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No merchandising for you, Mister.

Okay, here is all I have to say on the subject.

At the 3 day music festival where I volunteer the week before Pennsic there is half an hour between acts. Getting the musicians' merchandise in and out, things sold, etc., in that half an hour so that one band could get its stuff gone and the next could get its stuff in was a nightmare. And it meant if you didn't get it right then, you couldn't get it, since it disappeared when the band left.

So they set up a booth that sold all and only merchandise for the bands. It is staffed by volunteers. The event makes no money from it, it all goes to the artists. The bookkeeping is a bit of a pain, but otherwise it works fine--the artists get their money, the patrons get their music, and logistics in the venues are better.

Just a thought.

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patrikia
Jul. 13th, 2010 11:38 am (UTC)
Silly LOGICAL girl!!
goodscagirl
Jul. 13th, 2010 11:40 am (UTC)
Absolutely! That is less the issue than the passing the hat, at least for the group that I have spoken too, they rely on the tips from that concert to finance their attendance.
keastree
Jul. 13th, 2010 11:42 am (UTC)
Say with me:

"Flame powered devices must have screw tops."
liamstliam
Jul. 13th, 2010 12:18 pm (UTC)
That is an excellent idea and I have seen it elsewhere.

But, the Pennsic mayor as said that CD sales are still allowed, just not in the tent.

There was a major issue with performers being delayed by other performers selling CDs.

I did not ask him about passing the hat, because that was not my concern at the time.
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