PROGRAMMING: The primary mission of the Wayward Music Series is to provide an affordable, well-equipped venue for various kinds of experimental music. That generally means contemporary classical and “post-classic” composition by (mostly) living composers, free improvisation and the avant fringes of jazz, electronic and electro-acoustic music, sound art, and other challenging and innovative forms of sonic expression. Most pre-mid-20th century classical (or recent music that sounds like it) falls outside of our mission, as do rock/popular forms, straight-ahead jazz, folk, singer-songwriters, world music, hip hop, EDM, etc. We appreciate those things, they just don’t fit with our priorities in this particular series. Nonsequitur reserves the right to decline proposed events that do not fit the aesthetic goals of our mission.
If you book a Wayward show and decide later to add other artists to the bill, please be sure they meet the aesthetic guidelines of our mission! When you book artists who don’t do the kind of material we present, it misleads others as to what the series is about.
For events that are not part of the Wayward Music Series, the space may be rented from Historic Seattle (subject to their approval).
HOW IT WORKS: Nonsequitur leases the Chapel at Good Shepherd Center ten times per month for the Wayward Music Series. We share those ten nights with like-minded presenting organizations and individual artists at a subsidized rate. If you make $200 or more at the door, you pay 20% of total ticket sales to help us cover the rent; if the door is under $200, there is no charge to use the space. We also have two free rehearsal nights per month available on a first come/first served basis. Extra rehearsal nights are $60 per hour.
Admission for most Wayward shows is a $5-$15 sliding scale “suggested donation” at the door; that means people pay what they can afford, and we don’t turn anyone away if they can’t pay. We strongly recommend this approach as we’ve found it generally works very well, but you can charge a set admission fee if you prefer. Likewise, you can set up advance online ticket sales with Brown Paper Tickets or Stranger Tickets. If you want to do a show with all free admission, you will have to pay a flat rental fee of $300 to use the space.
YOU ARE SELF-PRESENTING! There is no staff here 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 or enlisting friends. 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 situation for you.
TOURING ARTISTS who are not well-known are strongly encouraged to find a local person or organization to produce their show, or to share the bill with a local artist. Experience has proven that it is very difficult for unknown touring artists to promote their shows effectively from a distance or attract an audience. People come here for specific shows that interest them rather than just drop by randomly, so it really helps to have someone local to do promotion. Otherwise, expect a very small turnout.
BOOKING: Wayward Music’s ten nights per month are typically filled 6-8 months in advance. Friday and Saturday nights go especially fast (the building is closed on Sundays). 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. Plan on booking at least several months ahead of time. For all bookings, send an email to Steve Peters with your event proposal and preferred dates.
Due to high demand, individual artists or groups can book events on the Wayward Music Series no more than two times per year. Exceptions: organizations or ensembles presenting different artists at each event; artists who are in more than one group, or want to do a solo show outside of their usual group.
WHAT IS PROVIDED: Use of the performance space, lobby, spacious dressing rooms and rest rooms; chairs, folding tables, cash box, lectern/podium; grand piano; 5 sturdy music stands (no lights); sound system; lighting system, Genie lift, gaffer tape; insurance coverage.
NOT PROVIDED: Recording, video, or projection equipment; piano tuning; event promotion; staff and technical crew.
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 only. Our insurance does not cover Chapel rentals outside of the Wayward Series.
RESTRICTIONS: In order to maintain good relations with our neighbors 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 a little more flexible.
- Performances must be limited to the Chapel only; you may not use any other area of the building or outdoor grounds for your event.
- The building must be empty by 11 PM, so events should end by 10 PM at latest to allow 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 to audience or consumed in the Chapel when the house is open; artists and crew may have it in the dressing rooms, but please haul away your own bottles.
- Volume level should not consistently equal or surpass that of a basic rock band; if the sound is clearly audible on the main floor or outside the building with the Chapel windows closed, it is too loud for this venue.
PROMOTION: For events in the Wayward Music Series, we send weekly announcements to subscribers to our e-mail list and post info provided by the presenter on this web site. Presenters are responsible for all other promotion for their shows. What we need to promote your show:
- One scintillating sentence for our weekly e-news that captures the essence of what you will be doing.
- One or two paragraphs that describe who you are and what you’ll be doing in such a way that people who don’t already know you might find it of interest and feel encouraged to attend.
- Start time – most shows start at 8 PM, but it’s up to you.
- Admission – most Wayward shows use a $5 – $15 sliding scale suggested donation at the door, with no one turned away for lack of funds. If you want to charge more or use a set fee, you can.
- Advance ticket sales – most shows don’t sell tickets in advance, but if you decide to do that we’ll need that info and link.
- Web links relevant to the show – artist web sites, BandCamp, YouTube, etc.
- Image – one good-quality JPG (600 x 400 landscape/horizontal), preferably a photo of the artist or some other evocative image related to the show. If there are multiple artists on the bill you can send us a single composite pic, but please do not send multiple pics as we will only use one. Do not send digital “posters”, as these generally contain redundant info already posted on the site
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. There is no one here 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.