About The Open Mic Movement

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Fast Links

The Open Mic Movement has something for everyone. View our fast links to find out information that is pertinant to you.
  • Here For Publicans – Pubs are closing down. It’s a fact. We’re going to reverse this trend. Find out how.
  • Here For Students – Learn a song or two from our national curriculum of songs. Visit one of our pubs to join other band members following the same curriculum. Dip your toe in by performing with the full support of other musicians. We’re on your side. Find out more!
  • Here For Music Teachers – Without needing to put more effort into your teaching, you are able to offer more incentives for your students. Get them ready for performance – Almost as if by accident. Find out more!
  • Here For Music Shops (Like Andertons!) – Who wouldn’t want more business? We’ve fueled up a music generator, and you can increase your sales from it – of you are an ethical retailer. Find out more here.
  • Here For Open Mic Providers – Do you have a great sound system? Do musicians appreciate what you do? Do you want to be busier? If you provide an open mic service with great sound – we can give you more opportunies to connect with musicians who appreciate what you do – find out more.

Preamble

  • The greatest bands in the world come from the UK
  • They learned how to play their instruments in the practice room
  • But they learned their TRADE performing in pubs
  • Pubs are closing down
  • Musicians are finding it hard to get live experience –
  • – which means that they can’t develop their performance craft and “onstage dynamics”
  • The Open Mic Movement has been created to ensure that musicians continue to have opportunities to play to live audiences
  • This will give new bands the arena that is required to become great bands.

Wake Up Call

This charity recognises that pubs are closing down and the ramifications of this for the music industry. The British Pub Association asserts that up to 25 pubs are closing down every week.

The Open Mic Movement is working to reverse this trend with a strategic plan and it needs your input!

The benefits to businesses and individual musicians will become obvious as you read on.

Musicians, music teachers, music students, new bands, new artists, publicans, record companies, politicians, pubs and other music venues, can easily come in alignment with each other. All parties can mutually benefit, and still ensure that Great Britain remains at the forefront of the music industry.

If you are involved with The Open Mic Movement, it’s a win-win. (Win, win, win …)

 

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The music industry is in danger of losing one of its best resources for developing music talent.

Stephen Gritton

Pub Closed Music Industry Affected

Pub Closures Are Slowly Killing The Music Industry

.. and don’t just take our word for it; you can read more about this on The Independent’s website here.

Pubs in Camden Town have spawned many great bands. Amy Winehouse played in many of them. Apparently, The Hawley Arms beside Camden Market was her local. Her fans still keep the pub busy.

Another example – The Blur, The Killers, Artic Monkeys and Madness played in Camden’s Dubliin Castle before they were famous. Where would they be now if there were no pubs?

Eddie Sheeran mentions playing in pubs in the article below …

Here For Publicans

The Open Mic Movement will make sure that at least one music pub remains open in every town.

More than one music pub would be ideal, however, with at least one music pub per town, we would still be giving Great Britain’s music industry a chance to stay ahead of the rest of the world.

To qualify as an Open Mic Movement public house, your pub should have a “music first” policy.

This means that the pub must do everything it possibly can to facilitate music performance. Back in the olden days, this meant having an upright piano in the bar ready for a piano player to jump on and bash out a few tunes!

We are not in the olden days.

(Hence the reason for the pub industry’s decline.)

In order to make it a simple affair for a musician to perform, must align itself with today’s music requirements. Your pub needs its own sound system. Also, to entice musicians out of their houses to play in your pub, it must have great sound monitoring “on stage” to allow the musicians to hear themselves.

Your pub would be better qualified to be an Open Mic Movement pub, if it had guitar amps ready for a guitarist to turn up with their guitars and simply “plug in”.

Your pub would be even more of a success if it had a drum-kit and keyboard on site. Some or all of these ingredients required for a player to “jump in and bash out a few tunes.” We’re looking to reintroduce the tradition of pubs casually facilitating impromtu perfomances.

Most musicians have full-time jobs and family commitments. You should make it as easy as possible for them to rock up and play.

