Richard Morse Posted September 25, 2004 Share Posted September 25, 2004 There's been substantial call to have the NESI be a longer event. Is there enough interested folk to warrant it? How to go about doing it? We can easily extend it further throughout Sunday by making Sunday breakfast (the same time as we did on Saturday) AND have a Sunday lunch. That would make that day's workshops NOT be concurrent with eating time, plus give us the wherewithal to continue into the afternoon. Of course the downside is that those late-night (ahem - *early* morning) types would have to get up earlier or wait until lunch to break their fast. But still it seems like a lot of folk would leave early anyway as they have such a far ways to travel back. I would think that only by having another night for the event will we be able to substantially extend the event. That way we can have another full day for workshops and a lot more time for jamming, networking, socializing. Depending on the numbers of people wanting to start on Thursday evening - or - stay on to over to Monday morning, we may be able to do it. One problem with such an extended time could mean that we would either have to pay a LOT more for the privilege of having the entire place to ourselves (if we didn't fill it) or have to put up with "outsiders" gawking and telling us not to play after 10pm.... Another problem is that the Button Box probably couldn't afford to make it any lengthier. We (the Button Box) usually break about even with the event (so long as you don't count the time we put into organizing it). OTOH, we (the Button Box) DO make some money by setting up shop there. But not much as packing/unpacking, cleaning, staffing, driving time, etc. take a lot of employee time (much of which they do like to be PAID for). Well, they *do* get the perk of camping and eating at the event for free.... Anyway, I bring this up because it can be the key item. A longer event doesn't make for more sales, only more staff expense. Plus we'd be loosing out on our day traffic at our regular store. I don't mean to make it sound like we're a band of mercenaries... but we all limits to the amount "free" time we fell okay to put towards any endeavor. It's hard to ask anyone to put in a lot of extra hours at their JOB without pay to enable a pleasurable event for other people to happen. In that vein maybe we should look into funding for this thing. Get a grant from some music foundation or such. Maybe even a federal subsidy? Seems like all the festivals I've been to are underwritten in some way. Anyone willing to look into that? I guess when it comes down to it, in order to extend this event, we're going to be needing some help. Squeezebox community help. And information is probably the first step. Suggestions? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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