Several of you asked about
whether m-pact's lost van, trailer and equipment were insured. Here's the scoop
from Marco. As I thought, coverage for touring equipment is prohibitively
expensive, so they frankly came up short in that respect. As an alternative,
they would normally hope to cover some through clauses on homeowners' insurance,
but as he says below, they screwed up. Here's an excerpt:
". . . the vehicle and trailer
were fully insured up to the blue-book value. Prospects are okay -- ‘97 van w/
over 180K miles on it. Won’t be enough to buy a new van, but will give us
a start. The cargo was not insured. True, it could have been partly covered
by my own homeowner’s insurance, but my condo building had a huge flood awhile
back, which caused me to lose my insurance due to the size of our claims. Yep,
screwed up and are paying the penalty all the way around. But we’ll figure
He also says they appreciate our
ideas to help, but wouldn't feel right about any group forwarding part of their
fees or doing anything like that. As he says, "all groups
everywhere are in the same boat when it comes to making money in the music
biz. M-pact will just have to look at this temporary set-back as just that.
Besides, there is always much to be grateful for. Just time to work harder
and kick butt."
He suggests that they may
try to set up a Metro area date down the road a bit and would like to ask
all groups to make a special effort to promote that event for them with their
own contacts and mailing lists. "We wouldn’t want to take
anyone’s mailing lists per se; but if Trist can work up a future show in the
area, it would help us if other groups would send out a “hey, come check these
guys out” email to each of their lists. Wouldn’t cost anyone a dime. And
whenever any of those groups comes to Seattle, we’d be happy to return the
Sounds like a win-win to me.
Let's see what Trist can come up with. Meanwhile, thanks for your notes of
concern and advice.