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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001627.txt from 1998/04

From: George Kidder <>
Subj: [kl] Re: Attracting Wind Ensemble Audiences
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 15:05:42 -0400

>Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 16:56:26 -0700
>Subject: Re: Attracting Wind Ensemble Audiences
>I wonder about the impact of charging admission.
>For the community college concert band I am in, admission is $5. We
>generally have about 75-100 people at the concerts (probably not too bad
>for a Tuesday night).
>The Nevada Symphonic Wind Ensemble is made up of professional musicians and
>sounds great. They usually have their concerts on Sunday afternoons and
>charge $10 ($8 for students and seniors). Attendance is around 200-250 and
>much of the audience is seniors.
>I just heard a radio announcement for my clarinet quartet concert this
>coming Sunday (during the news!?!). We will consider it some kind of moral
>victory if we have more than 25 people there. It is free.
>Gary Van Cott
>Las Vegas, NV
And maybe being free is the problem. In the minds of many, if it's free it
can't be worth anything. You can sell stuff at a yard sale, but just try to
give it away - it stays forever! Maybe if you charged $5 you would get an
audience? (If you don't need any more music, you can always find someone
who does.)
George Kidder

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