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All shows will fall under the owners of Sidewinders Bar and the Renato Estacio-Burdick, Artistic Director of the Cabaret.  Promoters and show producers will be exempt on a case-by-case basis. 

Participation in and acceptance of a show indicates you will follow professional theater and business standards prescribed on this page or in any contract made between yourself, your organization and the venue’s producers and the venue. Management reserves the right to make changes to any events in accordance with brand standards and if management sees it necessary or chooses.  Any discrepancies in contracts will be superseded by this page. Please follow stage management direction, as they have the highest level of authority during an event, when the artistic director is not present, so follow what they say unless it is illegal, contrary to the situation or unsafe.  They will make decisions on what is needed while in communication with promoter and/or Artistic Director.  Currently, our Stage Manager is Hannah Bernal-Cooper.  All stage management staff will be hired by the Artistic Director.


RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE Producer. (1). All performers that are asked to be present in said event are to keep the highest of standards for the event, Sidewinders and all community events.  (2). All performers shall not consume or use illegal substances on, before or during the show. (3). No alcoholic beverages from outside sources that are not purchased from the venue. (4). Any violation of producer, performer and/or both will result in loss of events and possible removal from bar for an undisclosed time frame. ​(4). Producer or promoter cannot be eligible to win in any event they produce, promote or have an ancillary role in unless by consent of the Cabaret's Artistic Director. This includes all titles in the bar; they must be approved. Only the cabaret's Artistic Director and outside pageant promoters can grant titles, crowns, medallions or placement of any candidates in any competition.   All judges and competitions must be cleared by the Artistic Director, unless a pageant promoter is executing a non-cabaret pageant or competition.  This excludes and "for fun" competition (i.e. hot body contests, twerking contests, college nights, board games and so forth).   Any title that is relinquished or retracted can be assigned within one week.

PAYMENT. (1). Events will not be paid for by Sidewinders unless written authorization from management is attached as an amendment to this agreement,  including but not limited to cover door fees, hotel, travel and any other forms of payments for event. (2).  The producers' discretion can be used for tips collected during the event.  If you are expecting any kind of remuneration from the event, this has to be discussed at the time of booking, and a written agreement on the amount (e-mail is fine) must be obtained. All targets for bar revenue must be met if remuneration is tied to sales targets. Door splits must be agreed up in writing (e-mail is fine) as well.  Any ticketing must be approved and agreed upon as well.   Generally, the door split is 50% after fees.

CANCELLATION POLICY. A minimum of 21 Days notice will be required for cancellation of any show, producer or any participant unless there is an emergency. Any cancellation made with less than 21 Days notice prior to the agreed upon service date will result in loss of performances and producing at Sidewinders and a fee of $100 will be assessed to the producer.  Payment arrangements via fundraising or monthly payments can be made. 

RELATIONSHIP OF PARTIES. It is understood by the parties that you are an independent contractor or completely independent with respect to Sidewinders and the Southwest Arts Group, and not an employee of Sidewinders or the Southwest Arts Group, the Metropolitan Opera or the African American Performing Arts Center. In special cases, artists/performers can be hired or contracted to perform artistic performances.

FORCE MAJEURE. If performance of this Contract or any obligation under this Contract is prevented, restricted, or interfered with by causes beyond either party's reasonable control ("Force Majeure"), and if the party unable to carry out its obligations gives the other party prompt written notice of such event, then the obligations of the party invoking this provision shall be suspended to the extent necessary by such event. The term Force Majeure shall include, without limitation, acts of God, fire, explosion, vandalism, storm or other similar occurrence, orders or acts of military or civil authority, or by national emergencies, insurrections, riots, or wars, or strikes, lock-outs, work stoppages, other labor disputes, or supplier failures. The excused party shall use reasonable efforts under the circumstances to avoid or remove such causes of non-performance and shall proceed to perform with reasonable dispatch whenever such causes are removed or ceased. An act or omission shall be deemed within the reasonable control of a party if committed, omitted, or caused by such party, or its employees, officers, agents, or affiliates.

