Code of Conduct

Midtown Moxies Code of Conduct, Revised: 8/8/16

Table of Contents
1. General Policies
1.1 Voting Procedures
1.2 Financials
1.3 Social Media & Public Statements
2. Attendance & Meetings
2.1 Attendance Policy
2.2 Meetings
2.3 Troupe Events
3. Show Procedures
3.1 Show Attendance
3.2 Pitches
3.3 Music Submission
4. Planning & Rehearsal
4.1 Rehearsal
4.2 Planning
5. Show Day
5.1 Check in
5.2 Call time
5.3 Tech Rehearsal
5.4 Door time
5.5 Dressing Room
5.6 Behavior & Venue Etiquette
6. Raffle prizes and Merchandise
6.1 Raffle Prizes
6.2 Merchandise
7. Gigs
8. Termination and Appeals
8.1 Termination
8.2 Appeal Process
8.3 Removal of Producer
9. Photo Release

 

1. General Policies

1.1 Voting Procedures
All troupe decisions may be subject to a vote. In the event that the Producer requests a vote, Performers (and crew, if applicable) will have 5 days to vote on said issue. In the event that the Producer acts without first requesting a vote, a vote will be held if three or more troupe members request one. All votes will be determined by the majority of voting members.

1.2 Financials

Accounting:
All troupe accounting shall be available to troupe members upon request, be they performers or crew.

Expenses:
The following expenses will be deducted from gross show revenues: Sound, photography, venue fees, rehearsal studio fees (in the event that Midtown Barfly is unavailable), table & chair rental fees or repayment. The following expenses will be considered exempt from voting regulations: printing fees, merchandise restocking expenses.

Payment:
Payment will be issued via Square Cash within 3 days of show. All performers & managers must have a W9 on file. Performers & managers earning more than $600 in any calendar year will be issued a 1099 and all earnings will be reported to the IRS. Duos and group numbers will be divided equally unless otherwise requested.

Payment percentages will be as follows:
Producer – 20% (Production assistant – 25% of Producer’s payment)
Stage Manager – 7%
House Manager – 5%
Emcee – 5%
Performers – 4.5% per number
Guests – 4.5%

Troupe Fund:
All proceeds from merchandise and raffle sales, and any percentage of show revenues not paid out to performers or managers, will be deposited into the troupe fund. All merchandise expenses, printing expenses and show expenses not deducted from gross show revenues will be deducted from the troupe fund. The troupe fund may be used for events, education or memorabilia for the troupe’s benefit when approved by a majority vote. The Producer agrees to seek troupe approval by majority vote for any non-exempt expenses over $50.

1.3 Social Media & Public Statements

All performers are expected to help promote the show whenever possible. Performers are expected to use Facebook to share invites and the event page.

Performers are expected to use discretion and common sense when posting to social media or making public statements. Any statements speaking negatively of the troupe, other members of the troupe, sponsors, venues or any other business partners are strictly prohibited. If a troupe member has an issue with any of the above listed parties, they should discuss it privately with a manager. In the event that a Performer does make such a statement, Management may request its removal, and failure to do so may lead to termination. In general, posts coming from Persona pages should maintain an upbeat demeanor if and when possible.

While it’s not expected that all posts be of a positive demeanor, if a Persona page begins to take on an overwhelmingly negative tone this will reflect poorly on both the troupe member and the troupe. In the event that this occurs, management may request that a member take a time out from using their Persona page for any posts other than promotions while the issues that are causing the negativity are resolved. Please note, all troupe members should feel free to post these things on the troupe’s Girl Talk group page – we are here for you! But, the audience and our fans are not.

Performers are expected to limit the number of controversial posts coming from their persona page. Burlesque is inherently political, and so some discussion of a political nature is to be expected, but such discussions should be respectful and considerate of the views of others, even if we do not agree with them. Posts that are racist, sexist or demeaning to women, or that negatively critique the female form are strictly prohibited from Persona profiles. Such posts from either a Persona profile or a Personal profile create a hostile environment for everyone in the troupe, and may be grounds for termination.

