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  • NRTF Freelance Online Community Development Contract Opportunity

    NRTF Online Community Development Contract

    PROJECT BRIEF – NRTF Online Community Development contract

    The Online Community Development contract fits the following NRTF business plan objectives.
    1. Provide the rural touring network with training, information and networking services
    2. Enable innovative work, international partnerships and commissions
    3. Promote better understanding of the value of rural and community touring through research and advocacy

    This brief is to assist NRTF co-ordinator, Development Director and Board in achieving the Key Tasks listed below. The successful applicant will report to CAP Ltd who are based in York on behalf of the NRTF board.
    The successful applicant will be a freelance person familiar with social networking and IT skills and knowledge of rural touring and the NRTF.  They need to be out going and pro-active with good communication skills both written and verbal.

    The applicant will be expected to work from home or their own office.  The applicant will need to supply their own equipment to deliver the contract ie appropriate computer and software, access to phone etc.
    NRTF is inviting applications to deliver this contract. There is a maximum budget of £4,000 inclusive of office overheads, telephone and internet expenses and VAT.

    It will be necessary for the successful applicant to attend a minimum of two face to face meetings per year and your budget should reflect this.
    It is anticipated that attendance at these two meetings will be included in the fee.  Should further meetings be required by the NRTF board additional travel expenses can be claimed at the NRTF rate.

    It is anticipated that the successful applicant will maintain regular contact with the NRTF office and development director by email and telephone as required but as a minimum will report monthly to the NRTF office and provide written quarterly reports for the NRTF board.
    Applicants are requested to indicate how they would deliver this contract within this budget including time scale, daily rates and expenses. Applicants must be responsible for their own tax and NI.

    This contract is initially for one year and can be terminated by either party with one months notice.  The fee will be payable in 4 quarterly payments.

    Principal objective 1
    Provide the rural touring network with training, information and networking services
    Key Task - Encourage members to use the site and get the most from the networking opportunities it offers.  As a starting point this could include the following:

    Produce “A beginner’s guide to getting the most from the NRTF website” and make it downloadable.
    Check members’ entries to see that they are up to date and that all scheme people are listed.
    Check associate members’ entries to see that they are up to date and aware of the potential that the site offers.
    Develop NRTF social networking as appropriate and if relevant eg twitter, facebook, youtube etc.
    Contact any new members to get them to update their entries and make them aware of potential.
    Work with schemes and associate members to get latest stories and updates and encourage these to go on the new website.
    Select a scheme or associate member story to profile on the home page.
    Send out a weekly discussion update bulletin – to full members and associates.
    Send out a monthly latest newsletter – to full members and associates.
    Encourage strategic use of Twitter amongst the rural touring network.
    Manage social networking as appropriate.
    Encourage collection of images and films to promote rural touring-  vimeo site

    Principal objective 2
    Enable innovative work, international partnerships and commissions
    Key tasks: Encourage members to use the site and share examples of innovative work and good practice.  As a starting point this could include the following:

    Create an online showcase area. Contact Company associates and other companies and encourage them to give examples of their work on line via the website. Involve relevant board and other NRTF members to contribute to this activity.
    Create an International news section of the site. Contact International partners IVOC members and encourage them to join NRTF as associates.

    Principal objective 3
    Promote better understanding of the value of rural and community touring through research and advocacy
    Key tasks: Use the site and other social networking so the value of rural and community touring is widely disseminated.

    Ensure that the NRTF’s communication strategy key messages are being highlighted by the website and ensure NRTF’s Information Communication Technology (ICT) is fit for purpose as an advocacy and information tool for rural touring.  Check key messages are being disseminated via the website and develop new ways of ensuring this happens.
    As a starting point this could include the following:
    Create a Promoter news section of the site and encourage use.
    Contact promoters and gather their stories. Create a new Promoter Voice section in the OUR WORK area – gather promoter stories, quotes, films from the schemes and put them in the section – highlight it in latest, home page banner, tweets etc. Encourage touring schemes to send the link to their promoters and encourage the promoters to join NRTF as associates. Involve relevant board and other NRTF members to contribute to this activity.

    Work with Development Director to ensure that NRTF work is fully highlighted on the website:
    If invited for interview we will ask you to contribute your own ideas to the above key tasks.
    The NRTF website has been recently created by Supercool Design.  It was launched in September 2012 NRTF has a you tube and twitter account but as yet no facebook account.  The NRTF central office is in York.
    The closing date for applications for this role is 6th November.  Interview date and venue tbc.  The contract will be awarded by the NRTF board ICT task group.

    Applicants should respond to the brief indicating how they would approach this contract. How they would allocate time over the year and a budget outlining fees and expenses.  Applicants should give details of their ICT knowledge and experience plus a CV and two references which may be contacted before shortlisting.  Applicants should also indicate their knowledge and experience of rural touring and NRTF.
    G Monitoring, Evaluation
    The successful applicant will report monthly to NRTF HQ and will produce a quarterly written update for the NRTF board.

