How do I get involved?
Your pathway starts by building relationships that lead to creating the partnerships vital to successful touring. Become actively involved in the forums and events these organisations provide and gain access to information, mentorship and links to the services you seek.
As a Producer, you might start by contacting your local (state or territory) national touring coordinators, venue associations and funding bodies. As a Presenter you might like to start by contacting your local (state or territory) or national venue association and funding bodies. Listed here, these organisations will assist you to the starting points appropriate for your journey.
Key events - forums for national tour development
CyberPaddock is a website that hosts information for producers and presenters to assist in the generation of performing arts seasons and tours around Australia. It has been created and is managed by the Blue Heeler Network. The site welcomes profiles for three main types of user; producers, presenters (both professional and community organisations) and tour coordinators. Producers provide organisational and production profiles for work that is available for touring and presenters supply profiles for their organisations as well as the venues they manage. Access to information is available via membership and the interaction between producers and presenters assists in the development of tours. The site provides information about forthcoming events such as Long Paddock National Touring Forum and is a mechanism for producers to be invited to pitch their productions at this event. Throughout the year, CyberPaddock also hosts voting rounds for various national and state touring programs.
Long Paddock National Touring Forum is a twice-yearly event, presented by the Blue Heeler Network, usually held in April and September, that brings together presenters and producers from all around Australia to generate national tours of performing arts to venues (professional and non-managed) across Australia, including regional, remote and very remote areas. Presenters attend to see a range of work that they may wish to program and producers attend to promote a production or meet presenters and other producers. Pitching spots give producers the opportunity to promote their productions. Pitching is by invitation only and is as a result of a high level of presenter votes during Stage 1 voting on CyberPaddock. Some additional pitching spots are also awarded as ‘wild cards’.
Showroom is held every year on the last Friday of October, The ShowRoom, presented by Arts On Tour, NSW, is a national forum and networking event designed to provide opportunity for new works and concepts to be considered by potential partners. In The ShowRoom context, ‘partners’ might be venues, producers, creative collaborators, festivals or other interested bodies. The ShowRoom provides presenters the opportunity to be aware of, and actively involved in, the early stages of productions.
The Australian Performing Arts Market, APAM is week-long market presented by Arts Projects Australia and held once every two years in late February, to coincide with the Adelaide Festival and Adelaide Fringe. It is an opportunity for Australian artists and companies to connect with national and international Presenters and Producers to explore touring opportunities. Australian performing artists apply to take part in the Spotlight program to perform excerpts of their work or the Searchlight sessions to pitch their works in progress. Many artists and companies host a booth to provide information or to further the networking opportunities that the market provides.
Key events - forums for professional development & networking
Australian Performing Arts Centre Annual Conference is presented yearly by APACA in September. The conference is held in a different state each year and provides information and networking opportunities for the performing arts industry. The conference also hosts the annual Drovers Awards that celebrate excellence in touring.
Regional Arts Australia biennial conference is both a conference and a festival, and provides an opportunity for networking, professional development and profiles the arts of regional Australia.
Marketing Summit is an Australia Council initiative, managed by the Market Development Division in partnership with the Major Performing Arts Board.For State based forum and events, visit the websites of the organisations listed here (link)