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THE SHERMAN INDEPENDENT ROCK SERIES FAQ
HOW CAN MY BAND PLAY THE SHERMAN INDEPENDENT ROCK SERIES?
It’s easy! Find a show that we already have scheduled and send an email to our programming staff telling us you’d like to play that show with a hyperlink to your website, ReverbNation, Facebook, BandCamp, PureVolume, or other social network page that contains your music in streaming form. Email contacts for booking are email@example.com. DO NOT SEND US ANY ATTACHMENTS VIA EMAIL. This includes mp3 files, videos, or anything else. Attachments clog up our email servers and we will promptly delete your email if it contains attachments. We do NOT accept any submissions through the mail. Save a tree and contact us electronically.
I’M IN AN AWESOME BAND AND WE WANT TO PLAY OUR FIRST SHOW EVER AND I LOVE THE SHERMAN AND MY FRIENDS THINK WE’RE GREAT! HOW COME YOU HAVEN’T ANSWERED MY EMAIL YET?
We receive hundreds of requests from local and regional bands and would love to be able to give everyone a chance, but obviously this is very difficult. We have a small, dedicated staff that will eventually take a look at your email, so please bear with us – we’ll contact you if we have an interest in adding you to a show.
WHY DO WE HAVE TO PRE-SELL TICKETS IN ORDER TO PLAY?
Typically we ask all bands to pre-sell 35 tickets in order to play our events, and this number is subject to change. Our rock shows average between 200-600 fans, and the reason why they have been so successful is directly related to ticket pre-sales. Think about it: if we have 8 bands playing a show, and all 8 bands pre-sell 35 tickets, that’s 280 tickets sold! Add 100-200 extra fans minimum who will walk up and buy tickets on the night of any given concert, and you’ve got yourself a great crowd and an awesome rock show.
CAN WE GET PAID TO PLAY AT AN INDEPENDENT ROCK SERIES SHOW?
Bands that pre-sell 35 tickets or more for any of our Sherman Independent Rock Series shows will receive $2.00 per ticket they have sold as compensation.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON’T PRE-SELL ALL OF OUR TICKETS BEFORE THE NIGHT OF THE SHOW?
At the Sherman Theater’s discretion, bands that do not meet the minimum ticket sale number may be restricted from performing at our shows. In addition, all unsold tickets must be returned to the Sherman by the performance date or your band will be held financially responsible for the face value of the missing tickets. Selling tickets on or near the premises of the Sherman Theater on a day of a show, whether performing or not, is absolutely prohibited.
OK, WE’VE SOLD OUR TICKETS AND WE’RE READY TO PLAY! NOW WHAT?
Bands will arrive at the Sherman between 4:00 and 5:00 for load-in on any 6pm show. Failure to arrive prior to 5:00pm may result in either your band’s set time getting cut short or may prevent your band from playing on the show at all. If you arrive late on purpose, it does not mean you will play later in the lineup. Money for pre-sold tickets must be turned in as soon as your band arrives at the theater on the night of a show.
Your band will receive your set time during load-in on the day of the show as the lineup is determined by Sherman Theater staff that night. Typically, bands receive 20-25 minutes to set up their gear and perform on stage. Artists should prepare for their allotted time and not go over. Any artists going over the allotted time may result in having their prepared set cut short. All bands should be ready for their set no less than 30 minutes before they are scheduled to play. Due to cancellations, all bands are subject to performing earlier than scheduled.
DOES THE SHERMAN THEATER PROVIDE ANY EQUIPMENT FOR MY BAND TO USE?
We have a basic back line available which includes basic guitar and bass cabinets. You can also feel free to bring your own cabinets or stacks as you desire. Guitarists must bring their own guitar or bass heads. No drum sets will be provided. The Sherman Theater will provide a full sound system, microphones, and house lights as well as a team of sound and light technicians. If you have any other items, such as a keyboard, DJ equipment, etc., please clear it with the Sherman Theater prior to the show date by contacting our tech director Scott DeSantis via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE WE SHOULD KNOW?
Be nice. Any band caught fighting or taking part in any illegal activity will be ejected from the theater and may be subject to legal ramification. The Sherman Theater reserves the right to prevent any band from playing if its members engage in any behavior that we deem unfitting for the event. All bands must abide by all venue rules while on the premises. In addition, all of our concerts may be recorded as part of a documentary television series. All artist performances, audio and video, will be kept for live streaming, archival, and future promotional use. We also reserve the right to use any artist’s imaging or music in all event merchandise and promotion.