Why are you concerned about exposing how much you pay the artists? I don't know what
your situation is - but as I understand it here, as a not-for-profit, our books have to be
available to the public if requested. I have no problem telling what we pay if asked.
Our artists are very generous working for what little we offer - so I am somewhat proud to
let others know so they can appreciate them even more.
Are you also focusing on the reasons for declining attendance? That would seem to be a
more positive solution.
Mac McKeeverSt. Louis
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From: Emily Addison via Organizers <organizers(a)lists.sharedweight.net>
To: Shared Weight Organizers <organizers(a)sharedweight.net>
Sent: Sunday, February 5, 2017 2:42 PM
Subject: [Organizers] Dance pricing, communicating about pricing and more
Hi fellow organizers,
Following up from some discussion in December about low attendance, here in Ottawa
we're working on 'recovering' from a surprising attendance drop this year.
We're having a major strategy session later in the month which includes talking
publicity, programming, finances etc.
I'd love to hear about any ****innovative ideas you have for door pricing****
Our current system:$12 regular, $10 members and students, 16 and under freeMembership is
$30 start of year, $20 in January. People who want to be generous and buy a sustaining
membership can pay $50.
Possible options currently on the table:The easiest solution which would be the default is
to raise the price for all by $2 which some feel is a fair price compared to a movie.
However, others think paying $12-$14 every two weeks will be not only hard on those with
low incomes but also a psychological be a turn off for others.
Ideas I'm wondering about:
- $10/12 base, adding sliding scale up to $15... hopeful that people would contribute
- Also communicating effectively (we don't do this at all now) on the cost of
running a dance. This would mean exposing what the average cost of talent and sound but I
think if people knew where money was going and how little talent actually get paid for
their efforts, they'd be more generous.
Your ideas??????Any thoughts on the ideas above and in particular, anyone doing a great
job of communicating costs to their dancers?Any other brilliant thoughts? Maybe different
donor levels? Donation jars (but how to do well)?Other?
With much thanks!Emily Addison in Ottawa
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