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).

The date picker in the show builder will not allow for shows to be booked less than 48 hours away. If for some reason, you need to make your show happen within those 2 days, please click Support at the top right of the platform to contact our support team.

All users can book a self-promoted online show, and Artists and Spaces can book a self-promoted in-person show, within minutes if they know all the details in advance.

Once an Artist and Host/Space/Presenter have connected or matched in the Side Door platform (see article on matching here), a show offer contract is automatically produced in the Overview tab, 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 show details before sign-off.

*Note: If you require date or time changes after signing off and confirming your show booking, please contact

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

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