Booking Policies

Resident Users, as described below, shall have first preference regarding booking dates for their proposed seasons. The Resident User season, for calendaring purposes, is defined as beginning June 1st and concluding May 31st. Resident Users will meet annually with the Executive Director of the Morris during the last week of May to discuss holds for the following year’s season with “final holds” to the confirmed by September 30th. To see our entire Tech Packet, click here.

Qualified Promoter

A Qualified Promoter is a promoter who has presented an event at the Morris Performing Arts Center and has satisfied all previous Morris Performing Arts Center contractual agreements -or- a new promoter who has successfully applied for a license to use the Morris Performing Arts Center’s facilities. A new promoter must complete a Morris Performing Arts Center license application and submit it with a fifty dollar ($50) non-refundable application fee. The application fee is for credit reports and background checks. The new promoter becomes a Qualified Promoter when license application has been approved by the Morris Performing Arts Center management.

Frequent User

A Frequent User is an organization or individual who guarantees to present twelve (12) or more ticketed public performances per season (June 1 – May 31). Frequent Users will be afforded special rental fee rates.

Commercial User

A Commercial User is a for-profit company whose primary business is to produce and/or promote touring stage productions, concerts or similar events; also applies to an individual or organization who presents an event and does not meet the requirements of a not-for-profit, frequent, or resident user.

Not-For-Profit User

A Not-For-Profit User must also be identified as a Qualified Promoter and posses a current 501(c) federal classification. Local St. Joseph County Not-For-Profit Users may be afforded special rental fee rates. The Not-For-Profit User special rental fee rates are not applicable if the Not-For-Profit User partners or co-promotes with a Commercial Promoter. Said co-promoted rentals shall be negotiated on a case by case basis.

Resident User

Resident Users are divided into two categories and will be afforded special rental fee rates.

Presenter Category: A Presenting Resident User is a St. Joseph County, State of Indiana not-for-profit organization possessing a 501(c) federal classification. A Presenting Resident User is further identified as being an organization that primarily contracts and presents touring artists/productions. A Presenting Resident User guarantees to present twelve (12) or more ticketed public performances per season (June 1 ‘ May 31).

Producer Category:A Producing Resident User is a St. Joseph County, State of Indiana not-for-profit arts organization possessing a 501(c)3 federal classification. A Producing Resident User is further identified as being an organization that locally produces and guarantees to present eight (8) or more ticketed public performances per season (June 1 ‘ May 31) who have artistic control over its productions and use primarily local or regional talent.

Tentative Date Holds

Only a Qualified Promoter may ‘hold’ dates for potential events. The ‘hold’ must be documented on a Booking/Scheduling Information Report and must include current address and telephone numbers. ‘Holds’ are for a maximum of 30 days. ‘Holds’ may be renewed; however, it is the responsibility of all promoters to notify the Morris Performing Arts Center of any desire to renew or extend an existing ‘hold.’ All ‘hold’ dates may be ‘challenged.’

Date Challenge

If a tentative date is ‘held’ by one Qualified Promoter, a second Qualified Promoter may challenge the date by providing the minimum rental deposit. The promoter with the tentative ‘hold’ has 48 hours to provide the minimum rental deposit and confirm the date. The promoter with the tentative ‘hold’ will be notified by phone that the date is being challenged. It is the responsibility of all promoters to keep the Morris Performing Arts Center advised of any changes in their telephone numbers.

Confirmed Dates

When the Morris Performing Arts Center receives a non-refundable rental deposit from a Qualified Promoter and issues a fully executed agreement, the date is confirmed. Confirmed dates have a 21-day booking protection versus similar events as determined by the Executive Director of the Morris. Similar events with different promoters have a 21-day grace period regarding release of tickets for sale to the general public.

Rental Deposits

A rental deposit is required and must accompany return of signed contract.

Contracts

All Morris Performing Arts Center Rental Agreements will be issued for a specific day, date, and time(s). All said agreements will include an expiration date and must be returned promptly with the deposit to avoid cancellation of agreement offer and forfeiture of ‘hold’. The standard expiration date shall be ten (10) business days from issuance of agreement offer.

