The Virtual Program Provider Collective

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This is a comprehensive* alphabetical list of vendors, agencies, artists, coaches, and speakers who can provide quality virtual content to your schools and communities.

*Updated April 7, 2020

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Amped Events – Agency 

Nia Mcadoo – 888-683-4386

events@ampedevents.com

Novelty – Individually Mailed Stuff-a- Plush Kits

Make social isolation a bit more BEARABLE with our plush kits. We will mail you everything you need to make your own special friend. All supplies are mailed directly to your student’s home.

https://www.ampedevents.com/virtual-events.html

Arsena Schroeder – Music

arsena@arsenamusic.com

704-322-1007

Solo-Acoustic, Live-streamed Home Concert

https://www.stageit.com/arsena_schroeder/cabin_fever_solo_jams/71540

Bass-Schuler Entertainment – Agency 

Sue Boxrud

sue@bass-schuler.com

773-481-2600

Leadership Development, Trivia, Novelty, Diversity & Inclusion, Health & Wellness, Magician/Hypnotist/Illusionist/Mentalist, Music/Performance, Poetry

We have a lot of options and adding offerings daily! We would love for you to check them out at the link provided.

https://bass-schuler.com/virtual-programs/

We love to get creative! Have an idea and want to talk through things? Great! Give us a call or drop us an email!

 

Book A Muslim – Agency

Syed Warsi – syed@bookamuslim.com
bookamuslim@gmail.com (775) 372 – 7462
Discussions, Diversity and Inclusion Workshops, Comedy, Poetry, Story-Telling
Looking for educational and entertaining programming? All of our speakers on our roster are available for virtual workshops and discussions.
See a speaker’s TED Talk that you just love? Host a watch party and invite the speaker for a live discussion! Here is a link to all the TEDx Talks and the speakers’ info for your ease
https://linktr.ee/bookamuslim < FREE LIVE EVENTS!
bookamuslim@gmail.com (775) 372 – 7462

Celebrate Muslim Culture

Syed Warsi | Agent | Book A Muslim

Brave Enough Artist Agency – Agency 

Shane Anderson

shane@braveenough.com

727-505-3653

Leadership Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Health & Wellness, Music/Performance, Esports intramurals and tournaments

Private Virtual Concerts, Virtual Music Festivals, Esports intramurals and leagues, Virtual Speakers with personal Q&A sessions

www.braveenough.com/virtual

 

Christina Irene – Speaker 

ci@christinairene.com

717-576-7976 

“Invisible Disabilities Awareness” – 1 hour online workshop – Learn about chronic illnesses, mental health diagnoses, and other “hidden” disabilities (and why this topic is so important) through humor and moving vignettes. End illness shaming and implement strategies for both helping and coping. This is for everyone! [Also available: “Communicating About Hidden Disabilities,” “Inclusion and Universal Design,” and 90-minute customized programs.] Direct link: http://www.SplatEd.com

“Empowerment Through Verse: Sexual Assault and Gender Violence Awareness” – 90 minute online workshop – This program combines poetry readings, storytelling, education, a get-up-and-move activity, and the creation of a personal resource and inspiration booklet. Direct link: http://www.christinairene.com/wp/womens-issues/gender-violencesexual-assault-awareness

http://www.ChristinaIrene.com

Christina Irene is a former classroom teacher and stand-up comedian (and a current adventurer, elected official, and disabled business owner) who is passionate about advocacy and empowerment. Every program is packed with inspiration, laughs, surprises, and the tools to make dreams happen no matter the obstacles.

CoolSpeak – Ernesto Mejia – Speaker 

ernesto@coolspeak.net

888-300-1880

Leadership Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Health & Wellness, Dealing with the stressors of change, Social Media, Parenting during these trying times

CoolSpeak tends to customize all of our programming to fit our client’s needs and objectives. However, if a topic is not within our wheelhouse we are the first to let you know.

Due to our unique customization offerings we ask that potential clients reach out to learn more about us. We have been in business for over ten years and do zero marketing because the proof is in the product. We wish each and every school the best of luck during these changing times. Be safe.

