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benefit show or free?

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2006 3:17 AM

just what do those "benefit" shows benefit anyway?
in the days of olde (when people were shorter and lived near the water) there were about two benefit shows per year and the rest are free...now it seems ther are two free shows a year and the rest are "benefit" i've no problem with them charging $$ for shows but they really should stop calling them "benefit shows"

just saying is all

Posted by javier buchananeversonia | March 8, 2006 10:05 AM

Well, isn't it a good thing to be sending money to charities?

Posted by Nineteen-ninety-never | March 8, 2006 11:16 AM

if it's gonna be a benefit show, we'd like to know who/what we're benefitting is all.

Posted by Anonymous | March 8, 2006 12:08 PM

I believe the money generated by the benefit shows goes towards supporting the free shows throughout the summer in Central Park. There are a ton of cultural events -- dance performances, readings, concerts, etc., that maybe the readers of this site won't necessarily care about as much (i.e., non-indie music concerts) but that doesn't mean the general public as a whole does not benefit from the money raised.

Posted by Qbertplaya | March 8, 2006 12:23 PM

how do you get tickets to summerstage? and when do they become available??

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2006 2:11 PM

before you shell out $$ for summerstage, keep in mind:

1. Security & promotor personnel there are really nasty people you don't want to have to deal with

2. It is outside, and in bad weather you are pretty stuck; they won't let you leave and re-enter even with proof of payment and ticket stubs.

I will never pay for a Summerstage event again, after 3 bad experiences with their staff. Maybe I'll go to some of the free shows. (There are in fact some good indie band concerts each summer; Brazilian Girls and M.I.A. come to mind from last year)

Posted by Anonymous | March 9, 2006 2:44 PM

yeah!~ went to all Summerstage shows of 2005 and had similar experience... we had this 'Benefactor' membership which is $5,000+ ~ and that guy Scott is such a prick ! Total shmoozer salesman... bugged my ass at every show~ asking way too many questions ~ dumb ass! yeah so we got loads of free wine and beer + 4 tix for all shows (except for Paul Van Dyk) and sat in the back center (which was too far)... Also when celebrities (or other people to impress) were not around Scott and other membership sales people would bring their uber obnoxious drunk friends to sit in what suppose to be a 'vip' area ~ ah how much did those kids piss me off (!) ~ so yeah do not spend money on Summerstage memberships.

Posted by gracja | March 10, 2006 12:26 PM

yeah!~ went to all Summerstage shows of 2005 and had similar experience... we had this 'Benefactor' membership which is $5,000+ ~ and that guy Scott is such a prick ! Total shmoozer salesman... bugged my ass at every show~ asking way too many questions ~ dumb ass! yeah so we got loads of free wine and beer + 4 tix for all shows (except for Paul Van Dyk) and sat in the back center (which was too far)... Also when celebrities (or other people to impress) were not around Scott and other membership sales people would bring their uber obnoxious drunk friends to sit in what suppose to be a 'vip' area ~ ah how much did those kids piss me off (!) ~ so yeah do not spend money on Summerstage memberships.

Posted by gracja | March 10, 2006 12:27 PM

yeah!~ went to all Summerstage shows of 2005 and had similar experience... we had this 'Benefactor' membership which is $5,000+ ~ and that guy Scott is such a prick ! Total shmoozer salesman... bugged me at every show ~ asking way too many questions ~ yeah so we got loads of free wine and beer + 4 tix for all shows (except for Paul Van Dyk) and sat in the back center (which was too far)... Also when celebrities (or other people to impress) were not around Scott and other membership sales people would bring their uber obnoxious drunk friends to sit in what suppose to be a 'vip' area ~ ah how much did those kids piss me off (!) ~ so yeah do not spend money on Summerstage memberships.

Posted by gracja | March 10, 2006 12:28 PM

yeah!~ went to all Summerstage shows of 2005 and had similar experience... we had this 'Benefactor' membership which is $5,000+ ~ and that guy Scott is such a @#$% ! Total shmoozer salesman... bugged me at every show ~ asking way too many questions ~ yeah so we got loads of free wine and beer + 4 tix for all shows (except for Paul Van Dyk) and sat in the back center (which was too far)... Also when celebrities (or other people to impress) were not around Scott and other membership sales people would bring their uber obnoxious drunk friends to sit in what suppose to be a 'vip' area ~ ah how much did those kids piss me off (!) ~ so yeah do not spend money on Summerstage memberships.

Posted by gracja | March 10, 2006 12:29 PM

yeah!~ went to all Summerstage shows of 2005 and had similar experience... we had this 'Benefactor' membership which is $5,000+ ~ and that guy Scott is such a @#$% ! Total shmoozer salesman... bugged me at every show ~ asking way too many questions ~ yeah so we got loads of free wine and beer + 4 tix for all shows (except for Paul Van Dyk) and sat in the back center (which was too far)... Also when celebrities (or other people to impress) were not around Scott and other membership sales people would bring their uber obnoxious drunk friends to sit in what suppose to be a 'vip' area ~ ah how much did those kids piss me off (!) ~ so yeah do not spend money on Summerstage memberships.

