So You Want to Play the Union?
Send us stuff! We prefer electronic press kits. Please email a cover letter and attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: [Band Name] Press Kit, [Genre].
If you must send a physical press kit, please mail to:
Music Committee - Attn: (your genre)
800 Langdon St., Room 5231
Madison, WI 53706
Appoint a band contact with whom committee reps should speak. Speaking with one person rather than several makes the process much more efficient.
Things to Keep In Mind
- We meet only once a week to book, which means there may be a long delay before you are contacted. Getting committee approval for the band, the funding, the location and preparing the necessary paperwork takes a while. Give us time—most of us don't get paid.
- If you are a local or lesser-known band, you are more likely to play the Union as an opener. We normally book well-known or national touring acts for headlining slots. All our shows are free and well attended; therefore playing the Union is great exposure.
- Although we may be students, we know our stuff. We have experience in booking and are trained on going rates for artists – many WUD Music Committee alumni are currently employed in agencies. In addition, we do free shows: we're booking for the sake of giving people high quality music for free or cheap. We're an entirely non-profit entity that is here to showcase music with the best venues in town. (We are lucky, and so are you).
- Lastly, we get tons of promotional materials from bands and book only a few shows per weekend. We can't accommodate everybody. It's nothing against your band or your genre; it just might be that your style of music may not be what we're looking for at this time.