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Arts Council England’s touring programme open for applications

The Arts Council has published the guidance for applicants to its new Strategic touring programme, which is now open for applications. The £45 million programme aims to encourage collaboration between cultural organisations so more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision. 

Awards of £10,000 and above will support touring across all artforms including theatre, dance, music, literature and the visual arts. Museums and libraries are able to apply to the Strategic touring programme as long as the work proposed is primarily arts focused. 

Awards will also encourage more dynamic and collaborative relationships between organisations involved in touring work, building links between all those involved in artistic, audience and programme development. 

The strategic touring programme is open to applications from any individual, organisation or consortia that meets the eligibility criteria, with £15 million of funding available in the first year of the programme (2012-13). 

Read the guidance for the Strategic touring programme here

The strategic touring programme is one way the Arts Council is investing its strategic funding between 2012 and 2015. Strategic funding, which comes largely from the Arts Council’s lottery income, will be used to complement the organisation’s £1.04 billion investment in National Portfolio organisations. The strategic funding will be used to target key areas and seize opportunities – including investment in capital, encouraging private giving and the audience focus programme.

 The Arts Council Plan for 2011-2015 sets out in more detail how strategic funding will be used to realise the priorities set out in Achieving great art for everyone – the Arts Council’s ten-year strategic framework for the arts.