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All shows will fall under the Artistic Director of the Southwest Arts Group and/or owners of Sidewinders Bar.  Promoters and show producers will be exempt on a case-by-case basis. 

Participation in and acceptance of a show indicates you will follow professional theater and business standards prescribed on this page or in any contract made between yourself, your organization and the venue’s producers and the venue. Management reserves the right to make changes to any events in accordance with brand standards and if management sees it necessary or chooses.  Any discrepancies in contracts will be superseded by this page. Stage Manager and the Assistant Stage Manager have the highest authority during a show.  Please follow what they say unless it is illegal, contrary to the situation or unsafe.  The Stage Manager is your biggest asset and should be considered the Director of Operations; they will make decisions on what is needed while in communication with promoter and/or Artistic Director.  Currently, our Stage Managers are Hannah Bernal-Cooper and James Silver (James Michele Vampire Bat Lecter).

 

RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE Producer. (1). All performers that are asked to be present in said event are to keep the highest of standards for the event, Sidewinders and all community events.  (2). All performers shall not consume or use illegal substances on, before or during the show. (3). No alcoholic beverages from outside sources that are not purchased from the venue. (4). Any violation of producer, performer and/or both will result in loss of events and possible removal from bar for an undisclosed time frame. ​(4). Producer or promoter cannot be eligible to win in any event they produce, promote or have an ancillary role in unless by consent of the Cabaret's Artistic Director. This includes all titles in the bar; they must be approved. Only the cabaret's Artistic Director and outside pageant promoters can grant titles, crowns, medallions or placement of any candidates in any competition.   All judges and competitions must be cleared by the Artistic Director, unless a pageant promoter is executing a non-cabaret pageant or competition.  This excludes and "for fun" competition (i.e. hot body contests, twerking contests, college nights, board games and so forth). 

PAYMENT. (1). Events will not be paid for by Sidewinders unless written authorization from management is attached as an amendment to this agreement,  including but not limited to cover door fees, hotel, travel and any other forms of payments for event. (2).  The producers' discretion can be used for tips collected during the event.  If you are expecting any kind of remuneration from the event, this has to be discussed at the time of booking, and a written agreement on the amount (e-mail is fine) must be obtained. All targets for bar revenue must be met if remuneration is tied to sales targets. Door splits must be agreed up in writing (e-mail is fine) as well.  Any ticketing must be approved and agreed upon as well.

CANCELLATION POLICY. A minimum of 21 Days notice will be required for cancellation of any show, producer or any participant unless there is an emergency. Any cancellation made with less than 21 Days notice prior to the agreed upon service date will result in loss of performances and producing at Sidewinders.

RELATIONSHIP OF PARTIES. It is understood by the parties that you are an independent contractor or completely independent with respect to Sidewinders and the Southwest Arts Group, and not an employee of Sidewinders or the Southwest Arts Group, the Metropolitan Opera or the African American Performing Arts Center. 

FORCE MAJEURE. If performance of this Contract or any obligation under this Contract is prevented, restricted, or interfered with by causes beyond either party's reasonable control ("Force Majeure"), and if the party unable to carry out its obligations gives the other party prompt written notice of such event, then the obligations of the party invoking this provision shall be suspended to the extent necessary by such event. The term Force Majeure shall include, without limitation, acts of God, fire, explosion, vandalism, storm or other similar occurrence, orders or acts of military or civil authority, or by national emergencies, insurrections, riots, or wars, or strikes, lock-outs, work stoppages, other labor disputes, or supplier failures. The excused party shall use reasonable efforts under the circumstances to avoid or remove such causes of non-performance and shall proceed to perform with reasonable dispatch whenever such causes are removed or ceased. An act or omission shall be deemed within the reasonable control of a party if committed, omitted, or caused by such party, or its employees, officers, agents, or affiliates.

ENTIRE CONTRACT. This Contract contains the entire Contract of the parties, and there are no other promises or conditions in any other contract whether oral or written concerning the subject matter of this Contract unless agreed upon. This Contract supersedes any prior written or oral agreements between the parties. 

SEVERABILITY. If any provision of this Contract shall be held to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the remaining provisions shall continue to be valid and enforceable. If a court finds that any provision of this Contract is invalid or unenforceable, but that by limiting such provision it would become valid and enforceable, then such provision shall be deemed to be written, construed, and enforced as so limited.
GOVERNING LAW. This Contract shall be governed by the laws of the State of New Mexico.

NOTICE. Any notice or communication required or permitted under this Contract shall be sufficiently given if delivered in person or by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the address set forth in the opening paragraph or to such other address as one party may have furnished to the other in writing.