Dave Kelly – Speaker

America’s Student Leadership Trainer 

DaveKelly@GonzoSpeaks.com

404-403-1481

Leadership Development – Coaching, Workshops, and Review of Governing Documents (Constitutions, By-laws, etc)

https://davegonzokelly.com/programs/virtual-training-programs-during-covid-19-crisis/

15 years of experience speaking and training for college and university students on more than 300 campuses

 

Degy Entertainment – Agency 

Jeff Hyman

jeff@degy.com

732-818-9600

Health & Wellness, Music/Performance, Spoken Word, Comedy

Virtual Mental Health Fair, Virtual coffeehouse shows, Virtual comedy, Virtual spoken word

www.degy.com

watch Degy Social Media @degyent for updates!

Erika Gilchrist – Speaker

erika@theunstoppablewoman.net

866-443-6769

Leadership Development, Women’s issues

Live streaming presentations with real-time engagement, handouts, and Q&A.

www.theunstoppablewoman.net/live-streaming

 

Five Points Entertainment – Agency

George Hornick –  615-720-2843  george@fivepointsent.com

Live Streaming music & comedy through all virtual platforms.  Award winning performers you know and love can now engage the students through real-time streaming interaction!

https://www.fivepointsent.com/

 

Fresh Variety – Agency 

Laura Gilman

laura@freshvariety.com

603-396-6786

Leadership Development, Novelty, Health & Wellness, Magician/Hypnotist/Illusionist/Mentalist, Variety performers, mentalism, comedy

*Michael Kent-comic, magician, smart@$* brings his 1 hr, hilarious, interactive, magic show- to your home! This live performance is recorded and can be broadcasted for up to a week to your student body. *Jonathan Burns- this guy has been showing off his whole life- now he live streams into your home and teaches you how to do it too! Stunts, tricks, pranks all taught by the hilarious JB! *Alexandra Catalano- this instagram influencer and Lifestyle speaker will engage with your students and faculty on topics like staying healthy when home bound, eating for stress, healthy meal prep, working from home and more! *Corey Craig- TEDex presenter and prime time tv superstar brings the community together by connecting us by our similarities and embracing our differences. Teaching us to come together -even from afar. *Jacob Mayfield- virtual palm and tarot card readings sent right to your inbox! He records a video of your custom reading

http://www.freshvariety.com/email/FV-VirtualEvents.pdf

 

Gage Paine Consulting, LLC – Speaker 

gage@gagepaineconsulting.com

210-355-9700

Leadership Development

Keynotes, workshops, and coaching (for individuals and teams)on multiple topics

Website: gagepaineconsulting.com

 

GP Entertainment – Agency 

Tim Moyer

tim@gpentertainment.com

315-859-1745

Leadership Development, Trivia, Novelty, Health & Wellness, Magician/Hypnotist/Illusionist/Mentalist, Music/Performance, Motivational Speed Painter

Self hypnosis events to stay calm and find focus, virtual game shows and magic shows. Music entertainment as well

Please email tim@gpentertainment.com

Houla Entertainment – Agency

Lee Mayer – (865) 414-9266
Offering Music, Comedy, Spoken Word, Magic, Hypnotist, Music with The Voice and America’s Got Talent artists with Q&A about the shows, The Voice and America’s Got Talent Virtual Festival, Virtual Music Festival that students take a poll and the artists with the most votes cast are your festival performers, Virtual Comedy Festival, Virtual Spoken Word Festival, and Esports tournaments with cash winnings.
New artists added regularly. Please check us out!

How To Concerts – Agency

Jolene Chevalier
920.764.1200
Virtual concerts with some of your favorite national headlining artists, live cooking classes, musicians and comedians leading yoga, cooking, and instructional sessions, virtual drag bingo, drag queen make-up demos, instagram takeovers, and more.
We can’t wait to get creative with you. Got an idea? Is it a long shot and off the wall? Great! Let’s explore it!

Jason LeVasseur & The Rock Star Project®

Leadership Development & Team Building – Virtual event hosting and consultation.

jason@therockstarproject.com

336-918-1661

http://jasonlevasseur.com/#contact

VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS – https://jasonlevasseur.wordpress.com/2020/03/22/virtual-events/

 

Jason Walsmith – Music 

jason.walsmith@gmail.com

515-664-3333

Music/Performance, Public Speaking, motivational, inspirational, corporate.

I play music and I tell stories.

 

John Rush – Music

The Human iPod  &  Acoustic Karaoke

616-510-7874  johnrush@johnrush.com 

The Human Ipod – The way it works is we have a venue where we have everything set up just like a live show with all the lights, speakers, cameras, and everything!!

