There has been a lot going on here, so the blog was the one thing that had to be cut back on. We are reaching the end of this topic, so if you have any questions that I might answer, I can add a couple of entries. I have to start turning some bowls to get ready for next summers shows.
We touched on promoters in the last entry. Most promoters are frustrated artists that know they can put on a better show than the promoter they are currently with. I work a lot with one of these. But she came to this conclusion 25 years ago. The dynamics of this economy have changed so drastically since she started this, It’s left her kind of thinking in the dust. She thinks if she puts up a sign, they will come. That’s after a bypass was put in routing traffic away from the event. This used to be one of her best shows. She is going to lose her artists. The fee for this show has been going up every year, but sales have been going down. Five years ago it was $200.00 for Memorial Day Weekend. It is now $275.00 for the same weekend with less people and sales. She used to have a waiting list for her 70 booths. Now she is lucky if she can draw 30 booths.
A couple of years ago I suggested we move the event. We would team up with the home show at the high school. There is three times the traffic and a double draw. I was told I didn’t know what I was talking about. Time is passing her by, and she doesn’t know it. Someone will probably take over her shows in a couple of years.
There is another promoter up here that is one class act. She has very strict rules and gathers the greatest talent I have ever seen in one place. Three times during the summer she puts us in a ski area parking lot on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. She charges us $150.00 for three days, but she adds a 10% commission on top of this. At first I said I would never do a show that charges a commission. Now I realize that if I don’t do well, she doesn’t do well. If I have a great weekend, so does she.
These three shows are so much fun to do. We take our motor home to the event and turn it into a mini-vacation. A lot of people think this is silly because we live a half hour away. I just tell them the motor home cost a lot of money and it seems silly to leave it in the driveway.
So, anyway, here are two very different promoters. I could write a book on all the different promoters. Like so many different groups that we will discuss, they all would like to get rich off of OUR hard work.
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