First Night 2018 Artist Application
All interested artists must complete an application. Applications are due August 1, 2017 and decisions will be communicated via email and/or phone. Please do not call to check on the status of your application. Applications will be reviewed and artists will be selected based on originality, artistic merit, financial, and technical feasibility. All artists will be alerted of their status by October 1st, 2017.

Please visit our website for more information about Saratoga Arts, First Night and the artists who have performed with us in the past: www.saratoga-arts.org. Please contact Alix Jones if you have specific questions: ajones@saratoga-arts.org.

What is the name of your group? *
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Does your group have a website? If so please list here. *
If you do not have a website with sound and images, you will need to send samples via email to ajones@saratoga-arts.org clearly marked to compliment your application.
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Who is the primary contact for your group? *
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To whom should checks be made? Name and address if different:
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What is your contact email? *
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What is your contact phone number? *
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What is your mailing address? *
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Please provide a brief bio below. See http://saratoga-arts.org/firstnight/artists for examples of bio length and content. *
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Are you available all evening on Sunday, December 31, 2017? *
First Night Saratoga prefers to hire performers who are available between 6 p.m. and midnight on December 31. In order for the maximum number of people to see each act, alternate sets are often scheduled. Please indicate here, if there is a conflict that prevents you from being available for the entire duration of the program.
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Are you willing to perform two to three times over the course of the evening? *
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Are you able to provide entertainment appropriate for audiences of all ages? *
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Your performance is most geared towards what age group? *
How would you best characterize your performance? *
How long has your group been performing? *
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Please list the past three performance sites or references. *
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Would you and/or your group be willing to perform briefly on a complimentary basis for event promotion (i.e. TV, kick-off reception)? *
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How many people are in your group, including any tech support? *
This is used in determining the number of artist passes that we offer.
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Desired First Night performance fee for 1 set, 2 sets and 3 sets. If more appropriate, please note hourly or lump-sum fee (such as in the case of a demonstration, ongoing exhibit, or "strolling" artist.) *
First Night Saratoga is a community-wide event supported through non-profit and corporate sponsorship. As a celebration of the arts, it is important that First Night Saratoga artists are fairly compensated. We strive to give our artists a positive performance experience, and a level of promotion which creates additional value. In return, we appreciate your consideration of our status as a non-profit event to benefit Saratoga Arts, Inc. when structuring your fee or accommodation request.
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Is there room for negotiation with this fee?
Provide a brief description of the equipment you will be bringing including the number of channels on your PA. *
Due to the complexity of a First Night event, stage management and performers must work cooperatively and efficiently. Set-up time must be kept to a minimum and lengthier set-ups and sound checks must be arranged in advance. Transition time between performances is typically 15-20 minutes. Applicants are encouraged to select material that lends itself to quick set-up and breakdown.
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Please describe your ideal stage set-up below. *
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Are you willing to share any of your equipment with other groups performing in your same venue? *
Due to the number of Artists and performance sites, First Night will require, in most cases, that each artist supply their own sound equipment and sound operator that evening, and in many cases, lighting set-ups. In the past, many performers have shared some sound equipment and operational needs. We will continue to foster these relationships to the benefit of the performers and First Night.
Please list any tech requests you have of Saratoga Arts below. This would apply if you require a piano, a stage, lighting or sound tech, or microphones and PAs if you do not have your own. *
As our resources are limited, Saratoga Arts cannot guarantee that all requests for technical support and equipment will be met. Performers will be notified in advance regarding what can and cannot be done. Saratoga Arts strongly prefers artists to supply as much equipment as possible, and technical needs may impact selection decisions. Saratoga Arts typically only provides PAs, backlines or lighting for the headlining groups.
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Do you have a venue preference? *
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What is the initial set-up time for your performance? *
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Where did you hear about First Night Saratoga’s artist selection process? *
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