improving the #1rad open mic experience
i was psyched to experience all the great talent at yesterday's 1rad open mic, but bummed about all the technical difficulties :/
at one point fabi mentioned they were interested in any suggestions such as using zoom next time. i have two suggestions of orgs that provide potential models for the next @sheshreds_media virtual open mic:
the signup link opens a signup genius link, so you know when the open mic is at capacity and can sign up for a specific spot. you get an email confirmation from abby altman at signup, then day of open mic you get an email with the link and an artist guide which is extremely helpful. they have alternate spots in case of no-shows or ppl cancelling.
club passim uses the streamyard platform. it looks and sounds great. i believe it's a paid service for the hosting org. they can livestream it to facebook, youtube, and their own webpage at time of show.
they solicit suggested donations.
everyone participating in #1rad should know about she rock she rock! they run a monthly online open mic. you sign up both to perform and to be in the audience by emailing jenny the co-founder and artistic director. she emails you back a confirmation, then day of open mic she emails you the zoom link whether you're performing or just watching. they open the zoom 15 minutes early so performers can each do a very brief soundcheck, and you sign up for the performance order at that time.
the most adorb aspect of the she rock open mics is it's an org "dedicated to empowering girls, women, trans and nonbinary folks through the art of music" so there are performers all the way from tender 8 year olds playing piano and singing taylor swift songs, to folx in their 60s who just decided to take up drums, and everything in between. it's extremely heartwarming to participate.
they also solicit suggested donations.
i have performed in each open mic twice and found it a very smooth experience technically, and fun and supportive artistically. each platform has its advantages and disadvantages. you can watch (and download) past passim open mics on their website and on youtube. I don't think she rock posts theirs after, but as a performer they sent me the zoom recordings for my own purposes.
does anyone else have other suggestions? i know friends who have livestreamed on twitch, i watched and it went pretty smoothly but i personally have not performed on twitch.
Thank you so much for these amazing suggestions!!!
@fabi Happy to put you in touch with Jenny Case and/or Abby Altman who are super knowledgeable and friendly and who *rock* as well.
Hi yall! Naburu (they/them) logging in. Thank you for sharing these suggestions! I performed the first night and was a little bummed IG couldn't accommodaten properly. It was really fun though and I can't wait to watch the next one! <3