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Songwriter Night Conduct
from Ed Skibbe

To help us to cultivate a strong, thriving songwriting community here in Colorado

1. Be quiet and respectful of fellow songwriters. Denver may be a sports bar town, but songwriter showcases are not sporting events. Be quiet and listen to one another. A little quiet conversation of verbal encouragement is fine, but get noisy appropriately.

2. Don't show up at the last minute before your set and then leave immediately. Everyone has conflicts or multiple bookings in a given night sometimes, but as a rule, plan on spending some time at the venue before and after your set. Hit and run performances are parasitic and antithetical to the spirit of community. Again, listen to one another. We're all in a very leaky boat together.

3. Be communicative. Say hello to your host and to other performers. Let them know you were listening and paying attention. Be encouraging. What we do is hard, no matter the level of a particular performer or show.

4. Work as hard as you can to promote not only your shows, but other songwriting shows. We each have a piece of the larger original music fan base here and we all benefit by helping it to grow. Even if you bring 10 people to a showcase and another writer brings "only" 5, you still win. You get exposure to 5 new fans. None of us prosper by hiding the "scene" from our fans. We prosper by building a larger, cohesive community and then working to be good enough to make as many of them fans as possible. This creates a "rising tide" that lifts all our boats.

5. Plan to spend a little money once in awhile to support the community and one another. I know none (okay, very few) of us makes a fortune writing songs. I know money is tight. (BELIEVE ME, I know.) But we need to buy the occasional ticket to a show. We especially need to buy a drink or some food or both at the venue--else more and more awful karaoke nights and poker tournaments will spring up like suppurating sores in the songwriting world. Barter among songwriters in the community is a good thing. What goes around comes around. But only by proving the commercial viability of songwriter shows can we begin to expect commercial opportunity, modest though it may be, to increase for songwriters in Colorado.

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