    H. Budget
    £4,000 inclusive of VAT and expenses.

  • NRTF Conference 2013

    NRTF Conference 2013

    We are delighted to announce that  NRTF will join forces with Creative Scotland and our Scottish members to bring the NRTF conference 2013 to the macrobert in Stirling in Scotland.  NRTF will work with North East Arts Touring, Promoters Arts Network and the Federation of Scottish Theatres to bring together touring schemes, promoters, small scale venues and performing artists and companies from across England, Wales and of course Scotland for 3 days of discussion, debate, workshops and case studies.  An important part of the programme will be showcasing and we will be working with our partners to curate an exciting programme for delegates.  We hope to re-kindle many of our International Village of Culture relationships and entice delegates from across the world to join us as we look at rural and community touring, networks and partnerships.

    We are still very early on in the planning process but we do have dates for your diary 8th 9th 10th July 2013 and a venue macrobert Stirling University.

    macrobert is situated on the picturesque 300-acre campus of the University of Stirling, in the heart of Scotland, macrobert presents an exciting and flexible venue for a variety of conferences and events. Most of the accommodation will be provided nearby in the very lovely Management Centre which has 100 bedrooms - 90 with double beds, 5 twin-bedded and 4 specially equipped rooms for disabled guests. All bedrooms have ensuite facilities. Rooms feature direct dial telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, trouser press, flatscreen TV with Freeview. Wifi in all public areas and all bedrooms.  Places will be on a first come first served basis, so be sure to book in early when the time comes.

    Stirling enjoys excellent road and rail links to the rest of the United Kingdom and an ever increasing number of airlines now fly directly to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Regular train services run from Edinburgh and Glasgow. macrobert and Stirling Management Centre are located within the grounds of the University of Stirling campus, between Stirling and Bridge of Allan, just 10 minutes from the Junction 11 of the M/A9.

    We will keep you up to date with developments, but for now, get those dates in your diary and we will look forward to welcoming you all to Stirling in July 2013. 

  • Foreign Entertainers Tax

    Peter Gregory from Night Out in Wales writes:

    The levels at which you have to withold tax have changed -  it used to be £1000 but according to HMRC web site it now says:

    Do not withhold tax if the total payments made to an individual or group, including any connected payments by an associate, will be equal to or less than the UK Personal Allowance for the tax year. The tax year runs from 6 April in one year to 5 April in the following year. The Personal Allowance normally changes each year, the current years Personal Allowance can be obtained from the 'Income Tax rates and allowances' section of the HMRC website.

    So for the current year 2012 that is £8,105.  

    Thanks for the information Peter.  To join in the discussion add a comment here or go to the discussion area of the website.


  • AGM and Members Meeting 25th October 2012

    NRTF is holding its AGM and members meeting on 25th October 2012 at The Public in West Bromwich. THE PUBLIC New Street, West Bromwich West Midlands B70 7PG


    This event is open to touring scheme and associate NRTF members.  Bookings are going well so if you are an NRTF member now is the time to book your place. - Click the link on the right to go to the booking form.   Sorry booking for this event is now closed.   Directions and other information can be found in the links to the right.

    Discussions will focus on opportunities arising from:
    • decibel, Edinburgh and Wales 2011, New Directions 2012 and Edinburgh 2012: how successful have we been in following these up with touring companies showcased and how can we make contacts made work better for the schemes, promoters and venues and for the companies?
    • National Strategic Touring Fund: what can we learn from the successful bids so far from the NRTF as partner to the Contact bid and the Creative Arts East bid?
    • Jazz Services Rural Touring fund: How will it work and what are the opportunities?
    • The new NRTF website and how to get the most from it.
    • Young Promoters Network - Contact will provide an interactive training session for those working with Young Promoters to promote Country Boy’s Struggle and others looking to develop this are of work.
    This event is for NRTF full and associate members only and will include talks, discussions, workshops and some networking time. 

    We will make a small charge for lunch and refreshments of £20 per person.

    There is also an opportunity to be part of an amazing event at either 5.30pm or 8.00pm on the 25th October.

    Birmingham Rep & Black Country Touring in Association with Foursight Theatre present “Eat”, a brand new production for Autumn 2012 & Spring 2013.
    We take food for granted; we diet, over-indulge, grab it on the go, but rarely do we delve into its stories. From famine to hunger strike, persecution to celebration, anorexia to obesity, food and eating has an important place in historical events, the present news and our own emotional memories.  Over the last six months dozens of stories about food have been gathered from across the West Midlands by The REP and Black Country Touring for a new play, Eat! Inspired by stories of war, poverty, celebrations, feasts, famines and fasts Eat! will be an intimate and unique theatre experience taking place in a cluster of caravans situated in the courtyard of the Roundhouse.
    I have it on good authority that there will be fire as well as caravans and it sounds like one not to be missed.  We have 20 tickets put aside for the 5.30pm performance and 20 for the 8.00pm performance (for those staying over-night).  Special prices £7.50 for NRTF members.