Supported Programme helps promoters to programme excellent and experimental new work in venues across the Highlands & Islands. Extend your tour route and discover hidden corners of the country, meet new people and perform in up-close and personal spaces for a tour like no other!

The Touring Network supports, represents and connects a vibrant community of independent promoters and performers who present high-quality live performance across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland – transforming remote community spaces into cultural centres and performances venues.

We help our members by delivering a package of services including networking, resources, development opportunities and funding. 


One of our most successful funding pots is Supported Programme, which is a bursary scheme for promoters who need financial assistance to

  • take risks on certain shows
  • programme different genres
  • and encourage new and more diverse audiences to attend their events

Our bursaries allow promoters to pay a fair and reasonable fee to performers, who otherwise might not be able to tour to remote and rural areas of Scotland.

The scheme focuses on a promoter-led approach to programming. Our Promoter’s Panel meets in autumn each year to consider a collection of available shows, collated by The Touring Network, venues and arts bodies. Once the final programme has been decided, promoters can apply for bursaries to support the cost of their chosen show’s fees.

Selected Artists for 2022/23 
Ruxandra Cantir + Sarah Rose Graber: Two in a Barrel
Lubna Kerr: Tickbox
Fergus McCreadie
Stanley Odd

Supported Programme performers included in the collection will be invited to showcase at our annual networking event, The Gathering. The next one takes place in Oban on 28 & 29 April 2022. Registration is now closed but you can watch a live stream of the event by registering here.

Something caught your eye?
Contact the artist to book directly through Tourbook. We’re accepting applications from Cairn members to support booking any of the above shows, once you have a clear idea of dates.




Are you a recipient of The Touring Fund and looking to find out how we can help?


Looking to book a performer who isn’t in The Support Programme Collection? Read more about our Programme Transition Fund.

I’m interested in being part of the network.

The Touring Network (Highlands & Islands)
Supporting live performance across the Highlands & Islands as part of a central, celebrated and indispensable part of the cultural life of Scotland.
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