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Since I'm a big fan of making the tacit explicit, I thought it would be a good idea to outline my agenda for Melbourne IV.

Starting with the completely uncontroversial:

I want MIV to be:
* Enjoyable
     --> Well performed music is a necessary part of this!
* Socially successful
* Enjoyable rehearsals & Events
* Enjoyable repertoire


*  I think that having a full house to sing to is more important than having a larger concert venue

There's always a lot of talk about getting freshers.  I say forget about talking about IV freshers.  With the current demographics, the focus needs to shift to undergrads.  If IVs continually have a large supply of undergrads, they will be fresh!  Therefore, I would put the goal this way:

* The key attendance goal is to Maximise U/grad attendance
   -->Freshers
   -->New Generation

I think a suitable "hopeful goal" would be as many as 300 attendees.  This would require some energisation of the AICSA choirs, but is possible.  A realistic target is 200 attendees, and if we only achieve 150, I will view this as something of a disappointment.  For fans of history, Brisbane 1993 was the most poorly attended ever (93 singers), but Sydney two years later with the SSO was pretty big.

* I want the IV to be Financially Successful
  --> Ticket sales are a necessity
  --> Getting someone else to fund a concert is a Good Idea

* But I also want to Minimise both "Entry price" and "Sticker Price" 
(I think this will really help with U/grad attendance)

Possibilities:
    * Cheaper accomodation
        - AIV2001 allowed people to sleep in tents
    * Cheaper food
        - BIV2000 made excellent use of leftovers
        - LXIV was partially volunteer catered, as were a number of IVs in ancient history.
        - Not everyone needs a hot breakfast.  Paying a bit less and bringing your own box of cereal might reduce costs. 
    * Academic dinner should be an option - this will remove at least $50 from entry price

(sidetrack: In the 50s and 60s, camp fees were typically >80% of total IV expenditure, even where large orchestral works were performed.  Now, I'm not willing to give up fancy concerts, and I certainly don't think that things like Acadinner should be stopped, but the price is a massive barrier to U/grad attendance)

* MIV has a priviliged position, and should be "Musically Ambitious".  There's a lot more I can and will say on this matter.

* I have the romantic notion of having an IV with the MSO, but I also understand that this is a whim, and it is far more important to have a good IV than the MSO

* I want to enshrine the authority of Safety Officers --> Clear Hierarchy

* Finally, I have a nifty idea of "Concert Zero"

"Concert Zero" is essentially glorified publicity sing.

This would be performed on the first night of camp, at the local regional centre town hall.  There might be a gold coin donation, but the funding for this would really come from the Arts Australia Council or similar, since this would be the largest choir ever in that town.  If one lets the choir be divided, there is no shortage of material that can be performed with little rehearsal at an IV - I'll elaborate for you later.

The key reasoning behind this is is not the concert itself.  The concert is a vehicle that would mean that we could kick off camp with a PCP.  I often think that theme nights are a bit naff, and they often involve carrying around heavy costumes halfway across the country.  Imagine instead beginning with a celebration of what IV is really about - singing.

I'd also like to get some new songbooks published as a collaborative effort between the 5 active Batmanian University Choral Societies, which could tie in to MIV in various ways.

Anyway, that's my hidden agenda.  They are my hidden agenda.  I have lots more opinions and so on (I'd like to get as much of the hazing out of prezzies' PJs as possible ... ... ...), but this is unconcise enough already.

Date: 2010-03-15 11:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nclean.livejournal.com
Incidentally - I'm well aware that at the last MIV, that Tony was pretty much the only person in a tent, and that this was kind of discouraging.

Date: 2010-03-15 12:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrha17.livejournal.com
Nope, there were a few people in tents, Karl and Louisa included.

Date: 2010-03-15 12:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seagoon.livejournal.com
Pervert. I should have known that people like you *points finger wildly* would be talking this, this.... filth *faints*

I shall demand my own fainting couch at the festival.

:-)

Date: 2010-03-15 12:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nouv-ella.livejournal.com
You make me grin so much. :D

Date: 2010-03-15 12:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naturalredhead.livejournal.com
I like a lot of your ideas.

Dot point time!
- The one thing I keep hearing about LXIV, apart from the swine flu, was how awful the food was - perhaps that's not such a great example. :-)
- Something that I haven't seen mentioned for a while is the possibility of a Support a Student scheme, where people can chose to pay a bit more on their rego in order to help reduce the cost for them.

