Tourbook was originally conceived in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, emerging from the Promoters Arts Network, now The Touring Network (Highlands & Islands).
The network was looking for a more efficient way to join up their activities within a challenging geographic and economic context. The idea of an ‘always on’ showcasing space to connect performers looking to tour with promoters and venues looking to host them, and to connect promoters with each other for coordination and support.
A ‘network-only’ version of the platform was launched in 2013 by The Touring Network, under the name Tourbook and funded through the Scottish Arts Council AmbITion Scotland programme.
From 2013 further funding was sought with the aim of underwriting costs of an substantial refactoring of the platform and to build a version that could be opened up to promoters and performers looking to tour across Scotland and beyond.
This resulted in a Scotland-wide version being launched in Autumn 2017, with additional support for Ireland and Northern Ireland added shortly after.
Tourbook removed paid plans on the platform as part of a ‘reboot’ initiative to help the touring sector through the extensive disruption caused by COVID-19 in 2020-21.
A major release in spring 2023 added support for England and Wales, as well as bringing a host of new features.
Tourbook is a Community Interest Company, limited by shares, established in 2016 and headquartered the Highlands & Islands of Scotland.
Tourbook CIC is owned by think.in.form* and The Touring Network (Highlands & Islands)** and managed by think.in.form.
Company Number: SC531007
Registered Address: Strongarbh House, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Argyll, Scotland, PA75 6AG
Tourbook CIC Directors: Sam Eccles, Adrian Lear, Gwilym Gibbons (Chair), Claire Mackay, Rhiannon McIntyre, Jane Wilde.
*think.in.form is a design, software and consultancy studio based in the Highlands & Islands with key expertise in the arts and cultural sector.
**The Touring Network (Highlands & Islands) is a membership, support and development organisation for promoters, venues and performers across the Highlands & Islands of Scotland.