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Arts on Tour’s sector development program leads on best practice in touring, connects artists, companies and presenters, extends audience reach, and builds touring capacity to support a sustainable arts sector. Arts on Tour's current initiatives are:

  • Green Touring Online Series & The Green Touring Toolkit
  • Salon 
  • Tour Lab & Tour Lab+ Online Series
  • Backroads 

AOT’s Green Touring initiative started in 2020 with the development of The Green Touring Toolkit and the integration of emission reduction strategies into AOT’s touring services and operations. In 2024 we’re excited to be presenting the Green Touring Online Series for the first time: a series of five, 60-minute, free online sessions featuring guest speakers that will share their knowledge, tools and expertise on emissions reduction practices. 

Salon is an initiative to build relationships between NSW artists, producers, venues and presenters. It is a small-scale, lo-fi pitching event, a meeting place aimed at creating opportunities for regional touring.

Tour Lab covers practical advice on how to get your work on the road, including budgeting and a venue perspective on programming and audience engagement. There's lots of opportunity to ask questions from experienced teams and venue managers and much more! 2024 will see the first Tour Lab+ Online Series where artists and producers can delve deeper with members of the AOT team in three online sessions of the essentials: Budgeting, Marketing and Itinerary Building. Participants will be able to receive personalised feedback from the AOT team on their working documents.

Backroads was launched in 2022 to support the touring of professional work to non-professional venues, with the aim of extending our audience reach and activating alternative venues in smaller towns across NSW.

“AOT’s reach across the country and the calibre of your work is next level. I have found it invaluable to have you work as ‘tour coaches’ providing advice and support but having me develop the tour - and all the skills/networks that go behind that.”

Gemma Pepper, Side Pony Productions


Contemporary Asian Australian Performance in partnership with Arts on Tour

Contemporary Asian Australian Performance and Arts on Tour share a common goal: to enrich our regional stages with diverse stories and artists, engaging audiences, and communities alike. The Engage! Report and Toolkit, a collaboration between CAAP and AOT, distils insights from the 2022 Double Delicious tour into practical steps for touring presenters and venues across Australia. Read more below.


Previous Initiatives

Tour Well is Arts on Tour's mental health initiative, aimed at providing best practice touring practices in relation to mental health on the road. Working in collaboration with the Arts Wellbeing Collective we developed the resource Tour Well for Tour Managers and host regular Mental Health First Aid Training courses for NSW-based companies. 

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in 2024

Five Online Sessions (1hr each)
Mondays 2-3pm AEST,
6, 13, 20, 27 May & 3 June
Tickets: FREE – just register

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Mini Grants Program
Applications OPEN NOW
Applications CLOSE Mon 19 August

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Networking/Showcase Event

EOIs for 2024 have now closed.
Artists will be contacted about their applications soon after 22 May.

Wed 10 July
The Pavilion PAC, Sutherland
Tickets: $50 (+BF) salaried worker, funded organisation /
FREE independent artist

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Full-day Workshop (in-person)
Thu 10 October
107 Projects, Redfern
Tickets: $45 (+BF)

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Three Online Sessions (1hr each)
Mondays 6-7pm AEDT
21, 28 October, & 4 November
Tickets: $15 per session (+BF);
FREE with Tour Lab registration

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