Producing a Show at Q.E.D.
We don't book individual performers for each show except for QED Presents. Instead, we book the producers who put the shows together.
If you'd like to produce a show, email QEDAstoria@gmail.com with your pitch with the info requested below...
AS OF AUG 9, PROOF OF A COVID VACCINE IS REQUIRED BY ALL. Please ensure that your performers, crew and comps have proof of vaccination to present upon arrival. Read the COVID policy here
Shows are usually 1 to 1.5 hours long. Producers are required to be on site 30 minutes prior to their scheduled event. We've had storytelling shows, improv, stand-up, sketch, original musicals, solo shows, readings, small and large theatrical productions, Q&A panels, live podcasts, game shows and more.
WHAT KIND OF SHOWS ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
All kinds! We're honestly open to (pretty much) anything. The more fleshed out your idea is, the better. If we love your pitch, we might want to book it right away, schedule permitting. The more prepared you are, the quicker we can get your show up and running.
WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR PITCH
In order to be considered, please include the following:
- Short paragraph describing your show.
- Web link(s) to your work / personal website, etc.
- Indicate if this is a one-off show or if you'd like it to be recurring. Keep in mind that our recurring shows are usually monthly but some are bi-monthly or quarterly.
- How long is the show?
- Day and/or time preferences. Though it helps to be flexible as it depends on our schedule.
- Any tech needs.
WILL I GET PAID?
We offer a ticket split. You set the price at whatever you think your market will bear. Most shows at Q.E.D. are priced between $5 - $12 +/-. We can sell up to 50 tickets for the showroom and still keep the curtain closed. More with the curtain open. Max capacity is 74, including staff and performers. (POST-PANDEMIC WE ARE CURRENTLY LIMITED TO SELLING 50 TICKETS.)
For shows on Saturday matinees or Sunday day or night, the first $50 in ticket sales goes to Q.E.D. while the remainder of the ticket sales are split 50/50 between the house and the producers. Producers guarantee the first $50.
For shows occurring Wednesday & Thursday, the first $75 in ticket sales goes to Q.E.D. while the remainder of the ticket sales are split 50/50 between the house and the producers. Producers guarantee the first $75.
For shows Friday & Saturday, the first $100 in ticket sales goes to Q.E.D. while the remainder of the ticket sales are split 50/50 between the house and the producers. Producers guarantee the first $100.
WHAT IS A GUARANTEE?
You don't have to pay money up front! A guarantee means the producer is guaranteeing that the first $50, $75 or $100 in tickets will be earned to make sure QED's bases are covered. For example for a $50 guarantee, if you set tickets at $10, you'd need to sell 5 tickets to cover the guarantee. If you only sold 4, then you'd owe QED $10. But most shows can sell at least 4 tickets! If you don't think our fans and yours would support a show and cover the low guarantee, then maybe producing isn't in the cards right now.
***Producers who need to cancel less than four weeks before their confirmed show date will be required to pay their guarantee in full. 14 days or less will result in a $200 fee; 7 days or less, $375. ***
FOR CHARITABLE EVENTS
General rule is 1st $100 in ticket sales to QED then 100% of sales to the charity. You can raise extra money via raffle tickets or auctions, too! We are limited to about 2 charitable events a month, give or take.
Of course there are sometimes exceptions like for charitable or free events, but this is the baseline especially for new shows/producers.
Producers are allotted five (5) complimentary tickets for their friends and family. These comps do not count as paid tickets when meeting a guarantee. If any members of the press want to come to your show they do not count against your comp list. Names for the comp list should be compiled and submitted on the day of the event, at least 2 hours prior to the start time.
Q.E.D. TECH & PRODUCING SPECS -
* We offer one complimentary drink per show for the host to use at their discretion. No outside food or beverage is allowed at Q.E.D. Please remind your performers and audience of this. Q.E.D. can remain open and affordable only by the purchases made. Q.E.D. offers beer, wine, ciders & low proof rum, vodka and tequila. For n/a drinks we have coffee, tea, kombucha, fancy sodas & more. We also offer a variety of fresh pastries and snacks and hot foods from Zorba's. If you have a food and/or drink element as part of your show, you must get pre-approval.
* QED is active with promotions on social media, has a very strong newsletter and mailing list. T
* To review tech in person, you must schedule an appointment. Email QEDAstoria@gmail.com to set up a time. Drop-ins will not be accommodated.
* Post-Covid we are capping all seated attendance at 50. We will update this page should that change. Our maximum legal capacity is 74. This includes Q.E.D. staff, comps and performers, so keep that in mind when booking your show and deciding on a ticket price. The showroom seats about 40 - 50 comfortably. Sales beyond that we can keep room dividing curtain open and allow for seating in the bar area or standing room.
* QED encourages performers to perform wherever and whenever they can. Stage time is stage time! We do, however, ask QED producers not to produce or regularly host other shows in Astoria (anywhere else is a-okay!) within 6 weeks before or after their QED show.
* Fliers should be sent at least three weeks in advance and set at 1920 x 1080 pixels, as that's what looks best on our TV slideshow, Eventbrite and Facebook. Fliers should be in landscape format as well as an 884 x 355 pixels (5 : 2 ratio) banner.
* Do not post fliers for your event anywhere on public property! It is illegal. The Department of Sanitation can fine you up to $200 per poster, which will be your responsibility to pay.
* If you require anything beyond our four onstage microphones or simple house music before the show, please have someone in your crew review tech to handle blackouts, music cues, videos, etc. We do not have a dedicated tech for shows, only a door person who can direct you to the tech booth. Please let your performers know this before they arrive for your show.
* To review tech in person, you must schedule an appointment. Drop-ins will not be accommodated.
* QED has four microphones, two regular stands and two boom mike stands.
* Four XLR connections on stage can be used for microphones, a DI box, etc.
* QED has two DI boxes with two 1/4" inputs to connect to instruments.
* There is one "God" mic in the tech booth.
* The LED light board and control for one spotlight for lighting cues & blackouts are located in the tech booth.
* To record audio or connect to our sound board, we have an input usable with a quarter inch connector. You must bring your own recording device.
* Music can be played through your mobile device via a simple auxiliary (headphone jack) connection in the tech booth. If you have a newer iPhone, please make sure you bring the headphone dongle!
* Videos, slideshows, PowerPoints, etc., are streamed to our TV through Apple TV with an Apple device (iPhones & iPads or Mac with AirPlay connectivity) or via a direct connect to our projector which projects to a 9' manual projection screen on stage.
* Q.E.D. has a house DVD player, keyboard, laptop and iPad available for use upon advance (at least 2 days, please) request.
* Q.E.D. has dozens of stools and tables, two music stands, one guitar stand, one regular & two boom mic stands and a keyboard stand.
* There is a small, mostly private backstage area with a full-length mirror, multiple outlets and coat hooks.
* There is a full basement with a couch, tables and private dressing area. This must be reserved 7 days in advance to avoid a conflict with our podcast studio which is also located in the basement.
If you want to bookmark just all the tech info for future reference, here's the link: https://qedastoria.com/pages/techspecs