We send them a song request playlist with over 80 Hours of music to pick from that John knows by memory!! They pick the songs and they create in the show live!!

This isn’t just somebody holding up a phone and streaming it online. It is a private show just for your students in full 1080p HD!! It is multiple camera angles with real-time interaction and engagement with your students!! They can talk to each other and with me during the show in real time!!

It can be a private page so only your students can access it or a public page to get the community involved!!

Acoustic Karaoke – Virtual karaoke show hosted by John Rush. We set up and organize a virtual karaoke show for your students. They get to sing and interact with their friends in real time! John can play and sing to keep the show moving and fill down times if needed.

This isn’t just somebody holding up a phone and streaming it online. It is a private show just for your students in full 1080p HD!! It is multiple camera angles with real-time interaction and engagement with your students!!

They can talk to each other and with me during the show in real time!!  It’s tons of fun and they become the show!!

https://johnrush.com/virtualshow 

https://acoustickaraokeshow.com/virtualshow​​​​​​​

Meghan Grace – Speaker 

meghanmgrace@gmail.com

804-822-5925

Staff/Professional Development

I am a generational researcher, speaker, and author with a primary focus on Generation Z. My keynotes and educational sessions are available in virtual/video settings for staff/professional development. My content is tailorable to fit the interests and needs of campus administrators, as well as faculty members.

Meghanmgrace.com

 

Neon Entertainment – Agency 

Scott Talarico

info@neon-entertainment.com

716-836-6366

Leadership Development, Trivia, Novelty, Music/Performance

Our virtual programs are designed for every student to interactively participate from wherever they are. These events use video technology to stream the live programs to your students including, virtual open mic night, paint social (paint class), escape rooms, team building, leadership training, and trivia game shows with cash prizes.

https://www.neon-entertainment.com/virtual-programs/

Full Roster of Programs: Cellphone Smackdown, Virtual Escape Rooms, Virtual Paint Social, Mike Fritz’s Build a Better Team, Mike Fritz’s Virtual Campus Engagement, Brian MIller’s Virtual Leadership, DropShip Make & Takes, Virtual Playlist Bingo, Virtual Open Mic Night, Alpha Art, Create-a-Creature, Virtual Free Money Game Show, Aaron Marus’ Book the Job.

 

Packed House Entertainment – Agency 

Trino

trinomagic@gmail.com

269-910-9379

Leadership Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Magician/Hypnotist/Illusionist/Mentalist

Comedy Magician Trino Show and Magic Workshop

Mari Copeny aka “Little Miss Flint” Youth Activist

 

Peter Boie – Magician for Non-Believers

Peter Boie

info@peterboie.com

800-643-2924

Magician/Hypnotist/Illusionist/Mentalist

Live stream magic show

www.livestreammagic.com

Video link: https://youtu.be/SuGd-nR7BtY

 

Rebelle Events – Agency 

Melissa Beer

melissa@rebelleevents.com

651-447-4944

Leadership Development, Trivia, Diversity & Inclusion, Health & Wellness, Magician/Hypnotist/Illusionist/Mentalist, Virtual Esports Performances

Virtual Esports Open Gaming Tournament – variety of gaming options including Smash Brothers, Fortnite, FIFA, Madden, NBA2K, Rocket League and More – affordable series programming. Virtual Trivia from College Trivia Nerds – affordable virtual series programming. Custom Livestream Comedy Shows, Leadership speakers/programming, Team Building opportunities, Virtual Game Labs and more.

http://www.rebelleevents.com/virtual-programming-solutions

Rudy Currence – Music 

bookrudycurrence@mikechekent.com

803-517-7654

Music/Performance, Lecture/ Master Class/ Workshop

I am a Grammy award winning singer-songwriter, producer and musician. I offer online musical performances including multi-genre covers and originals, music workshops, and a master class  “The Next G.R.A.M.M.Y.” with learning outcomes.

http://rudycurrence.com/

 

Soundcheck Prevention Network – Substance Misuse Prevention 

Will Straughan

will@soundcheckprevention.org

828-280-2079

Diversity & Inclusion, Health & Wellness, Music/Performance, Campus substance misuse prevention

Will Straughan combines his story of drug addiction and recovery, with his career as a singer-songwriter and his global experience as a Prevention Specialist to support health-centered dialogue and decisions about alcohol and other drugs. Presentations are tailored to student needs and can include topics like: warning signs of misuse and how to help a friend, healthy leisure and stress management, campus stimulant (or other drug) misuse and study skills, and current trends, facts and myths about alcohol and other drugs. Virtual offerings can be provided individually or as a series of presentations to take place over multiple sessions.

soundcheckprevention.org

Please email or call to design your series of virtual presentations and discuss scheduling and pricing options. Thank you!

