A new online platform developed for MusicNSW, the Regional Touring Network (RTN) is a free map-based website that allows indie musicians and bands to plan and organise tours throughout New South Wales.
The RTN emerged as a direct outcome of MusicNSW's Regional Music Officer programme that employed music industry professionals living and working in regional NSW to build relationships and using local knowledge to create relevant infrastructure sustainable for future generations.
Currently featuring 133 venues statewide, with the site to continually add new locations to the network (venues are encouraged to apply), users can access
detailed venue information, including contact and booking details, capacity and accessibility info, and technical specifications – you know, the stuff that makes a touring muso's life just that little bit easier while also building a tangible, breathing community to infuse life into regional centres.
"The RTN is the missing puzzle piece for artists wanting to tour regionally or even fill in gaps on their tours but not knowing where to start," country artist Fanny Lumsden says.
"It has all the info you need and is such a great tool for bringing more music out west of the Great Divide.
"Also an awesome opportunity for venues to really connect with touring musicians and the industry. Anything that continues to build community for regional venues and artists – I am a big fan of, and I definitely think the RTN will help with that."
Adds Emily Collins, Managing Director MusicNSW: "Touring regional NSW just got a whole lot easier, and we're excited to see the impact the RTN will have on the touring circuit in our state.
"With the help of this fantastic new platform, more artists from across NSW will be able to experience the joys of hitting the road, meeting new fans, expanding their gig experience and connecting with other incredible artists and venues.
"It's built for growth too, with new venues and regions being added all the time. The RTN showcases our wealth of venues, and provides regional and metro artists everything they need to explore NSW and take their career to the next level."