NB: if you cannot yet reach the requisite criteria for providing a minimum audience, but are interested in joining the system then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are developing a number of toolkits to help artists to grow their local audience to the level required to join Off Axis.
Important note - In this first phase you will be able to request support slots before you have earned any credits on the system. This is to ensure that artists can circulate from the very beginning. Artists added to the system further down the line will have to host someone first, in order to earn credits, before they can request a gig in another town.
However, in order to ensure that we can circulate as many artists as possible to as many places as possible from the very beginning we ask that you add the details of a hometown show to the Off Axis system (one at which you can have an artist from another town support you at) within six weeks of registering. The show itself does not have to take place within six weeks (it could be that it is in July or August 2015 for example), but we want to get as many opportunities added to the system as soon as possible so that artists can start playing in new places, and also start generating and spending credits.
Also, it is worth baring in mind that this is not necessarily a case of organising additional Off Axis shows, but rather one of using the system as a way to help you organise, and in turn benefit more from, shows you would be doing anyway – that could be anything from a gig you usually put on every couple of months for your fans, your latest EP launch, and so on. Of course, you may wish to put together extra shows in order to earn more credits to enable you to play more shows in other towns.