(1) Easy question: I am involved in trying to
restart the dance that
takes place in Deerfield, NH on the first Saturday of the month. It was
started and maintained by Marianne Taylor for 7 or 8 years before her recent
death, and it for her as well as for the dance that we want to continue the
event. We have a little seed money (I am not sure how much) and hope to
attract callers, musicians and perhaps a sound person for a share of the
gate. It seems to me that as organizers we probably should not give the
talent all of the gate. There might be gas money, but if I understand the
current situation correctly, that might be the only guarantee. Anything
else will probably be a share of the gate. What percent of the gate would
you give to the talent? Would you retain any for the organization?
What expenses do you have other than talent? Are you paying rent on the hall?
Printing flyers? Are you maintaining sound equipment? Paying for insurance?
The Bay Area Country Dance Society splits the door at regular dances 60% staff,
40% organization, doing the split from the first dollar in the door. There are
guarantees for band, caller, sound.
Alan Winston --- WINSTON(a)SSRL.SLAC.STANFORD.EDU
Disclaimer: I speak only for myself, not SLAC or SSRL Phone: 650/926-3056
Paper mail to: SSRL -- SLAC BIN 99, 2575 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park CA 94025