 

Strategies For Justice – Agency 

Terry Watson

admin@strategiesjustice.com

814-996-4113

Diversity & Inclusion

Virtual conversation with guests speakers that focus on race, disability, and law enforcement.

The speakers associated with BWMP LLC provide more than just information and education, but an opportunity to engage and have authentic conversations. We work with law enforcement, communities, college and university campuses, or a combination of all three.

Our speakers are ready to engage your community around the topics of race, ability, and law enforcement. They bring with them a diversity of experiences and stories that are meant to challenge perspectives and promote civil discourse.

https://www.strategiesjustice.com/mps

Check out our speakers and programs

https://www.strategiesjustice.com/about-our-speakers-and-programs

 

The College Agency – Agency 

Craig Heitkamp

craig@thecollegeagency.com

651-222-9669

Leadership Development, Trivia, Novelty, Diversity & Inclusion, Health & Wellness, Magician/Hypnotist/Illusionist/Mentalist, Music/Performance, Comedy

Using our Pro Level Zoom Video service and event preregistration form, we have trained our top performers the best way to present their talent virtually to your off campus and on campus students. Specially, our Speed Sketchers Virtual Caricatures, Virtual Mind-Reading Show and Virtual Magic Show & Workshop were designed and built with a virtual audience of home-based students in mind. Each event includes student participation where attendees can virtually raise their hand to “go on stage” with the act to have their caricature drawn, mind read, or to do a magic trick. Our event preregistration form helps to drive additional attendance by letting you promote the event far in advance and allowing interested students to signup and receive email reminders as the event approaches. In addition, once the event in complete, we are able to provide your team attendance analytics to help with your event evaluations.

http://www.thecollegeagency.com/virtual.html

To Go Events, Inc./Trivia Stream – Virtual Game Show

Brett Hornsby

brett@togoevents.com

737-218-0017

Trivia, We also offer target theme trivia shows regarding Covid-19/Coronavirus safety, Title IX, Alcohol Awareness, Black History Month, etc.

We have an incredible game show host run a 1-hour live-streamed game show on Twitch just for your students in which we give out $250 in cash prizes (included in our booking fee). We have thousands of trivia questions to choose from that we categorize into 10-question rounds. At the end of each round, the winner receives a cash prize (in the form of a Amazon.com gift card code). If desired, we have the ability to customize show themes to include educational material in addition to fun questions.

http://www.gameshowstogo.com/trivia-stream.html

 

 

Virtual Events & Workshops!

90584550_10157125654066169_643880297057746944_oLeadership Development & Team Building.

Connect with Jason to chat about customized workshops & events to best fit the needs of your organization. Virtual Keynotes – Virtual Workshops – Virtual Conference Host – Virtual Open Mic Host –  Virtual Music Performance – Virtual Event Consulting.

Contact Jason: http://jasonlevasseur.com/#contact

Spring/Summer 2020 – Jason is scheduled to host multi-day virtual conferences for associations, he is teaching singular and multi-day online workshops for schools, and is happy to connect with you to discuss programs that can best serve your community. If not available on the dates you need, he will be happy to connect with you and help you find the best facilitator for your event.

TESTIMONIALS –  for virtual program testimonials please scroll to the bottom of the page and look for “TESTIMONIALS”

 

Workshop Samples for Campus Clubs & Orgs… 

* Building The Band – Virtual Workshop 

Build your virtual presence!!! Grow your club membership!!! Leave a legacy!!! This workshop focuses on your current members’ role and responsibility in staying connected and engaged online. We will explore ways to collectively promote the organizations and their hosted events. Each individual club member has a role to play! Every individual member is an important “rock star in the band” and this workshop helps inspire current members into action. It’s time to promote the organization and recruit new members!!! #virtualengagement #teambuilding #virtualpromotion #legacy

