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  • 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.

  • Otley Courthouse recruiting for Centre Manager

    Otley Courthouse Arts and Resource Centre is recruiting for a Centre Manager.

    This is the organisation’s key administrative and managerial role. The Centre Manager will liaise with key partners, overseeing the smooth day to day running of the centre, developing the creative use of the building and optimising income generation.

    Otley Courthouse is unique, vibrant and successful. It is run by local people and provides an exciting environment where all age groups and abilities can get involved and experience outstanding arts events, screenings, exhibitions and performances. We are staffed primarily by volunteers, and generate over 90%of our income through our diverse and creative activities.

    Key responsibilities of the Centre Manager

    •    Event management and marketing
    •    Room hire management and development
    •    Office and financial administration
    •    Staff management
    •    Building management

    Hours: 37.5 hours per week

    Salary: £18,000 per annum

    Annual Leave: 20 Days plus statutory Bank Holidays

    Closing date: Wednesday 19th September

    Interview date: Wednesday 26th September

    Link to further information and application pack: