Exhibitor Rules & Regulations
Assignment of Space
The initial assignment of booth space will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. ASTA reserves the right to change the location of an exhibitor and also retains the right to arrange the exhibit hall in the most appropriate and safe manner. No booth space will be assigned until payment is received in full by ASTA. The contracting exhibitor may not sublet or reassign, in part or in whole, space to any other firm or individual without prior written consent of ASTA.
Each exhibit space is 10’x10’ and includes the following:
(1) 8’ high back wall
(2) 3’ high side rails
(1) 6’ x 2’ 30” high skirted table
(1) 7” x 44” exhibitor ID sign
(1) company profile in conference program
(1) full conference registration badge with access to all education sessions and events
(3) exhibit-hall-only personnel badges
Please Note: Depending on the venue, the Exhibit Hall may not be carpeted. Check with ASTA.
Exhibit Booth Cancellation
All cancellations of allowable exhibit contract items must be made in writing and received by the ASTA national office no later than December 31, 2021. Any cancellation made after this date obligates the exhibitor to make full payment of all contracted items. All cancellations made prior to the cancellation deadline incur a 10% cancellation processing fee of the total contracted amount. Cancellations made within the accepted time frame will receive a refund of the money paid minus the cancellation processing fee. Any refund due will be issued and mailed within 30 days of the close of the conference. All cancelled items revert back to show management for resale.
Exhibits must be confined to space purchased. Adherence to this policy will be strictly enforced. Any exceptions to this require written approval from the executive director of ASTA. Nothing shall be pasted, tacked, nailed, screwed, or otherwise attached to columns, walls, floors, or other parts of the building or furniture Exhibitors are solely responsible for any fees incurred for damage to the exhibit hall. Distribution of circulars or promotional material is permitted only within the contracted booth space. Advertising material or signs of firms other than those that have rented booth space are prohibited. Canvassing and solicitations of business except by exhibiting firms are prohibited. Exhibitors will be expected to adhere to ethical standards in their canvassing, interviews, demonstrations, etc. Order taking and selling will be permitted in assigned booth spaces only. It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to comply fully with any applicable state and local sales and use tax laws and requirements.
Exhibit Space Set-Up
Set-up is allowed only during the stated times and all exhibitor personnel must have an exhibitor badge to enter the hall. Exhibiting companies must be completely setup by 4:00 PM on Thursday, March 17, for inspection of the hall by the fire marshal. If an exhibiting company is not set-up by 4:00 PM it will not be allowed to set-up until after the close of the Grand Opening Reception or the space may be forfeited. Exhibiting companies are not allowed to dismantle exhibit space prior to the official close of the show. Early dismantle will result in a $500 fine and the inability to exhibit at future shows.
Sharing/Subletting of Space
No exhibitor shall assign, sublet, or apportion the whole or any part of the space allotted, or have representatives, equipment of materials from other than their own firm in the rented space. Only the name of the exhibitor which appears on the contract may be placed in the booth and in the show’s printed exhibitor directory. Should an exhibitor cancel, exhibit space reverts back to show management for resale.
Listing and Promotional Materials
By exhibiting at the ASTA National Conference, exhibitors grant ASTA fully-paid, perpetual non-exclusive license to use, display, and reproduce the company name, contact information and any photographs taken of you or the exhibit floor containing your booth during the conference for future promotional materials. ASTA shall not be liable for any errors or omissions of any listings or descriptions.
Music Sound Levels
Reasonable sound levels must be employed in all exhibit booths. The executive director of ASTA reserves the right to restrict exhibits that, because of undue noise, method of operation, material, or any other reason, become objectionable or unruly. In the event of such a restriction or eviction, ASTA is not liable for any refunds, rentals, or any other expense. Headphones, rather than speakers, are recommended for use of sound equipment when possible.
For the consideration of both attendees and fellow exhibiting companies, ASTA has set out some guidelines for demonstrations in exhibit areas. Exhibitors may demonstrate their own product(s) in their assigned booth space provided that demonstrations include product manufactured or distributed by the exhibitor; that demonstrations do not exceed 80 decibels; and that demonstrations do not exceed 5 minutes in duration.
Music Performance and Licensing
Live or recorded music attractions used in an exhibit must have prior written approval from ASTA. It is the sole and exclusive responsibility of the exhibiting company to arrange for performance and mechanical licenses for copyrighted music used in booths. Exhibitors will indemnify and defend ASTA against any claims or suits alleging copyright infringement for the use of music by the exhibitor.
ASTA has secured exhibit hall space that has some built-in security measures, such as lockable doors, video camera monitors, and convention center security. In addition to these measures, ASTA may provide additional security during exhibitor move-in, show hours, and non-show hours. Security personnel will check badges for entrance to the exhibit space. Absolutely NO ONE without a proper badge will be granted access. ASTA will not be held liable for any losses of merchandise, damage to property, or injury to individuals. Exhibitors are held totally responsible for their own materials at all times and should take whatever extra care necessary to prevent loss or damage. ASTA does not provide security within the exhibitor’s booth space; if such security is desired by exhibitors, they may contract with an appropriate security service.
