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Thread #76150 Message #1347402
Posted By: breezy
04-Dec-04 - 03:28 PM
Thread Name: Raising Money to Save Sidmouth Festival
Subject: RE: Raising Money to Save Sidmouth Festival
Interesting idea, E G , but isnt that the rationale behind organising any kind of event, so therefore shouldn't the festival raise its own finances by its own shows and aim to make a reasonable profit to be re-invested in future ventures?
If you as an artiste take away more in the way of fee than you drew to your performance then you the artiste are taking and not giving.
And too many artistes are prepared to ask more than their appearance justifies.
In 4 years,only one artiste was concerned enough and ever asked if the club had taken enough to cover his fee, and that was Andy Irvine. Another agreed to reduce his fee for future engagements to help re-dress a loss made and that was Harvey Andrews. Another agreed to a fee that reflected the size of the club attendence, Martin Carthy.To these artistes I say 'Thank you'
Jeremy Taylor asks a reasonable fee as does Steve Tilston.
Geoff Higginbottom is very good value.
So if an ariste doesnt 'pull' who are they to demand 'fees'
In 4 years I have learned much as to who I can afford to book without it draining club funds. Certain artistes rule themselves out of the club market by being out of touch with grass roots, while some clubs do not take a realistic view of their own admission charges.
A geographical location can have a negative influence on attendance too.
Organising a Festival can be likened to running up to 10 club events at the same time, simultaneously, each event must therefore justify its own costs, ideally, but if one doesnt then hopefully another will so as to end up with a balance, but hopefully a plus surplus.
Or is this asking too much??