While I have been wondering about what to write about...lo and behold it fell into my lap.
A few minutes ago I was informed of a new company...smiles, you know me well enough to go down and check it out....but first i did get permission to copy and paste this notecard i received:
Titled: Does this impact YOUR venue? Are you concerned?
I might be overreacting…
However, I think this might just be the tip of the iceberg… So let me explain please.
Assumption: When I pay a musician to play at my venue, I except the stream to only be available at my venue. If someone wants to listen to this fine artist, they will have to come to my venue to listen.
There is a new business @
Where artists can, for a small fee, rent a small kiosk that will “light up” when they are playing live and by standing at the kiosk, you can listen to the artist and tip the artist. (hummm, notice what’s missing? Oh yea, the venue!).
It has always been easy for a fan to TP to another venue if they wanted to listen to a different musician, but this makes it even easier, you can just cam around and see who has the “ON AIR” sign lit, walk over and viola, be listening to the artist.
It can be argued that the kiosk is:
• very small
• there are no dance machines
• there are no dance poles or other entertainment to keep people happy
My answer is right, not YET! If this is successful, then will the next version of this business be more attractive to fans.
I do not know what other venues plan to do, but I plan to inform all musicians who play at my venue that I will renegotiate their rate if I do not have exclusive use of their stream during shows at my venue.
If you think I am overreacting to this, please do let me know. I could be wrong! I have been wrong a lot! (but only on days that end in the letter “Y”)
P.S. Should I be upset that the owner of this business is making money off of the live music that I am paying for? (It seems to be a sweet deal, the artist pay her for the kiosk, and I am paying for the music that she streams.) Without the streams there would be no reason for artists to rent there.
ok now for my two cents...I am in total agreement this notecard. If I was a tips only venue that may make a difference, but I am a paying venue. I would think that all paying venues may have a bit of an issue with this.
Personally I have never heard Nance Brody, the owner of this business, but I do see that she is a performer....I question what she is charging the venues she plays for.
I wish I could say more on this, but I do believe that Gwampa's notecard says my thoughts and feelings exactly. I was thrilled to see that only two of the performers I book are there. I would only hope I don't see others, it is truly a disservice to the same venues that dig deep in their wallets to keep you performing at their venues.