Shows can come together as quickly or as slowly as the Host, Presenter and/or Artist would like, but ideally all details in the online booking contract are finalized between both parties within 7 days, and ready for public announcement at least 3 months in advance of the show date (or a shorter timeline, if your audience prefers). An artist can book a self-promoted online show very within minutes if they know all the details in advance.

Once an Artist and Host/Venue/Presenter have connected or matched in the Side Door platform (see article on matching here), a show offer contract is automatically produced to outline the details of the show, and all parties can edit and sign off on the show details (ticket price, start time, equipment needs, streaming platform, etc). Both parties will have editing access to the contract. It is recommended that details be reviewed and approved by all parties within 1 week (7 days) of initial show offer. Side Door recommends announcing shows 3 months before the show date, but you can announce sooner if you need to. Moreover, an ‘industry standard’ suggested timeline for finalizing a show/tour is also at least 3 months ahead of time, allowing all parties to have ample time to prepare, promote, and in the case of a tour, for the Artist to schedule other performances along the way.

The sooner you reach out, the more likely collaborators will be available.

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