[Dixielandjazz] Re: Playing For Kids
TCASHWIGG at aol.com
TCASHWIGG at aol.com
Fri Mar 5 00:40:58 PST 2004
Yes, indeed Dan there are Grants for everything you can possibly think of and
money going begging every year because folks like many of us on this list are
so complacent and don't go looking for it.
It is indeed a pain in the rear more often than not to go try to get into the
cycle of funding and the typical is to get turned down at least the first
three times which is very frustrating for most level headed folks at best.
But just think about damned near anything else the Government does, i.e.
trying to pass a budget, trying to balance a budget, trying to pass a law trying
to repeal a law etc. etc. etc. the beuracracies (sic) are bogged down with so
many people on payrolls to make these things happen and administrate them
that they tend to play a lot of games amongst themselves to keep their fingers on
the money that is being doled out.
It is not uncommon for good folks trying to get funded to continue putting in
proposals for funding for a couple of years and find themselves getting
turned down for some ridiculous reason or another while being patted on the back
for playing the game and submitting them.
Surprise! Surprise! the year after they go away in frustration and do not
submit a proposal to be rejected again, wallah ! some new never before heard of
organization jumps up and gets funded to do exactly what their proposal
proposed, but he money went to another well entrenched organization in the pipeline
to protect the jobs and careers of these professional Arts politicians.
Your best approach is to go directly to the parent teacher associations, and
make your own deals, video tape all the performances and document it all, and
then seek a major corporate sponsor for funding to put them all together for a
documentary that they can pay for, for PBS, and so on and so on.
There really is NO FREE MONEY, you always have to work your fanny off to get
it and it will have so many strings attached that will make you very, very
angry and most folks just give up in disgust and go away.
You Dan work for the University of Texas, just look around you and see how
they do things it should give you a pretty good clue as to how to do this.
Yes, it can be done, and should be done, but most folks will not or cannot
devote the enormous dedication and time to doing it.
That is why I started my own program, no red tape, no administrative body
governing it from above and nobody coming in and touching the funds raised for
the project for their own causes or forwarding their own careers on the backs of
the people who work my program.
"Jazz for Kids" raises it's own money and promotes itself and are beholding
to no one, and we do our school programs much like the one Steve Barbone just
described. The schools are begging for these kind of activities, and they
also have pots of money hidden that they never discuss either that they can tap
into to make these gigs happen.
Do not go do them for Free I repeat do not do them for Free you don't have
to, but you will not get rich off of them either. Use them for promotion and
public image for your own group and reap the benefits of all the real jobs that
come out of them over time. The secret is to keep doing them even if the
first few don't seem to be great, it will take you time to adjust to the system
and the performances with different age groups, etc., and working with school
officials and parent clubs etc. They all have their own little agendas and
quirks to deal with, so be patient and go with the flow a little bit, those who
really want to get involved with it can of course contact me off list and I will
be happy to share my program with them.
I would really like to have a mutual place at a festival somewhere to be able
to have an all day seminar on it perhaps at one of the jazz camps or
something like that that the Jazz Societies operate, This is exactly the kind of
things that should be being done and provided by all these non profit Jazz Clubs
and Societies, they should have their volunteers out in the community every
week at every kind of function that goes on in the city and county talking about
these kind of programs and setting up valuable contacts with people to
expedite them. It also creates decent daytime employment opportunities for the
musicians in their societies that do all those benefits and freebie gigs to keep
the societies in business to not make money.
Just because you run a Non Profit organization does not mean it should not be
run like a real business and there is no law that says it cannot make a
profit. Unfortunately most such groups believe just the opposite.
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