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.
- The best scenario is the event is postponed, and the booking is then transferred to a different date.
- 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.
- 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.