Arts Live independent consultancy opportunity

Performing Arts in Dumfries & Galloway Consultancy

Budget £4000 to include Fee and Expenses

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival is looking for a consultant to independently examine the development of the performing arts sector across Dumfries & Galloway in relation to the role of the touring scheme Arts Live.

We are half way through a year-long development period which is supported by Creative Scotland and LEADER Dumfries & Galloway.  We are now seeking independent analysis of the needs of the sector as a whole and to identify and best way for the scheme to deliver these needs in the future.

The consultancy will recommend practical steps that will best support the sustainable development of the sector to the benefit of venues, promoters, artists and audiences in the region. Previous work by Christine Hamilton and Sam Eccles identified the need for the scheme and examined the work of the pilot year.


Arts Live is a newly established touring performance scheme for Dumfries & Galloway, set up and managed by Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival with funding from Creative Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Council & LEADER Dumfries and Galloway.

It is a collaborative project which has led to the development of a region-wide touring network of nearly 50 venues, village halls, promoters, youth groups and community organisations.

The project grew out of a long-recognised need for a year-round touring scheme to serve the remote rural communities of south west Scotland.

Our vision as an organisation is to bring high quality performing arts events to the people of Dumfries and Galloway all year round, by developing and supporting a network of local promoters, performing artists and venues.

The core activity of Arts Live is to:

  • establish and maintain a network of regionally based venues promoters and artists
  • elect and contract high quality touring companies to tour in Dumfries and Galloway
  • have two open call-outs per year to support promoters with their own programming ambitions
  • arrange tours with promoters on a shared risk basis
  • provide marketing and PR support for the tour
  • Maintain a central “what’s on” website. This website will promote Arts Live events and a range of “what’s on” events that our hosts promote
  • make posters and print available to hosts
  • use Tourbook in order to make information available on touring artists and help administer the scheme
  • ensure all tickets are available from a central box office and available online and over the phone
  • build audience data as well as digital and social media to support events
  • organise a twice yearly hosts meeting

Previous Consultative Work

Previous consultative work has been undertaken on the project by Christine Hamilton who examined the demand for the project, and the capacity of the organisation to deliver its needs.  Secondly by Sam Eccles’s who reviewed the pilot year.

This Consultancy is intended to build on this work by examining the needs of the sector and the role of the scheme. In doing so, it will shape the future direction of the project.

Aims of this Consultancy

The consultancy will recommend practical steps that will best support the sustainable development of the sector to the benefit of venues, promoters, artists and audiences in the region while working  towards a shared vision of a developed performing arts infrastructure.

  1. What are the limiting factors in allowing the development of the sector? This could include people, time, financial risk, availability of suitable work, audience reach/demand, competition.
  2. What practical steps identified by venues and promoters would most benefit the sector?
  3. What is the most effective role for schemes such as Arts Live? What practical steps could the scheme take that best increase capacity in the sector?
  4. Are there skills gaps? How should these be addressed?
  5. Are we reaching audiences where there is public demand, what audience development work needs to be undertaken?
  6. What SMART goals should we set and what steps should we take to get there?

(Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely)

Proposed Timeline

  • Applications to be received by mid-day 5 February 2018
  • Successful applicant will be notified by 9 February 2018
  • Delivery of project by 27 April 2018

To Apply

You should be an experienced arts consultant with a solid understanding of the Scottish Performing Arts Sector.  Knowledge or Rural Touring & Dumfries & Galloway is advantageous.

Please submit the following to or Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival, 28 Edinburgh Road Dumfries. DG1 1JQ

  • A CV and covering letter clearly highlighting relevant work.
  • A quote specifying your day rate.
  • A timeline for proposed work.

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival has expanded from being a ten-day annual festival into an organisation that supports the development of the performing arts sector on a year-round basis. The Arts Live promoters and performing arts network utilises the local and national networks developed through its popular annual arts festival and applies best practice from Rural Touring performing arts schemes. Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival is a trusted and supportive organisation that provides practical support and enables development in the sector. The Arts Live project is funded by Creative ScotlandDumfries & Galloway Unlimited and the Scottish Government and the European Union LEADER 2014-20 Programme, The Holywood Trust, Dumfries and Galloway Council, DG Unlimited Regional Arts Fund, The Robertson Trust, The William Grant Foundation.