VENUE GUIDE - UNDER DEVELOPMENT
This page is for shows wanting to perform at AMC and needing to
know about how AMC @ UCC works, tech info, costs ... and so on.
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WHAT AMC @ UCC OFFERS
AMC @ UCC: THE DEAL
FRINGE REGISTRATION RATES (2022)
SHOW TIMINGS and SLOT LENGTHS
MAIN ROOM TECH and Other Related Stuff
PRINT: FRINGE PROGRAMME
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DISABLED ACCESS :: VENUE STORAGE :: TICKET SALES
COMING TO EDINBURGH FROM ABROAD
The ACOUSTIC MUSIC CENTRE is now in its third home since it began life in the old Edinburgh University Women’s Union in Chambers Street in August 1982, running there annually each Edinburgh Festival Fringe until 1995. The university then took the building back to convert it into offices and AMC went dark from 1996 to 2005 when it restarted in St Bride’s Centre running successfully there until 2016. Having been asked on Friday 17 February 2017 for a ridiculous rent for St Bride’s by Edinburgh City Council if we wished to be there in August 2017, AMC found a new and welcoming home on Monday 20 February 2017 in the Ukrainian Community Centre (aka UCC) at 14 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AB.
In our new venue, from August 7 to 27 2017, AMC hosted 70 shows under its new name "AMC @ UCC", of which almost 20 sold-out the 80-seat Main Room. Result!
The following August there were 73 shows of which 26 sold out. Result x 2!!
Edinburgh-based entertainments agency, Stoneyport Associates, programmes AMC taking everything right through from initial contact with performers and performing companies to putting them on-stage, through marketing and publicity, to dealing with the subsequent box office pay-out after the festival.
UCC volunteers man the cosy bar in the basement below the performance room (aka The MAIN ROOM) serving alcohol and tea/coffee. UCC provides the legal back-up in licensing the venue for performance and all the other venue-specific stuff they do year-round anyway.
Since it began in 1982, ‘brand’ AMC has become synonymous on the Fringe for good acoustic, roots, folk, Celtic music (and some other arts forms). When we ran AMC @ St Brides we estimated that some 70%-75% of those musical genres being presented annually on the Fringe was programmed at AMC.
This document is written in good faith and is believed to be accurate at the time of writing.
The whole document is intended to describe what AMC @ UCC proposes to provide for prospective participants to enable them to present shows in UCC during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
However, this provision cannot be guaranteed when circumstances outwith the control of Stoneyport Associates or UCC require an adjustment of what is offered here. Then, the rules of Force Majeure will apply.
WHAT AMC @ UCC OFFERS
WHAT AMC @ UCC OFFERS
The Main Room
The Main Room (pic left looking towards the rear of the building) is 15 m long x 5 m wide x 5 m high and is on the ground floor above the basement bar. There are two doors into/out of the room. One, (leading to the foyer/box office and street) is out of shot to the right; the other is at the far end of the room to the right of the window. The room can usually seat up to 80 on comfortable seats which will be linked in compliance with licensing regulations. However under current COVID regulations (early 2022) this capacity is reduced to 60 socially distanced seats distributed mostly around small bistro/cafe tables
The room is organised so that the stage/performance area is about half-way along the wall on the left in the picture so you play across the short dimension of the room. The floor is the stage which is defined by black vinyl dance flooring approx 2.0 m deep x 4.5 m wide. The wall behind the stage is hung with black drapes to help define the stage area.
The picture on the right shows the room in use, as it will be in August 2022, at an Edinburgh Folk Club gig (April 24 2019); but without the wall lights which are covered by the black drapes.
There is one dressing room on the floor above the Main Room but there is no lift in the building, only stairs. The venue's public toilets and wash-hand basins (hot/cold water) are on the ground floor, adjacent to the Main Room. Please note, AMC @ UCC does not supply towels in dressing rooms.
PA System, lighting etc
The Main Room PA system comprises a good quality rig, including a Behringer XENYX X22228 8-channel desk, two free-standing Behringer FoH speakers, mic boom stands, mics+cables, DI boxes, two foldback monitors and stage box/snake. There is good and friendly technical assistance on hand to help you set up the gear and get ready for your show. While there are only 30 minutes to set up between shows we very rarely start a show late. This is important because (a) Fringe audiences can be very busy whizzing around the city to see as many shows as possible in a day and (b) over-running your show affects the timing of all the show which follow yours - we do not want that and don't allow it.
AV Equipment and Projection
The orientation of the stage in the room means that projection is very difficult, if not impossible, and since 2019 we have abandoned using projection (no shows asked for the facility).
In keeping with our name, Acoustic Music Centre reserves evenings for music but, should we choose to accept them, we can also offer the Main Room to shows in the afternoon and mornings. These could be non-musical shows.
Please note ...
AMC @ UCC reserves the right to refuse to allow a company the use of the Ukrainian Community Centre to present a show because:
(a) the logistics of the venue mean the show would be inappropriate for the venue, or
(b) the show is deemed unsuitable as determined by AMC programming guidelines.
NB1: if you want to film/video your show we must know as soon as possible before the show date in case seats have to be removed for camera(s) and therefore taken off sale.
NB2: All Electrical equipment brought into AMC @ UCC for use in any show must be PAT tested and certificated.