Over the next few days, I hope to have an in depth discussion with Rivka and the wonderful people at The Folk Project in Rockaway, NJ. This organization has been holding "House Concerts" for nineteen years. When I think about the times that I have struggled to get a concert, organize a venue, all the roadblocks, the financial struggles, the permits and all that other stuff. I am stunned and amazed that right under my nose was not only a venue but a very cooperative landlord, not to mention inexpensive resourse for continued income.
Lou and I have been talking about how we might do it. I know lots of storytellers, and musicians, I am certain they would love to have a venue date(s) pre-scheduled for the year. Now how often should we do it, how to promote, how to price the seats, how to make certain I can make the payroll?
All of this and more... first and foremost, I am going to check City and County regulations, State laws and finally have a talk with my Tax Accountant.
Write a plan, write a budget and then see if any of the Storytellers, artists, musicians, and poets I know might want to play.
First things first what does success look like?
Second things... is it sustainable?
Third, will it work in my community? Why and why not?
Finally, what will be the flavor of the program?
Obviously there has got to be a lot more to it than this simple little list. But, I know one thing for sure. If we wanted to start a national movement and force the world to notice. Grassroots is the place to start. My imagination is working overtime thinking about all the coffeehouse concerts I did in the sixties and seventies. My guitar, a stool and a story.
Hmmm, by the way, if you ever get to visit New Jersey. Make sure you visit Rivka & Simcha Willick and their precious family. What a wonderful neighborhood.