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Performance Booking

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If you're interested in organizing a show at Silent Barn or if you want to perform here, email us at Please include any artists that would be on the bill, production information, the proposed date range, and any other relevant information.
Please bear in mind that it is usually very difficult for us to field requests from individual bands. Most successful submissions happen when a performer/booker organize an entire event.
Unfortunately we cannot respond to everybody. If you haven't heard back, we encourage you to contact other spaces such as Sunnyvale, Living Gallery, and C'mon Everybody.
We ask for all bands and bookers to read our Safer Spaces Policy.
To help save time and confusion for the both of us, here are a few FAQs:
Q: Who reads these emails? How do you decide who gets to play?
A: Our Calendar Team, a group of 3 curators / admins read submissions and pick events on the basis of serving our volunteer body, supporting a wide variety of scenes and disciplines, meeting the financial needs of the space, and prolly their own personal obsessions, tbh.
Q: Does Silent Barn pay performers?
A: Yes!! We charge a cover at events (typically $8 to $10) and give artists 75% of the door cut. 25% goes to pay staff and house expenses, with a house minimum. Alternate cuts can be negotiated, especially in the case of touring bands or fundraisers. In 2013 we paid over $75,000 to performers. Because staff, electricity and space costs money, we are rarely able to put on free events at night. If you would like to do a free event, consider proposing it between the hours of 4pm and 9pm!
Q: What backline gear do you have?
A: Check our backline list. We provide a sound person for every event. We do not have CDJs :\
Q: Do we get a soundcheck?
A: Please let us know ahead of time if you need an extended soundcheck or have specific tech needs (including use of our projector), that way we can request that our sound person arrives earlier. Otherwise, all acts can do a line check when the sound person arrives, generally an hour before doors open.
Q: Can we bring food/drinks?
A: There is strictly no BYOB/outside alcoholic beverages allowed at Silent Barn. Because we are a licensed food service establishment, event organizers are not permitted to serve outside food to the patrons of an event without consent of Silent Barn. Food vendors will also need prior approval. You can always bring in outside food for yourself and/or friends!
Q: What kind of PR do you do for shows?
A: All basic promo includes a website listing and inclusion in our bi-weekly newsletter + social media. Bands/bookers are equally responsible for shows promo (we can't do it alone)! We do not currently print flyers ourselves but are happy to post and distribute anything you print and drop off to the space.
Q: Is Silent Barn accessible?
A: The Main Room of Silent Barn where most shows take place can be entered on level ground that is accessible to people using wheelchairs, and the room itself has level ground in the audience areas. Please read our full accessibility statement for more information.
Q: What are your hours of operation?
A: The space is typically open from 4pm – 1am on weekdays. Hours vary on the weekends, though we often have daytime programming on the weekends. Most shows are from 8pm – 12am, but we love to do "happy hour" events such as readings and panels, daytime events on the weekends, and late nights on Fridays and Saturdays. We try to keep the space active as much as possible while respecting our neighbors and residents.
Q: Can I visit the space to see it and talk to somebody from the space?
A: Stop by any afternoon between 4 and 8 to check out the space and talk to one of our admin staff. Or, to see the space in action, stop by most any night after 8pm (check our calendar to make sure we're open) — let the door person know you'd like to talk to the host and we'll often be able to give a walk-through and chat.