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Rural Touring Dance Initiative Coordinator (NRTF)

(short-term contract with potential to extend)

Application Out 5 October 2022

Application Deadline 11 November 2022

Interviews 17/18 November 2022

Start Date Dec 2022 or Jan2023

Job Title: Rural Touring Dance Initiative Coordinator for NRTF

Purpose: The role of the RTDI Co-ordinator is to work closely with schemes & promoters to deliver the project in the region

Position reports to: Director, NRTF

Works with: Coordinators at Take Art and Highlights Rural Touring. RTDI Producer at The Place London

Salary and Contract Terms: 0.6 post – 3 days a week £24,666 pro rata

Contact Terms: This is a 3-and-a-half-year part time contract (PAYE is preferable but will consider freelance)

Whilst in the six-month probationary period the notice period will be two weeks. Once this period is successfully completed the post holder will be confirmed in the post and the notice period will be four weeks.

This post requires a willingness to work during evenings, weekends and unsocial hours as needed in order to attend live performances. Reasonable adjustments to working hours are made to facilitate this and if additional work is undertaken you will be entitled to time-off in lieu. This role will require travel around the region to attend meetings and events.

NRTF doesn’t have a fixed office and the team works remotely. You will be responsible for the running and location of your working hours. You will be responsible for supplying sufficient broadband, and if freelance the hardware (computer) that is up to standard for the role.


Applications and Interviews

How to Apply: Completed application forms should be submitted to holly@nrtf.org.uk You can download the application form for this role from our website.
For an informal chat about this role to answer any questions, you may have, please email Holly Lombardo – Director of NRTF, holly@nrtf.org.uk

The deadline for submissions is 11 November 2022 5pm


Rural Touring Dance Initiative


The Rural Touring Dance Initiative (RTDI) is a national project which supports dance artists and rural promoters to make great dance performance events happen in rural spaces.

RTDI was launched in 2015 when The Place, National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF), China Plate and Take
Art joined forces to address the lack of quality dance in rural spaces. From the start, RTDI has introduced some of the UK’s leading dance companies to rural touring including Lost Dog, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein, Uchenna Dance, Scottish Dance Theatre, Mr & Mrs Clark, Jo Fong and George Orange, and Joshua ‘Vendetta’ Nash.

The first phase of the project (RTDI 1) ran from 2015-2018 and was made possible by a grant from Arts Council England’s Lottery funded Strategic Touring Programme. Due to its successes, in November 2017 the project was given a further £417,000 to develop a second phase of the project (RTDI 2) which ran until 2021.

Over the years RTDI has transformed UK rural dance touring. An evaluation report of the project’s second phase published in 2022, highlighted that 98% of audiences enjoyed watching the performances, with 88% saying the experiences made them want to see more dance, demonstrating demand for high quality touring dance.

In July 2022, the current RTDI partners (The Place, Highlights, NRTF, Sonia Sabri Company, Take Art) were awarded £400,000 from Esme Fairbairn Foundation and £450,000 from Arts Council England to continue the project from 2023-2026.

As well as supporting 10 new associate venues to programme dance in rural areas and market towns, many of them in Levelling Up for Culture places, the funding will enable RTDI to support eight dance artists and companies per year to tour their work to rural areas, with over 200 performances and 90 workshops expected between autumn 2023 and summer 2026.


You can watch a film about RTDI 2 at www.ruraltouringdance.com

Rural Touring Dance Initiative Coordinators


Responsibility for planning & delivering touring, workshops & residencies will be held by three coordinators: one based at Take Art in Somerset, one based at NRTF (remote working), and one based at Highlights. The coordinators will work closely with schemes to tailor a programme of work for their region. An additional part-time RTDI producer will be employed by The Place and manage the day to day running of the project.


The three coordinators will build tight networks of contacts & relationships across the region. The coordinator based with National Rural Touring Forum will coordinate touring across Southeast, Central England, and Wales. The rural touring schemes in this region have a long history of working collaboratively to deliver joined-up tours, and the schemes have embraced the RTDI project as a way of growing their dance programming


Job Summary

Purpose


The role of the RTDI Co-ordinator is to work closely with schemes & promoters to deliver the project in the region.

Key responsibilities


• Promoting the menu to schemes in the region, providing additional bespoke information and support so that schemes can make informed choices about dance shows available for rural touring.
• Planning & delivering menu launch events live & online
• Planning & supporting pre & post show engagement events, including post show talks; engaging external chairs/panellists where required.
• Co-ordinating the Dance Champions/Ambassador scheme in the region.
• Booking touring for dance companies on the menu in the region, coordinating with schemes & other local venues & partners to plan efficient, joined up touring which supports sustainability.
• Planning & supporting artist residencies in the region, co-ordinating across schemes in the hub.
• Planning & supporting Children and Young People activities in the region, co-ordinating across schemes in the hub.
• Managing the budget allocated to the region, reporting regularly to the RTDI Producer to finesse according to the financial systems of the host scheme
• Reporting on a regular basis to the RTDI Producer & working collaboratively with other coordinators on the project.
• Coordinating regional freelance marketing support.
• Supporting individual & bespoke audience development initiatives & supporting schemes & promoters to plan effective marketing campaigns.
• Allocating Go & See and Mentoring grants to promotes and scheme managers.
• Supporting access needs of artists on tour.
• Developing links with National Dance organisations and county dance agencies in the region
• Seeing shows and attending workshops; meeting promoters, schemes and artists
• Overseeing the distribution, delivery and collection of evaluation forms


Person Specification 

EssentialDesirable
KnowledgeExperience of coordinating small scale toursKnowledge & experience of
making, producing and/or touring
dance
Knowledge & experience of rural
touring
SkillsA track record of producing or managing performing arts projects
Strong event management skills
Experience & QualificationsExperience of running marketing campaigns in the performing arts
Experience of delivering workshops and residencies for Children
& Young People
Experience of delivering effective
audience development strategies
Experience of supporting artists to
make & tour their work
Attributes & Personal CharacteristicsA passion for reaching new audiences for contemporary dance

Salary and Contract Terms


0.6 post – 3 days a week £24,666 pro rata


Contact Terms


This is a 3-and-a-half-year part time contract (PAYE is preferable but will consider freelance)


Whilst in the six-month probationary period the notice period will be two weeks. Once this period is
successfully completed the post holder will be confirmed in the post and the notice period will be four
weeks.


This post requires a willingness to work during evenings, weekends and unsocial hours as needed in order
to attend live performances. Reasonable adjustments to working hours are made to facilitate this and if
additional work is undertaken you will be entitled to time-off in lieu. This role will require travel around the
region to attend meetings and events.


NRTF doesn’t have a fixed office and the team works remotely. You will be responsible for the running and
location of your working hours. You will be responsible for supplying sufficient broadband, and if freelance
the hardware (computer) that is up to standard for the role.


Applications and Interviews


How to Apply

Application Information & Support 

To apply please send either:

  • A cover letter (no more than one side of A4) or a short audio or film (no more than 3 minutes long) – articulating why you are applying for this job with the NRTF, briefly outlining your skills and experiences that make you qualified for the role and an example of where you have proven that you are ambitious

Include

Email your Cover Letter or film and your CV and Equal Opps Form to: admin@nrtf.org.uk 

Application Deadline:

  • 5pm Friday 11 November 2022

Interview:

Will be via Zoom on the following date – Interviews 17 & 18 November 2022

Access

  • For an audio version of this application – on request
  • For a downloadable Microsoft Word version click here

Queries:

  • We are happy to answer your queries, provide additional support and proposals for sending your application in alternative ways, please email your questions and requests here:  admin@nrtf.org.uk