There is no barrier to entry for Hosts and Artists to create profiles with Side Door, Hosts and artists are free to make accounts! However, we encourage users to inquire about anything they need in order to feel safe and secure in their choice to accept connections. The Side Door team maintains a close eye on any potential red flags in profiles, and is dedicated to taking immediate action if something seems amiss.

Ideally through the sign-up process, ongoing communication between Side Door staff and users, the support portal and resources for Hosts, there are no surprises come show time. We find that most Hosts are typically community-minded people and by putting their space on Side Door to use for events, they are likely to have good intentions. Hosts and Artists are encouraged to discuss details in the chat thread before confirming a show so that everyone is aware of the stakes and all parties are prepared come show time.

If you are unsure about a host, have questions about an upcoming show of yours, or if anything comes up that feels uncomfortable, please email

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