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How it works


Once your show is booked, the local team will find a great venue and work on filling the room with an attentive audience. Three-quarters of Sofar employees are performers too—here’s some insight on what to expect from those that have seen both sides of a Sofar show.

Before your show:

Your set

You’ll have a 20-25 minute set of about 4-5 songs to showcase your sound and style. From living rooms to museums, the venues are usually best suited for an unplugged setup.

A full listening room

Sofar audiences arrive ready to listen quietly to great new talent. It’s the perfect place to try out new material or experiment with something different.

Advance forms

In order to make sure Sofar has all of your info, you’ll need to fill out the forms in your confirmation and advance emails.

Any questions?

The local teams are just an email away and will be in touch before the show. If you need to reach the other performers (say, to share equipment), they can help with that too.

During your show:

Getting set up

When you arrive, your artist liaison will help with your gear and talk you through the night. Let the MC know if you want them to mention anything in particular when introducing you.


You’ll have a spot for merch, and you keep 100% of what you make. Any downtime is an opportunity to chat with fans, sell your wares and collect email list signups.

Your story

The audience is there to learn about you as well as listen to your music. If you’d like, feel free to share some of your story, too.

Social media

Your set is a great time to mention your socials and upcoming shows. Your social handles will be listed somewhere for easy snapshotting, too.

Meet other artists

Each show has three acts (with no headliners), usually of varied genres. With breaks in between each set, you’ll have plenty of time to connect with your fellow performers.

After your show:


You'll receive info about your payment from the local team, which will be paid to you within 14 business days.

Show photos

If there was a photographer at your show, the local team will send the photos to you when they’re ready.

Apply for another one

Feel free to submit an application for another show in the same city or in one of our hundreds of cities worldwide.

More questions? Check out our FAQ