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Dealing with Dreaded Stage Fright

It is almost time. The stage is set, the audience has started to settle down and the stage manager pops his head in the door: “Five minutes, break a leg, kid.” Suddenly the words to the songs have disappeared, every dance move has mysteriously been erased from your mind, your hands shake and your throat is as dry as the Sahara Desert. You start contemplating breaking a leg as a plausible way to get out of the performance. It is your worst nightmare, you have stage fright. Fortunately, there are ways for dealing with stage fright and ensuring a successful performance.

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Lowcountry Blues Bash, South Carolina

The 18th annual Lowcountry Blues Bash, to be held from 8 to 17 February 2008 in Charleston, South Carolina, offers ten days of traditional and contemporary blues to entertain musicians and music lovers. The program includes 44 groups and solo performers putting on more than 75 shows to delight audiences at 18 superb venues throughout Charleston.

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Savannah Music Festival in Georgia

Every music lover in Georgia, and other regions, is looking forward to the 2008 Savannah Music Festival which is going to be held between the 20th of March and the 5th of April 2008. It is known to be the biggest and most diverse music festival in the region, and the year, and attracts hundreds of audience members each year. The Savannah Music Festival aims to raise awareness and expose the public to all music genres, and hopefully inspire young talent to enter the world of music.

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International Alliance for Women in Music

The International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) aims to celebrate the contributions that all women musicians have made, and continue to make, to music. This coalition of male and female professional composers, performers, conductors, musicologists, librarians, educators and music lovers continually encourage the activities of women in music and seek opportunities to promote gender equality.

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RPM Music Challenge in February

The RPM Challenge is an annual event which challenges musicians to record an album within the month of February. The album must consist of 10 songs or 35 minutes of original music, and with 2008 being a leap year, musicians have 29 days to meet the challenge. The objective of the RPM Challenge is to motivate musicians to action, with the belief that breaking out of a pattern of procrastination often leads to great things.

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