Tweaks to Strategic Touring Fund guidance

Michelle Dickson of Arts Council England underlined some core points to keep in mind for the new Strategic Touring Fund application phases, when she spoke at UK Theatre’s Touring Symposium 2015:


  • You don’t have to deliver against ALL the aims in the guidance. Achieving one brilliantly is better than struggling against several.
  • Audiences remain absolutely at the heart of the intentions.
  • The emphasis is on providing for places that rely on touring for access – because not much of quality is produced on their doorstep.
  • Children and young people are no longer a named priority compared to the past.
  • Creative Case for Diversity is very much the priority.
  • The best organisations to lead a bid are the presenters of the work rather than the producers – presenters have longer established relationships with their local communities. Or at least, the presenter should be a strong and committed partner.
  • If there’s an existing network that serves the purpose, use it. No wheel reinventing required.
  • They’re looking for solid evaluation that leads to legacy and shared learning across the sector.
  • Resubmissions from previously-funded projects are welcome – provided it shows evolution and building on what was learned from the first time round, and how you’ll do it better.
  • It can be new work or for remounting previous work.
  • Guidance will stress the creation of quality drama for midscale venues: demand currently exceeds supply. The STF site is due to hold case studies, blogs, films and links to legacy resources.