What do you get out of it? A busy pub. You are putting your pub at the centre of your community once again – where it belongs. Your public will support you. The Open Mic Movement will support you with Featured Artists. You’ll gain publicity via our website and social media. Advice about your sound and your  social media campaigns. (How to talk directly to your customers through their chosen social media platforms – Facebook for instance.)

Open Mic Movement pubs must have a page on our website. This confirms that they are “registered Open Mic Movement venues” and we think that their sound systems are above par with great sound on stage.

 

We’ll include information about the pub and its events; and also the facilities that musicians are looking for. (For if the musician is a pianist, etc.)

 

The pub then has the right to display the Open Mic Movement registered logo on the premises and have an Open Mic Movement banner up with links to their page in plain site whilst the open mic session is on.

To qualify as an Open Mic Movement public house, your pub should have a “music first” policy.

Here For Open Mic Regulars

You already enjoy performing at open mic sessions. This is great news, but all open mic musicians need to come together to save the open mic scene. This means finding music pubs that really cater to musicians and support them.

You can do this by identifying pubs that pull out all the stops for the musician. Read the information above about qualifying pubs under the title “For Publicans” and you will see the criteria that we have set out for a music pub to become an Open Mic Movement public house.

All Open Mic Movement pubs are listed on our website. If they are not on the website, then we can’t guarantee that they have all the facilities that a musician would like. (A good PA system; monitoring on stage; guitar amps, drums, etc – see under “For Publicans” again for what we mean by “facilities”.)

If you find a good music pub with some or all of the above facilities, tell them about the Open Mic Movement, we can support them.

Here For Students

Students and parents, prepare for a shock!

A student can spend hours and hours practicing to get to a perceived performance standard. He’ll do this until it is time to perform on stage, only to find that 50% of his fledgling talent has evaporated once he gets there!

Then he:

  • Makes horrible mistakes
  • Has his confidence knocked
  • And never tries to perform again.

He becomes a permanent, resident bedroom musician. (Who can’t play loud enough to actually enjoy himself without annoying the neighbours!)

Don’t let this happen to you, or your offspring! Have a read about my dream under the title of “For Music Teachers” next.

Learn how to perform live in a supportive environment on stage with other students and experienced musicians by doing it. Learn how to handle situations where mistakes are made. It is quite possible to recover from a mistake without the audience even realising that a mistake has been made. This can be learned and can only be learned with experience.

There is a “national curriculum” of songs that we encourage music teachers to use as learning material. This in turn gives the student the best possible chance to get on stage with other students and musicians who know the same songs.

Look for music tutors near you that support this getting-on-stage-to-perform-as-soon-as-possible idea. You’ll find them listed on the website here. (Link to be supplied soon.) If you find a good teacher and he doesn’t already know about the Open Mic Movement, get them to get in touch so we can help them. Or give them a link to this page.

Finally, if your music tutor or school, or academy has a page on our website, then we believe they are quality music teachers. They have fully subscribed to this playing live as soon as possible concept and they actively encourage students to play live at an Open Mic Movement session – if the student wants to. Not all students do, some just want to play for pleasure and that’s alright too.

A Common Mistake Students and Parents Make…

Jason Mraz started playing live in coffee shops. We doubt it was easy, so our mission is to make it a doddle for people to perform live.

A common error that people make, is to neglect live performance. Students often think of “performance” last – and as well they might – for obviously, you need to be able to play an instrument to an advanced level first, right?

(Wrong!)

But even music teachers can be guilty of this. They often don’t think about the “art of performance” whilst pushing their students to pursue musical excellent. This is a mistake.

I learned how to play the accordion and then went out to play in pubs with an arranger keyboard and no clue as to what I was letting myself in for.

Suffice to say, I only really actually transformed from a learner to a musician, by performing live. I developed my musical ear by jamming with other musicians on stage..

Stephen Gritton

Here For Music Teachers

I dream of a time when a large proportion of people in our local communities have a musical ability. When every third or fourth person can play a tune, or is a half decent singer. A quarter or a third – or more of us. Musicians.

It would be great if a performer was able to call out to the crowd, “does anybody know this song?” to receive a reply like, “yeah, I know it.” I imagine it being followed up by , “well come on up and help me out then.” from the stage. And why not? Why shouldn’t music be the glue that holds us together like this?

