The Memorial Union Terrace, der Rathskeller, Lakefront on Langdon, and The Sett are integral parts of the Wisconsin Union’s public image and are primarily dining service facilities that are vital to the Union’s fiscal integrity. These facilities are subject to all UW–Madison and Wisconsin Union facility use policies and guidelines. However, to preserve each venue’s special character and importance to the Wisconsin Union, the following criteria should be adhered to when approving events in major Dining Services Programming Spaces.
Events proposed for the Wisconsin Union Terrace, der Rathskeller, Lakefront on Langdon, and the Sett stages must fit all of the following criteria to be considered for approval. Events must:
Completely fill out a Dining Services Programming Facility request form, available from the Campus Event Services Office, with all requested information and submit it to the Campus Event Services Office at least 6 weeks in advance of your event. If submitted less than 6 weeks in advance, it may affect the approval status of your event.
Your request will be reviewed by the Cooperative Programming Committee at their next regularly scheduled meeting following the submission of your form. This committee meets every two weeks during the academic year and as needed during the summer term.
Events requiring sound amplification may bring their own equipment or request to rent the Union’s equipment with a sound and light technician. The cost of all sound equipment, band backline, or other production needs is the sole responsibility of the group requesting use of the space. Groups must work with the Campus Events Services Office on sound needs and restrictions in advance of the event, regardless of equipment provider. The event organizer must read, agree to, and sign the “Standard Rules for Music Venues At The Wisconsin Union.”
Performers will not exceed a maximum sound pressure level of:
These levels only dictate the maximum level you may be allowed to amplify at—sound levels may be reduced below this maximum level at the discretion of the appropriate Wisconsin Union representative, based on operational needs at the time of performance. Level checks will be made throughout the performance including sound checks. Performers must be prepared to lower the level of stage amps in order to ascertain a good overall mix and stay within the limits set. Sound amplification must end at or before midnight on the Terrace.
Wisconsin Union Staff and their designated representatives have the right to direct event sponsor/performer to discontinue any activity, including sound amplification level, which disrupts the normal operations of the Wisconsin Union or constitutes a violation of university policy, as well as any federal, state, or local laws.
For interpretations, resolution of problems, and special situations contact: Wisconsin Union Assistant Director-Facilities Management
05-18-2009, 03-08-2012, 01-16-2013
05/18/2009; 03/08/2012; 01/16/2013