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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Ceili Profiteering

Oh, and as for profiteering from the ceili, y'all can bite me. I've put in countless hours, haven't gotten paid for a single one, and we've just got enough money in the bank to cover 2 months rent if things go badly for some reason, which is to say, the rest of the 3 month contract we just recommitted to. Having just finished paying for insurance for the year (and now knowing what we need to budget for that), we're trying to pay the musicians a tiny stipend/thank you. And now I'm researching ASCAP/BMI licensing so that they don't come knocking on our door with a lawsuit. Lord knows what that may cost. The ceili is still the cheapest night of dancing in the whole bay area and the cheapest dance lesson anywhere. If you think $5 is too much to ask, then stay home and watch tv because there's nothing else cheaper. I've been teaching, calling, pulling together music, tracking waivers, keeping a ledger, and doing countless other administrivia tasks week after week and I've not taken one penny for any of it. If you don't believe me, then just ask and I'll send you a copy of the ledger. It just breaks my heart that you can try to do something nice, try to keep something alive for the love of it alone, and that people are so willing to think you've nothing but the worst intentions.

3 Comments:

  • People are balking at a $5 cover? What a nuisance! I'm not in the ceili scene myself, but we do run games at conventions, so I know that these things are a labor of love, and hope you and your crew get the appreciation you merit.

    By Blogger Devon, at 5:18 PM  

  • People may be confusing, "Profiteering" with "not losing money every week."

    If we want to take 10 minutes or a half an hour and run through finances one Monday, I'm fine with that, but I'll tell you that it's awful boring and waste of time that could be used dancing.

    By Blogger Chris, at 9:37 AM  

  • I'm sorry you are getting harassed about the cover charge.

    I used to go to an RPG game where the owner rented space at a strip mall to play the game. We had a cover charge of $5, which rarely covered all of the rent, and people still complained after the situation was explained.

    Please don't feel bad. Just know that people are going to find something to complain about no matter what, and mostly those people will still show up and have a good time anyway.

    By Blogger Teryn, at 12:05 PM  

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