We are now open for applications from performers to showcase at this year’s Gathering in Birnam and Dunkeld.

Each year, we bring promoters and performers together, along with producers, funders and other creative professionals, to network, share and showcase new work. 

This is a chance to get your work in front of promoters and venues from across the region.  Discover hidden corners of the country, meet new people and perform in the most beautiful and unique spaces. 

Are you a professional performer who is:

•      Tour ready

•      Available to perform on Wed 4 or Thu 5 October 2023

•      Available to tour the Highlands & Islands in 2024 or 2025

This year, The Gathering will take place at two venues – Birnam Arts and The Taybank. During the event, a handful of acts will perform a 15-minute, low-tech excerpt / stripped back set of their tour-ready, small-scale work.

Those performers invited to showcase at the Gathering will receive the following:

•      A pass to attend The Gathering

•      Pre-event technical support from our Showcase Stage Manager

•      Access to a green room before and after your performance slot

•      15-minute showcase slot, with a personal introduction from someone in The Touring Network

•      A further five minutes to pitch your show or take questions from the audience

•      Your Tourbook profile displayed to all attendees via our website

•      Opportunity to network with promoters and venue representatives throughout the          programme

•      Showcase fee to cover costs

A showcase slot won’t guarantee future bookings* or funds for the performers. However, if any promoters in our network wish to book one of the showcasing acts, they will be invited to apply to our programming pot to help cover performer fees.

*Whilst we cannot guarantee tour bookings as a result of the showcase, 83% of the performers who showcased at the 2018 Gathering have since toured the region.  

For those performer members who aren’t quite ready to apply to showcase, there will be a separate opportunity at the event to share your work more informally. More on this soon!

Would you like to perform at The Gathering? Please take a look at our SHOWCASE APPLICATION GUIDELINES. Deadline for applications is 12pm on Mon 17 July 2023. 

If you’re not looking to showcase, but would love to attend The Gathering, registration opens on Fri 30 June. 

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions at all.

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