Frequently Asked Questions
About the Texas Touring Company & Artist Roster
TCA recorded a webinar to help you prepare a successful application to be listed on the Texas Touring Roster. The webinar goes through the online application in detail as well as the required supporting materials. We highly recommend that you watch the recorded webinar provided here.click here to watch the webinar
- Q: Is anything new this year?
- A: YES! The application form is on the Submittable platform, which will allow you to upload all of your supporting materials online. The supporting materials have changed as well: TCA is now requiring a sample technical rider to help evaluators get a sense of artists’ technical needs when touring.
- Q: I’m on the current Texas Touring Roster. Do I still have to apply to be listed on the next roster?
- A: Yes. You should submit a full application form and all supporting materials to be considered for the next roster.
- Q: What’s the first thing I should do before applying?
- A: This application is very dependent on the audiovisual material submitted along with the application. TCA strongly suggests you begin working on a professional quality audiovisual work sample early since it can influence whether or not you are approved to be on the roster. All work samples should be taped before a live audience with quality sound, lighting, and clear footage. Remember, your audiovisual material is worth 50 points out of 100, so take time to determine your work sample first. This part of the application should not be rushed. Your audiovisual sample should be uploaded within the application form. This training webinar on making quality videos has some great tips.
- Q: Why is an audiovisual sample of my performance required?
- A: The audiovisual material is used by the panel to assess Artistic Quality, which is worth 50 points out of 100 in your final score. Your audiovisual material should be a professional quality representation of what a live performance is like. It should be 4 minutes or less. It can include a montage of footage or be a short selection of a performance. It should be of the actual program you are touring, or a reasonably similar program. It should be in an appropriate context – that is, if you are a children’s performer, it should include footage of you performing for children. If you are a storyteller, it should be footage of you in front of a live audience.
- Q: What else can I do to submit the most competitive application in TCA’s process?
- A: Take advantage of all resources: watch the webinar, carefully read all the material covered in this FAQ, look at the current roster, and read the program description. You can ask TCA staff to review your application at least two weeks before the deadline and give you feedback.
- Q: How do I apply to be listed on the roster?
- A: You will need to fill out the Touring Roster Inclusion application form on Submittable and upload all supporting materials to it. Submit the complete application by midnight on January 31, 2018.
- Q: On the application form, how do I fill out the Touring History information?
- A: First, please count your contracts consistently. If you had one contract for several performances at a venue (for example, back-to-back performances at a school, a series of workshops on your craft at a community center, or a standing monthly gig at a music venue), that contract counts as one no matter how many performances or services you provided. If you have had more than one contract with the presenter, you can add an asterisk (*) to the listing to show that the presenter has presented you before. List as many contracts as you can to provide a complete picture of your recent touring work. If you have had more than 15 contracts recently, you will have to select which to list. In choosing which contracts to list, be sure to provide a representative list of the broad types of presenters who have hired you, and show any repeat bookings. Provide a good sense of the geographic range of your appeal—showing only local contracts doesn’t help to indicate that presenters outside your community would be likely to book you. Remember that the Texas Touring Roster is used by nonprofit organizations and units of government (schools, libraries, cities, etc.), so you should try to show evidence of your appeal to those presenters.
- Q: How competitive is getting on the Texas Touring Roster?
- A: Acceptance onto the Roster is very competitive. It is up to you to adequately convey your experience both as a performing artist and as a touring artist, plus your appeal to nonprofit presenters, schools, and libraries, through your application and website.
- Q: Will evaluators look at my website?
- A: Yes, evaluators will be instructed to refer to your website (as provided in your application) for additional information as they review your application. We expect that materials such as electronic press kits are on artists' websites.
- Q: What artistic disciplines are considered for inclusion on the roster?
- A: Dance, music, theater, musical theater, creative writing, storytelling, visual art, and film/animation.
- Q: Visual artists and film/media artists don't "perform." How are they eligible for this program?
- A: TCA has opened the roster up to all disciplines and wants to include visual arts and film/media artists. However, those artists must be able to offer a program that is performative or interactive/collaborative and able to fit within a pre-specified timeframe. Examples might include a drawing demonstration/talk, community mural project, or a film screening with artist Q&A. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact TCA staff to discuss their program prior to applying.
- Q: Who is eligible to apply to be on the roster?
- A: Individuals and performing groups residing primarily in Texas are eligible to apply. Nonprofit organizations that are recognized by the IRS as Texas-based organizations are also eligible.
- Q: I'm with a group, but I also do work as a soloist. Can I submit one application for my group, and a second application for myself?
- A: No. You can indicate in your group's application that soloists (or smaller groups) are also available, but that's as far as you should go.
- Q: When is the deadline for the application form?
- A: The application must be submitted online by midnight on January 31, 2018.
- Q: When is the deadline for the attachments?
- A: Attachments should be uploaded to the online application form before it is submitted by midnight on January 31, 2018.
- Q: What is a presenter?
- A: Some artists think that because they are the performers, they're the presenters. In fact, the touring arts world uses the term "presenter" to refer to the organization that hires an artist to perform - they present you to their community. When you see the term "presenter" or "presenting organization" in TCA's application materials, please understand it in this way.
- Q: What is the Touring Advisory panel looking for in an application to the roster?
- A: Evaluators are asked to focus on the artistry of the program you are touring (as demonstrated in your audiovisual sample), the appropriateness of your fee range, your demonstrated ability to tour outside of your community.
- Q: Will I be expected to do anything further if approved to the roster?
- A: Yes. TCA will require a webinar training for all approved companies and artists to ensure familiarity with the TCA grant processes.
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