How To Book a Gig at Smith’s
The main method of obtaining a booking at Smith’s is by emailing us at [email protected]. Please include links to your online assets and all other relevant info. Besides email, you can call us or come in and have a chat, or if you really want to stand out, send a letter to Smith’s, 76 Alinga St, Canberra City, 2601.
For door deal shows, you want to be confident, and be able to convince us, that you have the ability to draw a good number of paying customers (min. entry $10) to your show. The capacity of Smith’s Auditorium is 100 seated up to 140 for mixed seated/standing.
Touring bands should not book a show at another Canberra venue on their trip without first consulting with us. Failure to do so can result in cancellation without notice.
About The Money
The standard deal at Smith’s is a door deal, 70/30 in the artist’s favour, with production and door service provided. For shows that don’t require a dedicated AV tech, an 80/20 split can apply. The minimum ticket price is $10. If bands are registered for GST, a 75/25 split applies. Some of our shows are ‘open mic’ in the sense that we are providing an opportunity for performers who can’t draw a crowd to play on a good stage for a listening audience. We don’t pay performers in such instances.
Smith’s has it’s own ticketing system via our website and we insist that it be used. This is provided free with no booking fee for customers.
Smith’s Auditorium has a beautiful little stage, roughly 5x3 metres, with a nice p.a., lighting and an upright piano in situ. We also have a good drum kit and amps for bass and guitar available for use. Our main AV tech, Bevan Noble, is the best in the business. In the event Bevan is not available, we have a small stable of dedicated audio engineers to call on. At worst, the venue owner is a capable audio engineer and often does sound at open mic or spoken word style events.
Our p.a. is controlled by the 32 channel ipad operated Mackie DL32R. We have an extensive range of mics and DI’s sufficient for most situations. If you think you might exceed our capabilities, let us know and we’ll scrounge up what’s required.
We have a digital projector in situ with a screen mounted at the back of the stage. Inputs include HDMI, mac mini, lightning and USB-C.
The Bar can be used to host gigs also, and is good for small musical acts, poetry and comedy nights, book launches and the like. There is a small performance space, a piano, a 16 channel desk and a few lights.
Smith’s has 70 sqr metres of outdoor seating area and we often hold outdoor gigs with a portable p.a. able to be brought in if required.