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Thread #66217   Message #1100582
Posted By: treewind
24-Jan-04 - 05:19 PM
Thread Name: Auditions for new Folk club in Barnsley
Subject: RE: Auditions for new Folk club in Barnsley
"A folk club ought not to be about exclusion, but inclusion"

The trouble with sweeping ideological axioms like that is it makes life difficult when you have to appear to break the rules. The truth is that a club organiser has conflicting requirements:
- to encourage new performers
- to keep the regulars coming back
- to keep standards of music or entertainment reasonably high, especially for those who come to listen but don't perform (and pay for it)

There's no simple rule for how to do that. Everyone has different solutions to the problem. It's often a case of simple common sense and thinking on your feet. It also depends on what sort of club it wants to be, from staged concert to informal singaround in a bar.

And all levels it is possible to be selective without being elitist.