A rider is a list of needs and wants from an artist team.


It “rides” along with a contract, hence the name, and serves as an addendum or addition to the contractual terms and conditions. A rider can thus be considered a part of a contract, but is not necessarily non-negotiable. 
A rider can range from very broad to very specific, but usually consists of technical needs, hospitality requests, and security requirements.

If you are planning a show, always ask the artist team for a rider before making an offer to make sure you can provide all of the items they ask for. If you cannot provide all of the rider requests, list what is and is not possible on your offer so the artist knows what to expect from the very start. They can then use that info to decide whether they can compromise and confirm your offer, or if they have to stand firm and pass.

Requests that might be included in an artist rider:
  • Sound/Audio
  • Lighting
  • Power
  • Security
  • Backline (instruments, amps, and/or DJ equipment)
  • Stage size
  • Stage plot
  • Venue staffing needs
  • Input List
  • Catered meal menus
  • Snacks
  • Beverages (if you are a college you can cross out any requests for alcohol as your university is not likely allowed to provide them)
  • Meal buyout amounts
  • Contact info for touring personnel

Jolene Chevalier

Founder & Talent Buyer | How To Concerts

Jolene has been a middle buyer for over a decade, helping colleges and others with their concerts, comedians, and speakers. (And, yes, she is named after the Dolly Parton song.) She would love to talk with you about helping to book, plan, and prepare for your event.

920.764.1200   |   [email protected]

Jolene Chevalier

Founder & Talent Buyer | How To Concerts

Jolene has been a middle buyer for over a decade, helping colleges and others with their concerts, comedians, and speakers. (And, yes, she is named after the Dolly Parton song.) She would love to talk with you about helping to book, plan, and prepare for your event.

920.764.1200   |   [email protected]