Then the guy in the crowd shout back, “I’m a bit rusty, but I’ll give it a go, hang on let me get my drink…”

Where does this guy in the crowd get his confidence? He hasn’t played for a while, but he is still willing to get on stage and join in? He isn’t afraid that he is going to make mistakes – he is almost certain that he is going to make some – but he still gets up on stage.

He’s “a bit rusty, but he’ll give it a go.”

He isn’t worried, because he has experience in knowing what to do in a given situation if he makes a mistake.

The confidence does not come from learning how to play his instrument cloistered in his bedroom. He might be a virtuoso bedroom musician, but when he get’s on stage,most of his talent will abandon him – unless he has played live “on stage” before – and regularly.

And this is the key thing.

The Open Mic Movement is here for you and your students.

It is much easier for a student to go on stage supported by other performers than to go solo.

National Curriculum of Songs

This charity has put together a national curriculum of songs to make it as easy as possible for students and more accomplished musicians to meet together on stage and make music. Check out the curriculum here. Get involved quickly so that you can have a say in how it develops.

Let’s get students and experienced musicians on stage together where there will be maximum support for new musicians. They can start to gain their valuable experience playing live on stage with support. It’s another life-skill and it promotes confidence.

Accomplished?

A student doesn’t have to be an accomplished musician before playing with other musicians on stage. All instrument parts can be simplified. If your student is only playing root notes or simple chords on stage, he is still gaining valuable live performance experience. The beauty of it is that he does it at the same time as when he is learning his instrument.

Live Performance Accelerates Learning

The Open Mic Movement has created a growing “national curriculum” of songs. If you adopt our philosophy, you can base your student’s lessons around these songs so that they can get straight on stage with other musicians and students regardless of which music tutor (piano teacher, guitar tutor, drum tutor, accordion tutor – you get the idea) has taught them.

Oops – almost forgot!

Don’t Get Left Out

As word about The Open Mic Movement and what it is all about gets around, we can confidently predict that students – and parents of students, are going to be looking for music tutors who are utilising The Open Mic Movement as a learning tool.

For this reason, contacting us sooner, rather than later, is recommended. For instance at this point, you can still have a say in which core songs are added to the national curriculum!

Here For Music Shops

It’s obvious how music shops can benefit from being a part of the Open Mic Movement.

Music shops that align themselves with this charity, benefit from increased sales, as venues seek out the best PAs that they can afford. Music shops that qualify, typically put their customers first, as they ethically sell to them what they need rather than looking to get the biggest return on sales.

These shops support venues. They might show a publican how to set up a simple system, or refer him to an ethical sound technician for advice. They build relationships with these businesses.

Approved music shops will benefit from increased sales from musicians and students, as they visit The Open Mic Movement’s website to find retailers that they can trust.

Music Retailers benefit from having a dedicated page on our site, with relevant information about their businesses, and how to get in touch with them. Retailers pages can be regularly updated with the news that they generate.

Here For Music Shops Like This One …

Often your musical journey begins in a music shop. It’s our mission to send you to an ethical retailer.

So often a new musician will buy an instrument that is totally unsuitable for him. After struggling with it for a while, he will simply just give up.

And it might simply be down to the instrument that he is playing rather than his potential to learn.

So, make an informed decision about who to trust. Check out our approved retailers page. (Coming soon.) All retailers listed have subscribed to the Open Mic Movement philosophy.

Ever wanted to learn to play the bass?? You get a lot of bang for your buck these days…

Captain Lee Anderton

Managing Director of Andertons, Andertons

Here For Professional Musicians and Talented Newcomers!

Is this Open Mic Movement for you? We would argue that it is. Here is one scenario where it might work for you.

As a “Featured Artist” or “Featured Band”

In order to comfortably perform a 1.5 to 2 hours gig, a band needs to be able to perform roughly 40 songs. I remember when putting a band together, it is a hard slog to learn 30 – 40 songs before we could go out to gig.

We got to the point where we had ten songs down perfect. However, we didn’t have time to run through those songs every time that we met up at the studios, because we were rehearsing the next ten songs ready to add to the set. As time went on we became “rusty” on the previous ten songs. When they were finally played, mistakes were made – it was frustrating and tempers might have flared.

