I should add - in our experience, most of the time friends and family members of the band
offer to pay and the issue does not even come up. Occasionally, a band member will tell
us someone is coming they would like admitted free. In those cases we do not charge even
if they offer.
From: Mac Mckeever <macmck(a)ymail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 8:59 AM
Subject: Fw: [Organizers] spectator - charge or not?
We are pretty lenient about this. The fact these people have some interest in finding out
who we are and what we do is like free publicity.
The musicians play for us at far below what they get in other venues - so we try to
accommodate friends and family. If someone just happens to like the music and comes just
to listen - we do charge them - explaining we need to be able to pay the band.
Always encourage someone to come in and see what we do - we might even coax them into one
dance to give them a small sample. We work hard to get the word out - so we try not to
discourage anyone who shows interest. In this case we usually have one or more dancers
who will sit with them at times to explain everything and help them understand the
difference in the watching experience vs the participation experience.
Yes - let parents in - we will even create a special group rate if they bring a lot of
students (especially if they contact us in advance).
Basically - if we are not turning people away due to overcrowding, it costs us nothing to
make these exceptions and they all have potential long term benefits.
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From: Jane Ewing via Organizers <organizers(a)lists.sharedweight.net>
Sent: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 8:41 AM
Subject: [Organizers] spectator - charge or not?
I would like to know how many groups out there charge for a "spectator" to
attend a dance.
Also, what is the a difference between -
A. The cousin of a fiddler coming in to listen
B. Someone that wants to see "what it is all about" and might consider
dancing in the future C. Parents that bring students in to dance. Jane Ewing Grant,
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