St. Clair Productions is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit that has been producing folk and world music concerts and workshops in Ashland, OR for 16 years. We are currently booking shows for our 17th season, which runs September through May. We plan to have 12-14 shows. Styles will include traditional folk from the US and abroad, singer/songwriters, bluegrass, and acoustic blues.
Most of our shows are held at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 4th St., Ashland. It is one of the least expensive venues in Ashland and holds 300 people. Other rental venues in Ashland are either too small or too large.
St. Clair Productions has become an integral part of Ashland's cultural offerings. We are the only non-profit that offers folk and world music concerts on a regular basis in a theater setting. We get numerous calls from musicians and agents who want to play in Ashland but not at a bar or restaurant. Our hardest job is saying no to so many wonderful acts as we do a limited number of shows.
Many of the musicians during a season will offer a hands-on workshop the morning following their concert. Some musicians will also offer a school presentation to the John Muir School, an Ashland School District magnet school that emphasizes the environment and the arts for kindergarten through eighth grade.
Right now we're talking to agents and lining up musicians. We're also raising money through grants, local business sponsors and now, through this Kickstarter project, through individuals such as yourself.
Ticket sales do not cover all of the expenses involved with producing concerts with quality musicians. As the cost for touring has increased, the amount of money musicians request has increased. Better known musicians cost a lot more to book. To maintain shows at a level that will attract enough people to fill a 300-seat venue, we have had to increase the amount of money we are willing to risk. Sometimes this works; sometimes we lose money.
One of our joys is discovering up-and-coming musicians or musicians who haven't performed in Ashland before. Booking shows with these musicians is always riskier than booking the well-known acts. Having extra money in the bank to insure we are able to pay the musicians is necessary to be able to continue taking chances on lesser known but amazing musicians.
In addition to the costs associated with each concert -- musicians, hall, sound, and advertising -- there is website maintenance, office costs, producer's fee and the expenses involved with publishing a season brochure and the concert program.
- Musician Fees $28,000
- Producer Fee $15,000
- Hall Rental $3375
- Sound Rental $3375
- Advertising Costs $5400
- Printing $2300
- Website $1103
- Office Costs $1665
- Miscellaneous $2000
- TOTAL $62218
17th Eclectic Music and More Series
We have so many exciting shows we're working on. So far, we have two confirmed dates. November 9: Harry Manx, who plays a combination of Mississippi Blues and traditional Indian ragas on guitar, banjo and Mohan Veena (guitar/sitar hybrid) January 31: Peter Yarrow, the Peter of Peter, Paul and Mary We have many more that are still tentative. We will post those dates on the update page when they are confirmed.
Please Become a Backer
We are asking you to become a backer of our kickstarter project of raising funds for our 17th Eclectic Music and More season. Even if you live too far from Ashland to want concert tickets, you can deduct your contribution from your taxes. Advertising on our website is a great way to inform music lovers about your products or services. We especially encourage touring musicians to have a presence on our website.
Your support of St. Clair Productions will ensure our financial health and will enable us to say yes to the some of the musicians we're not sure we can afford. Then you can come see these musicians live.
History of St. Clair Productions
I started St. Clair Productions when I moved to Ashland. Originally, it was just me and I produced concerts for the Ashland Folk Music Club which financed the shows. In 1998, the Club decided to stop producing concerts and only produce contra dances, so St. Clair Productions took over the concerts financially. In 2001, St. Clair Productions became a 501 (c)(3) non-profit (93-1309156) under the group exemption of Folk Alliance International (GEN8047). Under this arrangement, St. Clair Productions can accept donations independently.
St. Clair Productions now has a dedicated board of directors and me as executive director.
We have produced a very long list of musicians including:
Singer/songwriters -- Utah Phillips, Peter Mulvey, Lucy Kaplansky, Christine Lavin, Patty Larkin
Celtic -- Battlefield Band, Susan McKeown, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
Native American -- Joanne Shenadoah, Scott August, Mary Youngblood, Burning Sky
Bluegrass -- Laurie Lewis, Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem, Kathy Kallick Band
Women's Music/songwriters -- Holly Near, Cris Williamson, Tret Fure, Ferron
Other World Music -- Kitka, The Zedashe Ensemble, Huun Hur Tu, On Ensemble, Latif Bolat
For a complete list of who we've produced going back to 1999, go to our website http://www.stclairevents.com.
Please join us at our last two shows of our 16th season. Tickets and more info available by clicking on the musician's name:
Past Workshop Photos
Didgeridoo-making Workshop with Celtic Rock Band BROTHER
Boogy Woogy Piano with Ann Rabson
Banjo Workshop with Tony Furtado
Past School Performance Photos
Mike Marshall and Darol Anger at John Muir School playing a piece with some of the students.
Joanne Shenandoah sings with the younger kids at John Muir School.
Three members of Kitka perform at John Muir School.
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