Farnham Maltings announces the creation of tour-finder.org
- tour-finder.org is a free resource for companies and artists to post listings about their tour-ready productions, and for bookers to easily search for shows for their programme.
- Launching in October 2015, tour-finder.org aims to improve touring in England and make it easier for programmers to find work for their seasons.
- The new digital resource is delivered by Farnham Maltings, who are also responsible for the management of house and caravan (an initiative to encourage England-based theatre makers to think and work internationally).
Given the numerous challenges facing the touring sector, tour-finder.org is one way in which Farnham Maltings hope to make touring and booking productions more efficient and contribute to ensuring a sustainable, vibrant touring sector across England.
Intended to help artists book further reaching tours and programmers to fill the last few slots in their season, tour-finder.org will operate like a shop window, featuring listings of current tours available to book. To encourage best practice, each listing will feature content on target audiences, accessibility and technical specifications, alongside other common content such as press and film footage. Every listing will have a shelf-life of eight weeks and can be renewed three times, meaning that content will be kept fresh and current.
Gavin Stride, Director of Farnham Maltings said about the launch “tour-finder.org is not a replacement for the sheer graft of booking a tour. Our hope is that tour-finder will make it slightly easier for programmers to find what work is touring when and for companies to add to their existing dates, perhaps finding extra dates to make a tour more viable or to introduce venues new to their work.”
Supported by Arts Council England, tour-finder.org will be user-friendly for both artists and programmers. Utilising a simple search bar tool, programmers will be able to find tours by their chosen genre, cast size and dates available.
If you’re an artist looking to tour in 2016, get in touch with the team at tour-finder.org at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss adding your tour listing in preparation for the launch.