Finding mics or a PA in a town of 1000 people can prove tricky. Although we understand it can be difficult to budget 18 months out, it is important that the price you submit is one our volunteers can rely on as they are also budgeting using long timelines. Here are a few things to keep in mind when putting your price together:

Fuel: Budget for 1 tank per day. OSAC strives to keep drives to 3 hours or less.

Meals: Budget $50.00 per person per day. Many of the Arts Councils will invite artists to a reception afterward or even provide a meal but not all have the ability to do so. The small town prairie hospitality is legendary for a reason and you will not go hungry, but a meal in the local café will not break the bank.

Hotels: Double rooms are seldom more than $130.00 a night. OSAC will send touring artists an accommodation guide to help you find decent places to stay. There are also a number of B&B’s throughout the province if you prefer.

Production: As mentioned earlier, these are small communities, presenting in venues with limited technical capabilities. Renting gear is difficult and often intimidating for the local volunteers who are arts supporters not techs. The venues range in size from 125 – 600 (with a few exceptions on both ends) and OSAC advises that you contact a local sound company to get the cost of what you need. These are all “concert settings” where too much volume is usually more of an issue than not enough!  Please contact the Performing Arts Coordinator for more information. You will also need to decide if you can run the sound from the stage or if you will need to bring someone with you as a sound person. Budget accordingly.

OSAC Fee: OSAC charges a booking fee of 5% per booked show to a maximum of $150 plus GST.

Does following these guidelines guarantee an OSAC tour? NO! However, an all-inclusive price is one of the most important criteria that the Arts Councils consider when selecting performers for the upcoming season so it is something we strongly recommend.