I am a Yid. I like to rock. Veitur!

- [ Friday, December 10, 2004 ] -
The Disorganized Shul
A couple band-mates had a conversation with a Rabbi of a shul, and they decided that a concert at/for the shul would be cool. We all love the members of the shul and they have been our best fan base so far.

A few weeks later, someone from the shul office contacted our band to know what to put on the flier. I replied that we needed more information about the planned event and that we couldn't commit without settling a few details first.

Fliers went out without confirmation of details and without a contact from the shul committed to helping us produce the event.

A shul bulletin went out, also announcing the event.

After repeated pressing, we couldn't get the shul to commit even one person outside the band to coordinate the event. Also, we just had a major personnel change and had a lot of things on our plate already. The band contacted the shul office by phone to specify that we couldn't do the show.

Another shul bulletin went out, still announcing the event.

I e-mailed a reply to the bulletin, hoping to reach the person who puts it out. I also copied the Rabbi. In the e-mail, I politely and specifically informed the shul again that under the current conditions we couldn't play at this time. We would be happy to reschedule at a later date.

A band member, also a member of the shul, asked if they could please advertise a concert that we are doing elsewhere the day after our original time slot. Announcements in the shul bulletin often advertise Jewish events involving shul members.

The next shul bulletin went out. It said the concert was canceled. There was no mention of our other concert. And now the shul is putting on a competing musical event. The event is not scheduled for the empty space of time that they originally scheduled for us. This event is scheduled for the same time as our currently booked concert.

The next shul bulletin went out with all the same info. It still says our concert is canceled.

We asked the shul nicely to advertise our other show and to please rephrase the concert announcement to say "...is being rescheduled" instead of "canceled."

The next shul bulletin said the concert was canceled. It also advertised our other concert but with many caveats. And for this announcement, they misspelled our name. They also reformatted the name, capitalizing some letters in the middle, that were never meant to be capitalized. Keep in mind they always spell it correctly to say our concert is canceled. Even in the same bulletin.

What really bothers me about these events is that the shul had no right to assume this event would take place without their involvement. Then the shul had no right to publicize this event. They followed up very poorly.

The band branding is very important. The public image of the band reflects directly on whether people come and see us. Concert cancellations reflect very poorly on the band. People don't know why the concert was canceled and will probably assume it's because of some deficiency with the band. The shul announced our concert twice, and then announced the cancellation three times. They announced our real gig once, in a misspelled, incorrectly formatted, awkward way with caveats.

The shul messed up the concert. Then they messed up our name--a lot. It will be a while before I would want to involve this shul in anything I'm doing. And you can be sure I will execute more control and less trust.

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