The north half of the historic St Patrick's Church undercroft is now the Radio Artifact Soundstage. What started as Urban Artifact's live music venue in 2015 has morphed into the physical manifestation of Radio Artifact's media platform.
As we open back up from the Covid-19 shutdown, we are focused on providing safe, artist-focused recording sessions. Our shows are "live recording sessions". Imagine a Tiny Desk Concert or Sessions at West 54th , but on an intimate stage with cinema-quality live venue lighting, audio, and video equipment.
Audiences are invited to join us through paid tickets, with a split of ticket revenue going to the artists. As of July 1, the venue capacity is 55, seated and 110 standing. For most recorded shows, we're aiming for the intimacy and relaxed nature of a seated, ticketed audience.
Each show is audio recorded, and prepped for digital distribution in the Radio Artifact music catalog (and on the radio station.) Artists retain all ownership of their music and our base agreement allows artists to be paid a portion of streaming revenues. We have a partnership with The Orchard to distribute audio onto every streaming download platform around the globe. LINK
We LOVE working with touring artists. We can be a break in your tour schedule by providing a productive stop on an odd day. Drop in, record your current live set in the afternoon on an off day, and then get some sleep early or head on to the next gig. OR put down a live session of your latest studio album that you're out supporting. The small-venue recording session also creates a space for dedicated local fans to experience your music in a different way than typical performance.
We use a standardized open source Music and Recording Distribution Agreement to partner with artists, and it works even if you have agreements with other labels/publishers. The MRDA in a nutshell:
Upfront recording/mixing/mastering costs to the Artist are waived for production, and the royalties split for the life of the recording. Radio Artifact handles all of the production costs, takes care of digital distribution (i.e. Bandcamp, Spotify, 50+ additional distributors, streaming etc.), transparently tracks revenue made by this recording, and pays out to the Artist when a minimum $ threshold is met per quarter. This only applies to this particular live recording. The Artist maintains the rights to their music copyright/IP and the ability to enter agreements for future/past studio recordings of these same songs. No strings attached - we just get to collaborate on this one recording event and mutually benefit from it being in each other's catalog. Essentially, Radio Artifact wants to record and distribute the shows we're producing, and wants the artists we host to get a cut from it long-term.
We also offer the studio to be rented out for artists interested in separate recording and distribution partnership. Recording packages outside of our regular audience-shows start at $1,300. We aren't able to invite everyone for our curated performance calendar, but if you want to secure a spot in the studio, this is a way to make sure you can get on the schedule.