Standard House Expenses

Facility Rental Fee

  • $1,875 vs. 10% of Gross Box Office Sales
  • Non-Show days: $1,500 per day

Box Office Fees

  • 3.0% of Gross Box Office Ticket Revenue not to exceed $1,875 per performance
  • 3.95% Blended Bank Rate for Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express Credit Card Sale1 Box office walk up sales only
  • $250 Box Office Set-up Fee

Surcharge

  • $3.50 per ticket Morris Performing Arts Center Historic Preservation/Facility Fee Surcharge
  • Surcharge fee MUST be included in all advertised ticket prices.

Labor2

  • House Staff: $500 Flat Fee per performance (Includes House Manager, Usher Captains, Ticket Takers)
  • Clean Up/Housekeeping: $780 per performance or $1000 per two performances in one day
  • Show Runner: $175
  • Catering Runner: $75 (Applicable to late catering requests per lease agreement.)
  • SB Police: $30 per hr per person (One Required for all functions. Minimum four hour charge.)
  • Security: $20 per hr per person (Required for all functions. Minimum four hour charge.)
  • Stage Manager: $30 per hour, minimum $200 per production (Required for setup & load out)
  • Stagehands: I.A.T.S.E. Local 187 at prevailing rates
  • Piano Tuning: at prevailing rate

Staging Equipment3

  • Complete Sound System: $350 per performance
  • Sound Rack/Cluster Only: $150 per performance
  • Sound Monitor System: $50 per performance
  • Complete Lighting System: $500 per performance
  • Lighting Board Only: $75 per performance
  • Instruments Only: $5 ea per performance
  • Follow Spots: $75 ea per performance (Four Supertroupers available)
  • Baldwin Grand Piano: $350 per performance
  • Yamaha Upright Piano: $75 per performance

Catering

  • Morris Performing Arts Center contracted caterer must be used for all functions – No Exceptions.
  • Please call: Navarre Hospitality at 574-235-5582 for menus and pricing information.

Merchandising

All merchandisers should be instructed to contact directly the Morris’ Assistant Director for Event Operations regarding the sale of merchandise in the facility.

Miscellaneous

  • Backstage Water Service: Spring Water in five gallon bottles including cooler & cups: $15 per bottle
  • Coffee Service: $15 per gallon
  • Backstage/Dressing Room Phone & Internet Service: $50 package per engagement
  • Towel Service: $3 each, bath size – $2 each, hand size
  • Gel/Color Medium: $8 per full sheet
  • Additional Morris Fan Club Email Promotional “Blasts”: Beyond Two (2) are $99 per Email Blast

Notes:

  1. Credit card bank fees are subject to bank rate increases.
  2. Labor rates are subject to periodic review/increases.
  3. Indiana Sales Tax of 7% is applicable on all equipment rentals.

Seating Breakdown by Area

Section # of Seats
Pit 64
Orchestra** 510
Main** 686
Lower Boxes 20
Upper Boxes 20
Royal Boxes 28
Mezzanine 200
1st Balcony 392
2nd Balcony 400
3rd Balcony 244
TOTAL 2564

Seating

  • ** 20 Wheelchair Positions available on main floor. If used, will reduce total seats available, as each wheelchair position is the equivalent of 4 regular seats.
  • Note: A $3.00 Morris Improvement Fee/Surcharge must be included in all advertised ticket prices.
  • Commercial Events

    Print Complete Promoter/Technical Package PDF

    Booking Policies

    Resident Users, as described below, shall have first preference regarding booking dates for their proposed seasons. The Resident User season, for calendaring purposes, is defined as beginning June 1st and concluding May 31st. Resident Users will meet annually with the Executive Director of the Morris during the last week of May to discuss holds for the following year’s season with “final holds” to the confirmed by September 30th.

