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FestivalNet, Asheville, NC

A Letter from the Events Database Manager

by Sara Potts, posted 07/01/20 10:37:20   category » covid-19

These past few months have brought an unprecedented challenge to maintain the constantly changing event information on FestivalNet. Promoters are in a very difficult position to make decisions far enough in advance to coordinate vendors and venues while trying to make a profit without endangering the public. Decisions can and often do, change overnight.

We are having to go back and double check the current 2020 events, which has put us behind on updating last year's event listings on our site. We are hopeful that we will be able to get more events updated as states are opening up and we are finding future 2020 and 2021 dates on the events websites.

We have always taken pride in keeping our listings as up-to-date and correct as possible so that we can help you all plan your schedule for the year. We are confident that we provide the most consolidated up to date event information on the web. Despite the obvious financial impact we have undergone, we have increased our staff in an attempt to continue to bring our members the most current event information possible. We apologize if some event listings have not been up to the standards that you have come to expect.

Please know that we will continue to work diligently to update listings and remove the ones that we know are not taking place. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

🌎 Please Take our Event Impact Survey

by FestivalNet, posted 05/19/20 15:47:14   category » covid-19
FestivalNet All Member News

FestivalNet.com is requesting all hands on deck from event promoters at this time. Please take a few minutes and complete this survey.

Your participation will help us paint the picture of the impact of COVID-19 across the events industry in North America. The data we compile will be part of a report that we will publish with the purpose of bringing our community closer together.

Go to Survey
If someone else is better suited for this survey, please forward this email to that person.

Thanks so much!

Julie Cochrane
Operations Manager
FestivalNet.com
 

Festival Vendors Struggle Through COVID-19

by FestivalNet, posted 05/21/20 10:59:05   category » covid-19




Festival Vendors Struggle Through COVID-19

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 21, 2020

Julie Cochrane, Operations Manager

FestivalNet.com

800-200-3737  

Julie@FestivalNet.com

 

Festival Vendors in Search of Options

Almost 50% of vendors surveyed rely on events for all income

 

Raleigh, NC.  FestivalNet.com announces results of their May 2020 COVID-19 impact study. With more than 3,500 responded, the survey uncovered the challenges and creativity of being a festival vendor or performer.

 

Full survey results: https://festivalnet.com/blog/FestivalNet-Survey-Response-4196




Some quotes from our members:

 

“Unfortunately like many vendors, our products sell best when they can be seen in person, touched...tried on. I think online shows are going to be a big part of the new norm, but the in person are SO much better, especially the music festivals." - Craftsperson Lori Trafford, Montana

 

"I am a henna artist which requires me to be within 1 foot or less of a client in order to do my artwork on their body. With social distancing this is impossible, and I don't foresee people being comfortable sitting that close for at least 2 years..." - Lisa Paulger, Jacksonville Beach, Florida

 

About FestivalNet.com: Founded in 1996, FestivalNet serves festival vendors, artists, craftspeople, musicians, event promoters and visitors throughout North America. With more than 300,000 members, we provide detailed event information for more than 26,000 events and tools to help our community connect to make events successful. 



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FestivalNet Survey Response

by FestivalNet, posted 05/18/20 17:19:19   category » covid-19


Crisis to Community:

Artist & Vendor COVID Survey Results Summary


Since 1996, FestivalNet.com has maintained a database of North American fairs and festivals, offering extensive event details for the exhibiting artist, performer, and vendor. We pride ourselves with providing the most event information from coast to coast and serving our members year after year by meeting their event research needs. As COVID-19 raged, changing every aspect of life as we knew it, Festivalnet.com hoped to gain an understanding of the impact and reach of this global health crisis within our community by conducting a business impact survey.

We've read every single reply. To all those who participated, we hear you loud and clear. Something that stood out to us when reading your feedback is people have a desire to connect. Tell their story. Be heard. We hope our response helps move our community closer together than ever before

To make that hope a reality, we're exploring new and creative ways to serve you with the intention of helping our community survive this most challenging of times, even as our country struggles to find ways to safely allow group gatherings.  

