As a Network that’s been around for 20 odd years, there’s a lot of know-how amongst our members and team. 

Back in 2002, the Scottish Arts Council commissioned PAN* and Duncan MacInnes to write a guide to rural promoting called Don’t Panic. This publication placed the collective knowledge of promoting in a clear and concise format, and has been a key reference tool for new and existing promoters throughout the UK for the past 16 years.

We’re sure that Duncan will agree with us that a lot has changed in those 16 years. Love it or hate it, social media is now a key promotional tool for promoters, which didn’t exist in 2002; and whilst a lot of the principles of running an event are still the same, being able to access advice and learning online, rather than through printed guides, is now common practice.

That’s why we’ve been working to review and update the content, alongside creating other resources on best practice, with the aim of launching an online library of searchable snippets of advice for all those involved in rural touring.

The KNOW HOW will launch on Thu 11 Apr 2019 – stay tuned for more information about how to access dynamic, relevant** and up-to-date know-how whenever, and wherever, you need advice or guidance.

Alongside the KNOW HOW, we will also be launching a new members-only community forum, for both promoter and performer members to discuss topics and ask questions. We’re looking forward to getting the conversation started!

In the meantime, while we put the finishing touches to the KNOW HOW, we would really appreciate it if our promoter members were able to take part in our survey – NETWORK SNAPSHOT 2019 – all those who respond by Fri 29 Mar will be entered in to a prize-draw to win their membership free for a year!

* The Touring Network was previously known as PAN (the Promoters Arts Network) and Duncan MacInnes is still a promoter on Skye.

** Whilst performer members will be invited to create a login for the KNOW HOW, please note that performer-specific content will be launched at a later date.

Not a member of the Network? Check out our website to find out more.

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