I must admit it was so nice so Nance to have to use so much space to say things. Guess it is my turn. Though I am a bit surprised about her comments as her partner had given me the updated press release to post and I would have without the commentary. But open a can of worms and you get my honest opinions.
There is an extremely well known performer that every time they come up with something the question in the back of our minds is what is the real agenda and how is it benefiting them. Most of you know me well enough that I don't need to use names. If you don't go back through my blogs it is not hard to figure out.
I do believe there is a distant cousin out here...because this is what I saw. What could be a good idea is turned into a way to line wallets of one performer and her business partner. While we are striving to keep the cost down for venue owners, performers and audiences I saw something that will truly make two people money and use the music community to do so.
Performers are charged $250.00L a week. there are tons of those. Streams are given out freely....and I received no lm to the venue that the performer was playing at....though I did not need it...the stream was there, I could take it home and listen. Laughs then again, even if the performer was not on air their stream was advertised so all i would have to do is take the stream information, and drop it in my land or home etc. OHC,Beth Odetts, Chance, and Laidback....all your streams were there to see yet only one of you was performing (these are the only 4 I looked at). By the way Laidback, you sounded good, but when I was going to tp to whatever venue you were at....this is the response I got -- NFO READER: "Tuesday";
[20:53] INFO READER: NO GIG SCHEDULED
[20:53] INFO READER: Tuesday, resetting script.
. I stood on the platform with Voice Doobie and could have fit a couple more on there, at least three other people. Then I started doing the math and I did not get a full count of all the boards.....but of the ones I did and I believe i missed a few..50,300L a week or 201,200L for 4 weeks...that is off of the fans that could be tipping performers and venues, and venues and performers which are having a rough time anyway. Looking at the numbers of what they have set up there...I felt like someone there thought money can be made off of the music community, and they in turn use each of us to line their wallets.
As much as we love music, I felt as though I was talking to someone that found a way use use the venue, the fan, and the performer to profit, and do so by imitating a well respected member of the music community, yet added the tipping on and the live streams....
The more they charge people, the less that goes to the performer. Contrary to what a lot say about liking the interaction with the people on the venue, that is usually the same handful of people for each performer.....read profiles, you can see all the time, I don't follow local chat so im me, or I have im'd people to say hi when I see they are online, and they are at work with the music playing. From a venue owners standpoint, we see all kinds. not everyone cares as much about the interaction. So that argument goes both ways. Would we, as venues, lose those that come to our venue while they are at work, or just want to quietly dance with a special someone. They would not need to, they could park their avi at their home and drop the stream, or dance on their deck with the stream dropped.
Most of you know me well enough to know how strongly I believe in the growth of sl music. How passionate I am about it. I get angry when I see people trying to take advantage of every single avenue in this community...I think of a get rich quick scheme....playing on what most are so very passionate about. Ya know how after you get done talking to a "used car salesman" mentality (not meant to insult the good ethical used car salespeople) ( oh please, I hear the snickers now:) ) but after you get done talking to one you feel like you need a shower. That is how I felt tonight after seeing all that.
WOW all that and I haven't even hit the press release yet. but it is late...and I need that shower.