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					Establish and manage resources and technical requirements
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Establish and manage resources and technical requirements worksheet

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1. Work out a plan for the launch ...................................................................... 3 Activity 1.1 – Create a task list ...................................................................... 3 Activity 1.2 – Create a project plan ................................................................. 3 2. Organise a venue ..................................................................................... 4 Activity 2.1 – Venue contact list ..................................................................... 4 Activity 2.2 – Research a suitable venue .......................................................... 4 Activity 2.3 – Decide on a venue ................................................................... 6 3. Organise potential support bands for the gig ..................................................... 7 Activity 3.1 - Choose two support bands .......................................................... 7 Activity 3.2 - Write up a performance agreement ................................................ 8 4. Promote the launch ................................................................................... 9 Activity 4.1 - Think up ways to attract people to the launch .................................... 9 Activity 4.2 - Create marketing material ........................................................... 9 Activity 4.3 – Research street press deadlines ................................................. 10 Activity 4.4 – Create a database .................................................................. 10 Activity 4.5 – Create an e-mail invitation ........................................................ 10 5. Supervise the production requirements for the launch ....................................... 11 Activity 5.1 – Create a production schedule .................................................... 11 Activity 5.2 – Band production requirements ................................................... 11 Activity 5.3 – Select suitable background music ............................................... 11 Activity 5.4 – Locate fire extinguishers and emergency exits ................................ 12

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1. Work out a plan for the launch
Activity 1.1 – Create a task list
What tasks will you need to complete to organise the CD launch for 'Beside the Point'? When you have finished your list, number the tasks and put them into order, starting with the task that you think you should carry out first. E-mail your numbered task list to your online teacher for feedback. One example has been completed for you. Add more tasks if you need too. Tasks: Task # 1 Task Decide on a venue and ring around to check that they do CD launches. [insert task here] [insert task here] [insert task here] [insert task here] [insert task here] [insert task here] [insert task here]

Activity 1.2 – Create a project plan
Using the tasks you decided on for Activity 1.1 you now need to create a project plan. Download the project plan (template) and complete it for this activity. Assume that the CD launch has to be held on a Saturday night in 4 weeks time. You will see that the project plan is broken up into weekly blocks. Divide your tasks up, and enter them into your project plan in the most appropriate week.

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2. Organise a venue
Activity 2.1 – Venue contact list
For this activity you need to make a list of all the venues (within your state) that would be good to hold a CD launch in. Download the venue contact list (template) for this activity and use it to create your own list of venues. When you have finished your list, e-mail a copy of it to your online teacher.

Activity 2.2 – Research a suitable venue
Ring up 2 venues from your venues’ contact list and ask them the following questions. Record your answers in this worksheet. Name of venue 1: [insert name here] 1. Do they support CD launches? [insert answer here] 2. What is the arrangement for using the venue? Does the venue want a slice of the action? Will they expect a door charge or cut of any profits? [insert answer here] 3. Are there any restrictions (i.e. do you have to promise a minimum number of people will show up, or promise that a minimum amount of money will be spent at the bar)? [insert answer here] 4. Is there a house sound engineer? [insert answer here] 5. What equipment do they supply (i.e. PA system?) and what equipment will you have to supply? [insert answer here] 6. If the venue supplies a PA, what are its technical specifications? Find out:  How many fold back sends does the mixer have? [insert answer here]  What type (and quantity) of microphones do they supply? [insert answer here]  Will you need to provide extra extension cords and power boards to hook up your gear on stage?

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[insert answer here]  Is there extra staging available? Eg do they have a drum rostrum which is used to raise the drums above stage level? [insert answer here] 7. What time do you have to be in and out of the venue by? [insert answer here] 8. What time can you do sound checks? [insert answer here] 9. Is there appropriate parking and areas to load in equipment? [insert answer here] 10. Is there a rider? [insert answer here] 11. Are there any other conditions or restrictions imposed by the venue? [insert answer here]

Name of venue 2: [insert name here] 1. Do they support CD launches? [insert answer here] 2. What is the arrangement for using the venue? Does the venue want a slice of the action? Will they expect a door charge or cut of any profits? [insert answer here] 3. Are there any restrictions (i.e. do you have to promise a minimum number of people will show up, or promise that a minimum amount of money will be spent at the bar)? [insert answer here] 4. Is there a house sound engineer? [insert answer here] 5. What equipment do they supply (i.e. PA system?) and what equipment will you have to supply? [insert answer here] 6. If the venue supplies a PA, what are its technical specifications? Find out:  How many fold back sends does the mixer have?