WAIVER OF CONTRACTUAL RIGHT. The failure of either party to enforce any provision of this Contract shall not be construed as a waiver of limitation of that party's right to subsequently enforce and compel strict compliance with every provision of this Contract.

BEHAVIOR.  Insubordination, lack of cooperation, lack of professionalism and slander/defamation, coup-like behavior and any unacceptable behavior is unwarranted and can be grounds for dismissal and future participation. The Board of Directors and the Management of Sidewinders will strictly enforce this.  A hearing can be held if approved by management.  Please respect stage managers and follow their instructions.  

PAY. Payment structures, fees and revenue goals are set per event type.  There is no guarantee of pay unless outlined and agreed upon.  ​
This Agreement shall take effect when promoters, producers, event assistants and performers agree to perform or do business with Sidewinders Bar or the Southwest Arts Group.

 

PERFORMANCE OF SERVICES. (1). Performers, event assistants and promoters shall arrive at least 2 hours before the starting time to set-up, perform check ins and music checks. Performers, event assistants and promoters shall ensure all performers' music is to suit the right mood/theme of the event. Performers, event assistants and promoters shall have collection of songs to the DJ, or downloaded on a device which can be played readily through the system if the DJ is not present.

Music shall be performed without any significant breaks and throughout the agreed upon period of time. (3). Sidewinders will help provide dressing room facilities for performers with conditions on the dressing rooms for all performers. (4). Sidewinders will not provide food and other refreshments for any performers. 

All shows must end at approved times to include curtain call of the show. All entertainment/performing must end by 11pm, unless written/oral approval from management of Sidewinders.    It is preferred that all performing (not event) end by 10:30pm, but no later than 11pm. Shows start at 8pm unless specified or agreed upon. 

Sidewinders. (1) Sidewinders will provide without cost to the event; DJ, Stage Manager, Bartenders and Door Security. (2). Sidewinders makes no obligations to provide Go-go Dancers, Special Guests, Spotlight Personnel and Emcee for event, unless otherwise amended with prior approval from management.

Advertisement of Event (1). Sidewinders may assist in the creation of advertisement upon request from the producer. (2). The bar will control event page on all social media including advertising on Sidewinders pages, and in Sidewinders. (3). All outside advertisement outside Sidewinders and event page is under control of producer. (4) Sidewinders will not provide any expenses for outside advertisement, unless otherwise amended with manager approval. (5) All amendments must be attached separate from this agreement.

Event Rooms/Dressing Rooms.  (1) Event Dressing rooms are provided to all performers as a courtesy to them. (2) The Producer will provide clean-up of this room before exiting Sidewinders at the end of the event. (3). Any unclean parts of the room will incur a cleaning fee of no more the $25. (4). Any damage to the Event Dressing Rooms will be the responsibility of the producer of the event. (5). Nonpayment and/or compliance of this clause will result in loss of further events at Sidewinders or anything affiliated with the Southwest Arts Group.


We are responsible for maintaining our own brand, the brand of the Metropolitan Opera and the African American Performing Arts Center as we are able. Anything related to the Metropolitan Opera in terms of media must be cleared by the Southwest Arts Group’s Artistic Director and the Metropolitan Opera. It is a privilege to perform as part of the Cabaret Theater and in partnership with the Southwest Arts Group, and all performers are expected to be diligent in maintaining the highest standards possible.