* Passing The Torch – Virtual Workshop   

Set your organization up for continued success and PLAN your leadership transitions! In this session we will explore the best practices in planning and executing smooth virtual team-member transitions. Whether you are an experienced team player or the “new kid” you have an important role to play in the legacy and ever-evolving structure and legacy of your organization. This session will give you the tools to help your team succeed now and in the future! #successionplanning #teambuilding

* Keeping The Band In Tune – Virtual Workshop 

As a club member you are an influential “Rock Star Student Leader” within your campus community, virtually and “in person”. Your influence is even greater when your team is working together to accomplish your collective goal. This workshop will focus on strengthening the ties between your current club members, overcoming the pitfalls inherent to working and collaborating with a group, and exploring the best ways to keep your team engaged and involved. Effective teams – collective success! #rocktheband #teambuilding

* Turn Up Your Volume – Virtual Workshop 

 What is your personal Brand? How do you want to be seen in the world? This workshop will focus on YOU, the branding, the promoting, and the growth of your own online presence. Recruiters, employers, friends, class mates, and potential life partners will be looking at you online. So, how do you want to present yourself to the world? How do you want to be seen? What is your message? We will get to the heart of what makes you an amazing “Rock Star” and celebrate YOU, and you will be inspired to share your personal brand with the world! #yourock #personaldevelopment #personalbrand

* Hosting The Show – Virtual Workshop 

Plan and host amazing virtual content!!! This is one of the best ways to engage your current membership, invite and recruit new members, and to connect online! From the planning to the execution, this workshop will help club members work through the steps necessary to create, promote, and “host” a virtual event. #rockstarplanning #rockstarpromotion #rockstarshow

* For Advisors: Keeping The Band Alive! – Virtual Workshop

This workshop is designed for club and org advisors and the focus is on their important roles and responsibilities both on campus and online. Advisors will leave this workshop excited and connected to other advisors and will embrace the fun idea that they are the “tour managers” of their respective “bands”. We will also discuss the best practices in working virtually with transitional leadership. How can we best help our organizations stay connected before and after our student leaders graduate? How do we inspire new members to “take the reins”, accelerate their participation, and encourage them to take on new leadership positions? It’s all about keeping the clubs alive! #rockstaradvisors

Connect with Jason to chat about customized workshops & events to best fit the needs of your organization. Contact Jason: http://jasonlevasseur.com/#contact

Have you read Jason’s article on how to host a “Virtual Open Mic”?  https://jasonlevasseur.wordpress.com/2020/03/19/how-to-host-a-virtual-open-mic/

Contact Jason: http://jasonlevasseur.com/#contact

“The Virtual Event Ideas Community” – Facebook Group

Created March 15, 2020. Due to the influx of questions related to virtual programming, Jason created a facebook group for professionals in all fields to connect with each other to discuss how they were coping and programming and staff training in the new reality of “Virtual Connection”.

Please join the conversation! https://www.facebook.com/groups/499354504091393/

BOOKING:

At The Rock Star Project®, we have a “school spring pricing” structure for the virtual events that is different from our “on location” pricing. It is designed to make the programs available and more accessible to a larger audience as we are all navigating the current spring 2020 adventure. Don’t hesitate to connect and discuss options.

In the tradition of the college booking market we have “block pricing” for one virtual event, three virtual events with the same organization, and five virtual events with the same organization. We have the skills, we have the technology, and we are happy to help!

The more we know about your needs the better we can serve your audience and community. Please email to set up a time to chat and for a comprehensive list of virtual workshop possibilities and facilitators.  http://jasonlevasseur.com/#contact

Spring 2020 School Pricing for Virtual Programs: Contact for pricing. 

Single Open Mic or Music Show: $ –

Single Leadership Development Workshop: $ –

2 events (can include open mic): $ –

3 events (can include open mic): $ – (We recommend spreading the events out over different days – ex: “Three Tuesdays at 3pm” for three weeks, etc.)

4 events (can include open mic): $ – (We recommend spreading the events out over different days – ex: “Three Tuesdays at 3pm” for three weeks, and an open mic night on another date, etc.)

5 events (can include open mic): $ – (We recommend spreading the events out over different days – ex: “What’s on Wednesday?” every Wednesday at lunch time for 5 weeks)

Creating a “series” helps with workshop engagement!

Please check out the web site or read the blogs to learn more about Jason LeVasseur & The Rock Star Project®.

TESTIMONIALS!

