An Introduction for Producers & Artists
National Touring Selector is a networking database tool for the performing arts touring industry, mainly in Australia and New Zealand. If you are an individual artist or producing company that creates or manages performing arts productions and want to establish relationships with Presenters in the hope of building sufficient interest to support commissioning or touring a project, you should register as a Producer.
National Touring Selector producers can register an account that gives them access to the NTS database, set up a company profile to describe their producing activity, ethos and list their project details/productions at any stage of its life-cycle, from ‘The Idea’ through to ‘Tour-Ready’. These will then be available to venue programmers or potential commissioners to view at various Markets held within the site or on the website in general.
- Step 1 Register a user account
Once we receive your application we will check it through and make sure the basic information is in order and that you have applied in the relevant category. Your account will then be activated and you will receive an email confirming this. This should take less than 2 days. Once your account is active, you can login and begin to build your profile via the Members Dashboard.
- Step 2 - Create a Producer profile
This gives an overview of your company and describes the type of work you create. Once you have set up your profile you can add other registered users who will be able to edit and manage your National Touring Selector content and who will also receive news and other information.
- Step 3 – Create a Production Listing
You can then create a Production Listing for your production. These listings contain a great deal of information about the productions and cover technical needs, marketing, images and video, personnel and costs. The production may have had a season previously or may still be in the planning stages.
- Step 4 - Enter your production(s) into a Market/Round
Markets/Rounds give producers the opportunity to offer up their latest works for touring and presenters an opportunity to view and select online productions that they wish to include in their future programs.
Once you are registered, you can access information about presenters and venues all around Australia and New Zealand seeing how they program and the details of the venues they manage. You will also receive updates of touring industry events and have the option of entering productions in Markets/Rounds leading to the development of state or national tours.
You also have the option of linking your production listing to a Tour Coordinator who can check your profiles and listings and help you get the most out of the various rounds. They may also work with you to develop and coordinate a tour if you receive good presenter interest.
The Members section of the site is your National Touring Selector Dashboard. Use Members to manage and update your profile and listings and to track your participation in selection rounds.
HINT: The CTRL button is your friend, depress it before clicking on new links so you can switch back to your original screen quickly.
National Touring Selector is here to help you market your productions to venue managers and programmers. Presenters may wish to commission an idea, buy a season of your work or commit to be involved in a tour. Presenters can also contact you directly on viewing your online production listing. You are also free to review the National Touring Selector presenter profiles and contact any directly that you feel share your artistic goals and vision.
As well as Production Profiles being available to view all year around, National Touring Selector sets up and hosts several Markets throughout the year. Find out more about markets/rounds here or check out our latest markets and rounds.
Once a number of presenters have expressed interest in your production, the process of tour development can begin. This involves creating an itinerary for a tour that takes in as many presenters and their venues as possible. A budget is also created that covers the relevant producer fees with a series of fees (sell-off fees) paid by presenters. A separate budget is usually created to cover touring costs (travel, accommodation, living away allowances etc). Funding can then be sought, federally or at a state level to cover the touring costs. A tour coordinator may be available to work with your company to develop and deliver the project. Some producers carry out their own tour development and tour coordination. It is also possible to develop and deliver tours without funding or for a producer to hire a series of venues and mount a tour at their own financial risk.
Some tours are developed and then delivered by tour coordinators. The tour coordinator will carry out the tour development and may also apply for touring funding for an agreed fee. They then coordinate the tour should the funding application be successful.
Producers should note that there are other pathways to performance beyond the National Touring Selector touring model. These include: various state touring forums such as Showcase Victoria and Shows on the Go in WA; direct arrangements with regional and metropolitan venues many of whom are represented by PAC; and working with other touring models and Producer such as Critical Stages, Performing Lines and 6PAC. However you decide to pursue the possibilities, we do recommend you take some time to talk to colleagues and contacts, to gather a good range of advice.