More news about the Voices Across
America event from Deke Sharon, president of CASA. So far, the only group that
has responded to this idea is 17th Avenue AllStars (you can always depend on
these folks -- they're usually up for any good cause). I will be out of the
state over the September 30 weekend. Isn't there a Colorado group that could run
with this? Imagine singing simultaneously at 1pm Denver time a week from Sunday
with groups all across our land.
Deke's full message is: "Here are the cities
participating so far:
Fort Collins, CO
Los Angeles, CA
After a lot of considerations, the
final date has been chosen as Sunday, September 30th for our Voices Across
America Event! That date is available for most groups and is a better day
for families and the general public to attend. The start time for all
concerts should coordinate, respectively, to all time zones. The following
are the start times that will represent different cities across the
Hawaii - 9:00am
Alaska - 11:00am
Pacific - Noon
Central - 2:00pm
Eastern - 3:00pm
As for the venues, it is
recommended that the concerts be held in a park, recreation hall, mall, or other
easily accessible public location, with room enough for all. A stage
setting will depend upon each location accordingly, so choose with a good eye
for visibility and media coverage. Sound equipment is the biggest hurdle,
as power may not be in close proximity, but, most parks or recreation facilities
have power for reserved use. Having one group set up the sound, for all to use,
may be the easiest solution, with the arrangement of microphones in a choir
setting or on stands. Limited mics means pairing up or grouping
around. Video and/or audio recording is up to the individual groups, as
local media will probably be there to capture the event.
The only stipulation that we ask, is
that the event begin as close to the allotted time as possible, with the first
song being our National Anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner". Most groups
have, at one time or another, been asked to sing at a local game or holiday
event, therefore, it probably already resides in their repertoire. If not,
you may find all the words here: http://www.treefort.org/~rgrogan/web/usa1.htm
Determining which group will sing the opening is up to those attending, but
could be sung by all the groups, and public, if desired.
Vocal Universe is contacting all
local Red Cross chapters to ensure that a volunteer is there to collect
donations. If for some reason there is not a local Red Cross chapter in
the area, a firefighter or police officer will also be there to assist.
Web donations are also accepted on the Red Cross website and through
PayPal. The World Wide Web addresses are: www.redcross.org/donate or www.paypal.com .
Vocal Universe has also begun the
process of contacting national media venues for complete coverage. These
venues include: television (ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, MTV, NBC, PAX, PBS, UPN, VH1,
WB, and many private cable stations), radio (ABC, CBS, NBC, Public Radio),
newspapers (Associated Press, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, USA
Today), periodicals (Good Housekeeping, People, Time-Life, Us), organization
mailing lists, etc. Local news, radio, newspaper, and mailing lists should all
be contacted a.s.a.p., by groups attending, to announce the event and draw
attention. Word of mouth is also a reliable, and sometimes,
We are more than confident in the judgment and
decision-making of each group participating, and we expect a wonderful
turnout. For your assistance, we have included the 7 habits of highly
effective free public vocal performance checklist:
1) Call and reserve
the public park or recreation hall, usually with the local Park and Rec
Authority, or mall administration for indoor activities.
2) Contact the
other groups attending, to plan singing order, equipment setup, or something
3) Contact local media (television, radio, newspaper and
universities) to make sure they announce the event and will have representatives
4) Contact local fire and police departments to attend and show their
support. Have them bring materials to hand out to the public. People
would love to see them.
5) Prepare song set lists and gather your group's
products and information for everyone interested at the event.
5) Have fun
and help the audience to do so too. Many people desire to help in some
way, and this may be the only opportunity they find.
6) Clean up the event
area and thank everyone involved for making it a wonderful success.
CASA and Vocal Universe stories, photos and the total monetary donations of your
local event and we'll post them for all to read.
As there is no set time length
for the event, it is up to each group on their performance length and audience
participation. If the party is going good, then don't let it end!
And, by all means, promote your group and vocal music. Having group CDs,
shirts, magnets, concert announcements, etc., will help to increase exposure and
Finally, please submit your group
name, address, phone number and any other contact information for us to supply
to other groups participating in your area. We will send out a completed
list to each demographic area by Friday morning. If your group knows of
any other amateur, collegiate, semi-pro, or professional groups that wish to
attend, encourage them, support them, grab them and don't let go!
CASA and Vocal Universe wish to sincerely thank all the groups and individuals
who have volunteered to participate in this national event. We are very
honored and grateful to be helping the victims and families of last Tuesday's
tragedy. If you have any questions, comments, ideas, or just have
something to say, please do not hesitate to contact CASA or Vocal