Moxie Facebook Groups:
All new troupe members will be added to the closed group pages after approval by a manager. This is to protect the personal information, data and the integrity of the troupe. Please do not use posts on the group pages as a method of communicating with the Producer or with other individual troupe members.
The Moxie Announcement page is meant for only important announcements, and as such may only be posted to by a member of the management team.
The Moxie group page is meant for any troupe or burlesque related communications. Examples: costuming questions, posts relating to a show or number, links to burlesque or performance resources.
The Girl Talk group page is meant for all posts unrelated to the troupe or burlesque. Examples: Memes, personal posts, etc.

2. Attendance & Meetings

2.1 Attendance Policy
All non-emergency meetings are mandatory. Absences may be excused if a performer is sick or cannot attend due to work or school obligations. Please notify the Producer immediately if you will be absent due to a work or school obligation. With the exception of hospitalization, sick Performers must notify the Producer of an absence as soon as possible, but no later than one hour of start time, or the absence will be considered a “No Call, No Show”. More than one “No Call, No Show” will be grounds for termination. Performers who miss more than three meetings due to illness will be required to provide a doctors not explaining that their illness precluded them from attending said meeting, but that they are, in general, healthy enough to participate in the troupe. More than three unexcused absences will be grounds for termination at the Producer’s discretion.

2.2 Meetings
General meetings will be scheduled at least one month in advance. Emergency meetings are not mandatory, but attendance is strongly encouraged. Meeting notes will be posted to the Backstage, and any performers who have missed a given meeting are expected to familiarize themselves with anything discussed at the meeting within a reasonable timeframe.

2.3 Troupe Events
While it is strongly encouraged, attendance at Troupe Events (such as community events, photoshoots, troupe parties, etc) are not mandatory. Members are expected to RSVP to all events that require one, and notify the Producer immediately in the event that they will have to miss an event that they agreed to attend. Members who repeatedly fail to show up to events they have RSVPed may be terminated or suspended at the Producer’s discretion. If a member RSVP’s but does not attend an event financed by the troupe fund, their portion of the event expense will be deducted from their Performer payments.

3. Show Procedures

3.1 Show Attendance
Performers are expected to perform in 10 out of 12 regular season shows. Performers must notify the Producer during by the pitch due date if they are not able to perform in any given show. Missing more than 2 shows per season may lead to suspension or termination at the Producer’s discretion.

3.2 Pitches
Pitches will open 8 weeks before regular season shows, and 12 weeks before holiday shows. They will remain open for 7 days. Late pitches will be accepted at the producer’s discretion. Pitches will only be accepted when submitted through the Backstage link. Performers may submit up to four pitches per theme. A list of approved pitches will be posted within 5 days of the close of pitches. Failure to submit pitches by the due date for more than 3 months may lead to suspension or termination.

3.3 Music Submission
Music may be submitted any time after the list of approved pitches has been posted, and will be due 7 days before dress rehearsal. If editing is required, please try to submit music as early as possible, as not all edits are feasible and such issues are easier to resolve the sooner they are discovered. Late music will be penalized at the following rate: 1-3 days late – $1/day; more than 3 days late – $5 per day. All penalties for late music submissions will be paid out to the troupe fund. In the event that music has not been submitted by 48 hours from dress rehearsal the producer may pull the number.

4. Planning & Rehearsal

4.1 Rehearsal
Rehearsal will occur from 8pm – 10pm on the Monday prior to the show. Please come as prepared as possible, with most of your choreography, props and costuming complete. Please be prepared to give the stage manager detailed notes on the setup for your number. Performers may miss 1 rehearsal without penalty. After 1 rehearsal has been missed, each additional missed rehearsal will be penalized at the rate of 50% of that month’s performer payment, whether or not the absence is excused. All penalties from missed rehearsals will be deposited into the troupe fund. Rehearsal attendance is encouraged, but not mandatory for kittens.

