Re Guest Peter "c. Provide a place where people can be entertained by folk performers (classic guest booking club / concert)
That is what Faldingworth Live is, which is the Folk Concert venue I organise. It doesn't have a committee, which means decisions can be made quickly, without all the flapping around that committee meetings create.
We have a max of 100 people and manage to get up to 100 on a regular basis.
We have a seperate page on the website for Artist Bookings, that explains exactly how we operate. Artist Bookings
This is the website http://www.faldingworthlive.co.uk/
It doesn't matter who an organiser books, it still requires lots of publicity Newspapers/radio/websites/Facebook/Twitter/Posters/Handout dairy at each concert/word of mouth/Artists letting their fans know.
We have a bar and sell good bottled ale at reasonable prices.
We do a raffle and always put 6 prizes in it, wine, chocolates etc.
We allocate parking space for peopel with Blue Badges and have fkat entrance and a disbilkty toilet that caters for people in wheelchairs.
We reserve tickets for people and they pay on the door. Many places don't like doing this, but it is one of the successes of running FL.
We ensure that larger groups are kept together and try to ensure people get to sit where they would like in relation to the stage.
We have a resident Sound Engineers & MC, Bar Staff, People setting chairs/stage etc out, who do this voluntary and all of them know what they have to do and we all strive to make our concerts as pleasurable as possible for our audience.
Hope that helps for anybody thinking of dipping their toes into the concert venue concept.
Most good venues do very much what we do (obviously in different ways to suit their way of working.)