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[insert answer here]  What type (and quantity) of microphones do they supply? [insert answer here]  Will you need to provide extra extension cords and power boards to hook up your gear on stage? [insert answer here]  Is there extra staging available? Eg do they have a drum rostrum which is used to raise the drums above stage level? [insert answer here] 7. What time do you have to be in and out of the venue by? [insert answer here] 8. What time can you do sound checks? [insert answer here] 9. Is there appropriate parking and areas to load in equipment? [insert answer here] 10. Is there a rider? [insert answer here] 11. Are there any other conditions or restrictions imposed by the venue? [insert answer here]

Activity 2.3 – Decide on a venue
Based on your research in Activity 1.2, which venue would be best for 'Beside the Point' to launch their CD in? [insert venue name here] Explain why. [explain why here]

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3. Organise potential support bands for the gig
Activity 3.1 - Choose two support bands
For this activity you need to go and listen to three (or more) local bands and check out (review) their performance. Use the tables below to record your answers. If you have seen a few bands recently, you can review those bands instead (and you don’t have to find new ones to review.) Band 1 name: How many members are in the band? What instruments do the band use? What style of music do they play? Rating (out of 10): Band 2 name: How many members are in the band? What instruments do the band use? What style of music do they play? Rating (out of 10): Band 3 name: How many members are in the band? What instruments do the band use? What style of music do they play? Rating (out of 10): [insert band name here] [insert answer here] [insert answer here] [insert answer here] [insert answer here] [insert band name here] [insert answer here] [insert answer here] [insert answer here] [insert answer here] [insert band name here] [insert answer here] [insert answer here] [insert answer here] [insert answer here]

Out of the 3 bands that you have reviewed, select the 2 most suitable to play with 'Beside the Point' at their CD launch. Explain your choices. I would choose [insert band name here] because … [explain why] I would also choose [insert band name 2 here] because… [explain why]

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Activity 3.2 - Write up a performance agreement
For this activity you need to write up a performance agreement with one of the bands that you’ve selected to support 'Beside the Point' at their up and coming CD launch. Download the performance agreement (template) for this activity and use it to create your own agreement. Use the information you already have (i.e. the venue you decided on for activity 2.3) but make sure you also include the following details:      Set the date of the event to be a month from today. Assume that 'Beside the Point' want to start their set at 12pm (midnight). Assume that your support band will play a 30 minute set. Assume that it takes 20 minutes to do a band changeover. Assume that you have agreed to pay your support band a flat fee of $300 for the launch.

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4. Promote the launch
Activity 4.1 - Think up ways to attract people to the launch
Go to the discussion board and list 2 promotional ideas that you think would help attract more people to ‘Beside the Point's’ launch. Check out what other students have suggested and vote on what you think are the best 3 ideas.

Activity 4.2 - Create marketing material
For this activity you need to create two different types of marketing material for 'Beside the Point'. You will need to create:   An A4 flyer to hand out to punters on the street. A press release advertising BTP's CD launch.

Part 1 - Create an A4 flyer Design a flyer that promotes 'Beside the Point's’ CD launch. You can do it by hand or on the computer, but make sure it is A4 in size so that it can be easily photocopied for distribution. Make sure you include the following (minimum) details:     The date of the launch (use the same date that you included in your performance agreement to your support band). Details of the venue (use the venue that you selected in your earlier activity). Cost for the event (set your own price, but make it realistic). Any promotional ideas you had (from for Activity 4.1) to attract more people to the gig.

Part 2 - Create a press release 1. Which photo would you choose to send along with a press release? a), b) or c)? Why? [insert answer here] 2. Write a press release for 'Beside the Point' and their up-and-coming CD launch. This press release will be sent out to the local street press and must not be longer than 150 words (maximum) so make sure you do a word count. [insert your press release here]

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Activity 4.3 – Research street press deadlines
What free street press do you read regularly? [insert answer here] Do you know what the advertising and/or editorial deadlines are for this magazine? Pick any music related magazine (or newspaper, or newspaper lift-out) and find out what their deadlines are. Record the days (and times if applicable) in your unit worksheet. [insert answer here]

Activity 4.4 – Create a database
For this activity you need to create a database of industry contacts in your state. Download the industry contact list (template) and use it to create your own personal list of reviewers, local newspapers and other music industry representatives. When you have finished your list, e-mail a copy of it to your online teacher.

Activity 4.5 – Create an e-mail invitation
For this activity you need to create an e-mail invitation inviting music industry reps to 'Beside the Point's’ launch. Include all the relevant details (the same info that you should have included in your A4 flyer earlier) and send your invite to your online teacher to review.

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5. Supervise the production requirements for the launch
Activity 5.1 – Create a production schedule
For this activity you need to download the production schedule (template) and fill it out. Use the information you have already gathered (about the venue, launch date, support acts etc) but also use the following details to complete your schedule:      The sound check is at 5pm and the doors open at 8pm. The first band starts at 9pm. 'Beside the Point' are playing a 50 minute set The two support acts are playing 40 minute sets Changeovers times are 20 minutes.

Store your completed production schedule with your unit worksheet.

Activity 5.2 – Band production requirements
For this activity you need to took at look at the two stage plans graphics on the activity page and then answer the following questions. 1. What are the main differences between stage setups? [insert answer here] 2. How can you speed up the changeover between the support band and 'Beside the Point'? [insert answer here]

Activity 5.3 – Select suitable background music
Which CD (or CDs) would you choose to play on the night of BTP's launch? CD 1: [insert the name of the CD here] Why would you choose this CD? [insert answer here]

CD 2: [insert the name of the CD here] Why would you choose this CD? [insert answer here]

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Activity 5.4 – Locate fire extinguishers and emergency exits
Go to the venue that you have chosen for 'Beside the Point's’ launch and draw up a map of it. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just include the exit and entry points, the bar (if applicable), toilets and stage. On your map, indicate where the emergency exits and fire extinguishers are located. Also record what types of fire extinguishers are available. When you have finished this activity, store it safely as your online teacher will want to review it later.

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