What's a Performer? What's an Organizer?

  • Performer: We use the word performer in these pages to refer to anyone providing music, teaching, calling or instruction for a dance, music or singing event. If your group runs contra dances, musicians and callers are all performers. If your group holds jam sessions or song swaps then all participants might be considered performers, but the people facilitating the group (teaching tunes, calling songs, etc.) do have a special leadership role. The word "performer" is meant to identify people who provide public leadership that has an artistic or musical component.
  • Organizer: Someone who provides logistical leadership for a group or event. The person who does the leg work to make sure a group can exist or an event can take place. While not necessarily a public presence, organizers are no less critical to the success of groups and events than performers.
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