[Perform-talk] I Am willing to Help!

Marion Gwizdala blind411 at verizon.net
Fri Apr 29 13:56:33 UTC 2011

    I am one who puts the tongue in my mouth and the one in my shoes in the 
same direction! You can count me in on this! I have some contacts with Sam 
Ash Music in Tampa and they have a location in Orlando. If the Board gives 
me the authority, I will give them a call and ask them to donate the needed 
equipment for the show, including sound and lighting. Does PAD have a Letter 
of Determination from the IRS? If so, this would be very helpful. If not, it 
is certainly something to consider for the future and I can give some 
direction on this, since NAGDU is currently in the process of doing this.

Fraternally yours,

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kevin Reeves" <lists at kevinreeves.net>
To: "Performing Arts Division list" <perform-talk at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Friday, April 29, 2011 2:31 AM
Subject: Re: [Perform-talk] Talent Show?

> Hey everyone. I think what has happened here in this discussion is the 
> comparison of apples and oranges. Complaints have arisen about the 
> recording quality of the show. Dennis strictly stated several times that 
> the division is not responsible for the recordings, therefore do not 
> endorse their quality. So with that said, that side of the discussion 
> should be put to bed. Next year, let's work towards getting a better 
> recording. Folks have stud up and offered their resources in this regard. 
> Done, and done. But the other side of this discussion is the on stage 
> sound. That is the responsibility of the division. They sponsor the event, 
> they choose sound engineers, who intern choose the equipment used. The 
> goal is to raise money for the division. If we're gonna do that, it's got 
> to be good. I suggested earlier this week that we should look in the 
> orlando area for folks willing to donate time or equipment for a non 
> profit fund raiser, or try to get underwriters to rent equipment. If we 
> were
> any other division, such as the napub folks or the national association of 
> blind basket weavers who wanted to put on a fun talent show, then who 
> cares about the sound. Let's just have fun. But, we just so happen to be 
> the performing arts division: the very organization expected to have it's 
> ducks in a row when it comes to staging, sound, and even, wait for it, 
> gulp, lighting. So now, fortunately or unfortunately, however you chose to 
> look at it, the task falls squarely in our lap to put on a show that 
> really looks and sounds great. Why? Because this is the world in which we 
> live. Let me be very plain that I am not, nor have I from the beginning, 
> been complaining about the state of things when it came to last year. I 
> told you exactly what I thought from a professional perspective. So, in 
> short, I propose the following. Might we form a committee of folks 
> interested in helping procure sound for the talent show. If we start now, 
> we might be able to find something worthwhile. If we are
> able to find a reasonable price for rental, then maybe we can present it 
> to National. We don't have to go all out this year. It needs to build. But 
> I do know that we definitely need a 12 to 16 channel board, 2 stage 
> monitors, at least 3 mics, 1 on boom for piano or keyboard, 2 speaker 
> clusters, 1 for each side of the stage, at least 1 sub, and enough wattage 
> to fill the room. Once we know exactly what room the event will be in, 
> I'll call the hotel, talk to their AV guy, find out what kinds of systems 
> they've seen in there, and start gettin bids. If a store or company were 
> to donate time for the event, they can receive a tax writeoff for it. It's 
> great incentive. However, if we can get someone, or a group of someones to 
> underwrite the rental, let's do it. I'll bring in an 8 channel interface, 
> a mac, and Pro Tools and capture the whole thing as multitrack. I'll mix 
> it, and upload it to the site. Then, the whole thing will be done in 
> house, direct from the board, all separate tracks.
> That is as clear cut as I can make it. Is this something that the division 
> is interested in putting together? Instead of bemoaning this, let's start 
> owning this. We've got time. You're thoughts?
> Kevin
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