Brew House Performance Committee

An online meeting place for Pittsburgh artists and performers to discuss use of the Brew House performance space.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Brew House Performance Committee

Some ideas on Membership as discussed at meetings and via email with Tim Kaulen:

These are things we have talked aboutat previous meetings but perhaps we can jump off from here. Let me knowwhat you are thinking.
1) I think we should make some sort of involvement with the committeecrucial/required. It is important that members have an active role in whatthey are apart of. Even if it is just 1 or 2 meeting(s) a year.
2) We should work on an abridged "liability" contract.
3) It terms of qualifying to be a member, perhaps there needs to be aquestion on the application asking EXACTLY why a space such as the IAC garage would be beneficial to their growth as an artist. "Is it a venuespot? Is it a place to jump off ideas? Is it a place of collaboration? Ordammit, are you just planning on exploaiting the space to make $ ? , and if so, go pound sand."
4) Obviously-- a membership fee is a great idea. I agree with you in thatwhen someone vests some sort of financial means into something, they tend tofollow-through more, (thus, not wasting either our time or space.) And i like the roboto project vibe of a lessened renewal fee.
5) Membership should be confined to Western PA-ers only? Part of me feelslike this could be a bad idea, but the majority else feels like we will beable to find enough PGH and surrounding area people to begin aproper/sizeable membership base. I fear that if we reach out too far, wemight end up with people signing up to use the space, and then not making itin to do work thus wasting time that locals could have utilized.
6) There should be a penalty if members who sign up to man an event fail to show up and do their share of work. Would they loose 2 weeks of work timein the space? Should they get to know the wooly millipede more personally?Lack of respect for their fellow artists should not be tolerated. We souldn't be trying to start an happy artists commune, let's limit it to apaid membership with rules.
7) I am sure there will be members who butt heads with one another, andif/when that occurs, how will we handle it? Allow them to sign up to work at different times only? Pick one to stay and not the other depending ontheir behavior? Let them work it out? Have a mud wrestling match andwhoever loses must suck it up and be submissive for the remainder of their membership?
8) Perhaps paying members should be required to meet with a BH Perf.Commitee "board member" once every 4 - 6 months to sort of report progressor report complaints, grievances, or things they are very pleased with to one of us, and we will report that at a BHPC monthly meeting? Maybe thatway, a "one-on-one" setting might get more honesty instead on sittinginfront of 5 or 6 people?

WELL, these are just thoughts we have discussed before and a couple of new ones. Let me know what you think, ya'll.



At 12:03 PM, Blogger tk said...

next meeting may 11 th. 7:30 pm

topics of discussion

artist membership guidelines (of course)
upcoming events and dates


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