Re: Quartet Procedure Question
- I was in the same situation maaaaaany years ago, so I'm not exactly unbiased. In fact, I'm still PO'd after all these years, sad to say. So take the following with a grain of salt:
a) In absence of an "understanding" ahead of time between its members, the quartet should own all assets paid for with quartet money. If the quartet were breaking up, then the assets should be divided equally, but in this case, the quartet still exists. If you paid out of your own pockets, I'd lean in the other direction, but you didn't.
This would be no different from a chapter with a chorus. A departing member wouldn't be eligible for a share of the chapter's money just because he sang with the chorus in paid shows. Nor would he be eligible for recompense for outfits that the chapter loaned to him.
b) You're probably not going to take him to court, so buying them back might be the sensible approach -- IF he'll part with them for significantly less than the replacement cost.
BUT -- the departing quartet member seriously defaulted on his obligations, so my gut reaction is that he shouldn't get a nickel from the rest of you. In fact, in a truly fair universe, he'd be on the hook to reimburse the quartet and the people who hired the quartet for any lost revenues due to his departure.
But that's "hot-head Dave" speaking. So, cooler heads, and all that ...
> -----Original Message-----
> From: providenceguyri<SingNBC@...>
> To: bbshop<firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Mon, Jan 2, 2012 3:34 pm
> Subject: [bbshop] Quartet Procedure Question
> Recently a member of my Quartet quit without any notice.
> Leaving us to fill 7 gigs in 9 days. Just a little bit
> unprofessional. But I digress. My question -
> The Quartet paid for all of our outfits and we would like
> all of the outfits back so that we can use them with our
> next member (they just happen to be the
> same size). The problem.....the former member wants us to
> buy the items back from him.
> Are there any standard practises that address this issue?
> Providence, RI
- Dave, I don't have a set of rules in front of me, but I am sure that to cross the stage as a performer, you must be a member or Associate member (Director)...
AND, keep in mind as a Board Member now, you have fiduciary responsibilities. If we have non-dues-paying members with no tickets purchased, how do you account for their incurred expenses, and their lack of contribution toward profits?
It would be great if the entire Barbershop experience were free and had no restrictions, but that lotter ticket has yet been won.
All the reasons for "eval only" are right on the money, but we must use our judges to evaluate members, otherwise, we are not being fair to our members.
Anything I win above $200 million will go toward making Barbershop a much less expensive thing...
--- In email@example.com, Dave Jacobs <g8r10r@...> wrote:
> Exactly, Neil. A chorus with non-members on stage would be disqualified
> from "the contest". But, it shouldn't preclude them from singing on-stage
> for evaluation only, which, by definition, is not scored as part of the
> contest. (C&J community, feel free to chime in if I'm wrong here.)
> Each singer would probably need to purchase a convention registration, but
> that could probably be waived since they are not "competing". (I can't
> remember of the top of my head if the convention registration requirement
> is a C&J requirement, or a Society rule to exempt the contest from ASCAP
> Hey, imagine having a Youth Harmony Festival just before your next district
> convention, then inviting the Boys Chorus to mic test for the chorus
> contest. Heck have the girls chorus sing, too. What would you risk -
> extra single event ticket sales to family members? ...just brainstorming,
> On Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 3:06 PM, Neil Keihm <keihm@...> wrote:
> > Dave,
> > If you are not a member, you are not eligible to enter the contest.
> > Neil
> Dave Jacobs
> Musical Director - Barbergator Chorus
> Sunshine District - VP of Chorus Director Development
> Advancement Coordinator - BSA Troop 454
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