ENTIRE CONTRACT. This Contract contains the entire Contract of the parties, and there are no other promises or conditions in any other contract whether oral or written concerning the subject matter of this Contract unless agreed upon. This Contract supersedes any prior written or oral agreements between the parties. 

SEVERABILITY. If any provision of this Contract shall be held to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the remaining provisions shall continue to be valid and enforceable. If a court finds that any provision of this Contract is invalid or unenforceable, but that by limiting such provision it would become valid and enforceable, then such provision shall be deemed to be written, construed, and enforced as so limited.
GOVERNING LAW. This Contract shall be governed by the laws of the State of New Mexico.

NOTICE. Any notice or communication required or permitted under this Contract shall be sufficiently given if delivered in person or by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the address set forth in the opening paragraph or to such other address as one party may have furnished to the other in writing.

WAIVER OF CONTRACTUAL RIGHT. The failure of either party to enforce any provision of this Contract shall not be construed as a waiver of limitation of that party's right to subsequently enforce and compel strict compliance with every provision of this Contract.

BEHAVIOR.  Insubordination, lack of cooperation, lack of professionalism and slander/defamation, coup-like behavior and any unacceptable behavior is unwarranted and can be grounds for dismissal and future participation. The Board of Directors and the Management of Sidewinders will strictly enforce this.  A hearing can be held if approved by management.  Please respect stage managers and follow their instructions.  

PAY. Payment structures, fees and revenue goals are set per event type.  There is no guarantee of pay unless outlined and agreed upon.  ​
This Agreement shall take effect when promoters, producers, event assistants and performers agree to perform or do business with Sidewinders Bar, which is MR Entertainment, LLC, and includes the cabaret.


PERFORMANCE OF SERVICES. (1). Performers, event assistants and promoters shall arrive at least 2 hours before the starting time to set-up, perform check ins and music checks. Performers, event assistants and promoters shall ensure all performers' music is to suit the right mood/theme of the event. Performers, event assistants and promoters shall have collection of songs to the DJ, or downloaded on a device which can be played readily through the system if the DJ is not present.

Music shall be performed without any significant breaks and throughout the agreed upon period of time. (3). Sidewinders will help provide dressing room facilities for performers with conditions on the dressing rooms for all performers. (4). Sidewinders will not provide food and other refreshments for any performers. 

All shows must end at approved times to include curtain call of the show. All entertainment/performing must end by 11pm, unless written/oral approval from management of Sidewinders.    It is preferred that all performing (not event) end by 10:30pm, but no later than 11pm. Shows start at 8pm unless specified or agreed upon. All events must start within 15 minutes of advertised time due to time constraints and respect of our customers. No exceptions.

Sidewinders. (1) Sidewinders will provide without cost to the event; DJ, Stage Manager, Bartenders and Door Security. (2). Sidewinders makes no obligations to provide Go-go Dancers, Special Guests, Spotlight Personnel and Emcee for event, unless otherwise amended with prior approval from management.

Advertisement of Event (1). Sidewinders may assist in the creation of advertisement upon request from the producer. (2). The bar will control event page on all social media including advertising on Sidewinders pages, and in Sidewinders. (3). All outside advertisement outside Sidewinders and event page is under control of producer. (4) Sidewinders will not provide any expenses for outside advertisement, unless otherwise amended with manager approval. (5) All amendments must be attached separate from this agreement.  All posters must be approved by Artistic Director before publishing - no exceptions.

Event Rooms/Dressing Rooms.  (1) Event Dressing rooms are provided to all performers as a courtesy to them. (2) The Producer will provide clean-up of this room before exiting Sidewinders at the end of the event. (3). Any unclean parts of the room will incur a cleaning fee of no more the $25. (4). Any damage to the Event Dressing Rooms will be the responsibility of the producer of the event. (5). Nonpayment and/or compliance of this clause will result in loss of further events at Sidewinders or anything affiliated with the Southwest Arts Group.

