HOW TO ORGANIZE A SHOW WHILE WE CANNOT GATHER IN PERSON
The Venue is the Internet
The organizer/organization bringing Tom in must have someone with a good pair of ears experienced with Zoom or other chosen meeting software. It needn't necessarily be a sound engineer, but a tech savvy person familiar with the sound/speaker equipment on your end is important. Please provide us with that person’s contact info. Levels are set on Tom’s equipment, but it is still necessary to have experienced ears to monitor for audio changes that occur because we have found that to be the case. Plus, sometimes other people join Tom in the show and we need a good mix. We should do a sound check an hour before the show.
Tom’s concerts are interactive with audience participation so the host must navigate the performance to allow for laughter and response to the music, at the same time muting those who are distracting.
Tom will draft a poster and email it to you for your review. The final poster should be saved as a pdf. We also suggest including the show details in the body of the email as some folks don’t want to bother opening an attachment. On-line concerts can reach the world and the fundraising possibilities are very good. Once the date is set, it is critical to ANNOUNCE it asap to community groups so that another group does not book a competing activity that same night. It may be the most important thing you do.
Depending on your own group and the reasons for organizing a show of Tom’s music, groups you should contact include peace and environment groups such as anti-fracking, anti-incineration, nukes, mountain top removal, Earth Justice, Earth First, Sierra Club, Anti-war solidarity groups, Quakers, Unitarians, Humanists, Ethical Society, AAUP, Alliance for Democracy, Green Party, labor unions, AFSC, Jobs with Justice, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Truth Out, Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, United Nations Association, student organizations on college campuses, Raging Grannies, etc.
On-line concerts are running about an hour with no intermission. The length and format can alter upon request. Tom will provide some information so that you are comfortable introducing him. Please remember that it is against the law (piracy) to record the show without written permission.
When Tom does colleges and high schools, teachers assign his shows to the curriculum. He has worked with the following departments: international studies, sociology, anthropology, English, political science, history, economics, music, religious studies, ecology, journalism, linguistics and education.
Tom also does class presentations around a variety of social issues. The Musicians' Union has educational grants for school programs that are very easy to apply for.
His music can be heard on SoundClick at http://www.soundclick.com/tomneilson.
Sample INTRODUCTION- Please keep it short! One MC said this:
Tom began performing at the age of three. He has worked and traveled around the world and has performed his music in 22 countries on five continents. Among his many awards, he has received two Song of the Year Awards from Independent Musicians.
In 2017, he received an award from the Arab American Women Association for Global Education Through Performance Art. In 2015 he was nominated for the United Nations Nelson Mandela Award for Lifetime Achievement in Peace and Justice.
If you ask him, he will tell you that he is just a farm boy with a guitar who loves a good ball game and human rights.
Thanks for keeping the music alive!
Lynn Waldron, Business Manager