[JPL] announcing local events (musicians please read!)

Peter Solomon psolomon at ideastations.org
Sun Jul 19 08:36:32 EDT 2009

I think about this stuff a little bit differently. Richmond is a place with
a decent amount of talented musicians but lacks dedicated jazz venues. The
result is that people play in unusual places that aren't well publicized. I
think of it as a service to my audience to let them know about these
performances. On the other hand, sometimes national acts come through the
University of Richmond and there's not much pr work done to promote the
event. Obviously it's a benefit to the artists and the venues to announce
these things but the fact that they might have contributed financially to
the station never enters the equation. If anything it probably helps pave
the way for a contribution to be considered in the future.

On Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 11:23 PM, Susan Reeves <susan at susanreeves.net>wrote:

> -- Mark your calendar!
> ******************************************************************************
> Tom, Jae, et al -
> I have very strong feelings about this.  My station has a policy to not
> announce anything unless it's a paid sponsorship, and we no longer have a
> local calendar, so announcing individual gigs are a moot point.  But
> regardless, I feel that all musicians should support the jazz stations since
> there is a correlation between having jazz on the local radio and having a
> presence in the community to get gigs.  And since the stations do keep the
> music in people's minds (the other area station here does actually have a
> calendar) and allow musicians to hear new music that we otherwise would not
> keep up on, it's essential to support it.  And if you get a gig mention,
> that's worth a pledge right there. Or an interview - Oh my! What's THAT
> worth!
> But there is a group of musicians who don't "get it", and I don't think
> they ever will. They feel that a specific thing isn't the way they would
> like it and thus withhold money, feeling that they are voting with their
> checkbooks (or state that as an excuse for being cheap).  Although I have
> many gripes as well, I recognize that some station is better than no
> station... and that there aren't huge sources to make up the gap.  And some
> feel too poor - but don't acknowledge this as being a cost of doing
> business, a responsibility. Twenty to fifty bucks - SOMEthing to acknowledge
> the relationship/ service.
> I actually came to the station some years ago as a general fundraiser
> volunteer, knowing that it was a mutual-support concept.  Then for a few
> years before I had my own show, I would help pitch on others' shows, and
> always put out a shout to other musicians to call in.  They didn't.
> This last fundraiser, however, I am happy to say that 2 musicians I work
> with actually pledged during my show. Progress!
> -Susan
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