Definition: "Musicians Open Mic" ...A public event at
which musicians of all skill levels are given the opportunity to
perform in front of a live audience with the use of a
well-managed sound system.
1. Room size and configuration are important factors.
Room cannot be too large or too wide. Audience should be
concentrated in one area and immediately contiguous to the stage
area. Players should feel connected to listeners.
2. The sound system will be of good quality and stage
monitors will be in use to make sure musicians are able to give
their best. A "sound person" will make adjustments as
needed for optimum result from each act.
3. A Master of Ceremonies will be in charge of the proceedings.
The MC should be a person with strong speaking voice and
4. Efforts should be made to control noise that can diminish the
quality of performance. This includes excessive audience
talking. An occasional (perhaps just one time per event)
reminder by the MC along the lines of: "We ask our audience to
please respect the musicians and limit talking during
performance". It is understood that this is a social event
and people wish to interact. It is possible for
interaction to take place without compromising what the event is
actually all about. The first line of defense in this area
is the musicians themselves. If musicians do not respect
their fellow musicians, the "civilians" in the audience will
follow suit. Once an open mic has established itself as a
real acoustic show, crowd noise becomes less of a problem.
Accordingly, the MC's reminders to the audience can less
Examples of excellent "Musician's Open Mics" are Hub's Coffee
(formerly City Espresso) in San Jose, South Bay Folks in San
Jose, GVA Cafe in Morgan Hill, CA, Artichoke Music in Portland,
OR, Mt Pleasant neighborhood House in Vancouver, BC, BC
Firefighter's Center, Vancouver, BC and Art Beat On Main St in Vista,