Eventility Case Study – WindmillArt

Windmill ArtGroup Owner:

Conrad Webb

1.Tell us a bit about WindmillArt

WIndmillArt is a private, not-for-profit, commission free, art gallery, event space, nightclub, photo studio and conference venue in Linton, South Cambridgeshire, UK. It was created in 2005 by myself and my wife Tereza Votre, and is situated in the large, four storey, 1836 brick Tower Windmill, which dominates our home and garden.

Tereza is a silversmith and jewellery designer, whilst I am Managing Director of a commercial and residential property investment company. I have previously worked at Sotheby’s in both London and New York and I also have a life long interest in photography.

Since 2005, WindmillArt has held two or three fine art exhibitions a year with invited Cambridge, Suffolk and Essex based artists and occasionally National artists exhibiting. Initially there was no charge to the artists for ‘hanging’ nor were any ‘commissions’ charged. The only fees shared equally by the exhibitors were those for publicity and printing of flyers, posters etc. In 2011 we were faced with ever increasing maintenance costs and the decision was made to charge as low a fee as possible to contribute to the direct costs of the gallery space and to expand the types of events we would accommodate. There are still no commission charges and affordable usage fees are negotiated relative to the type of event and length of duration.

2. How did you hear about Eventility

I first heard about Eventility through a contact I made at a gallery event at Williams Art in Gwydir Street, Cambridge and later through Cambridge Dark Room, a group for those interested in photography. http://www.eventility.com/cgc/cambridge-darkroom/-/cambridge/gb/318

3. What were your challenges before using Eventility

My application to use Meetup to promote the photo-studio side of WIndmillArt was rejected by them. I am still not sure why as I was aiming to do very similar events as other photo based Meetups I had attended. With Eventility I can promote any events at WindmillArt and Meetup doesn’t offer the wide range of features that Eventility does, nor is it free and UK based.

4. What was the big a-ha moment when you decided you needed to try Eventility?

I remembered Eventility after my problem with Meetup occurred and a discussion with someone who was already using Eventility tempted me to try it and discover how it had evolved and continues to do so.

5. What are the top features you love about Eventility?

1. Best website support I have ever encountered, they listen to me and help or fix any issues I might have quickly.

2. It’s really useful for selling tickets to our events, I think the prices are the most competitive out there. The scan app for scanning tickets is really nifty and pretty sophisticated as well.

3. We are always looking for new ways to let people know about our events and using Eventility means that we get to new audiences and our web search results are better

6. What specific problems has Eventility addressed that other groups/businesses might be able to relate to?

I think everyone’s needs will be different but for us it has provided a great ticketing platform for events at WindmillArt and of course, more publicity for us is always great.

7. What is the single biggest reason you would recommend/why you love Eventility

Incredible website support and I know they want to make it perfect. Also, I can’t wait for the Eventility iPhone app, I hear there is one coming very soon.

8. What is best tip you can pass along to anyone organising a group, event or place?

Go slowly but keep at it – the numbers will come but don’t expect miracles at your first event. Learn how best to exploit social networking and attend other similar events to see what makes them work.

9. If money were no object, what would your next Eventility event look like?

A concept photography collaborative workshop with full compliment of clothing designers, stage designers, male and female models, make up artists, hair stylists, photographers and creative directors with an aim to create fabulous and highly professional images.

Contact details:

For more information visit:

WindmillArt on Eventility – http://www.eventility.com/cgc/summary/6533

Web – http://www.windmillart.co.uk/

Facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/WindmillArt

Twitter – @windmillart

Email – conrad@windmillart.co.uk

Address – Windmill House, Long Lane, Linton, Cambridgeshire. CB21 4NS

Telephone – + 44 (0) 7931 372110

Please contact Conrad if you wish to view the space and the grounds and would like to discuss possible uses.

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Eventility Case Study – Zen Bicycle Band

Zen1Zen2Group Owner:

Paul Cheneour, of Zen Bicycle Band

 

http://www.eventility.com/cgc/summary/5286, based in Dover, UK.

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I’m a musician, a flautist and composer who trained at the Guildhall School of Music in London under Professor Rainer Schuelein. I play concert flute, piccolo, alto flute, bass flute, ney flute, siblisi, duduk and percussion. I also do boul/scat vocalisations and have wide experience exploring different musical forms from western art music and jazz to world music.

Tell us a bit about your group:

The Zen Bicycle Band is made up of myself, Dave Robinson and Clive Fletcher. We have a regular monthly residency (concert) at The Louis Armstrong in Dover plus many others ranging in size from pubs, theatres and arts centres to The Festival Hall in London.

What’s Zen Bicycle Band music like?  It’s a freeform flowing stream of connectivity between three individual players created entirely spontaneously in a manner similar to the Japanese art of calligraphy Shodo – ‘Direct Deed’ where after much meditation and with one stroke of the brush ideograms are formed. We become quite still, connect with the audience and also directly to the source of imagination and inspiration so every performance is unique to that moment of creation.

What were your challenges?

Apart from The Zen Bicycle Band, I’m also involved with other music groups (Paradise Flute and String Quartet, Paul Cheneour and Dilly Meah Sufi-Boul-Fusion, Aeona Flute Quartet, 7 Changes, & Cybajaz,).  My main challenges were:

  1. Finding a ‘diary’ function/plug-in for all my events for my website
  2. Letting more people know about my band and events so they can attend my gigs and buy my music
  3. I needed something that would be easy to use for us old persons!

What did you use before you started using Eventility?

I had my websites and used MySpace, I also used e-mail, word of mouth, and a monthly newsletter and used free listings, web sites and posters.

I found that updating them all individually on concert dates and then trying to tell people about them was time consuming and painful, so I started to look around at something that would help me organise my concerts and let people know about them. I looked at a few solutions but chose Eventility as it looked simplest and was free.

What are the top features you love about Eventility?

  1. It’s easy to use
  2. It’s free
  3. It has lots of features that I haven’t used yet but are useful for me – selling tickets for my concerts, sending out videos and music files to my group members in an update and others
  4. Great Customer Service – any queries I’ve had have been answered quickly, it’s nice to find real people to help.
  5. They help let people know about my concerts

What specific problems has Eventility addressed that other musicians/bands size might be able to relate to?

Organising effectively and efficiently I can really recommend Eventility!

We have had new people going to view our concert details on Eventility so hopefully that will translate to more people attending either soon or in the future.  We are also getting our concerts featured more on Facebook and Twitter so more people can find us, which is good news.

I am using Eventility in a basic way at the moment by using the plug-in for events, which enables me to put the diary (and update) on my redgoldmusic web page easily.  Eventility also has a lot of really useful features that I plan to start using in the future, next step for me is to upload my contact/mailing list to Eventility.

What is best tip you can pass along to anyone organising a group or event

Be as friendly as possible and just give essential clear information.

If money were no object, where would you like to hold your next Eventility event?

The Festival Hall London, we’ve played there before and love it as a venue.

Contact details:

For more information visit:

http://www.eventility.com/cgc/summary/5286 Zen Bicycle Band

http://www.redgoldmusic.com/diary.php

www.redgoldmusic.com

www.zenbicycleband.co.uk

www.arsmuse.com.mx

e-mail:  paul@redgoldmusic.com

Zen Bicycle Band have just released their latest CD, The Zen Bicycle Band ‘In Your Head’ CD NSM1095CD (Published by Northstarmusic UK). Available from www.redgoldmusic.com  £10.00 +£1.50 P/P or http://www.Justflutes.com:

Contact: Marc Arnold Tel-07721-692-909 e-mail management@zenbicycleband.co.uk