Marilynn Knight Oct. 9, 2001, 4:13 p.m. (Message 27818)
Protocol/ethis for hiring/un-hiring a band...
How common is it to book a band and then bump them for another with the reason given that original band doesn't have enough name recognition? Do we as committees have an ethics standard to uphold? What kind of oversight is there? How does preferred band deal if/when the action is known? I'm sure there may be a separate group online that know/discuss such matters, but, as dancers/groups scheduling, I feel we need to treat our musicians with utmost respect and encouragement. Ignorance of musicians' feelings/schedules can be very damaging all around. To treat a local group of musicians badly, one that is loyal, extremely competent, in favor of another with name recognition can be very counter-productive. How many dancers would boycott such a dance week end if they knew of the insensitivity? The analogy might be to form a demo group of local dancers, but, then, bump them for others from away. How much good will does that create?