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Performance Planning 1


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Planning for Music Performance

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Performance Planning 1

  1. 1. Music Performance Planning for Live Music Performance 1 Chris Baker www.musicstudentinfo.com03/30/13 "Failing to plan is planning to fail" 1
  2. 2. Planning & Staging• Planning : a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something• Staging : raised floor or platform, typically in a theater, on which actors, entertainers, or speakers perform• The term ‘staging’ originates from the presentation of plays at the theatre03/30/13 "Failing to plan is planning to fail" 2
  3. 3. Learning Outcomes • Know the different roles in the live music industry • Be able to work and prepare as a member of a team towards a successful live event • Be able to prepare individually towards the delivery of a successful live event undertaking appropriate responsibilities throughout the event • Know how to prepare a budget for a live musical event • Be able to contribute to a performance to a technically acceptable level appropriate to context • Understand the complete process in preparing for and delivering alive music event03/30/13 "Failing to plan is planning to fail" 3
  4. 4. Agenda• Introduction Overview Week 1• Module Format & Structure Week 1• Theming & Event Design Week 2• Choice of venue Week 2• Audience & Guests Week 3• Stage Week 3• Power lights & sound Week 4• Audiovisuals & special effects Week 403/30/13 "Failing to plan is planning to fail" 4
  5. 5. Agenda• Catering Week 5• Performers crew Week 5• Hospitality Week 6• The production schedule Week 6• Recording the show Week 7• Contingencies Week 7• Budget Week 8• Evaluation Week 803/30/13 "Failing to plan is planning to fail" 5
  6. 6. Overview General• PRS report UK music industry = 3.9bn 2009• Live music revenues increased 9.4% to 1.5bn but slowed from 2008 outstanding growth of 13%• Positive for the industry, also leveling-off of a five year sustained decline in recorded sales• Widening gap between "grass roots acts and superstars" smaller acts and musicians find less venues as pubs close• UK live scene by postcode Midlands 14% cent of live music revenue North West 15% South East 19% London 21%03/30/13 "Failing to plan is planning to fail" 6
  7. 7. Overview Segmentation Mintel Live Music Concerts Study• Number of people attending concerts has rocketed• Youth market no longer the biggest market for live music• 45-54 years olds 62% ,18-24 year olds 50% , 25-34 year old 58%• Cash & time-rich music fans 55 +, free of children, grew up with live music increasingly enjoying seeing peer -group bands perform• By 2012 the family market will be in decline & 65 + age group will be at 11m mark, the teen market will only be at 4m!03/30/13 "Failing to plan is planning to fail" 7
  8. 8. Emerging Markets• By 2012 same time the AB economic group of 14m adults will grow by 7.5% = huge scope for private boxes, VIP tickets and pay-for after shows• Burgeoning under-age live music scene is emerging, with own festivals, venues & promoters joining live music industry03/30/13 "Failing to plan is planning to fail" 8
  9. 9. Reasons given for going to gigs? • 3/4 said “Atmosphere” • 1/2 because they have bought the artists music • Social networking sites and downloading have promoted, rather than damaged live music market • Regular internet users more likely to go to gigs03/30/13 "Failing to plan is planning to fail" 9
  10. 10. What Genres? • Rock fans most devoted live music goers half attending a music concert in last three years & 18% going to a festival in the same time period • Pop fans close second, 45% going to a concert and 9% attending a festival in the same period • Dance music far behind, 7% of dance music fans go to live dance concerts and the same amount attend festivals03/30/13 "Failing to plan is planning to fail" 10
  11. 11. Planning for Performance• What is Planning? In its simplest form, the planning process is concerned with the ends and means to achieve those ends• The performance plan must be comprehensive and flexible• It must accommodate a variety of conditions; meteorological, cultural, economic, political, competitive & demographic• With a good plan team members are aware of their objectives and a means to measure their success in achieving them03/30/13 "Failing to plan is planning to fail" 11
  12. 12. Vision/Mission • Every show should have a mission/vision • It is used to focus all of the participants and is expressed in concise terms A mission should answer the following questions: 1. Who are our participants (customers)? 2. Which participants needs are we satisfying? 3. What are the organizers trying to achieve?03/30/13 "Failing to plan is planning to fail" 12
  13. 13. Introduction to StagingThe main concerns of staging are:• Theming and design• Choice of venue• Audience & guests• Stage• Power, lights & sound• Audiovisuals & special effects03/30/13 "Failing to plan is planning to fail" 13
  14. 14. Introduction to Staging• Catering• Performers• Crew• Hospitality• The production schedule• Recording the event• Contingencies03/30/13 "Failing to plan is planning to fail" 14
  15. 15. Theming & Design• The theme of a show differentiates it from others• Once the theme is decided the elements of the show must fit the theme• Staging elements that evolve around the theme: venue, catering, artists, speakers, props/scenery, sound & lights, audio-visual & special effects• Examples of theme artists: 80s Tribute Band, Barbershop Quartet, Steel Band, String Quartet, A Bavarian Style Oomph Show Band, Ceilidh Band03/30/13 "Failing to plan is planning to fail" 15
  16. 16. Choice of VenueFactors in venue selection• Matching the venue with the theme of the event• Matching the size of the venue to the size of the event• Venue configuration, including sight lines and seating configuration• History of events at that venue, including the venues reputation• Availability• What the venue can provide• Transport to and from the venue parking03/30/13 "Failing to plan is planning to fail" 16
  17. 17. Choice of Venue cont.• Access for audience, equipment, performers, VIP’s, staff and the disabled• Toilets and amenities• Catering equipment and preferred caterers• Power and lights• Communication, including telephone• Climate, including microclimate and ventilation• Emergency plans and exits Crucial decision that will determine many elements of staging03/30/13 "Failing to plan is planning to fail" 17
  18. 18. The End03/30/13 "Failing to plan is planning to fail" 18