A recent Boston Herald article, "Local artists revel in national acts’ spotlight", perfectly captures the sentiment and logic behind our mission to educate local venues on the need for regional acts to be given legitimate opportunities of exposure. It's good for business, good for the community, and good for the scene.
Here in Seacoast NH, 3S Artspace has begun to support local & regional acts with opening slots, we recently worked with them to place Qwill on the bill w/ Sinkane for a November show. PARMA Licensing, LLC has also actively promoted regional artists at their annual fest. Others, like The Music Hall, continue to ignore what's right. They rarely place deserving acts on stage as openers for their headliners, who are being paid top dollar with community funding. The irony in the situation is that the Music Hall only makes back roughly 60% of their concert costs with ticket sales, which is somehow used as an incentive to raise MORE FUNDS from the community. Doesn't sound like a very sustainable business model. We know what happens to bands or promoters who only cover 60% of overhead costs. Bank of NH Pavilion has caught some heat in the past for placing a stage in their parking lot, which was sponsored by Magic Hat Brewing Company, to support homegrown music. Only problem, bands were asked to do the gig for free... in a parking lot.