4.2 Planning
Planning and discussion of acts will occur from 7pm – 8pm on the evening of Rehearsal. Please consider any needs your act will have and bring them to the producer and stage manager’s attention during the planning meeting, or as soon as possible. If you need to cast other performers or crew in your number, planning meetings are the ideal time to do so.  In the event that a Performer misses a Planning or Rehearsal meeting, they are expected to send the following to the Stage Manager and Producer by midnight that evening: Planning notes, stage notes, video of number. Sick performers may ask for an extension for sending videos, but all notes must be submitted on time. 5. Show Day

5.1 Check in
On show days; all cast and crew will need to check in with the appropriate manager. Performers and stage kittens should check in with the Stage Manager, Merch Kittens with the Merch Manager, and Guy Fridays with the House Manager. If any cast or crew would like to bring in a guest, you must request persmission from the management team. Guests are not allowed backstage at any time. In the event that a guest disrupts ANY part of the pre-show set-up, they will be asked to leave and return at doors. 5.2 Call time Call time for all shows will be 4PM for crew and 5pm for performers unless otherwise noted. All performers are expected to arrive on time unless granted an exception, and check in with their stage manager upon arrival. Performers arriving more than 15 minutes late should send a text message to the producer, stage manager and house manager. Performers arriving more than 30 minutes late will not be guaranteed a tech rehearsal. Performers arriving more than 1 hour late may be pulled from the set list.

5.3 Tech Rehearsal
Tech rehearsal may be required based on the level of complication of a number or set. All singers must have a full tech rehearsal and sound check. Those performers who are not required to have a tech rehearsal but would like to do so should make the request during dress rehearsal.

5.4 Door time
Please be sure to give yourself enough time to prepare for the show and have all makeup, hair and costuming ready by door time.

5.5 Dressing Room
Please refrain from allowing guests into the dressing room. After 6PM the dressing room is reserved for female performers and kittens only. If you have male performers in your number please ask for special accommodations at dress rehearsal. Please keep the dressing room clean and be sure to remove all of your personal items upon departure. Items left in the dressing room will be removed by the Producer and held for up to two months. After two months all unclaimed items will be disposed of.

5.6 Behavior & Venue Etiquette, Dress Code
All troupe members are expected to behave professionally at all times during the show, whether or not they are performing. Troupe members are expected to have State or Federally issued identification on their person or at the venue.

Troupe members are expected to abstain from any and all illegal drug use on venue property at all times. Troupe members may drink alcoholic beverages, but should do their best to avoid inebriation and under no circumstances should they be inebriated during a show. The Producer recognizes that show day is stressful and hectic, and that it is easy to forget to take care of one’s self on such days. If a performer finds that they have become too intoxicated they should speak to the Producer or House Manager immediately. If a Performer appears inebriated before their act they will be pulled from the setlist and suspended for one month. If a performer appears inebriated during a performance they will be suspended from performing and required to kitten three shows before performing again. Repeat offenses may lead to termination.

Troupe members are expected to follow the instruction of all Moxie Management and Barfly Management as well as Security. Troupe members are expected to treat guests, cast, crew and venue staff with the utmost respect. In the case that an issue arises with another party, Troupe members are expected to bring the issue to the attention of the House Manger, Producer or Security immediately. A Troupe member should never assault a guest unless absolutely necessary in self-defense to prevent grave bodily injury. Any guest that harasses a Troupe member, whether verbally or physically, will be removed immediately.

Dress Code
Performers: All Performers must do their best at keeping genitalia covered in accordance with local liquor laws. Popping a pastie is completely understandable and will not be viewed as purposely dressing inappropriately. Kittens: Kittens may fit their costume to the show theme, or wear mostly black burlesque basics (fishnets, corsets, gowns). Kittens should be sure that their costuming allows them to do their job without disruption or injury. Please be sure that any jewelry worn will not catch on delicate fabrics or props. Kittens should be sure that their attire is appropriate for the setting, and should be wearing full bottoms. Stockings are highly recommended. Any kitten dressed inappropriately will be asked to change. Guy Fridays: Guy Friday’s should dress to the show theme or wear business appropriate attire. Suits and ties are recommended. Clothing should not contain phrases or graphics that could be considered offensive.

6. Raffle prizes and Merchandise

6.1 Raffle Prizes
In order to maintain the value of our raffle tickets as well as the value of our sponsorships, it is important that we use good discretion in accepting raffle prizes. As such, with limited exception, raffle prizes will only be accepted as part of a sponsorship. Sponsoring the raffle requires pledging multiple months worth of goods, services or gift certificates, depending on the individual sponsorship agreement. Performers may not donate prizes to the raffle unless they are acting as a sponsorship, in which case a sponsorship agreement will have already been enacted. Performers should not accept donations to the raffle, and in general should direct any inquiries to the Producer. Troupe members should not purchase raffle tickets.

