As a performer or agent, you don’t have time for guesswork and wheel-spinning in the booking process. So we at Voices Cafe have put together a process that is relatively simple and transparent. Outlined below you’ll find out what kinds of talent we book, how to submit ‘material to us, how we notify acts, what we provide in terms of Sound System support, how we pay acts and the range of seating configurations that we offer. After you’ve sent us your information, we’ll (1) confirm that we’ve received it; and (2) give you a quick and unequivocal answer as to whether we are considering you for an upcoming show.
Here are some things you want to know –
- cafe style seating (round tables with chairs) Apprx. 150 plus – very intimate and comfy.
- concert style (straight chairs) – 300+
- club/dance seating – chairs, some tables, dance floor – 200-275
In addition, as we are moving into this Fall’s Season, we decided to add a number of House Concerts. For these we can accomodate upwards of 50+ in an essentially unplugged setting with a chance to meet and build a truly motivated fan base. These concerts give us a chance , for instance to add a mainstream act that happened to have a slot in their travel schedule – when we couldn’t book them for a main show – or to showcase up and coming talent that doesn’t yet have the fanbase to support playing our main Stage.
And we may have a few opening act slots available. Depends on the Featured Artist.
As you can see there are a lot of ways to play.
We do not take a cut of merchandise sales.
We will feed you and within reason we take requests.
We have some housing available and will make arrangements for a local hotel if possible.
We pay the night of the Show if you have given us signed tax forms or we can mail a check the first weekday after show.
The featured performer usually plays two 45-minute sets. Opening acts do a 15 – 20 minute set. We ask that feature performers not book other shows in the area within the 30 days before or after our event. Depending on your popularity and fan base we may ask that you don’t book ‘locally’ for more than 30 days before or after your Gig. This is more for folks who don’t have representation. So while it may seem like we’re limiting your exposure we’re trying to be fair to other area Venues who might want to book you.
Steinway Grand available if you need.
While many of our Shows are mixed by our Volunteer Staff, and these sound great, we have the means to provide a Professional Engineer for your Show. Why? Some of our Acts want to record live and because we can, we do. Or maybe some of your friends will be sitting in and you want everything to sound it’s best. (setting up with folks you don’t work with much can sometimes be tricky) Or possibly you’re wanting to presale some live material – which we’ll help you produce and sell. In these situations we want to insure the best possible product. Professional Engineering costs run from $150 – $250 per show. If you would like to avail yourself of this service it’s negociable within the contract price.
Given that we want to give you the best sound we also get you the biggest audience. We’ll work with you and your PR person to get the widest coverage possible. Please send us as much info as possible to include a press kit if you have one along with some high res pictures and a bio if you have one. We advertise in local and regional papers, maintain a web mailing list along with strong support from the Unitarian Congregation that sponsors and supports us. We can try to arrange for a radio interview and we do a lot of posters and flyers. We want you to have a great show and we expect that you will assist us in this effort by coordinating your mailing list with us, maintaining clear communication and notifying us promptly about any problems you might be experiencing prior to show time.
We want the best show possible and the biggest audience we can get you.