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Brief for Black Country Touring Organisational review

As Black Country Touring (BCT) moves into it’s business planning period for the next four years we will be examining both our staffing structure and governance. To support us in this process we will be bringing in external expertise to deliver an organisational review looking at the current company structure and staffing and to ensure that the company is resilient and in a strong position to deliver our ambitious programme over the next 4 years.

Black Country Touring’s Mission is:

  • To enable people in the Black Country to create, choose and present the very best available performances and arts events for their local communities.
  • We believe the arts have the potential to change lives by allowing us to see new possibilities, develop new skills and provide opportunities to reflect on our own positions within our local communities and the wider world.
  • We will ensure that our work is accessible to and can be accessed by the diverse communities that make up the Black Country. We will bring the very best available artists and companies to our local communities and will ourselves lead in the creation of new work born out of contemporary Black Country stories for both local and national audiences.

Our context

Since 1997 Black Country Touring have worked with the communities of the Black Country to develop, create and promote work in an area that has some of the lowest levels of arts engagement in the country. Diversity in its widest sense is at the heart of all the company’s activities, from the promoters and programme of work we bring in, to the artistic process and delivery of new work grown from the rich vein of stories and experiences of our contemporary society. In recent years we have established and delivered a number of excellent national partnership projects (including working with Southbank Centre, Kali Theatre, SO Festival and the rural touring networks through the NRTF).

Black Country Touring Priorities for 2018 – 22

In the next four years we aim to grow our local presence through developing partnerships with significant local organisations, whilst continuing to work with national partners to bring more resources into the area. We will continue to invest in the local arts ecology to create a more sustainable sector.

We will continue to focus our work primarily on the Black Country but recognise that our work is also of national interest.
Diversity will continue to be a key driver across all of Black Country Touring’s produced and programmed work, it is a part of the fabric of the company and integral to everything we do. We will provide leadership and a model of good practice in audience development through cross cultural working with a particular focus on the participation and empowerment of young people and South Asian communities.

We will continue to provide leadership and a model of good practice in artistic development locally and nationally, in particular through the work we create and the partnerships we develop.

We will continue to invest in the future, exploring innovative artistic practice, using digital technology where appropriate and by investing in the skills and development of local artists and companies.

Further details on BCT’s work can be found on the website: www.bctouring.co.uk

The review

We are seeking a freelance consultant to work with the staff and Board to undertake a detailed review of the company’s staffing and structure and to evaluate whether it is sustainable and fit for purpose as the company moves into its next 4 year programme of work. We will require the findings and recommendations from this to be delivered in written form and in person to BCT Board members and Artistic Directors.

The review should include:

  • Consultation with all staff and Board members.
  • Appraisal of company operations, capacity and skill sets in relation to the company’s Business Plan and programme of work for 2018-22.
  • Comparisons to similar arts and other similar sized charitable organisations.
  • Identification of any key external factors that might impact on capacity in the period 2018-22.
  • Recommendations to be written up and also delivered in person.
  • Our timescale is for the work to start from February 2018 and be completed by end of May/beginning June 2018.

There will be an inclusive fee for this work of £4,000

The main points of contact for this review will be the Artistic directors and Chair of the Board of Directors.

We would like potential candidates to get back to us with a proposal for how they would undertake the work by Monday 29th January 2018.

Interviews will take place on Monday 5th February 2018.

We will be happy to provide additional information on request including the company business plan for the period 2018-222. Please contact Frances Land email: frances@bctouring.co.uk or Deb Justice email: deb@bctouring.co.uk

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