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Thread #141742   Message #3266486
Posted By: Suffet
01-Dec-11 - 12:23 AM
Thread Name: Occupy Folk Music! (USA)
Subject: RE: Occupy Folk Music! (USA)
Deb,

I believe you have misunderstood what I am trying to do, and I have sent you a private e-mail.

Meanwhile, let me say that this is not about me as a performer. As you know, I am a part-timer who is content to do about ten gigs a year. That's what I seek out and that's what I generally get. While I have fun performing, I have no career to advance. The little money I earn rarely covers my expenses, and even then I often donate it to various folk music organizations.

My major connection to the folk music scene is therefore from the organizational end. I currently do the booking (along with one other person) for a club in New York. I also currently serve on the board of directors of one folk music society, and my term on the board of another society expired earlier this year. Over the years I have helped to stack chairs and sweep floors, and I have also helped to produce major concerts. I believe I have seen a representative slice of the American folk scene from the inside, both the good and the bad. Fortunately the overwhelming majority is good, but there is still a small but important minority -- the rhetorical 1% -- whose behavior is just the opposite.

After you read my e-mail, I will be happy to continue the discussion if you wish, particularly the next time we get together in person. Until then, have a good Christmas and a happy New Year.

--- Steve