Booking Rules for Talent
Let me tell you about the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees…
When a Stage and Talent like each other very much… they book a Gig. It’s a tale as old as time but we’ve updated the story for a new era.
Gig vs. Residency
A Gig is any event located at a particular Stage where a particular Talent or variety of Talent perform. A Gig can be anything from a General Business band playing a wedding to a Stand-up Comedy routine at a Nightclub to a Rock show in a basement to a Drag show in a Brewery Taproom.
A Residency is generally a weekly or monthly repeating series of Gigs featuring a single, consistent Talent or Theme. Examples of residencies include Saturday Disco Night with DJ Mirror Ball or Tuesday Night Trivia or Live Karaoke Band First Friday of Every Month. Residencies are common among bars and clubs of all kinds because they encourage repeat customers by providing routine, reliable, high-quality live entertainment.
How do I book a Gig or Residency with Gigabit?
Once we set up your Gigabit Press Kit in our system, you will be added to our Gigabit Talent Network where Stages everywhere will be able to book your act in the push of a button (or two)! When a Stage chooses you for a Gig or Residency, a Gig or Residency Agreement with Payment terms will be automatically sent to you. Simply REJECT or ACCEPT! If you ACCEPT the Terms of the Agreement, the Gig or Residency is CONFIRMED and BOOKED!
Ok. The Gig is Booked. Now What?
Time to promote, promote, PROMOTE! Getting the word out about your Gig or Residency is the most difficult but the most important thing you can do. Check out our Talent Self-Promo Checklist!
It’s the day of the Gig!
The day has come and it’s time for you to perform. You’ve promoted yourself and tried your best to get the word out about the Gig. Now use the Gig or Residency Agreement that you ACCEPTED as a guide. We’ve made sure to include the times to show up, load in, start, end, and load out. Be rested. Be yourself! Be AMAZING!
Make sure to present yourself and Gigabit in the best possible light by showing up on time, shaking hands and introducing yourself to the Stage staff, playing on time and behaving with gratitude and humility throughout the duration of your Gig. An act may have the most amazing performance in the world, but just one bad experience with a Stage booker or manager can make it impossible to be invited back for another Gig. Be professional always!!
The Stage cancelled my gig . . . Cancellation Pay babyyyyy!!!
Sometimes a Stage is forced to cancel a gig and we know how much that can suck. That’s why Gigabit protects you, the Talent, from getting cancelled on within 3 weeks without compensation. We call it “Cancellation Pay”.
Safe, Short Notice, Crunch Time, Last Minute and Day Of
If a Stage cancels within the Safe period (>21 days), you do not receive any Cancellation Pay.
If a Stage cancels within the Short Notice period (21-8 days), you receive 10% Cancellation Pay.
If a Stage cancels within the Crunch Time period (7-3 days), you receive 20% Cancellation Pay.
If a Stage cancels within the Last Minute period (2-1 days), you receive 30% Cancellation Pay.
If a Stage cancels Day Of, you receive 90% Cancellation Pay.
IMPORTANT: What if you, the Talent, needs to cancel the Gig?
If you, the Talent, cancels the Gig at any time within 3 weeks of the Gig Date, your account with Gigabit will be automatically flagged within our system and you may face suspension or permanent removal from the Gigabit Talent Network pending a review of your reasons for cancellation. Please let us know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE that you need to cancel the Gig and be prepared to give a detailed explanation why.
Gigabit nor any of our Stages may not, at any time, seek monetary recompense from you as recourse for cancellation.
Definitions and Purpose of Booking Rules
Our Booking Rules protect both “Talent” (musicians, comedians, event hosts within the Gigabit Talent Network) and “Stages” (any person or establishment with a Stage account) who confirm a “Gig” or “Residency” by mutually accepting the Terms of a Gig / Residency Agreement. Our Booking Rules accomplish the following 2 things: (i) Ensuring partial compensation for Talent in the event that a Stage cancels a Gig or Residency without 3 weeks notice and for any reason other than a “Force Majeure Event”. (ii) Providing recourse for Stages in the event that Talent cancels a Gig or Residency without 3 weeks notice and for any reason other than a “Force Majeure Event”.
“Force Majeure Event”
A “Force Majeure Event” occurs only when a party is unable to comply with the terms of the Gig Agreement for reasons out of its control including, but not limited to, natural disasters, severe weather conditions, government actions, war, terrorism, riots, strikes, death and acts of God. Gigabit reserves the right to make a determination whether such an event has taken place. Under such circumstances, Gigabit will void the terms of the Gig and fully refund any prior payments made to Gigabit related to the cancelled Gig. In addition, a Gigabit Live Representative will be made expressly available to mediate and assist in the resolution of any additional disputes.