Open Mic Set (OMS)
- OMS will be hosted once a month – on the last Thursday in January, February, March and April.
- Jim Lister and Ann Johnstone will handle OMS registration early in the evening (7:30pm), although they will also offer a chance to Just-In-Time choir people who come later. Jim and Ann will determine what music score is available, and vet the performer. Each approved performer will be given an Open Mic Set card outlining the OMS policies, and will proceed only on the basis of their agreement to the terms on the card. The OMS will allow a maximum of 5 registrants per night, in a third set between 9:00-9:30
- Jim and Ann will set-up and break-down for the four designated concerts.
- The Society will publicize the OMS in the press and on the GSJS web site
- The Board has determined that $20 from the evening’s hat will be donated to the OMS cap (not to be confused with the hat). Jim and Ann will request additional donations to the OMS cap. All of the money in the cap will go to the OMS accompanists, either the band or the individual musician.
- The audience is requested to remain quiet throughout Thursday performances or, at most, hold conversations at no louder than “confidential levels”. As well it will be considered bad manners to cross in front of the stage during a live music performance (i.e. during a number). This will be reminded by the emcee each week.
- Etiquette cards will be placed on the tables as an audience reminder.
- Any spontaneous and unacceptable behaviour/performances (e.g. dancing, poetry recitations, occupying the in-front-of stage area during others’ performance) will be referred immediately to Karen to be dealt with according to Elks’ house rules.
Open Mic Policies
- Accept the Director’s decisions
- Select music suitable to a jazz venue
- Perform ONE song or tune
- Provide 4 music charts
- Respond promptly when you are called
- Know the tune’s tempo and count in
- If you are an instrumentalist, use your own instrument
- Remember to thank the house band
- Be practised and prepared