  • When communicating with each other with regards to rehearsals or anything related to the anyone who performs with us, please be respectful of fellow artists and the theater troupe.  Please include the Artistic Director on anything that is rehearsal related or any issues that may arise.  Please add Artistic Director, event manager and stage managers to all show chats.
  • Personnel issues can be brought up to any management of Sidewinders.
  • Press, media and other inquiries should be directed to the Artistic Director; all media relations, interviews and so forth are to be handled only by the  the artistic director when Sidewinders and the cabaret are involved, or if any event is being done in conjunction with either.
  • Performances outside of the theater are allowed.  It is desirable that auditions and participation as a competitor in a competition outside of the theater be approved by the Artistic Director; this includes TV, radio, acting, singing (all forms including karaoke) and other performing arts are included in this request.  The exception is dance, mechanical, impersonation and fine arts. At least 3 coachings on the material before the auditions or competitions are recommended.
  • For members of the Cabaret Theater excessive absences from rehearsals or functions are not permitted; excessive is deemed 5 or more missed rehearsals and functions without a legitimate reason.  Examples of reasons include illness, last minute work requirements, and unforeseen instances out of your control.  Missing a rehearsal or activity to participate in another group’s activities will not be permitted. 
  • For members of the Cabaret Theater, if you will be missing a rehearsal or master class, please contact both the Artistic and Assistant/General Directors/Stage Manager or Producers immediately upon knowing you will miss, or as soon as possible.  You must have a legitimate reason to miss. 
  • All participants of  the cabaret should maintain ethical, honest and truthful communications that remain in a non-inflammatory manner. Participants always represent the group, so they must remember to always retain brand standards in social media and when speaking to the public.  
  • Use of federal tax ID must be approved by the Artistic Director
  • We do our best to create safe situations; if you feel something is deemed risky and could result in injury, please stop the activity and notify the board/management immediately. The board/management will excuse your participation in any activity you deem unsafe. Continuing in any activity will release the Cabaret and Sidewinders Bar, MR Entertainment, LLC, and its affiliates from liability.

Q: Is this a paid theater?
A: Yes and No - participants in the theater are not automatically paid. However, they have an opportunity to earn revenue through sales, or may have different agreements. 

Q: Can I speak to the media in relationship to the Cabaret Theater at Sidewinders, Sidewinders Bar, the Southwest Arts Group, the African American Performing Arts Center and the Metropolitan Opera?
A: No - You are not permitted to speak to the media directly without the approval of the President/Artistic Director.  ​

Q: I am disabled, am I able to participate in your program? 
A: Yes - we do our best to accommodate all needs.

​Q: Can I double-book shows?
A: Yes and No. Prior written consent must be obtained for double-booking during marquee or state events; regular shows - okay to double-book but work with both producers.

Q: Do you have an age limit?
A: No - we do not have an age limit, nor do we have any age restrictions unless coming to the Cabaret/Bar; you must be 21 years old with a valid ID. Performers have different requirements and restrictions.

Q: Are you a nonprofit?
A: No - but a nonprofit is being established as part of the administration of the theater.

Q: Have people been dismissed from the group or any activities related to Sidewinders, the Southwest Arts Group or its affiliates?
A: Yes - we will dismiss anyone for misconduct, misrepresentation, lack of motivation, lack of participation, harassment, insubordination, lateness and lack of discipline.  

Q: Can I be dismissed from further productions?
A: Yes - a no-show for a performance can be grounds for dismissal.  Any behavior related to lying, cheating, stealing or anything that is deemed inappropriate (sneaking drinks into a bar) can also lead to dismissal; dismissal from shows can be indefinite. We will discuss options. Dismissal will be indefinite for people who bring outside alcoholic beverages into any function at the bar, the Cabaret Theater, or the performing arts center. 

Q: Do you have social media and public standards?
A: Yes - all members are required to represent the Southwest Arts Group or any affiliated entity as best as possible.  This goes for social media, any relationships and any dealings with the public.  We follow the 4-way test found here: 


Thank you for your participation in our events, helping us provide entertainment of a superior level, and a safe and professional environment. 


Renee M. Toya-Bouvier
Effective on 6/25/2016.

Updated 2/26/2017 to reflect stage managers presence and roles.

Updated 4/1/2017 - information displayed in different order.  Clarification of competitions.

Updated 10/26/2017 - removal of some items related to the Southwest Arts Group.

Updated 1/8/2018 - start times of events and role of artistic director and stage manager.