The second annual TEAM Harvest Fest is back at the Bungalow Grove on
Saturday, October 15th !
**** Local Music, Local Food, Local Art ****
This is a fundraising event for the Team / Town Exeter Arts Music initiative which organizes, cultivates and promotes arts and music events in the community, and supports working and aspiring artists and musicians in the region.
Groove Lounge 12-2pm
Food and drinks from:
3 Brothers Marketplace
Laney & Lu Cafe
Blue Moon Evolution
D Squared Java
Kids activities, art vendors, lawn games !
Raffle featuring gift cards from local businesses
$10 suggested donation
Thank you to our generous sponsors : Exeter Arts Committee, The Green Alliance, Ruffner Real Estate LLC
Thank you to the The Bungalow Club for their support and donating the use of their space at 9 Franklin Street in downtown Exeter, located directly behind Blue Moon Evolution Restaurant.
ALL Prince , ALL Night
A dance party celebrating the life and music of Prince.
TVP Records & Ingrid Chavez will co-host and DJ
Link for advanced tickets :
Proceeds will benefit the Arts Industry Alliance, a non -profit organization comitted to the promotion and cultivation of artists within their community, a movement that was very dear to Prince.
The cover story in the latest issue of The Sound delves a little deeper into the issue of funding allocation for "the arts". We will be following up with a more in-dept response to some of the points made by local arts administrators in the article.
This is a follow up from last year's post regarding the lack of support of local and regional musical acts from the larger venues like The Music Hall, 3S Artspace and Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion. Arts Industry Alliance has been active in attempts to bring this problem to the attention of decision makers within each of these organizations.
Bank of NH Pavilion received a lot of negative feedback on social media from regional musicians who were asked to perform for no compensation on the Magic Hat sponsored stage located in the parking lot. The administrator of Bank of NH Pavilion's facebook page was initially dismissive of the concerns raised by musician Chad Verbeck, leader of NH-based band Rockspring, who had recently turned down the opportunity to play on the stage. Here is the post from Bank of NH Pavilion:
We now run two stages for the sole purpose of highlighting regional entertainment at the shows, pay all the expenses for these two stages and give the acts tickets to the show and give them an opportunity to make commissions on tickets for promoting the shows. The ones that are fortunate enough to get these gigs are very appreciative of the opportunity this affords them, above most other opportunities presented to them. Don't worry -- We promise to never subject you to such terrible tyranny.
After several other musicians from the area commented on the post, the conversation got a lot more serious. Chris Klaxton, whose band Tan Vampires had also turned down the “exposure” gig, pointed out the long-term risks involved when professional musicians enable these types of business practices. AIA eventually joined the debate, and notified Bank of NH Pavilion that we would be contacting Magic Hat and Bank of NH to confirm whether they were aware that their sponsorship dollars were being used to produce events that required talent from their community to perform for free and even help sell tickets. The Pavilion representative ultimately agreed to revisit their current business model for the following season.
AIA followed through with contacting the sponsors, and even sat down with a member of the Bank of NH Board of Directors, who also happens to be a supporter of AIA. We are pleased to report that for the upcoming concert season, the Pavilion has implemented a policy that “All acts will be paid on all stages no less than $100 per player up to $500 per act.”
A show in February that saw AIA working with 3S Artspace to book regional soul/roots artist Qwill opening for national headliner Sinkane was also a promising step in the right direction. The addition of Qwill brought many new people to this upstart venue, and cultivated new followers for both artists. The opener actually played to a larger crowd than the headliner, but was obviously compensated a small fraction of the talent budget. An attempt was made to capitalize on the momentum of the show and quickly book another gig featuring Qwill, which would cost the community-funded venue much less, but changes in the organization’s leadership made this difficult. This well-documented situation at 3S has proven to be yet another example where excessive amounts of funding, energy and support of “the arts” gets wasted on bureaucratic drama.
AIA was able to shift the momentum of Qwill’s appearance at 3S to another opening slot at independently owned Birdseye Lounge in Portsmouth. Qwill's performance made a firm statement that touring headliners aren’t always superior to their regional openers. Brooklyn-based Nat Osborn gave props after his shaky first song, ''Wow, let's all give it up for Qwill again, I guess you never know where you're gonna run into an amazing artist''. This positive momentum will be capitalized on with another show at Birdseye on May 20th, featuring both Qwill and celebrated seacoast soul/hiphop artist Rachel Mayo aka Rayel.
There is a dialogue open with one of the board members at The Music Hall about increasing opportunities for local and regional acts on their stage, especially as opening acts for national headliners. There remains an underlying tone that the Goliath non-profit is the beacon of all culture on the seacoast, and anyone wishing to engage with them must first jump through some prerequisite hoops. This stance places a lot of pressure on local artists, with no promotional support or infrastructure behind them to prove their monetary value (even for opening slots). An interesting approach coming from an organization that uses their poor box office returns as a tool to raise more money to spend on booking more national acts. Not a very sustainable business model.
Click below for the Arts Industry Alliance interview with New England recording artist, producer, and songwriter "Qwill".
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.
Check out the interview with WXGR FM about the Arts Industry Alliance, the Groove Lounge compilation series, and the challenges facing independent musicians in the local community.
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