Rural Touring Awards 2018

The Rural Touring Awards are back! After last year's inaugural awards celebrating excellence across our sector, this year we're again searching for examples of the best productions, best people and the best events across the country.

The Rural Touring Awards are in place to celebrate the breadth, passion and professionalism prevalent in the Rural Touring Sector. Set up to support the quality of the arts, the promoters, venues and wider industry. It not only recognises the quality of performance and performing companies but also, collaborations and the network of individuals who go above and beyond on behalf of the health and cohesion of their local community. The awards reward not just the winners but everyone who has performed, organised and taken part in Rural Arts & Touring.

We've got some new categories this year so read the guidance carefully, and then get nominating!

You've got until 26th April 2018 to nominate.

Once the nomination window closes, a shortlist for each category will be drawn up by the NRTF panel. These shortlists are then sent to our independent judging panel who will decide the winners.

This year we are delighted to announce the judges are:
Des George Neuadd Dyfi Community Hall winner of Rural Touring Award for Best Promoter 2017, Deborah Clarke (ACRE)  Village Hall Information and Advice Service, Sayan Kent Writer (Big Fat Cow Pat Wedding), and Natasha Tripney Reviews Editor The Stage.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Ian Macmillan on 27th June at the New Directions showcase.

This year we're focusing the Rural Touring Awards specifically on activity that has taken place since the last awards in June 2017. So each category relates to shows, activities and events taking place between spring 2017 and spring 2018.

In all categories we're looking for examples of excellence. What made a show really stand out? What makes a person truly special? We'd like to highlight how creative, innovative and diverse the world of rural touring is. So think about productions that have done something new. Tell us surprising stories about individual efforts. Share moments that were game-changing for you, or your audience, or your company, or your hall.

Here are the categories:

Category 1 Music Performance of the Year
We didn't have a category specifically for music last year, so this year we'd like to acknowledge the wonderful singing and playing that makes up a large part of rural touring. Nominate an individual, a band a choir or a company. What was it about the event that made your venue come alive? Tell us about the quality of musicianship, the impact on the audience, what made it so memorable. How did it changed your view of rural touring?

Nominations for this category can come from touring schemes, promoters and audience members.

To nominate for this category please click here:

Category 2 Touring Scheme Collaboration of the Year
We'd like to celebrate some of the brilliant and innovative partnerships that take place in  rural touring. This award will be won by a rural touring scheme alongside their collaborative  partner(s). What project or partnership has happened recently that you are particularly  proud of? It could be a creative project; for example, commissioning a company to make a  new piece of work. It could be something that relates to audience development, for  example, working with an organisation to improve access for people with a disability. It  could be a pilot scheme run with a local authority to reach young people in rural areas. It  could be a fundraising success or sponsorship deal that resulted in a boost in profile and  coverage. It could be any number of things. The award is about highlighting how touring  schemes are breaking new ground and forging new relationships in order to keep our sector  thriving, future-focused and resilient.

Nominations can come from touring schemes themselves and partner organisations they  have worked with. It would be great to have back-up statements from collaborators and  participants too. 

To nominate for this category please click here:

Category 3 Stage Performance of the Year
This is the Best Show award. It could be theatre, dance, spoken word, comedy, or some  other new genre entirely. It won't be music, because that's in a separate category, but it  could be anything else. We're after examples of excellent production values, high quality  work, great storytelling, super performances and something that made the show unique to  rural touring. What was distinctive about it? How did it engage the audience? What new  ideas was it trying? What did it feel like to experience?

Nominations can come from audience members, promoters and touring schemes.

To nominate for this category please click here

Category 4 Voluntary Promoter or Voluntary Promoting Group of the Year
Volunteer promoters are what make rural touring so special. This award is to acknowledge  an individual or a committee who, in the last year, have done something that really sets them  apart. All our promoters are terrific. Think about someone who has really gone the extra  mile. Perhaps they've programmed some new kinds of companies or productions,  introducing new ideas into the hall. Perhaps they've spearheaded a fundraising campaign to  improve access for audience members. Perhaps they've pioneered post-show discussions or  other ways to engage more fully with shows. Whatever it is, tell us in detail why they  deserve to win this award right now.

Nominations can come from artistic companies, touring schemes and audience members.

To nominate for this category please click here

Category 5 Young Person of the Year
Another new award and one designed to acknowledge the growing enthusiasm for rural  touring amongst the younger generation. It could be an individual or a group of young  people. Maybe there's a Young Promoter or a Young Promoter Group that have done  brilliantly this year? It could be a young artist, perhaps a writer, performer, producer or  designer who has created a superb show. It could be someone who works in rural touring,  professionally or as a volunteer, who is really committed to the sector. We're looking for  examples of anyone under the age of 26 who is pro-actively engaging with rural touring  activity and probably someone who will have a positive impact on rural touring in the future.

Nominations can come from touring schemes, artistic companies, promoters and audience  members.

To nominate for this category please click here

Category 6 The NRTF Special Award
Anyone can nominate for this award and anyone can win! We're so lucky in the world of  rural touring to have so many individuals and organisations that work so hard to bring top  quality live arts to communities across the UK. This award will be won by a person or a  company who have made a huge contribution to the health and vitality of our sector. It's  about dedication to the cause well beyond the call of duty. It could be for long service -  perhaps someone is stepping down this year after a long time in post. But it could also be for  someone just starting out in rural touring, who has launched themselves into it with passion  and professionalism and already made a vibrant contribution. Whatever it is, it's for  something really special, which is why it's called the NRTF Special Award.

Nominations can come from anyone. 

To nominate for this category please click here

That's it! Get nominating - and good luck!