Finally decided on the categories list for the 2014 Christian Acappella Music Awards.
- The NACAMA Excellence Award
- The NACAMA Acappella Pioneer Award
- The NACAMA Award for Song of the Year, Choral
- The Sharon Tolliver Exemplary Faith Award
- The NACAMA Award for Song Leader of the Year
- The NACAMA Service Award
- The NACAMA Award for Male Vocalist of the Year
- The NACAMA Award for Male Group of the Year
- The NACAMA Award for Choral Director of the Year
- The NACAMA Award for Female Vocalist of the Year
- The RUBAL Lifetime Achievement Award
- The NACAMA Award for Contemporary Artist of the Year
- The NACAMA Award for Performer of the Year
- The NACAMA Award for Female Artist of the Year
- The NACAMA Award for Youth Artist of the Year
- The NACAMA Award for New Artist of the Year
- The NACAMA Award for Video of the Year
- The NACAMA Award for Choral Group of the Year, Contemporary
- The NACAMA Award for Producer of the Year
- The NACAMA Award for Artist of the Year
- The NACAMA Award for Choral Group of the Year, Traditional
- The NACAMA Award for Record of the Year
- The NACAMA Award for Songwriter of the Year
- The NACAMA Award for Song of the Year
- The NACAMA Award for Traditional Artist of the Year
- The NACAMA Award for Album of the Year
I’m on a journey.
It’s the sort of journey spawned by a simple reality that, at this very point in my existence, I have every single thing I want in this world.
And so, I am on a journey.
Because, I always said to myself that, if I ever got to this point, I would begin searching for the final piece. That piece that is substantially more valued than any of the other things that I currently have, but the thing that only makes sense to seek to receive once I was in this current position.
So, I’m on the journey.
Looking at pricing strategies for CAMA 2014 for the past few months, I’ve recently decided that the pricing structure for CAMA 2014 will, of necessity, be changed from our previous years. In this, I’m currently thinking of 3 possible models. First would be Variable Pricing, which would allow us to offer different prices for various age groups. This is the simplest of the models, as it generally only separates the adults from kids in terms of pricing and would not require us to make any other changes. Second would be an À la carte Pricing system which would price each event individually and allow people to purchase tickets to any event they would like. This model is the most troubling in execution because people like to game the system. The final model would be a strict Registration Pricing model, akin to the Lectureship registration. This is most attractive because it is very simple in structure and is most like the system of today. The only difference would be that we would set a price point and stay with that price until a determined date, after which we’d have a late registration penalty.
|The 2010 Christian Acappella Music Awards||$35.50||52.59%||$39.44|
|CAMA Friday Night Live||$9.00||13.33%||$10.00|
|CAMA Saturday Matinee, presented by Trinity One Studio||$7.00||10.37%||$7.78|
|The CAMA Pre-Show||$6.00||8.89%||$6.67|
|CAMA Friday Matinee Concert||$5.00||7.41%||$5.56|
|CAMA Thursday Kickoff Concert||$5.00||7.41%||$5.56|
Our pricing model needs to be decided by September so that we may figure our final price point for our One-Day event in October. If we went with registration pricing, we would need to find a way to price all events according to overall event count goals. This all leads to a couple of situations that we have for the remainder of this year from a business standpoint.
Situation A – Our planned October 15th One-Day SALE
Essentially, I can map out the path to our magic number of purchasers for that one day sale; Looking at previous sales maps, I know that we’re best served focusing on our big spots on the map. What potentially helps us is that the 2014 show is back in South Florida. If the past is any indicator, South Florida 2014 should be our most successful, reasoning with an increased home base that hasn’t experienced an Awards program in SFL in the last 14 years along with returning first time attendees in 2012 adding to our already strong customer base.
I’ve been looking at the demographic information for the southern portions of both Alabama and Georgia to see where we might gain new attendees a.
Situation B – Figuring out event Prices for 2014.
