Report on the PATA National Touring Forum 2016

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Speech delivered by Merryn Carter, representing PATA

Senate Inquiry To the Impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts

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PATA announcement on 2015 National Touring Market

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RAA and PATA announcement on the Future of National Touring Markets

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PATA announces new Independent Chair Rachel Healy

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December 2013 PATA National Touring “Roadshow”

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PATA Council Communique September 2013

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PATA Council Communique August 2013

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PATA Council Communique May 2013

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New Councillors Welcomed

The Independent Chair of PATA, Ms Karilyn Brown is pleased to announce that 3 new industry representatives have agreed to join the PATA Council.

Mr. Luke Cowling, Artistic Director and CEO, of Critical Stages and Ms. Nicole Beyer, Exec Director of Theatre Network Victoria have agreed to fill casual vacancies on Council caused by the resignations of Ms. Penny Miles and Ms. Katherine Mclean.

In addition Council determined that it should also appoint a fourth Touring Co-ordinator to Council to improve its reach into remote area touring.  This is especially important given the upcoming Touring Programming Futures Forum program taking place in the first half of next year (see separate news item).  PATA is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Angela O’Donnell, Performing Arts Touring Manager for Artback NT to its ranks.

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Tour Programming Forum held Sydney 25-26 February 2013

The outcomes of the Touring Forum are contained in the PATA National Performing Arts Touring Action Plan 2013-2015:

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Playing Oz Press Release August 2012

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Communique August 2012

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Communique from the National Touring Framework

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PATA Council Communique

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Information Sheet - Cancellation and Termination Issues

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National Cultural Policy - PATA's submission

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Privacy Presentation at APACA Conference

At the recent 2011 APACA Conference held in Perth Live Performance Australia's Suzanne Daley, Director – Policy and Programs gave a valuable presentation dealing with "Best Practice Customer Data Sharing".  LPA will develop this further but for now refer to this link to the APACA website:


New Playing Australia Guidelines and Panels announced

The program guidelines and association application documentation has undergone significant revision and are available at:

The key policy change in terms of Playing Australia relates to how Tour Management and Co-ordination fees aretreated within the funding program. The PATA Council is currently examining these changes in detail and we would welcome any comment on any of the changes that have been announced: email

Round 39 is now open and will close Friday 2 December 2011.

Round 39 is the first to be assessed by the performing arts subpanel of the newly-formed Regional and Touring ArtsPrograms Expert Assessment Panel. Its members are:

· Ms Pamela Foulkes (Chair)
· Ms Rachael Maza Long
· Ms Sandra Willis
· Mr Ron Layne
· Professor Susan Street

If you have any further questions you may also contact the Playing Australia Secretariat on 1800 819 461 or via email



Australia Council Touring Framework project

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PATA Service Fee Update - August 2011

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Australia Council - National Touring Framework Tender Documents Published

The Australia Council’s Arts Development division has recently announced its Touring Framework tender (see link below).

PATA fully endorses the Australia Council’s initiative and concurs that, in order to further develop the scope of and access to national touring, there is a critical need to document and analyse the sector to measure the value and impact of touring, and to indentify, as the Australia Council is setting out to do, the overlaps, gaps and connections.

The development of a more effective and cohesive national touring framework has been identified as one of PATA key priorities and, to this end, PATA has been invited by the Australia Council to provide it with input and advice.

We look forward to liaising closely with the sector on this research initiative, which is timely in terms of the sector’s keen willingness to embark on the development of an improved touring framework, as well as in terms of potential synergies with the Federal government’s forthcoming National Cultural Policy.

The Australia Council’s Arts Development division aims to build the reach of arts to audiences. To assist this aim, we plan to develop a framework for national touring. The framework will identify opportunities and connect key players, to streamline the delivery to audiences around Australia

The purpose of this consultancy is to develop a framework for national touring:
• The framework must consider the connections, overlaps and gaps and opportunities in order to tour more artists and arts organisations
• The framework must provide practical examples or models to assist artists and arts organisations in their decision making about touring
• The framework should reference the value of touring to the sector

The framework aims to be a practical resource used by:
• Arts organisations to help determine pathways and funding options for touring
• Funders, to better link up funding programs
• Venues, to consider models to support tours

Details of the tender can be found in the Request for Tender document


PATA Memorandum of Understanding July 2011

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Release of Discussion Paper on National Cultural Policy

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Contract Factsheet - Force Majeure

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