    Qualified Promoter

    A Qualified Promoter is a promoter who has presented an event at the Morris Performing Arts Center and has satisfied all previous Morris Performing Arts Center contractual agreements -or- a new promoter who has successfully applied for a license to use the Morris Performing Arts Center’s facilities. A new promoter must complete a Morris Performing Arts Center license application and submit it with a fifty dollar ($50) non-refundable application fee. The application fee is for credit reports and background checks. The new promoter becomes a Qualified Promoter when license application has been approved by the Morris Performing Arts Center management.

    Frequent User

    A Frequent User is an organization or individual who guarantees to present twelve (12) or more ticketed public performances per season (June 1 – May 31). Frequent Users will be afforded special rental fee rates.

    Commercial User

    A Commercial User is a for-profit company whose primary business is to produce and/or promote touring stage productions, concerts or similar events; also applies to an individual or organization who presents an event and does not meet the requirements of a not-for-profit, frequent, or resident user.

    Not-For-Profit User

    A Not-For-Profit User must also be identified as a Qualified Promoter and posses a current 501(c) federal classification. Local St. Joseph County Not-For-Profit Users may be afforded special rental fee rates. The Not-For-Profit User special rental fee rates are not applicable if the Not-For-Profit User partners or co-promotes with a Commercial Promoter. Said co-promoted rentals shall be negotiated on a case by case basis.

    Resident User

    Resident Users are divided into two categories and will be afforded special rental fee rates.

    Presenter Category: A Presenting Resident User is a St. Joseph County, State of Indiana not-for-profit organization possessing a 501(c) federal classification. A Presenting Resident User is further identified as being an organization that primarily contracts and presents touring artists/productions. A Presenting Resident User guarantees to present twelve (12) or more ticketed public performances per season (June 1 ‘ May 31).

    Producer Category:A Producing Resident User is a St. Joseph County, State of Indiana not-for-profit arts organization possessing a 501(c)3 federal classification. A Producing Resident User is further identified as being an organization that locally produces and guarantees to present eight (8) or more ticketed public performances per season (June 1 ‘ May 31) who have artistic control over its productions and use primarily local or regional talent.

    Tentative Date Holds

    Only a Qualified Promoter may ‘hold’ dates for potential events. The ‘hold’ must be documented on a Booking/Scheduling Information Report and must include current address and telephone numbers. ‘Holds’ are for a maximum of 30 days. ‘Holds’ may be renewed; however, it is the responsibility of all promoters to notify the Morris Performing Arts Center of any desire to renew or extend an existing ‘hold.’ All ‘hold’ dates may be ‘challenged.’

    Date Challenge

    If a tentative date is ‘held’ by one Qualified Promoter, a second Qualified Promoter may challenge the date by providing the minimum rental deposit. The promoter with the tentative ‘hold’ has 48 hours to provide the minimum rental deposit and confirm the date. The promoter with the tentative ‘hold’ will be notified by phone that the date is being challenged. It is the responsibility of all promoters to keep the Morris Performing Arts Center advised of any changes in their telephone numbers.

    Confirmed Dates

    When the Morris Performing Arts Center receives a non-refundable rental deposit from a Qualified Promoter and issues a fully executed agreement, the date is confirmed. Confirmed dates have a 21-day booking protection versus similar events as determined by the Executive Director of the Morris. Similar events with different promoters have a 21-day grace period regarding release of tickets for sale to the general public.

    Rental Deposits

    A rental deposit is required and must accompany return of signed contract.

    Contracts

    All Morris Performing Arts Center Rental Agreements will be issued for a specific day, date, and time(s). All said agreements will include an expiration date and must be returned promptly with the deposit to avoid cancellation of agreement offer and forfeiture of ‘hold’. The standard expiration date shall be ten (10) business days from issuance of agreement offer.


    Standard House Expenses

    Facility Rental Fee

    • $1,875 vs. 10% of Gross Box Office Sales
    • Non-Show days: $1,500 per day

    Box Office Fees

    • 3.0% of Gross Box Office Ticket Revenue not to exceed $1,875 per performance
    • 3.95% Blended Bank Rate for Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express Credit Card Sale1 Box office walk up sales only
    • $250 Box Office Set-up Fee

    Surcharge

    • $3.50 per ticket Morris Performing Arts Center Historic Preservation/Facility Fee Surcharge
    • Surcharge fee MUST be included in all advertised ticket prices.