American Camp Association  – “Jason was a wonderful host for our Virtual Open Mic Night, an evening activity during our annual camp conference. The event was originally going to be in-person and he quickly pivoted to offering an online opportunity when we converted to a virtual conference. Jason was easy to work with, was a clear communicator, maintained calm through small tech glitches, and ran a highly engaging program for all ages! While he was prepared to perform himself, he really encouraged others to give it a try – both with advance sign-ups and impromptu volunteers. I think some of our attendees who weren’t originally planning to perform were actually inspired to put themselves out there because of Jason’s energy, encouragement, and supportive persona. We’d definitely do something like this again with Jason as the host and emcee!” Kerry Salvo – American Camp Association New England – Director of Education and Professional Development

Eureka College – “Our Student Life Office at Eureka College had Jason booked to come to campus on 3/31/2020 for a Greek Leadership Workshop.  Once we knew our campus was transitioning to online learning in light of the coronavirus crisis, I contacted Jason to discuss our options. I was elated at his willingness to rethink and redesign what we had originally planned. Jason offered to speak not just once to our students; he was willing to coordinate and help us promote a 3 part online series designed to engage students outside of their classes using the virtual platform, Zoom. Our first session was yesterday with the goal of encouraging students to stay connected, giving tools and resources to do so, while physically away from campus.  I SO appreciate Jason’s creativity, positivity, resourcefulness, and collegiality!  Jason is responsive, flexible, and great to work with. I look forward to the next two sessions! If you are seeking a virtual or in-person teamwork and/or leadership program, I strongly recommend Jason LeVasseur!”    Shari Rich – Associate Dean of Students – Eureka College, IL

Simmons University – “Jason LeVasseur is an amazing campus partner to our Student Activities Office at Simmons University. He conducted an on-campus training for student leaders on “building their band”. Students really appreciated the workshop and now we will be hosting him for 5 virtual leadership programs before the close of the semester. Jason has a unique ability to engage with students and help them understand the importance of their roles and responsibilities. Above all, he knows how to highlight accomplishments and great teamwork. When we had questions, he consulted with our office in a virtual meeting. The topic was officer transitions within student organizations. The advice and tools he provided were more than substantial. We plan to use them for our organization and tailor them to our specific needs. Overall, Jason is a reliable source with many years of experience and has been a tremendous support for our office.             His work is transferable for any student-centered office. Once you work with him, he becomes a continuous partner and resource. We look forward to collaborating with him in years to come!” Shalaya West – Simmons University – Program Coordinator – Office of Student Leadership & Activities – Boston, MA

Ferris State University – “If you didn’t know that already, Jason LeVasseur Rocks! Ferris State has had Jason’s Rock Star Leadership Project on campus and now virtually too. At both, students connected with the content and had fun! Jason is down to earth, in tune with his audience, and flexible in his style. He was able to customize a unique presentation each time to meet the needs our students. Highly recommended!” –  Angela Roman – Director, Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services – Big Rapids, MI 

https://jasonlevasseur.wordpress.com/2020/02/19/nice-folks-saying-nice-things-testimonials/

Contact Jason: http://jasonlevasseur.com/#contact

 

 

 

How to Host a “Virtual Open Mic”

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I wrote down these ideas to share with “The Virtual Event Ideas Community” https://www.facebook.com/groups/499354504091393/

If you have any questions or would like recommendations on working with a professional show host or workshop facilitator, I am connected to many amazing and talented folks and am happy to share what I know – http://jasonlevasseur.com/#contact

Or, I can host your event! School pricing details at the end of article under Booking. At the very end of the article you’ll find a Testimonial. 🙂

How to Host a “Virtual Open Mic” 

As the host of a traditional open mic setting, I create a space where the performers feel comfortable sharing their talents and where the audience is supportive and positive. This is done by stating the expectations in the beginning of the event and repeating them periodically as the show is going on. It does not have to be done in a “follow these rules” kind of way but more through encouragement of the performers and “thanking” the audience preemptively for being a “great and supportive audience”. It is no different in the virtual setting, However you also have the advantage of sharing your expectations in the invitation email as well as using visual cues. I will explain those in the article.

I use “Zoom” so my references will be with that particular platform.