Safety, Fire, and Health
All Federal, State, and City laws must be strictly observed. A full listing of these fire and safety regulations will be available in the full Exhibitor Service Manual.
The exhibiting company acknowledges that ASTA has no responsibility for exhibitors’ property, and that the exhibitor takes full responsibility for all risks to the property the exhibitor brings to the conference. Each exhibitor shall be required to maintain the following insurance coverages during the ASTA National Conference: Commercial General Liability, Products/Completed Operations, Personal Injury and Automotive Liability (where appropriate) with minimum limits of not less than $1,000,000; Fire Liability with a minimum of $50,000; and Medical Payments with a minimum limit of $5,000. Policies of coverage for all such coverage shall name ASTA and the Hyatt Regency Atlanta as additional insureds. Proof of the certificates of coverage may be requested by ASTA or the Hyatt.
The exhibiting company agrees to protect, indemnify, defend, and hold harmless ASTA against all claims, losses, damages, and accidents to person or property, governmental charges or fines, and attorneys’ fees arising out of or caused by negligence of the exhibiting company or those acting on behalf of the exhibiting company during installation, removal, maintenance, occupancy, or use of the exhibition premises or a part thereof.
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Policy
Exhibitor shall be fully responsible to pay for any and all damages to property owned by Hyatt (HYATT REGENCY ATLANTA), its owners or managers which result from any act or omission of Exhibitor. Exhibitor agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless, Hyatt (HYATT REGENCY ATLANTA), its owners, managers, officers or directors, agents, employees, subsidiaries, and affiliates, from any damages or charges resulting from Exhibitor’s use of the property. Exhibitor’s liability shall include all losses, costs, damages, or expenses arising from, out of, or by reason of any accident or bodily injury or other occurrences to any person or persons, including the Exhibitor, its agents, employees, and business invitees which arise from or out of the Exhibitor’s occupancy and use of the exhibition premises, the Hotel or any part thereof.
In the event of cancellation of the 2022 ASTA National Conference because of circumstances beyond ASTA’s control, or in the event of failure or inability to fulfill this contract, or to furnish the space due to fire, strikes, authority of the law, acts of God, terrorism, or any other cause or reason, the ASTA Board of Directors shall determine an equitable basis for the refund of monies received from exhibitors, if any, after deducting the portion of the expenses incurred that are allocable to each exhibitor.
ASTA reserves the right to interpret and enforce all Rules and Regulations contained in this contract and to make any additional Rules and Regulations that may be necessary for the proper conduct of this national event. All such decisions shall be binding upon the exhibiting company. Any controversy or claim arising from the terms of this contract, including the Rules and Regulations that cannot be acceptably negotiated by the parties involved, shall be settled by arbitration in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association.
The 2022 ASTA National Conference is sponsored by the American String Teachers Association, 4155 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030, 703-279-2113, www.astastrings.org.
Incorporation of Rules and Regulations
Any and all matters pertaining to the exhibition not specifically covered by this contract and the rules and regulations as described in the Exhibitor Service Manual, shall be subject to determination by ASTA. ASTA may adopt rules and regulations from time to time governing such matters, and may amend or revoke them at any time upon reasonable notice to the exhibitor and shall apply to and become binding. If an exhibitor objects to such amendment, they must provide notice to ASTA promptly. Within 3 days of notice being received by ASTA, the amendment shall not apply to exhibitor until such a time as the exhibitor and ASTA can otherwise agree.
EXHIBITORS PLEASE NOTE: ONLY USE VENDORS AUTHORIZED BY ASTA
Unauthorized businesses may contact you about hotel and travel offers, attendee list rental, exhibit displays and rental, and other sales pitches. Please disregard any communication from any third-party marketing companies.
The only vendors authorized by ASTA for the 2022 ASTA National Conference are:
- Hyatt Regency Atlanta
- Fern Exposition Services
ASTA has partnered with the Hyatt Regency Atlanta to provide hotel rooms for the conference and room reservations should be made directly through them. ASTA does not use a third-party housing service. If you are contacted by any company offering hotel reservations for the ASTA National Conference, please note they are NOT affiliated with ASTA nor acting on behalf of ASTA. ASTA cannot guarantee the authenticity of any reservations made with third-party companies and we advise you to contact the Hyatt Regency Atlanta directly for hotel reservations and information. ASTA cannot be held liable for any charges or reservations made with any third-party companies. Please be aware, if you are approached by other companies advertising discount hotel and travel, ASTA advises you to only make room reservations via the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
If you are contacted about conference attendee lists, please note that the only source of attendee information is ASTA. ASTA does not sell its list through any list rental agencies. We recommend that exhibitors not engage with any vendor that is not an authorized ASTA contractor. If you receive a solicitation and are unsure of the vendor’s affiliation with ASTA, please contact us.
Thank you for exhibiting with ASTA. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!