    Labor2

    • House Staff: $500 Flat Fee per performance (Includes House Manager, Usher Captains, Ticket Takers)
    • Clean Up/Housekeeping: $780 per performance or $1000 per two performances in one day
    • Show Runner: $175
    • Catering Runner: $75 (Applicable to late catering requests per lease agreement.)
    • SB Police: $30 per hr per person (One Required for all functions. Minimum four hour charge.)
    • Security: $20 per hr per person (Required for all functions. Minimum four hour charge.)
    • Stage Manager: $30 per hour, minimum $200 per production (Required for setup & load out)
    • Stagehands: I.A.T.S.E. Local 187 at prevailing rates
    • Piano Tuning: at prevailing rate

    Staging Equipment3

    • Complete Sound System: $350 per performance
    • Sound Rack/Cluster Only: $150 per performance
    • Sound Monitor System: $50 per performance
    • Complete Lighting System: $500 per performance
    • Lighting Board Only: $75 per performance
    • Instruments Only: $5 ea per performance
    • Follow Spots: $75 ea per performance (Four Supertroupers available)
    • Baldwin Grand Piano: $350 per performance
    • Yamaha Upright Piano: $75 per performance

    Catering

    • Morris Performing Arts Center contracted caterer must be used for all functions – No Exceptions.
    • Please call: Navarre Hospitality at 574-235-5582 for menus and pricing information.

    Merchandising

    All merchandisers should be instructed to contact directly the Morris’ Assistant Director for Event Operations regarding the sale of merchandise in the facility.

    Miscellaneous

    • Backstage Water Service: Spring Water in five gallon bottles including cooler & cups: $15 per bottle
    • Coffee Service: $15 per gallon
    • Backstage/Dressing Room Phone & Internet Service: $50 package per engagement
    • Towel Service: $3 each, bath size – $2 each, hand size
    • Gel/Color Medium: $8 per full sheet
    • Additional Morris Fan Club Email Promotional “Blasts”: Beyond Two (2) are $99 per Email Blast

    Notes:

    1. Credit card bank fees are subject to bank rate increases.
    2. Labor rates are subject to periodic review/increases.
    3. Indiana Sales Tax of 7% is applicable on all equipment rentals.

    Seating Breakdown by Area

    Section # of Seats
    Pit 64
    Orchestra** 510
    Main** 686
    Lower Boxes 20
    Upper Boxes 20
    Royal Boxes 28
    Mezzanine 200
    1st Balcony 392
    2nd Balcony 400
    3rd Balcony 244
    TOTAL 2564

    Seating

    • ** 20 Wheelchair Positions available on main floor. If used, will reduce total seats available, as each wheelchair position is the equivalent of 4 regular seats.
    • Note: A $3.00 Morris Improvement Fee/Surcharge must be included in all advertised ticket prices.

    Marketing & Advertising

    Michiana

    Located between Chicago, Fort Wayne, Detroit and Indianapolis, the South Bend/Mishawaka Designated Market Area ranks 77th in the nation and 2nd behind Indianapolis in the State of Indiana. The population within a 25 mile radius of South Bend exceeds 500,000 and within a within a 45 minute drive, the population figure approaches a million. A recent Study of this marketing area reported a mean age to be between 18 and 49 with annual retail sales in excess of $8.1 billion.

    Along with conventional methods of marketing and advertising, the Morris also utilizes social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+ to promote shows, gain interest and boost ticket sales.

