Across Western Australia, there is a diverse range of needs, capacity to present works, audience demographics, regional access and programming ability.
It can often be difficult to know where to go to find a quality show or a particular type of show e.g., music. Below is information about current markets, but the key thing is to network and partner with other presenters in WA. It is expensive to move a production around WA and from interstate so if multiple presenters are interested in the production it becomes much more viable.
Current markets, where to go for tour development and to find shows to program:
WA Showcase offers opportunity for presenters and producers from around the State to the see and hear about the excellent work being made in Western Australia. Held each May, it brings together a network of all the key producers, tour coordinators and presenters across Western Australia.
For more information: http://www.showcasewa.com.au/about-1/
The CircuitWest Tour /Professionally Managed Venue Tour
Country Arts WA delivers an annual tour to professionally managed venues throughout Western Australia. Touring to the CircuitWest membership network, Country Arts WA is able to successfully tour performances requiring a greater level of technical support.
This strong working relationship with CircuitWest venues ensures regional communities are serviced through both state and national touring strategies.
If you are interested in touring a production or having a production showcased for touring, please contact the Performing Arts Touring team on regional freecall 1800 811 883, 08 9200 6200 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For More Information: https://www.countryartswa.asn.au/our-services/touring/managed-venue-touring/
Country Arts WA, “Shows on the Go” program,
“Shows on the Go” is a community-driven touring model wherein regional Western Australians vote for the productions they would most like to see performed in their town.
This is done annually through the Shows on the Go Touring Menu, via the National Touring Selector website. Shows are then short-listed for selection by the communities in the regions, with the successful shows to tour the following year.
For More Information: https://www.countryartswa.asn.au/our-services/touring/shows-on-the-go/
APACA PAX (Performing Arts Exchange)
The Performing Arts Exchange (PAX) is APACA’s networking and tour development event. It’s a national face-to-face market which brings together producers and presenters from across the country to create and maximise touring opportunities and build relationships. Usually presented around August / September with over 50 of the best creative based performances /projects on offer.
This includes ready-to-tour and in-development productions and is a marketplace for programmers, presenters and producers. Whether it’s to buy work, find creative or presenting partners or build your network, this is the place to be.
For More Information: http://www.apaca.com.au/performing-arts-exchange/
National Touring Selector (formerly known as Cyberpaddock)
Cyberpaddock has now been replaced by the National Touring Selector (http://touringselector.com). National Touring Selector is a networking tool for the performing arts touring industry with particular emphasis on regional and remote venues and producers of tour ready shows. The online site brings together the creators and presenters of performing arts from across Australia and helps generate tours and performing arts seasons.
This market is based in Adelaide and will be held for the first time in early 2017 and will be a transactional market, focused on bookings and tours.
ShowBroker’s core program will be built around seeing the best tour-ready Australian work and maximising opportunities to see it and book it. Arts South Australia will deliver the market in collaboration with the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival Centre and the South Australian Presenters’ Association
Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM)
The Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) is Australia’s leading, internationally focused industry event for contemporary performing arts and is held bi -annually with the next one to be held in 2018 in Brisbane.
APAM’s key purpose continues to be the increase of international and national touring opportunities for Australian contemporary performing arts groups and artists. APAM champions and invests in Australian Arts.
For More Information http://www.performingartsmarket.com.au/
Other Performing Art Markets
There are other many other gathering, networking opportunities with a focus on getting productions touring that you may want to consider. Each has its own focus whether genre based or geographical based
- Dance Massive
- Victorian Showcase
- South Australian Show case
- Queensland Showcase
Direct relationship with Producers / Companies
Getting on the phone / email and making contact with a company and starting the discussion to come to your venue is a first step to get see if a particular show will tour. There may be opportunities then to source funding through different means (from Playing Australia, Sponsorship, philanthropic) to support the tour or covered 100% by the presenter.
Playing Australia Funded Tours
The Regional Performing Arts Touring program supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring costs associated with a national tour. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested.
You can apply for:
- interstate net touring costs, including freight, transport, accommodation and travel allowances outside of your home state
- a contribution towards tour coordination expenses.
There are a many not for profit tour coordinators across Australia who are funded to put tours together these tour coordinators liaise with the producers and presenters to develop and deliver tours:
There are also commercial based tours developers.
Where to Start
A number of options are available for touring with new funding in the market, so whether it’s the Department of Culture and Arts’ Boost Program, the Remote and Regional Touring Fund, or a group of presenters buying in your work, Western Australia Showcase is the key place to start your conversations along with CircuitWest.