Contracting Resources

Dance/USA is pleased to provide resources on contracting for dancemakers. If you have any questions about the information below, please contact the Dance/USA Membership Department.

Equitable Contracting for Dance Touring: A New Resource on Supporting Equitable Partnerships
In Spring 2020, COVID-19 set off a wave of performance and residency cancellations. The termination of contracts through the invocation of force majeure was devastating to artists, managers, presenters and in some cases, to their relationships. By June 2020, Dance/USA members from the the Agents, Managers, Producers and Promoters (AMPP) Council and the Presenters Council formed a Joint Working Group to address the question: “Can we identify some practical ways to support more equitable partnerships and financial balance within our already fragile dance touring ecosystem.”

Over the course of 7 months, members of the Joint Working Group discussed, tested and put into practice various remedies and hypotheses, culminating in the creation of Equitable Contracting, a shareable, living document meant to specifically address imbalances in contracting and the force majeure process. 

The group outlined three (3) Principles:

  1. Fair and Equitable Contracting: “Engagement” vs. “Performance”
  2. Fair and Equitable Payment Structures: “Payments & Deliverables” vs. “Deposit”
  3. Fair and Equitable Force Majeure/Cancellations: “Just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean it’s good business.”  Force Majeure does not have to mean immediate termination.

While the document does not provide specific contract language, the hope is that it may offer some practical ideas and suggestions for contracts that support more equitable business practices and field wide sustainability. Please complete this form to receive a copy of the Equitable Contracting document. The document is available to all in the field.

Technical & Standardizations Documents 

The Technical & Standardization Documents are intended to provide a standard for touring contract negotiations for touring dance groups at presenting organizations, specifically in regards to technical specifications of performance venues, artist accommodations, and touring paperwork. These documents are intended for dance agents and managers, but can also be used by dance groups as well as presenting organizations.

The document package includes:

  • Dance/USA Standardization Document
  • General Tech Rider Prototype
  • Hotel Questionnaire
  • Sample Tour Book

These documents were jointly created by the Dance/USA Agents, Managers, Producers, and Promoters (AMPP) Council and the Presenters Council.

Co-Chairs of the Technical & Standardization Documents Creation: Ariana Brawley, Rachel Cohen, Andrew Delicata, Eric Fliss, Sandy Garcia, Walter Jaffe, Kristopher McDowell,Cathy Pruzan, Charles Santos, Pam Young.

To access the Technical and Standardization Documents, please email membership@nulldanceusa.org for assistance.