    WBND-TV 58 ABC and
    WMWB Michiana\’s WB Channel 5 and the New CW
     

    WNIT-TV 34 Public Television

    53550 Generations Drive 300 West Jefferson Blvd
    South Bend, IN 46635 South Bend, IN 46601
    574-344-5500 Rachel Wegner 574-674-9648
    574-344-5553 FAX
    WHME-TV 46 Local Service Station WSBT-TV 22 CBS and UPN
    61300 Ironwood Road 1301 Douglas Road
    South Bend, IN 46614 Mishawaka, IN 46545
    574-291-8200 Jeff Castello 574-233-3141 Julie Harrell
    574-291-0930 FAX 574-288-6630 FAX
    WNDU-TV 16 NBC WSJV-TV 28 FOX
    54616 US 31 N 58096 County Road 7
    South Bend, IN 46637 Elkhart, IN 46515
    574-284-3182 Pat Ladewski 574-679-9758
    574-631-1688 FAX 574-522-7609 FAX
    Indiana Cable Advertising Sales
    1001 Hickory Road
    South Bend, IN 46617
    574-282-2505 ext 225 Jon Hart

     

     

    Radio Advertising:

     

    MNC-FM 95.3 WNSN-FM Sunny 101.5 (Contemporary Lite)
    (\”The Fan\” Sports Talk) 1301 Douglas Road
    237 West Edison Road Mishawaka, IN 46545
    Mishawaka, IN 46545 574-247-4306 Laura Boyle
    574-258-5483 574-993-0008 Cell
    574-258-0930 FAX 574-289-7382 FAX
    WBYT-FM B-100

    (Country)

    WRBR-FM

    (Adult Rock, Bob & Tom Show)

    237 West Edison Road 237 West Edison Road, Suite 200
    Mishawaka, IN 46545 Mishawaka, IN 46545
    574-258-5483 Madeline Catanzarite 574-258-5483 Lindy Miller
    574-291-0930 FAX 574-288-6630 FAX
    WFRN-FM

    (Christian)

    WSBT-AM 960

    (Talk, Adult Lite)

    25802 County Road 26 1301 Douglas Road
    Elkhart, IN 46514 Mishawaka, IN 46545
    574-674-6626 Rachel Moore or Ed Moore 574-247-4305 Christian Carlson
    574-875-6662 FAX 574-289-7382 FAX
    WHFB-FM

    (Real Country)

    WSMK-FM

    (Urban/Contemporary)

    1301 Douglas Road 925 N. 5th Street
    Mishawaka, IN 46545 Niles, MI 49120
    574-247-4305 Christian Carlson 269-683-4343 Marci Taylor
    574-289-7382 FAX 269-683-7759 FAX
    WNDV-FM & AM

    (Oldies, Talk, ND Football)

    Michiana\’s News Channel
    WTRC-FM 95.7, WTRC-AM 1340
    (News/Talk)
    3371 West Cleveland Road, Suite 310 237 West Edison Road
    South Bend, IN 46616 Mishawaka, IN 46545
    574-257-2346 Pam Homan 574-258-5483
    574-631-3653 FAX 574-258-0930 FAX
    WHPV-FM Pulse

    (Christian)

    WUBS-FM

    (Jazz)

    61300 Ironwood Drive 702 Lincolnway West
    South Bend, IN 46615 South Bend, IN 46619
    574-291-8200 Jeff Castello 574-287-4700
    574-291-9043 FAX 574-287-2478 FAX
    WIRX-FM

    (Rock)

    WUBU-FM

    (Urban and Jazz)

    580 East Napier 401 East Colfax Avenue, Suite 300
    Benton Harbor, MI 49022 South Bend, IN 46617
    269-683-4343 574-233-3429 Tonya Reed
    574-233-0580 FAX
    WNDV-FM U93

    (Adult Contemporary/Top 40)

    WVPE-FM

    (Public Radio)

    3371 West Cleveland Road, Suite 310 2720 California Road
    South Bend, IN 46616 Elkhart, IN 46516
    574-273-9300 Pam Homan 574-674-9873 Tamara Ashley
    574-273-9090 FAX 574-262-5700 FAX
    WZOW-FM 9707 and 102.3

    (Adult Rock)

    WZOC-FM

    (Oldies)

