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The Sanctuary Concerts
At the Presbyterian Church
240 Southern Boulevard, Chatham, NJ

973.865.9263       boxoffice@sanctuaryconcerts.org 


"A Revered Stop For Folk Musicians." -The Star Ledger   

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We're guessing that you, as a performer or agent, don't have time for guesswork and wheel-spinning in the booking process. So, The Sanctuary Concerts uses a "transparent booking" method. That is, we've laid out below exactly what you need to know to get booked in our series. After you've sent us your information, we'll (1) confirm that we've received it; and (2) give you an answer when you follow up with us. Keep in mind that at times we do get quite a volume of submissions.

Here's what you need to know:

What Kind of Music Do You Book?

The Sanctuary Concerts books contemporary acoustic songwriters and groups. We very rarely book all-instrumental artists, traditional folk music, cover artists, or rock or pop performers. Look at our list of past performers as a guide.

Our feature performers are usually well-known national touring artists (Marc Cohn, Nick Lowe, Roseanne Cash). Our opening performers are emerging artists looking to increase their following in our area. We do not expect our openers to have any draw in New Jersey. Most of our shows are in the Sanctuary space, but at least a couple of times each season we like to host smaller "kitchen concerts" in the Chapel. These shows have a house-concert feel with a pot luck dinner.

Sounds Like A Fit. What Do I Do Next?

Please send a bio and a full commercial CD or tape (not a 3-song sampler, and not a home-reproduced recording) to me at 6 Victory Court, Dover, New Jersey 07801-5559. We will listen to MP3s and look at website video clips. And I'm happy to rely on your Web page for reviews, lists of places played, pictures, etc., so you need not send those in hard copy.

How Will I Know Where Things Stand?

I like to send an email confirming that we've received your materials. Chances are that you won't hear anything more until we want to set a date (which may be many months later). So, don't be a stranger. Write as many times as you like, asking whether you're on the "to-book" list and whether there are any opportunities coming up. You'll get a straight answer. Of course, follow-up is not a requirement: even if we don't hear from you, if there's a fit you'll still be on the list for a future booking. For inquiries, write to .

What Is The Timing On Your Booking Process?

We usually book roughly 6-12 months in advance. Though we book year-round, our two most active booking periods are March/April for booking the following fall/winter, and August/September for booking the following spring. But we do find ourselves adding shows any time an opportunity presents itself.

What Do You Pay Performers?

Our feature performer receives a guarantee plus a percentage of the gross ticket sales after a "split point" to cover our basic expenses and a small presenter's profit.

Openers receive $200.

We also handle CD and merchandise sales without fee, and we have arranged discounted hotel rates nearby.

We usually home-cook dinner for all of our performers and staff, and our dinners have become a well-known hallmark of our concert series.

Openers typically play one thirty-minute set, and feature performers usually two 45-minute sets. We ask that feature performers not book other shows in the north and central NJ area within the 30 days before or after our event.

What Else Do I Need To Know?

The shows take place in the beautiful sanctuary space of the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, which is in the central part of the State. The 425+ seats are arranged in 17 rows of pews plus a balcony. There is a beautiful and well-maintained Steinway grand piano for performers' use.

We use a full professional sound system with a 32-channel digital mixing console containing a full complement of processing and equalization feeding Electro-Voice 15" main speakers and JBL monitors through QSC amplifiers. We have a collection of Shure microphones and all of the usual stage equipment a touring performer may require.

The Sanctuary Concerts are a "listening room" series that takes pride in its sound quality. The audience is deeply appreciative, and there are no refreshments, merchandising, or other distractions in the concert space.

Mike Del Vecchio, Presenter