Date: 2010-03-15 12:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrha17.livejournal.com
Yeah, don't mention the catering at LXIV. The whole self-catered thing wasn't entirely intentional, as far as I'm aware. More an "Oh crap, you mean that doesn't include lunch as well?" to the dinner caterers....

Date: 2010-03-15 01:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nclean.livejournal.com
I'm more thinking along the lines of: there is a distinct possibility of people registering as non-combatants. What better way for the vocally underprivileged to participate in IV than by cooking breakfast?

Date: 2010-03-15 02:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizziesilver.livejournal.com
Maybe offer them a discount on the rego fee if they work as kitchen hands? Insist on food safety training.

Date: 2010-03-16 12:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] traeemery.livejournal.com
Food safety training in Vic is a big deal. Councils have the power to shut down an event if you don't comply. The unis offer subisdised short courses in food handling, but the cost might make it a neutral saving for those who wouldn't already have the certificate for work purposes.

Date: 2010-03-15 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizziesilver.livejournal.com
I wish the academic dinner were optional. I hate formal dinners. Much rather get a pub meal, then join everyone for the afterparty, wearing jeans and a t-shirt (shoes optional).

I like the idea of Concert Zero and reducing the hazing from Prezzies PJs. If there's a way to reduce the number of events in sculling, or speed up the process, that'd be awesome too.

Date: 2010-03-15 04:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxe.livejournal.com
It has been at some IVs; I don't think this is a bad idea at all.

Date: 2010-03-15 11:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frodolover.livejournal.com
Regarding sculling (lessons learnt from CIV). We were concerned about limiting consumption of alcohol, and admittedly splitting the sculling was a major fail.
The concept we came up with as an alternative is to only run heats and finals for the team events. Progression to the finals is based on time. You could probably still have semis for the individuals, but it tackles both the issue of limiting the amount of alcohol participants actually consume as well as the length of time sculling takes up.

Date: 2010-03-16 02:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lizziesilver.livejournal.com
I don't think splitting the sculling was a major fail at all - it solved one of the two problems, so it was good but could have been better. I think progression to finals based on time is a fantastic idea. :)

Date: 2010-03-15 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bar-barra.livejournal.com
I may have to lie down now. Because I cannot think of a single thing in this entire list with which to disagree. So there you are then.

Date: 2010-03-15 02:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bar-barra.livejournal.com
ESPECIALLY about the hazing. My then beloved supported Toby as MonUCS reps at BIV 2000 and it was a bit disgusting, really. And I thought: why are you doing this to her? And everyone else here? If that IV tradition were to be quietly trashed I'd be absolutely fine with that.

Date: 2010-03-15 04:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxe.livejournal.com
I believe this was also Hamish's reasoning behind organising the 'silver service' post-PJ's dinner for the Prezzies and seconds -- ultimately it's supposed to be symbolic of 'you take a lot of crap for the choir as President and we love you for it really'.

Date: 2010-03-16 06:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sjl.livejournal.com
I'd have to concur. Prezzies' PJs, in my two IVs, has always struck me as being more than a little bit unreasonable. These are the people who have volunteered their time to help the choir, and this is how we thank them? No. It's unconscionable, but the trouble is, any president who tries to buck the tradition is going to be jeered as a wowser. "Oh, what a tragedy, we forgot to put Prezzies' PJs on the IV program, and now there's absolutely no time to put it back in, I'm so sorry guys, it's a calamity, really it is, oh look, a three headed monkey ..."

Date: 2010-03-15 04:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] foxe.livejournal.com
All excellent ideas. Best of luck!

Date: 2010-03-16 01:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mawaridi.livejournal.com
I think all of these are very good ideas.

I am toying with the idea of running for Social Secretary (I know, I know, kind of late in the game to be toying with the idea, but I was waiting to see if more awesome candidates suggested themselves) and if I were in that position I would definitely be rethinking the typical Prezzie's PJs. I can think of many things that are fun to watch and require the Presidents and seconds to be clever and resourceful that are not humiliating or disgusting. I thought Bond villain cage of death at the end of the LXIV PJs was a good example of this.

Also a great big YES on making IV as cheap as possible. I understand that things cost more every year, but the cost of IV is becoming prohibitive.

Date: 2010-03-17 08:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dcrisp.livejournal.com
Given how divisive some of your comments and (questions in a now vanished post )have been, are you really the unifying chair that IV would be looking for?

Hi, I am new here.

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