[Dixielandjazz] Sacramento Jazz Jubilee Update

Deby Lee dlee at image-entertainment.com
Wed Apr 28 10:04:21 PDT 2004

Pardon me if I have taken this out of context, but as a volunteer for
the past 14 years, it is not allowed at the Hyatt Ballroom for the
volunteers to drink on shift.  If we want to consume, it must be off
duty and in "civvies",.  This is our manager's rule, and the teams that
work for her (and her very capable assistant) abide by these willingly.
At our site, we take pride in what we do, and want to give the paying
patrons the best experience they can have when they choose to visit our
site.  I have never been allowed to buy drinks for others.  As for the
budget issue, perhaps this will fix some of the problems that seem to
run rampant at other sites I have visited while off duty.  When
Musicians come to our site, they know that they do not get free
beverages when they perform, and with only a few exceptions, most have
been very pleasant and understanding about this.  Perhaps that is why
they partake of their beverages at more accommodating sites.

I hope everyone enjoys Jubilee 2004.  It is a time to celebrate all that
is great about OKOM and the musicians and staff that makes this
wonderful event possible.  I know I will :)

29 days until my plane heads to Sactown,

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2004 10:20 PM
To: rakmccallum at hotmail.com
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Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Sacramento Jazz Jubilee Update

In a message dated 4/27/04 8:10:19 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 
rakmccallum at hotmail.com writes:

> Dropping the drink tickets for musicians?  That's about half of the 
> operating budget right there, isn't it?
> All the best,
> Rob McCallum

Nope.  more like 1/2 the musicians salary.   And if the musicians roll
and take it then they will also probably spend all the money they make
playing the festival at the bar thereby decreasing the musicians
expenditure line 
by 100% in creative accounting principals.

Well it sounded like a good idea at the Board meeting.  What happened?
like Washington budgeting.   Let's see now we cut off the free booze to
musicians who are gonna drink anyway, and the volunteers and we suddenly
made up the entire previous years deficit.

One more little problem in this theory however is that they also cut
back on 
musicians and bands, whoops less booze sales, better recalculate.

Next thing you know they won't give the cops any free booze either, and
Flanagan is gonna be pretty upset when he hears that and who knows what
Sgt. O' Callahan might bestow upon the crowds enforcing the slightest 
infringement on the Law.

Ah yes the art of running a festival, by committee .

Cheers and Jeers, in equal amounts.

It is gonna be Hell to pay for undoing a policy that should never have
instigated in the first place.    For the musicians or the volunteers.
folks for what they do and make them accountable.   Give a musician free
and he or she will drink all they can get and justify it by saying they
get paid enough.   Same thing applies to volunteers, but then they get
and give away free booze to all their friends and anybody else they know
or want 
to know like the musicians.

Bottom line, the Musicians and volunteers get a great big free party and
the patrons spend enough money to cover the costs.

But then again nobody asked me for my opinion,  :))

I am setting up my on F2F this year at Habib's liquor and 7-11 parking
Jam session on going throughout the festival.  There will also be a
ka- bob concession operating over next to the dumpster.

Entertainingly of course.

Tom Wiggins
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