Posted by gracja | March 10, 2006 12:30 PM

LOL !!! NOW THIS IS FUNNY ! ... I pressed 'post' like 10 times ! hahaha... and this website said that ~can't post cause of "offensive" stuff or something ~ and now IT POSTED IT ALL 10 X !!! ... HAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!!!

sorry guys ! ......

Posted by Anonymous | March 10, 2006 1:13 PM

I am David Rivel, Executive Director of City Parks Foundation, the non-profit organization that produces Central Park SummerStage. We also put on free arts, sports and educational programs and work with community groups in 700 other parks around the five boroughs.

A friend of mine alerted me to the postings here, so I thought I’d respond to some of the questions about the festival.

SummerStage is a FREE festival consisting of 32 events: music, dance, spoken word and others. Many people assume that because the festival is free that it must not cost us anything to put it on: people think (incorrectly) that the artists donate their time and that the labor is volunteer.

In fact, SummerStage costs about $2 million to produce. The stage labor, site crew and security force is all paid (with benefits). Artists charge their normal fees.

In order to pay for SummerStage, City Parks Foundation does several things: we raise money from corporate sponsors, foundations interested in supporting free music and individuals willing to become members. You can get information about becoming a member by going to our website at www.summerstage.org. We also run a concession stand and sell some merchandise. We also host six shows every year that have a ticket price. Let me explain how these “benefit” shows work.

Each year, we send out a letter to everyone who produces shows in New York City, asking if they would like to do a benefit for SummerStage. They choose the artist (subject to our approval), set the ticket price, and do all the promotion. We agree to list the event in our brochure and materials. We receive a flat fee from the producer, plus an overage depending on how many tickets are sold.

It’s a great way to raise money for the free shows, but we are aware that the benefit shows sometimes interfere with the message we are trying to send out, which is that SummerStage is a wonderful, FREE festival. As a result, we are reducing the number of benefit shows we do. Last summer, we did eight benefit shows; this coming summer, we will be doing only six. As for tickets, we do not know when they will be on sale (since they’re not, technically, our shows), but you can generally expect to see advertising for them in May. At our website, you can sign up for our e-mail list. We generally, but not always, send out information about how to buy tickets to the benefit shows as soon as they are announced.

If you come to a benefit show, know that you are helping to support all the free events we put on every year in Central Park.

I would welcome your additional comments, questions and feedback. Since I’m not a regular user of this site, I would ask that you write me at: City Parks Foundation, 830 Fifth Avenue, NYC 10021. I promise to respond to all letters received.

Posted by David Rivel | March 16, 2006 4:58 PM

I am David Rivel, Executive Director of City Parks Foundation, the non-profit organization that produces Central Park SummerStage. We also put on free arts, sports and educational programs and work with community groups in 700 other parks around the five boroughs.

A friend of mine alerted me to the postings here, so I thought I’d respond to some of the questions about the festival.

SummerStage is a FREE festival consisting of 32 events: music, dance, spoken word and others. Many people assume that because the festival is free that it must not cost us anything to put it on: people think (incorrectly) that the artists donate their time and that the labor is volunteer.

In fact, SummerStage costs about $2 million to produce. The stage labor, site crew and security force is all paid (with benefits). Artists charge their normal fees.

In order to pay for SummerStage, City Parks Foundation does several things: we raise money from corporate sponsors, foundations interested in supporting free music and individuals willing to become members. You can get information about becoming a member by going to our website at www.summerstage.org. We also run a concession stand and sell some merchandise. We also host six shows every year that have a ticket price. Let me explain how these “benefit” shows work.

Each year, we send out a letter to everyone who produces shows in New York City, asking if they would like to do a benefit for SummerStage. They choose the artist (subject to our approval), set the ticket price, and do all the promotion. We agree to list the event in our brochure and materials. We receive a flat fee from the producer, plus an overage depending on how many tickets are sold.

It’s a great way to raise money for the free shows, but we are aware that the benefit shows sometimes interfere with the message we are trying to send out, which is that SummerStage is a wonderful, FREE festival. As a result, we are reducing the number of benefit shows we do. Last summer, we did eight benefit shows; this coming summer, we will be doing only six. As for tickets, we do not know when they will be on sale (since they’re not, technically, our shows), but you can generally expect to see advertising for them in May. At our website, you can sign up for our e-mail list. We generally, but not always, send out information about how to buy tickets to the benefit shows as soon as they are announced.

If you come to a benefit show, know that you are helping to support all the free events we put on every year in Central Park.

I would welcome your additional comments, questions and feedback. Since I’m not a regular user of this site, I would ask that you write me at: City Parks Foundation, 830 Fifth Avenue, NYC 10021. I promise to respond to all letters received.

Posted by David Rivel | March 16, 2006 5:00 PM

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