For many, dealing with this pandemic unfolded in stages starting with denial and often culminating in some form of productivity and a plan. FestivalNet member Mark Taylor described his experience:
 

“We simply sat down and said to ourselves we can sit here and feel sorry for ourselves...or we can get our butts into the studio and figure out how to reinvent ourselves and at least survive this event." - IDEA Studio, Hilton Head, SC

While survey responses are still coming in and we might reevaluate our data again, at the time of exporting these results, 3,494 people across the United States and parts of Canada identify in the following ways:  

Musicians! Get up and Running with Live-streaming Right Away

by FestivalNet, posted 05/12/20 14:26:06   category » covid-19

Live streaming has exploded since Covid-19 has shut down the world. Musicians are performing from home, gaining new fans and making money from tips and selling merch.

I, personally, have booked many "Live Stream" PAID gigs. Some from home and some from the venues with no audience.

This video blog is intended to get you up and running with your lives streams right away . Do me a favor and please post / comment any questions you have or your experience with live streaming during the Pandemic.

Cheers,
Tim Charron
FestivalNet Pro Member and Content Contributor
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p.s. 

These are the links I mention in the video blog: Selfie Stick & Tripod

Musician Emergency Kit: Stream Live - Gain Fans - Make Money: https://www.howtobookgigs.com/emergency-kit

💡 COVID-19 Business Impact Survey

by FestivalNet, posted 04/16/20 16:45:28   category » covid-19
FestivalNet All Member News

We know our website and services must evolve to help the Festival Community survive. I ask you to please take our survey so we can shape our tools and services while collecting important data on the impact of COVID-19 in the North American events industry.

This 16 question survey is for all artists, vendors, exhibitors, & service providers in the North American events industry; please share this survey with your circles. (This survey is not for the general public, customers or event promoters.)

Go to Survey
Be sure to check out our recent COVID-19 related blog posts.

Also, this is a great time to work on your FestivalNet Profile and Shop, we are promoting our online community heavily at this time. Please get in touch if you need help.😊

Thank you so very much!

Be well,

Julie Cochrane
FestivalNet.com
Operations Manager

An Update from FestivalNet Operations Manager

by FestivalNet, posted 04/03/20 12:04:56   category » covid-19
FestivalNet All Member News
April 3, 2020

A Message From Our Operations Manager

Our hearts are heavy with the reality that this pandemic is affecting every member of our community. The following is an update on what FestivalNet.com is doing at this time.

Our hardworking staff is doing its very best, every day, to keep events updated, in addition to contacting promoters to get the very latest information and plans for the future. It is an arduous task with over 26,000 events in our database and the information on COVID-19 changing nearly daily. 

With the sincere hope of offering some respite, we are initiating several new actions:

- All current and new Pro members will receive an automatic, and free, two month extension of their membership. There is no action required on your part for this.

-We are offering a renewal and new member discount at this time & your membership will run for 14 months rather than 12.

- We are finishing up our form for livestream & virtual vendor events. 

- We are offering discounted Featured Events with a promise: if your future event is forced to reschedule any time this year, we will extend your Feature at no additional cost to you. (Events: Update your event listing here.)

We hope you take this time to work on your FN community profile and shop so we can help promote your business online.

We've been here with you since 1996 and plan to continue being of service long after COVID has run its course. In the meantime, please let us know if there's anything more we can do for you during these most difficult of times.

We encourage you to take advantage of federal relief options open to artists, entrepreneurs and small businesses working in the creative economy. The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act is now law and also offers direct support for both non-profit cultural organizations and state and local arts and humanities agencies.

Guide to CARES Act
COVID-19 Economic Injury Loan Application

Wishing you and yours very well, at this time and always.

Julie Cochrane
Operations Manager
Festivalnet.com


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