Live & Local is a not-for-profit arts organisation working with a network of voluntary groups across Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Rutland and Leicestershire. We provide a range of support for arts activities that keep people in touch with their communities and enhance their quality of life.
The Community Touring Scheme helps voluntary groups to choose and promote high quality professional performances for their local community venue. At the heart of the scheme is the opportunity to bring people together to enjoy high quality, affordable, memorable and uplifting live entertainment.Become a Promoter - Bring Performances to Your Community
Live & Local runs film schemes such as the Big Picture Show in Warwickshire and Staffordshire, Moving Pictures in Stratford-on-Avon District, regular online screenings as well as the annual Big Picture Festival in Warwick.Film Schemes
...provides practical support and advice by helping volunteers to choose shows, and by co-ordinating the bookings, subsidising performances and helping them to attract an audience. The scheme is made possible by funding from local authorities and the Arts Council England but happens because of an investment of time, enthusiasm and commitment by local volunteers and their communities.Contact
John has been the Executive Director of Live & Local since its inception in 1994. John’s background is in small-scale touring, rural and community touring schemes and the technical management and design of permanent and temporary venues. John previously worked at Warwick Arts Centre in their technical department, at Tic Toc Theatre Company as production manager as well as designing and managing venues for their Edinburgh Fringe operations. John was the Chair of the National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) from 2007 to 2017 and remains on their Board. He was awarded an MBE in 2020 for services to the Arts.
Contact John for: programming and menu development, technical issues, cost of shows, licensing.
Chris oversees Big Picture Show, DART (Developing Artists in Rural Touring), business development, fundraising, work with Children & Young People, and also manages one off or infrequent projects.
Contact Chris for: fundraising, business development opportunities, commissions, artist development opportunities, Big Picture Show, Friends Scheme, work with Children & Young People.
Kirsty manages the Company administration of Live & Local. This includes administration for the Community Touring Schemes and business admin.
Laura provides administrative support to Live & Local’s programme of events including the Community Touring Scheme, Film Schemes and time-limited projects.
Contact Laura for: Returns and Report Forms, Big Picture Show, Moving Pictures, and general administration.
Zara provides daily administration support for Live & Local, and is available as a first point of contact for general enquiries.
Contact Zara for: all general enquiries, queries relating to finance, billing and invoicing, queries in regards to administration and Friends Scheme.
Brian provides support to the engagement team in writing copy for marketing materials, producing and distributing print for live events, maintaining mailing lists and social media, compiling venue access information and running the It's a GAS! (Go and See) Scheme.
Contact Brian for: general marketing enquiries, print enquiries, social media and promoter support.
Emily provides support to the engagement team in maintaining mailing lists, sourcing and writing copy for marketing materials, producing and distributing print, creating email and social media campaigns, and maintaining relationships with local and national press.
Contact Emily for: general marketing enquiries, print enquiries, social media and promoter support.
Steve is responsible for supporting and developing artists who are both in the scheme or are interested in being part of it.
Contact Steve if you are an artist/arts organisation and need advice or support regarding what we do or how you can be part of our work.
Michele is responsible for recruiting and supporting promoters in the Live & Local networks, liaises with local authorities and is the point of contact for promoters in Derbyshire and Staffordshire. She is also the Rural Hub Town officer for Eckington.
Contact Michele for: promoter recruitment and support and liaison with local authority officers in Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
Lesley is responsible for recruiting and supporting promoters in the Live & Local networks. She liaises with local authorities and is the point of contact for promoters in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland. She is also the Rural Hub Town officer for Alford.
Contact Lesley for: promoter recruitment and support and liaison with local authority officers in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland.
Nip is responsible for recruiting and supporting promoters in the Live & Local networks, liaises with local authorities and is the point of contact for promoters in Warwickshire, Worcestershire (formerly Shindig) and Leicestershire (formerly Centre Stage).
Contact Nip for: promoter recruitment and support and liaison with local authority officers in Leicestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
Jess manages the new Rural Hub Towns project which enhances community creativity in five market towns across the East and West Midlands. The towns are Eckington, Alford, Uttoxeter, Ollerton, and a final location to be announced soon.
Contact Jess if you would like information about the project or how you can link to any of the 4 Community Engagement Officers covering the towns.
Aster works with communities in 2 of our Rural Hub Towns creating new arts activities for people of all ages and all interests.
Contact Aster if you live or work in Uttoxeter and would like to get involved with creating more arts opportunities in the area, or if you are an artist or potential partner organisation.
Lisa works with communities in one of our Rural Hub Towns creating new arts activities for people of all ages and all interests.
Contact Lisa if you live or work in Ollerton and would like to get involved with creating more arts opportunities in the area, or if you are an artist or potential partner organisation.
Live & Local is one of 30 similar organisations that support professional arts events in hundreds of communities throughout the UK. The National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) provides a wealth of experience across its membership as well as professional development, market research and cross-regional project development opportunities.National Rural Touring Forum
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