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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
  • Salon 
  • Touring Lab 
  • Tour Well
  • Backroads 

AOT started the Green Touring Initiative in 2020 with the aim of providing tools and strategies to minimise emissions and work towards carbon neutral touring, so that the positive impacts of our touring activity at a community level don’t cost the planet. The outcomes of this Initiative, The Green Touring Toolkit and accompanying resources, and Arup's emissions calculator Circulate, were launched in 2022. 

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.

The 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!

The Backroads Initiative 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.

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. 


“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



'How to' webinars
Dates to be announced soon
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EOIs for the next Salon event will open in late May 2023.
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Stay tuned for dates in 2023.


Are you interested in becoming a qualified Mental Health First aider? Great for stage managers, arts administrators, company managers and anyone in the arts interested in wellness.