Hey! Thanks for coming! We’re so excited that you’ll be playing for us. You may have a few questions. I’ve got a few answers. Let’s see if they match up.
So what exactly is Folk All Y’all?
Borne of a house show series hosted by a former booking agent, Folk All Y’all is now a public concert series focused on world-class singer-songwriters representing a full range of Americana/roots sounds and perspectives. We’re also focused on helping touring musicians make a living, so 100% of the door goes to our artists. Always.
Folk All Y’all is a volunteer-run (yes, volunteer, singular) nonprofit. We operate the series thanks to Patreon subscriptions, the very kind sponsorship and onsite support of Crosstown Arts, and our own merchandise, so your offer to play includes permission to let us exclusively stream the show to our subscribers and use photos/video for promo.
So how do I promote this?
We’ll have a ticket link available at least 30 days before your show. We’ll also create a “preview” post for your show and provide you with a link you can post on your tour page, social media, etc. that gives potential guests all the info they need to find us.
Where will I be playing?
We have held the series in a number of venues, but as of October 2019, all events are presented at The Green Room at Crosstown Arts, a dedicated listening room space operated by a nonprofit entity graciously allowing us to continue our ticketing and payment model.
How do I get there?
The Green Room is located in [the second floor of the east atrium of] Crosstown Concourse, a 1-million-square-foot vertical urban village in the middle of Memphis. Google will get you here, but then what?
Here’s a map of the campus. You can either pull up to the front door of the central atrium or follow the yellow arrows around to the back loading dock (best if you’re going to be a while) and text us to come down with a dolly to help you load in. For overnight (and anytime) parking, the onsite garage is free.
Where do I stay?
Crosstown Arts provides a two-bedroom apartment for the night of the performance, located onsite in Crosstown Concourse. Please fill out their lodging form a week or so ahead of time so they have all your details and can get it ready for you. If you need more space than that, we can guide you toward hotels or AirBnBs that have offered us discounted rates. If you’re going to be arriving earlier than load-in, just let us know so we can get you settled in.
When do I go on?
Generally our shows have 5:30 load-in, 6pm sound check, 7pm doors, and 7:30 start time (all times Central). We’ll do an intro about the series before things get rolling; you can be onstage for that or make an entrance.
We typically suggest the show being two 45-minuteish sets with a drinking/merch-buying break in the middle, but the flow is ultimately up to you.
What do I need to bring?
What do I eat?
There are multiple dining options on-site. Let us know when and what you’d like and we can either have it available or provide you with a dinner pay-out. We’ll have snacks and a couple drink tickets in the Green Room green room, too.
What/How/When do I get paid?
The ticket price is set for each show depending on your exposure in the market and expected draw, but will never be lower than $20. Like I said, 100% of sales go right to you. Any cash payments will be handed over immediately following the show and credit card payments will be zapped over via PayPal shortly thereafter.
Can I sell stuff?
Of course! We’ll have a merch area available and will be happy to help staff it if needed.
Do I, um, have to hang out?
The amount of time you choose to mingle with me or the guests is totally up to you.
Would you please accept a copy of my latest CD in thanks for hosting?
Yes, of course, that’s so nice of you.
Can I come back and play again?
We love you. We think you’re amazing. That’s why we booked you in the first place. But with our limited show schedule, we restrict repeat artists to three per year, on a first-come, first-serve basis. You are part of the Folk All Y’all family and always welcome to stay at the house when you come through, though, and if we can’t book you, we’ll help you line up another local gig as best we can.
Can I ask you something else?
Whatever you’d like. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any other questions.