, entertaining and memorable. 

Artsreach welcomes work for consideration from all cultural sectors, and we encourage cultural diversity when offering experiences for our audiences.

Do you think rural touring is for you?

If you think rural touring is for you, please download and complete the Artsreach menu form below, along with examples of images and publicity etc. We compile our menu in April time, and so the ideal time to contact us with this form and your information is February/March.

Please note: Because of the amount of unsolicited information we receive about shows, we cannot guarantee we will respond to every approach.