Music Talent

STF Scope of Programming

Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours of beating on your craft. – Will Smith

Bands today have to learn their craft by putting the hard work in that we did when we were young performers ~ Sir Elton John

In an effort to develop local talent and give them an opportunity to grow into potential major performers, the State Theatre will scale the opportunities for local talent based on their perceived audience draw. This policy does not imply a lack of talent on the part of the performer, but instead encourages them to hone their craft while building sustainable audiences that benefit both the performer and the venue.

Perceived audience draw will be based on:

  • Types of venue the talent is currently playing
  • Ticket prices the talent is currently able to fill seats with
  • Ticket sales (seats) the talent can prove they are drawing
  • Genre of art the talent is performing and its draw in the region

Once this criteria is discussed with STF Programming Staff, an appropriate venue can be determined for the talent to begin to practice on a State Theatre stage. The movability of an act depends on its success from the last performance and the performance of the act overall.

Beginning Craft Performers – Open Mic Level – the performer(s) are able to play 2 or 3 songs in a 10-minute set during a performance of 10-12 other beginning level performers. Performers at this level are not paid.

Beginning to Skilled Craft Performers – Blackbox Showcase Level – the performer(s) are able to play approximately 20 minutes’ worth of material for a full audience of 60 seats. At least 2 other acts at this craft level accompany the performers in their showcase. Performers at this level may be paid a minimum percentage.

Skilled to Intermediate Craft Performers – Blackbox Duo/Solo Level – the performer(s) are able to play approximately 45-60 minutes’ worth of material for an audience of 60 seats. At least 1 other act at this craft level accompany the performers in their event. Performers at this level will be paid at a minimum percentage or flat fee.

Intermediate to Advanced Craft Performers – Auditorium Showcase Level – the performers are able to play approximately 20 minutes’ worth of material for an audience of at least 360-400 with each performer drawing 60-100 seats each.  At least 3-5 other acts at this craft level accompany the performers in their showcase. Performers at this level are paid at a modest percentage or flat fee.

Advanced to Expert Craft Performers – Auditorium Double Act Level – the performers are able to play for approximately 45-60 minutes’ worth of material for an audience of at least 360-500 with each performer drawing 180-250 seats each. At least 1 other act at advanced craft level accompany the performers in their event. Performers at this level are paid at a standard percentage or flat fee.

Expert Craft Performers – Auditorium Solo Headliner Level – the performers are able to play for approximately two sets 45-60 minutes’ worth of material for an audience of at least 360-500 seats, solo draw. Performers at this level are paid at a standard percentage or flat fee.