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obtaining permission to record

The Boston Poetry Slam frequently fields requests from media or performers to record images or audio at the show. Because some of the show’s artists record and market their own artistic endeavors for income, because some recording methods disrupt the live experience of the show, and because, due to the highly personal nature of some of the work shared, the event is considered a safe space, no photography, videography, audio recording, or other recording is permitted at the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge unless ALL of the following conditions are satisfied:

  1. You have obtained permission from the performer in advance of the performance.
  2. You have obtained permission from the SlamMaster at least 24 hours in advance of the performance. The SlamMaster reserves the right to deny your request at her discretion.
  3. You have set up your position and recording equipment to be as unobtrusive as possible. Our audience is considered more important than your recording, so this means:
    • Do not use a flash or other lighting device to photograph or video. This includes lighting features designed to prevent red-eye.
    • Do not use a device that beeps or makes other disruptive noises while shooting or recording.
    • Do not stand in the aisles or block passage with your equipment. Do not move around the audience during the performance.
    • Do not obstruct audience views of the performer with your position or equipment.
  4. For publication, all your photographs or recordings must be credited as “live at the Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge.”

You are welcome to record yourself performing in the open mic, feature, or slam at the Cantab, but your recording is still subject to the above points.

Media outlets are encouraged to contact the SlamMaster to obtain credited images to represent the Boston Poetry Slam. You may also contact our staff photographers, Marshall Goff and Rich Beaubien, to directly request images from the event or to book them to photograph on your behalf.