Marketing performance, developing audiences and taking your work on tour are perhaps the most challenging aspects or working in the arts. Thankfully, there are organisations who aim to support organisations who do not have access to an advertising budget or have not toured before and require information about the logistics and legal considerations of taking work on the road.
Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts can be applied for by those looking specifically for funds for marketing and audience development. Background information to help those considering applying for this grant is available here
The Audience Agency works with cultural organisations to build audiences. With offices in Manchester and London and a network of Regional Directors across England, they provide unparalleled service built on in-depth knowledge and understanding of the cultural sector. Generating insight and evidence to inform individual and organisational decision-making and to help to grow a more sustainable cultural economy.
Arts Council England also provides an extremely helpful and comprehensive online guide to marketing and touring on its website. It covers subjects such as developing effective partnerships, setting up a tour, campaign planning and communicating with audiences, and includes sections on case studies and top tips.
You can also find information on pricing your work in a recent publication called Call it a Tenner, published by Arts Council England.