Winter Concert applications open October 3rd. Spring Concert applications open December 18th.
The Small Concert Initiative is a program designed and run by the Middlebury College Activities Board's Concerts Committee. The SCI allows students and student organizations to access funding to bring small concerts of their choosing to Middlebury College. In this app you will estimate costs and choose preferred dates and venues for your proposed artist. If this is your first time applying, it is worth sifting through the application to understand what you will need to figure out before contacting an agent.
Each proposal can request a MAXIMUM of $2,000 from this fund. This includes artist fee, as well as backline, hospitality, and security costs.
Once you have an artist in mind and have read through the details of the application, email the artist's North American booking agent. The agent can be found on the artist's website. Tell them that you are interested in bringing the artist to Middlebury College and establish yourself as the point of contact. Explain to the booking agent that you CANNOT send an official offer without approval from MCAB Concerts. You will be emailed by MCAB by the 3rd of October, so do not promise the agent funding before that email is received.
Make it explicit to the booking agent that lodging, transportation, and airfare costs aren't supported by this fund, but that hospitality, tech and security are. From the agent, request a price estimate for the artist fee as well as the “backline rider” and any hospitality needs. From the "backline rider" you requested from the booking agent, you should see a list of all the technical needs of the band in order to perform. If necessary, for specific questions on what Middlebury College can provide, or if you don’t know what the additional tech costs will be if Middlebury cannot provide, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For any other general questions, please e-mail email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AGAIN: DO NOT EVER ALLUDE TO OR COMMIT TO GIVING A BAND ANY CONCRETE OR OFFICIAL MONETARY OFFER UNTIL THE CONCERTS COMMITTEE HAS EXPLICITLY TOLD YOU OTHERWISE. VERBAL CONTRACTS ARE LEGALLY BINDING IN THE STATE OF VERMONT, AND YOU CAN/WILL GET PERSONALLY SUED IF YOU DEFAULT ON ONE.
Acceptable venues (max capacity)
The Gamut Room (50)Chateau Grand Salon (68, furniture removed)Lower Forest aka LoFo aka Forest Basement (100)Coltrane Lounge (110)Gifford Annex (124, furniture removed)Pearsons Lounge (170, furniture removed)Crossroads Café (200)McCullough Social Space (400 seated, 600 standing)A Social House (with written approval by house leader)
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your submission!