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Hopefully by now you are all aware that something is well and truly 'going on' with our UK CBG scene.
The first festival was a huge sucess, with around 25 folk attending the day sessions, and 60 for the evening gig.
This almost doubled to 50 and 100 respectivly for this years fest - and from what I gather, a lot more than attend many of the US events. And they invented it! ;o)
Clearly our scene is exploding... and I reckon it will continue to do so.
A lot of this is down to you, the participants, the anonymous benefactors, and the hardwork that Chickenbone John and a few others put in throughout the year doing all the planning and organising.
As it stands at the minute, John shells out his own cash, then worries if he'll get it back on the night! He spends hours planning, meeting, travelling, discussing - all at his own expense.
The performers play on the assumtion they will not be getting paid. They pay their own travel and accomodation costs. As it turned out this year, the anonymous donation and the good turn out, coupled with the deal done with the venue, meant they did get a little financial help, but they were there out of their own good will and dedication to the scene.
So, heres my point (FINALLY!!)
Wouldnt it be great if we had a little money in the kitty to help with all these little costs? Maybe to lay on food at the next fest? Help John with some of the planning costs? Or to actually pay the preformers something like a proper wage? Maybe cover venue costs so we can avoid the dreaded door split? Or, to put it another way;
To support the scene we all take so much from, and to ensure its continued success.
Lets just imagine for a moment that John cant afford the time off to organise next years fest, or that Hollowbelly cant afford to come and give a workshop and gig... pretty dreary picture huh? You would be left with me, in a dingy pub, talking nonsense for 15 hours. Not worth 25p...
I know what youre thinking. Sounds like a begging letter, but trust me, its not - I have a plan!
And better than that, everyone gets a little something back too :o)
The plan is to set up a UK CBG Registry (for want of a better name - it would be cool to include all homemade instruments).
And this is how it would work;
* There would be a nominal fee to join - say £5 per year. This would give us a few hundred quid to do something with next year.
* There would be NO obligation to join, and not joining would have NO effect on you attending the festival, etc etc - the idea of this is to support our democracy and help it grow, not to divide folk.
* For your £5, you would get a membership number, maybe a downloadable logo with said number (so if you are building / selling / preforming etc you can show you are affiliated, so to speak - handy if you Ebay etc) and your name on 'The List'
* 'The List' will therefore be a Uk directory of of builders and players and interested folk. If someone was activly looking for an artist, or a builder, or even just folk to interview for a documentary, what better resource?
* The registry would also have the benefit of drawing in folk who are on the fringes of what we do. Plenty of folk build and sell on Ebay, but dont come here or to the shows. Maybe seeing everyone else affiliated would motivate them to get a bit more involved. Same goes for players - lets get everyone together and share our tips, help each other, and educate the rest of the musical world together!
* As an additional benefit, once we have a proper group set up in this way, and with a little extra paperwork, we can apply for outside funding. Want to see Seasick Steve play the next UK festival? This could pay for it. Seriously.
Incidentally, I did also think about a sticker for your guitar case, but this then becomes a 'money in, money out' affair and doesnt actually raise anything for the kitty. Maybe a bit of merchandising could be done as a seperate venture?
I am volunteering to help set all this up, and it would be done properly with an elected board, proper accounts etc, so its all above board and,most importantly, for the good of the group.
So - thoughts please!
Im asking for honest open opinions here folk, so dont hold back! DO, however, try to read the whole thing before you start on about making it elitist etc etc - I think its pretty clear thats not the point!
yep it's all looking good here just joined the mailing list so i can keep an eye on you ...lol!
great job so far Ben
"...contain little or no useful content..."
The cheek! lol
Sounds like the I.T. police are on to you mate ;o)
i added myself to the map but can't seem to be able to join the mailing list
hi all, there is already wonderful place for cbg people to meet, exchange ideas, buy and sell and promote their personal businesses, its cbn. i have just found another called homemade music clubhouse.some of you are already members i see. both of these sites have a uk section and provide all the facilitys to ferther cbg in the uk.
in my experience all organisations with a commity/board will become self serving, plagued by nepitisom,back slaping and corruption. from allotment ass. through sports clubs, hobbyists to local, national and international government.
the only people who would benifit from a uk registry are those with a commercial interest,ie,builders who sell thier products,performers,parts suppliers, promoters ect ect.
i am all in favour of supporting people in business, though we punters should not be asked to fund the start up/advancement of these personal business ventures