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.

It’s also important to note that the rider you receive before making an offer will not necessarily be the same rider you get when you start the show advance months later. So although you may have an edited/signed rider that goes with your contract, it’s still important to ask for the most updated rider when you start advancing your show to be sure you have the most up to date production and hospitality info.

Requests that might be included in an artist rider:
  • Sound/Audio
  • Lighting
  • Power
  • Video – be sure to note on your offer if you cannot provide a video wall if it is listed on the artist’s rider
  • Special Effects (pyrotechnics, lasers, etc.) – be sure to include what you can and cannot provide in your offer
  • Security
  • Backline (instruments, amps, and/or DJ equipment)
  • Stage size
  • Stage plot
  • Venue staffing needs
  • Input List
  • Stage Towels – these are not always listed on a rider but it is often expected for you to provide a stack of clean black hand towels that are used to wipe sweat, clean up tiny water spills onstage, or dampen the sound of a bass drum.
  • Catered meal menus – dinner is not always listed on a rider, but it is typically assumed that you will provide it unless otherwise noted on the offer and in advance
  • 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 – always double check these if you have an older rider as touring personnel can change often

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Jolene Chevalier

Founder & Talent Buyer | How To Concerts

Jolene has been a middle buyer for over 15 years, 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   |   jolene@howtoconcerts.com

Jolene Chevalier

Founder & Talent Buyer | How To Concerts

Jolene has been a middle buyer for over 15 years, 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   |   jolene@howtoconcerts.com