Making it Happen!

Just 3 days ago I sent an email to our mailing list explaining the situation and asking for messages confirming who plans to be there in October.  I have already received 11 confirmations!  In just 3 days!  Thank you!

Now we need about 24 more!

If you plan to be part of Music Industry Weekend 2014, let me know!  The more folks that are coming, the greater assurance I can provide Bosch to keep our weekend on the schedule.

Post a comment, send a facebook message, or send an email to darrell at darrellsongs dot com. If you did not receive the message I sent, and want on the mailing list, send me your email address and say “put me on the MIW mailing list”!

 

///Darrell
Darrell Elmer Rodgers- Coordinator
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

 

MIRACLE! – We are BACK ON – for November 13-16, 2014

I just finished talking with Dr. Nancy Norton, Administrator of Bosch Baha’i School. With the blessing of  Missy Martin – the Bahá’í National Center’s Director of the Office of Education and Schools  – we have been offered a time slot as a “Baha’i-Inspired Rental” at Bosch Baha’i School in November from the 13th (Thursday) through the 16th (Sunday).

No one had reserved Bosch for that weekend giving us the opportunity to use Martha Root Hall, which is essential to our program.

While the school will still provide on-line registration and hospitality at the normal rates, we must do all of our own publicity and promotion.  If no other larger group seeks to use MRH that weekend, we will be fine.  If we are small in number however, we run the risk of losing this opportunity all together.

I will work with Bosch to get a registration link for our own website (here) as soon as I can.

Work has already begun on formulating a program. You can expect a SONGWRITING CHALLENGE to be issue on October 13th (giving us all one month to write a new song, each with the same title).

Please email me or comment regarding topics you would like to see in a workshop.

I want to thank those folks who took the time to write or call the National Office urging them to continue the program. It alerted Missy Martin to a miscommunication about our event and she contacted me to offer this alternative. Thank you Missy!  Special thanks to Sharon Lark for her long letter!

 

///Darrell
Darrell Elmer Rodgers – Coordinator
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist

End of an Era

With a heart so heavy I can hardly write, I must tell you all that I have just received word that Music Industry Weekend Will NOT be hosted at Bosch Baha’i School any longer. UPDATE We’re back on for November!

I cannot give you a specific reason.  The school feels our program is no longer consistent with the National Spiritual Assembly’s new goals for the permanent schools.  I do not know what those new goals are, only that we are no longer “compatible”.

I want to thank the dozens of volunteers who, through the years, have provided their support for the annual event. From sharing music to providing work-shops to leading discussions on keeping the spirit of our Faith in our craft and business endeavors, I appreciate every ounce of effort you have expended.  Your contributions and fellowship have helped create a musical family that is dear to my heart.  Thanks also to the staff of Bosch Baha’i School for years of hospitality and kindness.  A special thank-you is due Mr. Jordan Rager who was for years the program director at Bosch and worked hard to ensure our past successes.

I also wish to thank Mr. Michael Eissinger of RadioNur for starting this venture 12 years ago. It has been a good run.

I do not know what to do next. I feel there is still great value in having a time and place for Baha’i Musicians to gather and share talents and techniques in the spirit of “mutual aid and assistance” prescribed by Abdu’l-Baha.  I have enlisted several folks already to help me determine if this event can possibly succeed in another venue.  Bosch Baha’i School is so special and such an integral part of the experience, that I cannot yet imagine how another spot would work.

The collaborations that have grown from Music Industry Weekend have been wonderful to behold, from the “Unrestrained as the Wind” album project launched at one of our early sessions, to more recent recordings like the beautiful duet of “All the Wild Horses” by Robert Gillies and Rana Tabrizi now being shared on social media.  I cannot help but feel such collaborations are still awaiting birth at future gatherings.

Perhaps it is time to close our efforts, perhaps it’s just time to move them. I don’t know, but I am investigating some options.  Please pray that we can reach the right decision.

 

///Darrell
Darrell Elmer Rodgers
Singer, Songwriter, Performer, Humorist