Dear Friend of the Performing Arts:
From time to time I receive programming ideas and always take them very seriously. To some it may seem that I do not share their preference, but most often I do appreciate these suggestions. To be accountable and successful, however, I have developed and refined a process over my forty years of experience. This prevents me from being capricious or arbitrary. Selection can occur quickly for a particularly popular event at a good price in route, but often presentation can take up to six or seven years to reach the stage, since there are literally thousands of amazing possibilities, and the process takes time. I thought it would be useful to provide you this information so that you can better understand.
I evaluate each idea and determine the degree to which it satisfies certain criteria before investigating further, but I never expect that an event will satisfy them all. The following criteria are in no particular order, since discovery occurs in a timetable unique to each artist or company and often at rather far-flung locations. They include:
Through the use of this process I hope to gain your trust –especially in the support of the adventurous or unfamiliar. Please show support when possible, and join me in this celebration of performing arts. Ah, the magic of live performance!
Bob Vaughn, Director
Sangamon Auditorium, University of Illinois Springfield