Due to the current uncertainty around the impact of the Coronavirus on cultural events, I have drawn up some guidance so that presenters will understand my stance on cancellation and force majeure at all stages of negotiation.

  1. The best scenario is the event is postponed, and the booking is then transferred to a different date.
  2. In the event of cancellation (because of government ban or in anticipation of a ban, because low attendance is anticipated, or through health concerns), any upfront costs (eg paying for flights or trains or hotels) should be reimbursed to the artist by the presenter.
  3. I will be operating a sliding % scale of cancellation charges as follows:
    a) Less than three days’ notice: 100% of fee.
    b) One week’s notice: 75% of fee.
    c) Two weeks’ notice: 60% of fee.
    d) Four weeks’ notice: 40% of fee.

For the avoidance of doubt, as we are now fully aware of the threat of the COVID-19 virus, and anticipate government action, I am no longer willing to consider pandemic as a case of force majeure.