  • When communicating with each other with regards to rehearsals or anything related to the anyone who performs with us, please be respectful of fellow artists and the theater troupe.  Please include the Artistic Director on anything that is rehearsal related or any issues that may arise.  Please add Artistic Director, event manager and stage managers to all show chats.
  • Personnel issues can be brought up to any management of Sidewinders or the Southwest Arts Group; board member issues are handled with a quorom, typically, of our partner foundations.
  • Press, media and other inquiries should be directed to the Artistic Director; all media relations, interviews and so forth are to be handled only by the board of the directors, the artistic and assistant directors.
  • Performances outside of the theater are allowed.  It is desirable that auditions and participation as a competitor in a competition outside of the theater be approved by the Artistic Director; this includes TV, radio, acting, singing (all forms including karaoke) and other performing arts are included in this request.  The exception is dance, mechanical, impersonation and fine arts. At least 3 coachings on the material before the auditions or competitions are recommended.
  • For members of the Cabaret Theater and the Southwest Arts Group, excessive absences from rehearsals or Southwest Arts Group functions are not permitted; excessive is deemed 5 or more missed rehearsals and functions without a legitimate reason.  Examples of reasons include illness, last minute work requirements, and unforeseen instances out of your control.  Missing a rehearsal or activity to participate in another group’s activities will not be permitted. 
  • All solos (performing arts center only) for upcoming shows held at the performing arts center outside of the October 2015 show must be auditioned and approved of by the Artistic Director.
  • For members of the Cabaret Theater and the Southwest Arts Group, if you will be missing a rehearsal or master class, please contact both the Artistic and Assistant/General Directors/Stage Manager or Producers immediately upon knowing you will miss, or as soon as possible.  You must have a legitimate reason to miss. 
  • All participants of the Southwest Arts Group and any function related to the Southwest Arts Group, the Metropolitan Opera and the African American Performing Arts Group should maintain ethical, honest and truthful communications that remain in a non-inflammatory manner. Participants always represent the group, so they must remember to always retain brand standards in social media and when speaking to the public.  
  • Use of federal tax ID and name of the Southwest Arts Group is subject to approval by the board of directors.
  • We do our best to create safe situations; if you feel something is deemed risky and could result in injury, please stop the activity and notify the board/management immediately. The board/management will excuse your participation in any activity you deem unsafe. Continuing in any activity will release the Southwest Arts Group, the Metropolitan Opera Association, and the African American Performing Arts Center and all members of their board of directors and staff from any liability.​

Q: What is the Southwest Arts Group?
​A: The Southwest Arts Group (SWAG) is a performance group and management company that comprises various "verticals" or divisions of the fine and performing arts.  We have relationships with external fine and performing arts groups to help the mission of the African American Performing Arts Center, the Metropolitan Opera Association, and the Southwest Arts Group.  We have the following divisions: Show Choir/Musical Theater, Opera,  Impersonation and Theater. We are strictly an educational program used to train artists and give them an opportunity to hone their arts.  We are a non-funded program and rely upon donations, ticket sales, volunteers and in-kind trade. 

Q: Is this a paid theater?
A: Yes and No - participants in the theater are not automatically paid. However, they have an opportunity to earn revenue through sales, or may have different agreements. 

Q: Can I speak to the media in relationship to the Cabaret Theater at Sidewinders, Sidewinders Bar, the Southwest Arts Group, the African American Performing Arts Center and the Metropolitan Opera?
A: No - You are not permitted to speak to the media directly without the approval of the President/Artistic Director.  ​

Q: I am disabled, am I able to participate in your program? 
A: Yes - we do our best to accommodate all needs.

Q: Can I double-book shows?
A: No. Prior written consent must be obtained for double-booking.

Q: Do you have an age limit?
A: No - we do not have an age limit, nor do we have any age restrictions unless coming to the Cabaret/Bar; you must be 21 years old with a valid ID.  Other programs that we manage may be part of another, larger program that we only support; these programs may have restrictions.  For example, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions has age restrictions.

Q: Are you a nonprofit?
A: Yes and No - we are only a non-profit when raising funds for the Metropolitan Opera Association. Read about the Met here: 
​http://www.metopera.org/
. We only raise funds for nonprofits, people running for pageants, or agreed upon recipients of a fundraiser.  We limit the number of non-501c3 reciipients due to tax purposes and the mission of cabaret.

Q: Have people been dismissed from the group or any activities related to Sidewinders, the Southwest Arts Group or its affiliates?
A: Yes - we will dismiss anyone for misconduct, misrepresentation, lack of motivation, lack of participation, harassment, insubordination, lateness and lack of discipline.  

Q: Can I be dismissed from further productions?
A: Yes - a no-show for a performance can be grounds for dismissal.  Any behavior related to lying, cheating, stealing or anything that is deemed inappropriate (sneaking drinks into a bar) can also lead to dismissal; dismissal from shows can be indefinite. We will discuss options. Dismissal will be indefinite for people who bring alcoholic beverages into any function at the bar, the Cabaret Theater, or the performing arts center. 

Q: Do you have social media and public standards?
A: Yes - all members are required to represent the Southwest Arts Group or any affiliated entity as best as possible.  This goes for social media, any relationships and any dealings with the public.  We follow the 4-way test found here: 
https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/learning-reference/about-rotary/guiding-principles

 

Thank you for your participation in our events, helping us provide entertainment of a superior level, and a safe and professional environment. 


Sincerely, 


Renee M. Toya-Bouvier
Effective on 6/25/2016.

Updated 2/26/2017 to reflect stage managers presence and roles.

Updated 4/1/2017 - information displayed in different order.  Clarification of competitions.