A budget for the Distillery Tour — version 2
I talked to my friend and colleague Mari Geasair, an actor and director who is part of http://www.artsmarketingresults.com/, about my budget. She gave me some good suggestions.
First, do 60/40 split, with a minimum. Say, $500 minimum. The distillery sets the ticket prices, so they can charge whatever they know their customers will pay.
Second, pay the actors a set amount for just being on the project, plus an additional amount per show. For example, $50 plus $15 per show. If the director comes to all of the shows, do the same for the director.
I did the math, and if I got six shows, I could pay everybody (including paying myself royalties), as well as pay all expenses (rehearsal space, costumes, printing the scripts, etc.).
When I contact the distilleries, I can tell them that I want to do shows at just one distillery in their area. That will give them reason to make a decision sooner.
Figure out the questions distilleries are likely to ask, so I have answers ready
Do you have any questions about how you could do this for a play of yours?