ACE gives out £1 million touring cash

Touring arts organisations, including children’s arts venue Zion Arts Centre, arts engagement charity Disability and Deaf Arts and contemporary performance producers DEP Arts Ltd, have been awarded a total of more than £1 million from Arts Council England.

The funding is part of ACE’s strategic touring programme that aims to bring more shows to areas in the UK with limited access to the arts.

In this third round of funding, 11 arts organisations were granted money.

Zion Arts Centre, which heads up the North West Children’s Theatre Network, will receive around £270,000 for a two-year project that aims to bring more high quality children’s theatre to the region.

DaDa has been awarded nearly £200,000 to continue its biennial international festival, DaDaFest, and create partnerships with five arts organisations to develop programming and marketing of disability arts.

DEP Arts Ltd will receive almost £220,000 of funding to run its three-year New Realities programme, which aims to bring high quality contemporary performance to a network of small and medium theatres in Yorkshire.

ACE has awarded nearly £6 million so far this year out of the total £15 million allocated until 2013.

In its mid-year review of the programme for 2012 to 2013, ACE highlighted that the organisations it has funded so far “exemplify its aims” for the strategic touring programme.

These aims include forging stronger relationships between organisations and promoters, creating a wider range of work on tour and targeting areas that rely on touring for or have limited access to high quality art.

Previous recipients of funding from the first two rounds this year include dance production venue Dance East for its cross regional Kinder Dance programme, storytelling and music production company Adverse Camber for its rural and urban tours, and jazz music education company Tomorrow’s Warriors Ltd for its touring festival aimed at the African-Caribbean community.

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