I was contacted by the same MTV rep yesterday as well, Jerrid. While she apparently went into more detail with you about what MTV's ultimate plan for the program was, she went through the same list of questions and talked about a potential spot on some sort of steering committee.
In any event, I'm really excited about the potential boost this partnership would mean, but I'm hesitant to have to "conform" to a certain set of rigid "standards" regarding how I run my shows, you know? It's one thing to say that sponsorship requires certain mininum standards be met, but it's another thing entirely to have to make radical changes to conform to specific requirements...
To explain my point, I currently use a 23" CRT TV for performer viewing. I go with the CRT because no one can ever complain that the calibration may not be correct. If sponsorship meant that I would have to use, say, a 30" screen size or higher, that's fine. But if I were forced, for instance, to upgrade to a 30" or larger LCD HD display to maintain sponsorship, that would be an excessive standard in my opinion. In fact, there may be certain proposed requirements that I simply cannot meet due to the nature of my business. There is a world of difference between setting up a very specific staging for a single venue for a single purpose, and what I do, which is setting up the best available stagings for multiple venues for multiple purposes while keeping setup time at a minimum and equipment dimensions reasonable for frequent transport.
Boy, I kind of went off on a rant there. Hope you guys stayed with me on that. Ultimate point is, I'd rather not be told the fine points of what my setup needs to be.