    3371 West Cleveland Road 1301 Douglas Road
    South Bend, IN 46616 Mishawaka, IN 46545
    574-273-9300 Pam Homan 574-247-4306 Laura Boyle
    574-993-0008 Cell
    574-289-7382 FAX
    WAUS- FM 90.7

    (Classical)

    WIDR-FM 89.1

    (Western Michigan University)

    4160 East Campus Circle Drive 1501 Faunce Student Services
    Berrien Springs, MI 49104 Kalamazoo, MI 49008
    269-470-2944 Wanda Poole 269-387-6301
    269-471-7464 FAX
    Midwest Communications
    WVFM 106.5, WKZO 590, WNWN 1560, WFAT 96.5,
    WIN 98.5 & 35.5, ESPN 1660
    Kalamazoo, MI 49008
    269-488-3810 Barb Breen
    269-345-1435 FAX

     

     

    Print Advertising:

    SOUTH BEND, IN PLYMOUTH, IN
    South Bend Tribune Plymouth Pilot News
    225 West Colfax Avenue P.O. Box 220
    South Bend, IN 46601 Plymouth, IN 46563
    574-235-6309 Peggy Bassier 574-936-3101
    574-239-2648 FAX
    PORTAGE, IN
    Senior Life Michiana Entertainer
    (St. Joseph And Elkhart Counties) 3311 Willowcreek Road, Suite 169
    P.O. Box 188 Portage, IN 46368
    Milford, IN 46542-0188 708-691-4356
    800-733-4111 219-734-6776
    574-658-4701 FAX
    UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME ROCHESTER, IN
    The Observer Rochester Sentinel
    Independent Newspaper Serving 118 East 8th Street, P.O. Box 260
    University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary\’s College Rochester, IN 46975
    Notre Dame, IN 46556 574-223-2111
    574-631-5303 574-223-5782 FAX
    574-631-6927 FAX Plymouth, IN 46563
    574-936-3101
    ELKHART, IN
    The Elkhart Truth KALAMAZOO, MI
    421 South 2nd Street Kalamazoo Gazette
    Elkhart, IN 46516 401 South Burdock Street
    574-296-5866 Patty Wittkopp Kalamazoo, MI 49007
    574-293-3303 FAX 800-466-4237 Linda Depta
    269-388-8406 FAX

     

    GOSHEN, IN NILES, MI
    The Goshen News Leader Publications
    114 South Main Street Niles Daily Star
    Goshen, IN 46526 Edwardsburg Argus
    574-533-2151 ext 398 Dowagiac Daily News
    217 North 4th Street
    Niles, MI 49120
    LA PORTE, IN 269-687-7722 Rick Kops
    La Porte Herald Argus 269-683-2175 FAX
    701 State Street
    La Porte, IN 46350-3328 ST. JOSEPH, MI
    219-362-2161 Wayne Brewer Herald Palladium
    219-362-2166 FAX 3450 Hollywood Road
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    MICHIGAN CITY, IN 269-429-2400 Melissa Clanton
    Michigan City News – Dispatch
    121 West Michigan Street
    Michigan City, IN 46360-3274
    219-874-7211
    219-872-8511 FAX

    General Technical Information

    Time Zone: Eastern

    Physical Address 211 N. Michigan Street
    South Bend, IN 46601
    Backstage Contacts
    Kyle Miller
    Production Manager
    574-245-6136 Phone
    615-693-8973 Cell
    574-235-9729 Fax
    kmiller@MorrisCenter.org
    Jim Monroe
    Director of Facility Operations
    574-245-6074 Phone
    574-596-3899 Cell
    574-235-9729 Fax
    jmonroe@MorrisCenter.org
    Type of Venue Restored 1922 Vaudeville House. Traditional proscenium stage with orchestra seating, main floor, mezzanine and balcony.
    Capacity
    Lower Level 1,216
    Upper Level 1,284
    Optional/Additional Pit Seating      64
    Total 2,564
    Stage Crew I.A.T.S.E. Local 187