artist opportunitieS – Open for applications

INN CROWD are seeking to commission new Live Literature shows for Pub touring from August 2022.

INN CROWD works with some of the UK’s top spoken word and live literature artists and performers to provide rural pubs with professional, high-quality and exciting live entertainment.

Commission opportunities:

  • Co-Production: Do you have an idea or for a new show, set or performance that could be developed with assistance from the Inn Crowd consortium?
  • Ready-to-go Shows: Do you have a show that already exists and is currently suitable for Pub touring?

If the answer is ‘yes’ to either of these questions, Inn Crowd would love to hear from you. For full details, including how to apply, check out the information below.

Plus, INN CROWD’s free upcoming online session this January is a must for anyone that is interested in finding out more about Rural Pub touring before submitting shows or ideas. Details can be found at the bottom of this page. 

How to apply 

To apply please complete the following steps before 17:00 on the 31st of January 2022

1. Please read the following guidelines on what we are looking forward in an INN CROWD show: Applicant Information Click Here

2. Please complete the following: Application Form Click Here

3. If applying for a New Commission please submit a full budget alongside your application to: inncrowd@applause.org.uk 

For a large print version of the application criteria please CLICK HERE.


Further Artist Opportunities 

In January we will be offering a free, interactive online session with seasoned INN CROWD artists and the INN CROWD core team, to help increase industry knowledge or to support your application should you wish to apply.

Pub Touring 101 – Information Session:

Come and join INN CROWD to find out more about the realities of Rural Pub touring. You will have the chance to ask questions about what a good INN CROWD show looks like and what touring to pubs feels like. The Pub Touring 101 session will support artists’ professional development by providing inside industry knowledge and touring advice. In this session we will:

  1. Examine the INN CROWD brief and creatively explore the flexibility and boundaries that pub touring presents to artists.
  2. Hear case studies from two of our artists about their INN CROWD journey from show conception through to their live pub experiences.
  3. Run a Q&A session with INN CROWD artists, Project manager Sam Steer and Producer Sam Ruddock.

To sign up for this session CLICK HERE to claim your free ticket! 


There is a practicality in INN CROWD – enabling us to make smaller scale work and still monetise that. INN CROWD pays everyone the same – there is no gender pay gap – so INN CROWD is an industry leader. Particularly as a woman that’s essential to me, every little pound keeps me in this industry for a little while longer.

Sophia Walker


One of my favourite yet! Audience all up for it, and some good-natured ‘supportive’ heckling leading to some beautiful improvised moments. Went home buzzing. Thanks for that!

Jonny Fluffypunk


INN CROWD is supporting the art of storytelling, and I feel very lucky that Inn Crowd supports what I do. The performers benefit, the community benefits and the pub benefits – I like being part of that triangle.

John Osbourne


It would be incredibly difficult for me to get my work out to rural communities, just on a cost basis. You need someone to introduce you, and it can take a long time to develop those relationships. So INN CROWD bridges that gap for us.

Byron Vincent


The glorious Star Inn, Waldron. Stunning. Had to compete with bell ringers at the church but we got through it, thoroughly enjoyable. I love the Inn Crowd gigs. Some of my favourite ever.

Luke Wright



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