DTP funding award

Posted: October 19, 2012

DTP secures three year Arts Council England funding award

Dance Touring Partnership [DTP] is today delighted to announce that it has successfully secured a three year funding award through the Strategic Touring Fund from Arts Council England. Audiences and ‘partnership working’ remain central to the ethos of DTP and this funding gives DTP the ability to plan over a longer period of time to maximise opportunities for engaging with new people and partners, previously out of the reach of the organisation.

The Strategic Touring Fund will build the capacity to create strategic links with new partners across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It will also provide audiences, regardless of their location, with access to world class dance performance and participatory programmes, focusing on the vital role of developing new audiences for dance.

This funding will enable DTP, across the next three years, to attract more high quality international dance companies than ever before as well as identify ways of working with a UK based company to help shape a new piece of work.

Alan Rivett, Chair of Dance Touring Partnership says of the funding award: “This is a very significant achievement in the current climate of strategic touring funding and is a testament to a lot of hard work all round. The Dance Touring Partnership Board, representing 10 significant regional venues, is grateful to Arts Council England for its support in enabling DTP to bring a contemporary dance and participatory programme of the highest quality to the widest possible audiences across the UK.”

The Strategic Touring Fund, managed by Arts Council England, is a three-year fund which will take high quality touring work to people in areas of little or no arts provision. The emphasis will be on supporting work that has been created by and for young people, and people from diverse communities.

In terms of support for the arts sector, the programme will focus on building stronger relationships between those involved in artistic, audience and programme development on both the supply and demand side of touring.

Sally Abbott, Regional Director, Arts Council England, says: “The Dance Touring Partnership comprises some of the country’s most influential mid-scale venues and we’re delighted to award them more than £990,000 to help develop new partnerships with world-class dance companies and choreographers.

 ‘This programme will take high quality art to places that have little or no arts provision and we look forward to Dance Touring Partnership’s programme of work taking us one step closer to achieving great art for everyone”.