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PANDA are pleased to offer the opportunity to participate in this successful scheme in 2014, which enables members to pitch and gain feedback from a panel of rural venue promoters and producers. Building on 2013 success, PANDA are again linking with Rural Touring Network partners Cheshire Rural Touring Arts, Spot On (Lancs) and Highlights/Arts Out West (Cumbria, Durham & Northumberland) as well new addition ArtERY (East Riding Yorks). We are pleased to announce that the 2014 scheme will run in association with the National Rural Touring Forum.

The process for participation is as follows:

  1. Deadline for 2014 applications – 3th February 3pm
  2. Successful applicants informed – by 21st February
  3. Pitch to Rural Promoters (venue in Barnard Castle, County Durham) – 21st March
  4. Potential for 1 artist/individual to attend the National Rural Touring Conference 15-17th July 2014

What the PANDA Rural Touring Mentoring Scheme offers:

All applications are read by all the partners involved thus gain useful introductions whether successful or not. In addition, all applicants will receive feedback on their application.

Successful applicants will be invited to 'pitch' or enter into dialogue with rural network managers. Through the pitching process, the selected companies/artists will receive a better understanding of the issues and contexts in which rural touring operates and immediate verbal feedback from promoters regarding their presented work and ideas.

This will be followed up with written feedback from the day, a free 1:1 session with PANDA and/or with a Rural Touring promoter/programmer who will offer bespoke advice around gaps of knowledge and need identified, which may include advice on marketing, pricing, administration, contracting, press and publicity, insurance, designing for small community spaces, technical considerations, artistic content and liaising with promoters.

Various additional networking and learning opportunities will also be available – for example one company or artist will be offered a subsidised place at the July 2014 National Rural Touring Conference. The Rural Touring Network is well established and connected and a successful pitch could result in recommendations to other Rural Networks across the UK and cross regional introductions.

Successful companies/artists will be required to pay back into the scheme at a later date - for example participating in mentoring, introductory events and the evaluation of future schemes.

This is an excellent scheme and valuable entry-point for any company wishing to establish themselves on the rural touring network.

How to apply:

Download applications from the menu and once completed please email to Sue Chadwick at info@panda-arts.org.uk by 3pm on Monday 3rd February 2014. Please feel free to include any examples of publicity material and/or DVD/video footage of your work.