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jiva Bogus Support Spots on Guest Nights (97* d) RE: Bogus Support Spots on Guest Nights 07 Nov 08

We've seen numerous people portraying floor spots as 'gigs' (yes, that word is much abused) on their websites and Myspace profiles - we don't do that, although can appreciate how some believe that by doing so they will somehow be seen as more busy and more important. We think that most performers and organisers will not be impressed by such tactics.

We see floor spots as just that - turning up at a club on a singers/residents/singaround night and taking part in however the night is run by the organisers. If we'll be travelling more than say 100 mile round trip on the day/night we usually contact the organisers beforehand to confirm that we'd get a song or two.

We see a support spot as when an organiser has asked us to specifically perform in support of a guest that is booked as the main act. It may be 10 minutes, it may be 30 minutes, or whatever they ask for... and it may or may not be paid.

On the jiva Myspace profile we make a point of mentioning that:

"The dates shown below are scheduled performances. Additionally, we regularly pop in to residents nights and singarounds to do the occasional floor spot... but these are not included in the Upcoming Performances list."

Then for those items that are listed we give date/time, venue details, organiser contact details, indicator of what we're doing (eg "Support to .....", "Private performance", "Hiring fair", "Studio guests", "Main act" etc).

That way there should be no doubt in anyone's mind about the 'status' (for want of a better word) of any of these scheduled performances.

Our website Home page has a call-out box on the left (below the navigation buttons) which gives a summary of the next four scheduled performances taken from our Myspace.

The website 'About Us' page says that we do floor spots at singarounds and singers nights in clubs, and it mentions formally arranged support slots we have done for named professional artists, occasional guest spots at clubs and performances at some small festivals as well as charity events and fundraisers... this section will hopefully give some idea of what we do for anyone who might be looking for performers for a venue/event.

But there is certainly no substitute for playing floor spots where we can enjoy new venues/clubs, meet new people and hear some good music and maybe even be asked back again.

jiva (Jimmy & Val)

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