I think we’re best served to keep the percentages the same for the 2014 weekend. Even with the possibility of adding new events to the weekend, it’s important that we don’t hit that $100 point. I think $85.00 works for us, as less than 20% of all ticket buyers fall in this category of paying full price. I’d imagine that 50% of all purchasers in 2014 will purchase tickets at around a $55.00 average price.
|Christian Acappella Music Awards||$35.50||$39.44||$44.70||52.59%|
|NACAMA Friday Night Live||$9.00||$10.00||$11.33||13.33%|
|NACAMA Saturday Matinee||$7.00||$7.78||$8.81||10.37%|
|NACAMA Friday Matinee||$5.00||$5.56||$6.30||7.41%|
|CAMA Thursday Night Kickoff||$5.00||$5.56||$6.30||7.41%|
One of the great things about society in general is that we all have the opportunity to go out and make wholesale changes to the lives we live. For some, there is the point where they’ve had enough of their current surrounding and one day simply pick up and move cross country in search of a new landscape. For others, the change may not be so drastic. Every day people make minor changes to their current existence, be it chopping off their hair, or buying a new toy, seeking out a new and challenging job, or any number of other things all in an attempt to find satisfaction in their existence.
For me, that change involved getting my MBA. And, it actually makes sense; I’ve always wanted to be the master of business administration [not really]. Honestly, it has always been a goal of mine to get either my MBA or a Juris Doctorate, even going so far as to sit for the LSAT in June, 2005. As life would have it, though, law school ended up not being the choice for me. Perhaps at a later point in my life I’ll return to it, but for now, I’m good with B-School. I’m even ok with B-School via University of Phoenix, which itself is a little interesting in how I arrived at the decision to attend Phoenix.
Long story short, I punted on my admissions application for FGCU [go Eagles] and after 2 delays in finishing the application, it turns out that I missed the deadline to take spring, 2013 classes. Now, as this is occurring, I’m receiving daily emails for graduate programs that are “reputable” and reasonably priced, but I didn’t like the idea of a strictly online program at a school I didn’t know anything about. After about a month or so of sifting through the applications and information packets, my father suggested I look into Phoenix. Ultimately, my decision came down to Barry University and Phoenix, and Barry initially won out, except for the fact that I had punted on that one as well, and thus, my first graduate school lesson; Procrastination Kills Opportunities.
Short Story even shorter, I go to the Phoenix website on a Tuesday morning and fill out the information request, within 3 hours an adviser called me and started the process and within 48 hours I was an official University of Phoenix student.
So, I started in February, and now, at the end of June I have completed a quarter of the graduate program. And, one quarter of the way through, I have some thoughts on B-School..
- I totally missed the lecture on APA Format as an Undergrad – I’ve come to understand over my first 3 courses that APA formatting is clearly something I didn’t pick up at Florida Gulf Coast University. For that matter, I never used it in Middle nor High school; and yet, here I am in B-School having my papers slaughtered for lack of control in writing. My first two courses were ok in that the teachers tended to focus more on the actual content than the technical aspects of the written pieces, but, my most recent class was a practice in patience. It appeared his weekly comments on papers were that my paper was well written, but the formatting and usage of references was lacking. Hopefully, moving forward I will be able to further develop my sense of style as it deals with APA.
- It feels like B-School… Kinda – I’ll be the first to admit that It’s mostly my fault for romanticizing this idea of B-School where all of the students were preppy and wore cardigans and talked about how interesting the speech was that Jamie Dimon gave on C-Span and where group projects would involve very intricate business simulations and we’d all discuss how we were going to develop the next great financial instrument that would turn the business world on its ear…. Wait, that does actually happen?? Yeah, of course it does, at Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, and Sloan. But, In a sense, I actually like the feel of the program. I’m not in competition with anyone here and the mood is more laid back. This is a plus.
- Time flies……. – It feels like just last week I was starting the program and now I’m a quarter of the way to completion. I continue to tell myself that I need to have an immediate plan to move once I get the degree because it will be here before I know it and I want to move to Atlanta once I finish the program.
- ……. when you’re having fun – Thus far, this program has been the most fun I’ve had academically in a long time, since at least my junior college days. I had forgotten how it felt to have that sort of camaraderie with classmates. All of my time at FGCU was spent while sick so I simply went to class, tried to focus and then went home and got back in my bed. I don’t think I ever even raised my hand to ask a question or make a comment, so I definitely take full advantage of the opportunity now.
Overall, I’m liking the overall flow of the program, though there is one thing that drives me crazy about this program….
Plus and Minus grading makes no sense to me. But, another conversation for another day…
As i’m preparing the May event guidebook; you can check out a copy of the book from the March event.
As with the February and March events, we’re developing collateral for our April GROW event. The overall basic design remains the same, while the color scheme and the lead photo is changed, keeping in line with our previous posters. Like March and February, the April campaign will include various sales pieces that will hopefully allow the congregations to effectively marketing the event.
The session is also available as an mp3; It’s a little over an hour and 65mb.