Here is (hopefully) everything you need to know about booking events on the Wayward Music Series.
HOW IT WORKS: Nonsequitur leases the Chapel at Good Shepherd Center ten times per month for the Wayward Music Series, dedicated to various kinds of contemporary/experimental music and sound art. We share those ten nights with kindred organizations and artists at a subsidized rate. Nonsequitur reserves the right to decline proposed events that do not fit the aesthetic goals of our mission (see Programming Policy below). For events that are not part of the Wayward Music Series, the space may be rented from Historic Seattle (subject to their approval) on one of the many remaining nights in the month.
This is a self-presenting situation! There is no staff to assist you with running your show. An on-duty caretaker will give you the keys to the space and the cash box. That is all of the "help" available, so plan on being self-sufficient. If you are not prepared to do your own promotion, run your own lights/sound/box office, set up your own chairs, and clean up after yourself, then this might not be the right venue for you.
TOURING ARTISTS from out of town who are not well-known are strongly encouraged to find a local person or organization to present them, or to share the bill with a local artist. Experience proves that it is very difficult for unknown touring artists to promote their own shows from a distance or attract an audience; it really helps to have someone here in Seattle to promote the show and get people there. Otherwise, expect a very low turnout.
PROGRAMMING POLICY: The primary mission of the Wayward Music Series is to support various kinds of contemporary and experimental music by (mostly) living composers. While that definitely includes music in the classical tradition, most music pre-dating the mid-20th century (or recent music that sounds like it) falls outside of our interest. Likewise, we do not program Rock, straight Jazz, Folk, World Music, etc. This is not a value judgment - we appreciate all of those things! - but simply reflects our priorities in this particular series. If you want to do something here that does not fit with the Wayward Series, the Chapel is still available via rental.
BOOKING: Dates are available on a first come, first served basis. Wayward Music's ten nights per month are typically filled 6-8 months in advance. Friday and Saturday nights go especially fast. There are occasional cancellations or date changes, so it is sometimes possible to find an open night on shorter notice, but don't count on it. Expect to book at least several months ahead of time. For all bookings, send an email to Steve Peters with your event proposal and preferred dates, or call 206-789-1939.
LIMITATIONS: Due to high demand, individual artists or groups can book events on the Wayward Music Series no more than two times per year (exception: organizations presenting different artists at each event). The building is closed on Sundays and most major holidays, so no bookings are accepted on those days.
RENTAL FEES: For the ten monthly Wayward Music dates, rent is 20% of total ticket sales if they are $200 or more; if the door is under $200, there is no charge - the room is free. For extra tech set up and rehearsals, rent is $60 per hour.
WHAT IS PROVIDED: Use of the performance space, lobby, spacious dressing rooms and rest rooms; 150 chairs, tables, cash box, lectern/podium; grand piano; sound system; lights, Genie lift, gaffer tape; insurance coverage. (see below for details)
NOT PROVIDED: Recording, video, or projection equipment; piano tuning; event promotion; staff and technical crew. (see below for details)
SALES: We do not take a percentage of sales from concessions, CDs, or other merchandise. You keep all of that.
INSURANCE: Nonsequitur carries liability insurance to cover audience and performers for the Wayward Music Series.
RESTRICTIONS: In order to maintain good relations with our neighbors both in the building and the neighborhood, the following restrictions apply to all events:
Events (including sound checks) can not begin before 5 PM on Monday - Friday, although it is possible to load in and begin setting up earlier than that. Saturdays are more flexible. The building is closed on Sundays.
The building must be empty by 11 PM, so all events must end by 10 PM to allow enough time to clean up, put away chairs and sound gear, restore light plot, etc.
Maximum audience is 85 on week nights, 150 on Friday and Saturday.
No alcohol may be served.
PROMOTION: For events in the Wayward Music Series, we send weekly announcements to subscribers to our e-mail list and post info that the presenter provides on this web site. Presenters are responsible for all other promotion for their shows.
STAFFING: All presenters must provide their own staff for their events: box office, ushers, concessions and merchandise sales, clean up, stagehands, stage manager, house manager, sound and light crew - whoever you think you will need to make your show run smoothly. Be sure you have enough people! There is no extra staff to help if you are under-staffed. Only experienced technicians will be permitted to operate the audio and lighting equipment! If you do not have trained people working with you, we can provide you with a list of qualified freelancers.