Watch: how to Arrange a WAF Venue
Securing the right venue is one of the most important decisions you will make.
Look for a venue that suits your work practically. It’s also worth considering whether the look and feel of the venue matches your event and if it has adequate footfall.
Have a look at the Venue Directory on our website to get an idea of the venues available in Wandsworth for the festival.
If you find a venue that is not on the directory that you want to use, let us know and we will get it added to the directory.
Once you have a made a list of potential venues, consider the following questions:
Capacity – does it meet your needs? If this is your first time at Wandsworth Arts Fringe, be realistic in your expectations.
Location and audience – is it near other Fringe activity, close to transport, does the venue have an existing audience that suits your event?
How is the venue planning to market and publicise any Fringe events?
What technical facilities does the venue offer? Is this included in the hire or is it an extra charge?
Is the venue licensed? Is it important that audiences can grab a drink pre or post show?
Who will be running the box office, if applicable, and front of house?
Is your venue wheelchair accessible? Does it have an accessible toilet?
Budget – what is the cost of hiring the venue?
What does the hire fee cover? Does it include marketing support and technical staff for example?
Common Venue Hire Structures
Venues charge a fixed flat rental and the artist keeps 100% of the box office or exhibition sales. This is the most straightforward arrangement. It means the artist takes on all the financial risk.
The artist and venue split the box office takings. The percentage split will vary depending on the individual agreement. A common share is 70–80% (artist), 30–20% (venue).
The venue is offered at no charge. However, there may be charges for staff, technical equipment etc. This is a popular option with events that bring in other revenue for the venue such as food and beverage sales.
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Get it in Writing
Who is responsible for this technical requirements?
Agree supply and use of any venue equipment (can you use chairs, tables, toilets etc.?)
Who is responsible for venue set up each night?
Who is responsible for venue pack down and cleaning?
Do you have permission to store props and/or artwork?
Who will be in charge of box office sales, and how will it work?
Cancellation policy for both the artist and venue
Additional fees not included in venue hire
Payment details and conditions
All contributors must have Public Liability Insurance
Make sure that everything you have negotiated with your venue is included in a contract or agreement. Ensure you understand your financial commitments as well as performance and exhibition commitments – if you are unclear about anything get in touch with us.
We are here to give you information on finding a venue but it is your responsibility to secure the use of a venue. All financial and contractual details are directly between you and the venue, not Wandsworth Arts Fringe.
You can use this document as a template to formalise the agreement with your venue.
Please note: this is not a legally binding contract, just a structure to guide you through the process of clarifying what you and your venue expect from one another.