6.2 Merchandise
Merchandise offerings will be determined by a vote. Performers may request to add their goods to the merchandise offerings, and approved requests will be treated as any other wholesale vendor. Performers are not allowed to sell merchandise at shows independently without an existing vendor agreement.

7. Gigs
Midtown Moxies Gigs will be accepted at the discretion of the Producer. All gigs booked through the Midtown Moxies will be cast by the Producer, either by open pitches or by selection. Performers are expected to arrive on time and prepared for all gigs. Performers who must cancel a scheduled gig must notify the Producer immediately. Performers cancelling more than one gig in any 3 month period will be suspended from gig castings for 6 months.

Performers may accept gigs with prior permission of the Producer. Performers are expected to be billed as “of The Midtown Moxies” unless otherwise noted by Producer.

Performers may accept gigs from the following groups without first requesting permission:
Amber’s Sweets / Sac Horror
Trash Film Orgy

Performers are asked not to accept gigs with any of the following groups or individuals, as there have been conflicts in the past with members in lead roles:
Jezebelles Army / Mone’t Ha-Sidi
Perky Passionettes / Libertine the Obscene / Coco Le Bon Bon / Nixy Cane
Raven LaRoux aka Vivienne Fuego aka Andie Marie.

8. Termination and Appeals

8.1 Termination
Performers may be terminated at the Producer’s discretion, whether or not they have violated the terms of their contract. In the event that a Performer is terminated, they have the opportunity to appeal the termination. Who may initiate the appeals process will depend on the grounds for termination. In the event of a termination due to Contract violation, an appeal may only be initiated by the terminated Performer. In the event of a termination based on Producer’s discretion, an appeal may be initiated by the terminated performer or any other member of the Midtown Moxies on their behalf. Appeals must be initiated within 7 days of termination.

8.2 Appeal Process
In the event that an appeal is initiated, an Appeals Board consisting of the Stage Manager, House Manager, 3 Performers and 2 Crew Members (chosen at random) will be asked to review the appeal. The Performer will be given 10 days to provide, in writing, any necessary explanation and supporting evidence for their case. Producer will also be expected to give full explanation of cause and provide any supporting evidence within the 10-day period. The Appeals Board will have three days to request further details from the Performer or Producer, and will vote on the 14th day following initiation of the appeal. Votes will be cast anonymously, and will be determined based on the majority vote.

8.3 Removal of Producer
In the event that a situation arises in which the troupe feels that the Producer is not acting in the capacity necessary to maintain their position, the troupe may act to remove the Producer. To remove the Producer the troupe must vote by a two-thirds majority for removal. If a two-thirds vote is successful, an appeal process will immediately be triggered. If the Appeals Board determines that the Producer should be removed, the Producer will either transfer ownership of the Troupe through the proper State and Local procedures to the new Producer, or will dissolve the troupe if no new Producer is identified within 14 days. In the event that this occurs the Producer will first pay off any outstanding troupe debts before turning over the remainder of the troupe fund, minus 20%, to the new Producer, or if no new Producer is identified the remainder of the troupe fund, minus 20%, will be paid out to all performers and managers.

9. Midtown Moxies Photo Release

I grant to The Midtown Moxies, its representatives and management team the right to take photographs and video of me and my property in connection with the above-identified subject. I authorize The Midtown Moxies, its assigns and transferees to copyright, use and publish the same in print and/or electronically. I agree that The Midtown Moxies may use such photographs of me with or without my performer name, but without my legal name, for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, and Web content.

I understand that The Midtown Moxies retain full ownership of all photos and video taken by approved/contracted photographers at Midtown Moxies shows or events. I understand that I maintain permission to use these photos for personal purposes, but waive my right to use them for future creative or business endeavors unless permission is explicitly granted by The Midtown Moxies.

I understand that I am strictly prohibited from using any photos or video taken at Midtown Moxies shows to promote other burlesque or variety shows and/or troupes, unless under the guise of also promoting The Midtown Moxies or with the permission of The Midtown Moxies.