THIS PAGE CONTAINS INFORMATION FOR PEOPLE INTERESTED IN PERFORMING AT THE MOISTURE FESTIVAL.
(If you are a producer interested in booking a performer for your event, please contact the performer directly. You can browse our performer archives here: variety archives or burlesque archives
Thank you for your interest in Seattle's Moisture Festival. We are dedicated to presenting the very best in live comedy/varietè, aerial, and burlesque performance. Our festival is organized by performers, for performers, and has become a place to gather, see old friends and meet new ones. Our approach is a unique volunteer-driven festival, and continues to be a work in progress.
We will start the booking process for the 2017 Moisture Festival in October of 2016. Please check this page after October 1, 2016, to find out what information we will need to consider your act for the 2017 Festival.
Below is a description of how the festival is organized, and what information was requested for the 2016 Festival -- but be aware that this might change for 2017.
Participation in the festival is by invitation only.
Each year we invite some old friends to return, and invite some new artists to join us.
Be sure to read all of the following information before you contact us so that you have an understanding of how our festival works, and so that you know what information we need from you in order to consider inviting you to our festival.
Please review the information on this page carefully to determine if the festival is a good fit for your act. To be clear, Moisture Festival is not a music festival, an arts festival, a dance festival, a theater festival, a buskers’ festival, or a fringe festival. Seattle's Moisture Festival is a Varietè festival. We book acts, which we put together with other acts to create a two-hour variety show, complete with a host and a live show band.
We do not book individuals or groups to do full shows.
Please note that Fire Performance is NOT allowed in any of the festival's venues.
How the Money works:
Please don't approach this as a paid gig or a money making booking because THERE IS NO FINANCIAL GUARANTEE. The Moisture Festival is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and the festival operates financially as a performers' cooperative, with each performer receiving one share for each show in which they perform. At the end of the festival, after all the hard expenses have been paid and some money is put aside to cover year-round operating costs, the remaining funds (if any) are divided among all the performers and technicians on a share basis. You are likely to get a token amount of money, but it will be more of an honorarium than a fee. Also, please note that hat-passing is not allowed at the festival. However, you are welcome to bring merchandise to sell. The festival provides a staffed merch booth and does not take any percentage of sales.
Our policy is to only book performers whom the organizers or their associates have personally seen in live performance. However, in the interest of real variety, we save a few slots for performers with whom we are not yet familiar.
If you are not a citizen of the USA, or hold a "Green Card", or already have a work permit that is valid for the festival dates, you will need a work visa to perform at Moisture Festival. We can only apply for a very limited number of work visas each year because of the time and expense involved, and there is no guarantee that a visa application will be approved. Please let us know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you will need a work visa to perform at Moisture Festival.
How the shows at the Moisture Festival work:
All shows are in a variety format, with a host, a live show band and eight to 10 acts in every show. Most shows include one or two aerial acts as part of the mix.
The Moisture Festival produces two types of shows: varietè and burlesque. Most of our varietè shows are all-ages, although we also produce matinees which attract more children, as well as some late-night shows which cater to a more adult audience. Our burlesque shows feature a tantalizing mix of burlesque stars and ribald comedy/varietè acts producing a unique brand of burlesque show that both seduces and delights. For these shows we seek varietè performances with an adult flair. This is also the case for the aerial acts performing in the burlesque shows. While some performers may perform in both the varietè and burlesque shows, they usually do different acts in the different type of shows.
Most acts perform between four and eight minutes. Please let us know the length of your act, and whether you can present a shorter act (or a shorter version of that act) in some shows. Because the length of the show must be kept under two hours, if we schedule a long act into a show we may have to remove another act to make room for it. For acts that work to music, we encourage them to work with the live band, although it is possible to use recorded music. Every show features a different mix of acts - rarely are two shows the same. Acts may appear anywhere from once to ten times over the month-long course of the festival, and no one performs in every show. Out-of-town acts usually come in for one or two weeks, and perform in some (but not all) shows during their time in Seattle. All acts need to be set up and strike very quickly and in view of the audience while the host talks - there is no "act curtain."
For the varietè shows, there is generally no tech rehearsal, although we try to accommodate a quick sound check and/or light check when necessary - in which case you communicate your needs to the lighting and sound operators ninety minutes before the show. For aerial acts, the rigging must be done two hours before the start of the show. This is a fast-moving festival, so acts that require extensive technical rehearsal are not advised.
Aerial artists are required to carry liability insurance and secure a rider naming Moisture Festival as an additional insured.
The burlesque shows are presented in a formal theater and require every act to be present for a technical rehearsal. There is also a separate tech rehearsal on a non-show day to rig all of the aerial acts for each week’s burlesque shows. Please note that the burlesque shows are only presented in the second and third weeks of the festival.
All shows take place in venues where there is theatrical lighting, a sound system, technicians, shared dressing rooms, etc, but the theaters are not equipped to handle complicated technical demands, and lighting instruments usually can not be refocused for a specific act.
Ticket prices range from $11 to $30. Food and beer/wine are sold at the theatres during the show. The majority of the shows are all-ages. Exceptions are late night varietè shows and all burlesque shows, which are 18+.
How Transportation and Housing work:
Performers coming from outside of the greater Seattle area will usually get their transportation expenses reimbursed IF ARRANGED IN ADVANCE. If you drive to Seattle, we reimburse direct gas expenses (up to the cost of an economy plane ticket) but do not pay mileage or provide hotel rooms for long drives. Housing will be provided in the home of a host unless you wish to arrange your own housing at your own expense.
Now that you have an understanding of how this festival operates, if you still want to perform in the Moisture Festival, please send an email to Booking@MoistureFestival.org and include all of the following information:
Your stage name (if different from the name you use off-stage)
Your email address
Your CELL phone number
Other telephone numbers (home, Skype, office, whatever -- please specify)
The URL of your website (if any)
Do you wish to perform in the Varietè shows, the Burlesque shows, or both? Keep in mind that each type of show requires a different type of act - do not expect to do the same act in both types of shows.
Where are you based?
If Seattle is not where you are based:
Where you would be traveling from to get to Seattle?
Where you would be traveling to when you leave Seattle?
If you are not based in the USA, will you require a work visa?
How, or from whom, did you hear about the Moisture Festival?
If you are part of a group, let us know:
The name of your group
How many people are in the group, including musicians
Are there are any members of your group who do not appear on stage?
Please include a link to an online video. Whenever possible, we prefer an unedited one-camera video of the entire act rather than an edited promo video. Please note that information on Facebook, or any site which requires membership, is not useful to us.
Also, please give us some basic information in writing about what you do. For example: what type of act you would like to perform at the festival, how many minutes does the act run, what are the act's technical requirements, does it use any audience volunteers, and any other relevant information. If you would like us to consider several different acts, please describe each one. If it is complicated, or if you have many different things you can do, just say so and we can discuss it over the phone when the time comes. Please be aware that music acts usually perform only two or three songs in our varietè format, and dance numbers are usually three to five minutes.
If you have never performed at Moisture Festival and will be performing on the West Coast before the festival, please let us know the details and one of us will try to catch your act in person.
DVDs and additional promo materials may be mailed to:
Moisture Festival attn: Booking Coordinator
PO Box 17484 Seattle, WA 98127
We will try to acknowledge your inquiry in a timely fashion.
Please remember that the Moisture Festival is primarily run by volunteers, some of whom have lives outside of the festival, so there may be times when responses take a while. However, if you contact us and don’t hear back for a few weeks, please write again. We are not perfect, the internet is not perfect and sometimes things get lost. Thank you for your understanding,
and thank you for your desire to precipitate!