In order to combat this, my idea at the time, was for us to host a regular open mic session in a pub. This would allow us to perform the songs that were hapy with. This would keep them fresh – whilst we also rehearsed our newer songs at the rehearsal studios on another day. The idea was to perform for 30 minutes and then get other open mic acts to cover the rest of the session.

Rehearsal studios are not cheap to use. They should be utilised to rehearse songs to get them perfect. It is not cost effective to use a rehearsal studio any other way. Don’t maintain your songs in the studio, go to an open mic as a featured artist and perform instead.

So this is one way that you might utilise The Open Mic Movement – become “Featured Artists”. Keep your songs fresh and keep your hand in with your performance craft.

This is a good idea, because I remember coming back from vacations sometimes, and it taking two or three gigs to “get back into it”.

OMM Featured Artists perform for up to half an hour (or more if previously agreed) at an Open Mic Movement venue. The Open Mic Movement supports its featured artists and bands. If you become a featured artist or band, it means that we think you are good and you are going to be popular acts.

Those who become solo Featured Artists or Featured Bands get a page on our Open Mic Movement website. We keep it updated with news about you – your next iTunes release for instance, or your next major gig. There will be information about you there and how you can be reached.

You can keep your songs fresh, and remain performance fit by being booked to play a spot at any of our Open Mic pubs. Open Mic Movement pubs have the very best sound on stage for a musician to enjoy, so why would you hang back?

You’ll even start to build a fanbase before you go off to gig as a band in your own right.

Here For Open Mic Providers

We all know that more often than not, pubs don’t have their own sound systems and can’t train up staff in how to set a PA equipment, guitar amps and the like.

So (obviously) there are open mic providers and these must not be ignored. This said, an Open Mic Movement approved provider must be registered with The Open Mic Movement. This guarantees that the provider utilises quality equipment – PA and good stage monitoring for the musician.)

The venues that you provide a service for must be registered with The Open Mic Movement in order to benefit from our support. This would give them a page on our site that people can visit to verify what is available at the pub.

(A pianist would not want to go to a pub without a piano. He would know he would have to bring his own keyboard if he wanted to play and by visiting your page – the Open Mic Provider – he would know whether your PA equipment could handle his instrument.

Obviously this wouldn’t matter for acoustic acts, because PA equipment is usually idea for this.

The benefits for a provider to be involved with The Open Mic Movement are many. You’ll benefit from Featured Artists; advice about sound equipment; advice on how to organise your open mic session.

You’ll also pick up more work because Open Mic Movement pubs will be checking our site to find a OMM ratified provider from there.

If you are already working at a quality venue for an open mic, you should tell them about the Open Mic Movement and how we can support them. Or simply get them to visit the site.

Relevant About Us Pages

Here For Publicans

The Open Mic Movement will make sure that at least one music pub remains open in every town.

 

Here For Open Mic Regulars

You already enjoy performing at open mic sessions. This is great news, but all open mic musicians need to come together to save the open mic scene.

 

Here For Students

Students and parents, prepare for a shock!

A student can spend hours and hours practicing to get to a perceived performance standard. He’ll do this until it is time to perform on stage, only to find that 50% of his fledgling talent has evaporated once he gets there!

 

Here For Music Teachers

I dream of a time when a large proportion of people in our local communities have a musical ability. When every third or fourth person can play a tune, or is a half decent singer. A quarter or a third – or more of us. Musicians.

 

Here For Music Shops

It’s obvious how music shops can benefit from being a part of the Open Mic Movement.

Music shops that align themselves with this charity, benefit from increased sales, as venues seek out the best PAs that they can afford.

 

Here For Professional Musicians and Talented Newcomers!

Is this Open Mic Movement for you? We would argue that it is. Here is one scenario where it might work for you.

 

Here For Open Mic Providers

We all know that more often than not, pubs don’t have their own sound systems and can’t train up staff in how to set a PA equipment, guitar amps and the like.

So (obviously) there are open mic providers and these must not be ignored.

Contact The Open Mic Movement

The Open Mic Movement
Glenwood
Broxbourne
Hertfordshire
EN10 7LP

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