About Booking Spoken Word Artists
One of the most common sorts of spoken word performances is performance poetry, where a performance poet reads poems specifically written to be performed aloud. The genre is often performed with musical accompaniment, or as a background, but emphasis is kept on the speaker or poet as they perform.
There are a few things you should do when hiring a spoken word artist. First, watch video samples or try to attend a live performance. Discuss with him/her the type of material you are interested in - whether you want funny, serious, or specific subjects/content. If you have specific poems or lyrics you want read, then have it ready to share with the performer so they can see if they are comfortable doing it. Next, read reviews and get references. Talk to people who have seen the performer live or booked them in the past. Feedback is a great way to ensure you book the best for your event. Last, get a contract. Make sure to read it carefully and watch for specifications made by the artist.