Fw: Fw: [Dixielandjazz] Playing for Kids - Redux

Tom Wood zenith at ans.com.au
Mon Mar 8 08:43:13 PST 2004

Dear Listers,

Typical, its beautiful and sunny this morning! I made one mistake, the
tourist blurb for Sydney say 340 sunny days per year not 320.  Thanks for
all the comments/suggestions which I have taken on-board.
Tom (from sunny Sydney) Wood

----- Original Message -----
From: <TCASHWIGG at aol.com>
To: <Dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Monday, March 08, 2004 4:02 AM
Subject: Re: Fw: [Dixielandjazz] Playing for Kids - Redux

> In a message dated 3/6/04 11:06:10 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> zenith at ans.com.au writes:
> > Sydney is supposed to have about 320 sunny days a year but the gig was
> > rained off today!  We were to play at a jazz and blues festival in Queen
> > Elizabeth Park, Canada Bay Council in aid of children's cancer research.
> > The Mayor, State Members and senior scientists from the Children's
> > Institute were scheduled to be present and it promised to be a big
> > event with video taping etc.  What is the policy in USA and UK in these
> > cases ?  We will still be paid but as it is a charity event what's the
> > (ethical) norm here?  Is it 'professionals take the money and run' or do
> > be nice and do the next one free?  I would be interested in lister
> > experiences in this regard.
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Tom (Sydney Mardi Gras still went ahead in the rain) Wood
> >
> Hi Tom:
> Did they charge for the admission tickets in advance, and do they have the
> money in the bank?
> Do they have to or did they offer to refund the ticket donation money?
> In the best interest of Public Relations for the Band and your Good name,
> would certainly avoid profiting from a disastrous situation that they had
> control of, especially if I wanted to be hired by them again in the
> I would offer to perform a Makeup date, however I would bridge the gap
> carefully with them about how the band incurred expenses in attending or
setting up
> this event and it would be nice if they could at least cover your out of
> pocket expenses to come and perform at the next function.
> I doubt seriously that any of the Charity paid staff gave back their
> paychecks for this weeks work because of it, we all do have business
expenses to run a
> band, many of them unseen, not to mention the time involved, And in our
> business "Time is Money."
> If you do work it out for the best interest of all parties, make certain
> you get some good media coverage out of doing it, which will go a long way
> towards enhancing your public image with the people who will look to hire
you in
> the future.
> If ya wanna Dance ya gotta pay the band,   or at least you should pay the
> band.
> All of these charities operate on budgets and expenses, and so they
> do understand that a great portion of your fee actually goes to expenses
> are simply not recoupable if you lose income from a gig, and have no
> opportunity to replace it at the last moment.
> This situation comes under what is usually written in the small print of
> contracts, whereby it is called an act of God, or something that prevents
> from having the event due to public safety reasons, etc., riots, public
> disturbances, etc., are all things normally considered beyond the control
of the
> organizers etc.
> Cheers,
> Tom Wiggins
> Contrary to Australia's 320 days of sunshine a year, New Orleans has about
> 320 days of rain, that's why we all moved to Sunny California many years
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