Concerts for 2014

Concerts for 2014

 

As you know, I posted a message a few weeks back, asking members of the group to suggest venues which we might approach to set up some concerts, and bring some money into the group.  I asked everyone to send in a few possibilities together with contact details (a name and telephone number), together with their view as to why the venue might yield a good audience.

I received only three replies, which is in itself disappointing.   Further, whilst the replies provided some names of venues, there was no supporting rationale as to why they would work for the MSE.  As a result we haven’t moved forward.

Given that our first priority on returning in the new term will be to set up some concert dates and that rehearsals are on hold until the support team is properly up and running, I thought it was worth re-visiting this topic, and explaining clearly what we need and why.

The MSE is a concert-band.  Organising and putting on concerts is a core activity for us, and we need to gain some income from our concerts to stay on an even keel financially.  However, we’re not good at promoting ourselves or selling tickets, and we don’t have a decent ‘fan-base’ to call on to swell numbers for our concerts … so setting up regular concerts where we have to sell tickets to cover our costs is at best risky, and is likely to cost us money, not bring in revenue.

For this reason, I have described an approach which has no risk for us or our concert partners… and which involves getting together with venue holders who have an associated audience.  Primarily this means churches, and some charity groups if they have good support from their membership.

Our proposition is simple ->  “you provide the venue, we’ll provide the music, and we’ll split any receipts from tickets, raffles etc. equally”.

To make this work, we have only to follow a simple three-step plan …

  1. Put together a list of suitable venues, accenting churches as the most likely candidates
  2. Agree as a team, which venues are most likely to provide a good audience
  3. Contact them face to face, offering to put on a concert

As concerts and events co-ordinator Jas will help manage our inputs, and I’ll help out with any site visits / face-to-face chats, but we first need to build a list of likely venues (ideally 5 – 10 candidates) to work with – and that’s going to require some effort from the team as a whole.

 

How you can help …

 

Research you local area

Looking on the internet for the name of your local church unfortunately won’t take us where we need to go.  It doesn’t tell us whether the venue is likely to produce an audience or not.  You’ll need to get a little more involved in the task if we’re to be successful ….

Make enquiries of your friends and family, or just drop in at your local church / village hall etc.   If you find that it’s well-attended, ask who’s in charge and then make some basic enquiries … do they hold music events ?, have these been a success in the past ? etc.

Once we’ve identified a few candidates of this sort, Jas and I will make further enquiries, and the concerts will undoubtedly follow quickly.

Why this hasn’t worked so far

Various support-team members have held the title of “concert organiser” in the past, and we set up a team last year whose remit was exactly as described above.

However, these have all been inactive … we’ve never actually reached out in person to venue holders, and indeed we’ve never even put the basics in place to enable us to work as a team.

Will it work now ?

I’m confident that if we all step forward and do our bit, that not only can we make a success of setting up some concerts, but that this will serve as a catalyst to help bring the team together as a properly working unit.  However, if you leave the work to others, we run the risk of meeting up in September only to find that we’ve made no progress at all over the summer break, and that our rehearsals plan is delayed as a result.

In other words, its up to you to !

Summary

Rehearsals are on hold, until we get the support team up and running and set up some concert dates

The more people get involved, the quicker we can put things in place and get back to playing music

If you want to help, contact me with details of a venue or two that you’ve researched including …

 

– The name of the venue

– The name of a contact person at the venue (preferably someone that you’ve spoken with recently)

– Their telephone number

– Why you think that a joint concert would work well for the MSE

 

See you in September … Cheers Jem

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