Here’s the stuff you really need to know:

**For the Organizers:**

ORGANIZER NOTES – When working with a professional MC and/or show host – Communicate with your facilitator (host) and agree on a date, time, and duration of the event. The virtual world gives us much greater flexibility with calendars. The host of your event will be able to provide a link for you (the organizations) to send out to your list of possible attendees and performers. Once they receive the link, the attendees will be able to join the event at the scheduled time. The reason I recommend allowing the guest facilitator to “host” is because they need to access all of the admin features of the platform order to help the event run smoothly.

**For The Show Host:**

HOST NOTES – Familiarize yourself with the platform and learn the features. Set up an experimental “event” with family and friends before you ever go “live”. The more smoothly you can navigate the platform the more smoothly the event will run.

HOST NOTES – Remember, this event is not about you showcasing your talent! This is a way for you to help showcase the talent of others and help connect and engage all of the attendees.

HOST NOTES – Get as much of the “talent” to sign up ahead of time so that you can share the order of performers as soon as the event begins. It is also OK to allow folks to sign up during the event if they are feeling inspired. Ask them to send you private message through the “chat”.

HOST NOTES – Like every open mic I have ever hosted, there are folks in the audience who want to perform but have showed up as an audience member first to “check it out”. Your encouragement of participation and additional sign-ups is part of your hosting.

HOST NOTES – “ZOOM-BOMBING” – I’ll have a link at the bottom of the page. It’s real. Pay attention.

**For the Attendees:**

AUDIENCE NOTES – Background Movement – Please do not walk around or drive while attending the event. You are in an audience. The movement behind you is distracting and takes the attention away from the performer. If you do need to move your camera please turn off your video while doing so. However, if your talent involves the movement of your camera that’s a whole different story and we are all excited to see it. It’s your moment to shine!

AUDIENCE NOTES – Please turn off any “sound” notifications on your device and computer. Avoid the pings! This is most relevant when you are the performer but it also helps everyone when all mics are unmuted.

AUDIENCE NOTES – You are there to support the performers. Be a great audience member. Remember, this is not a competition and you are not a judge. We are all here to have fun!

AUDIENCE NOTES – Mute your mic during the performances! This allows for the performer to “take the stage”. You can always hit the “react” button and give “thumbs up” or a “hand clap” as one of the features of Zoom.

AUDIENCE NOTES – Applause can also be shown visually by raising your hands in the air, “jazz hands”. Visual finger snaps are awesome (raise your arms and snap your fingers). If you want to jump up and down and dance as a reaction, heck yeah!

AUDIENCE NOTES – You can always leave your positive comments in the chat.

AUDIENCE NOTES – When to unmute? If you feel like making some noise at the end of each performance! Totally OK. But then be ready to mute your mic again for the next performer. If a performer is doing a sing-along then it’s “participation by invitation”.

AUDIENCE NOTES – If one of the performer’s sound is not coming through as beautifully as you would like, please do not make a fuss. Enjoy it in the moment and make the most of the situation. Your negative visual reactions to “sound quality” will be interpreted by the performer as negative feedback on their performance. Send the host a PRIVATE MESSAGE about your questions and concerns and always positively support the performer!

HOST NOTES – As the host you will be able to mute microphones individually and as a group. So, letting everyone know that you have that capability is a good idea and you will need to use it sometimes when it’s time to move on to the next performer.

HOST NOTES – Use a visual cue that says you are trying to quiet down the group. Try a colorful note card, a scarf, or stuffed teddy bear. Just use the visuals as cues and introduce them all at the beginning of the event. If chaos is unstoppable, just mute the whole group with one click.

**For the Performers:**

PERFORMER NOTES – Unmute your mic when it’s your turn to perform.

PERFORMER NOTES – Tune your instrument ahead of time!!!

PERFORMER NOTES – Karaoke? Have your song ready on youtube ahead of time and use the “share page” feature in zoom if you would like everyone to see the lyrics as you perform.

{Sometimes the background music is not loud enough so the host may ask you to “turn up” your own computer volume so the sound is louder for the attendees)

HOST NOTES – Use a brightly colored visual cue if there is a significant sound issue that needs to be addressed. It is OK to restart a performance!

PERFORMER NOTES – This is not a competition. The audience is not judging you. They are there to make a connection with you and have fun. This is new for you and it’s new for the audience, we all recognize that, now “take the stage” and share your talent!

To learn more about The Rock Star Project’s Virtual Events: https://jasonlevasseur.wordpress.com/2020/03/22/virtual-events/

Jason LeVasseur lives in Nashville, TN, and is the most awarded music performer in the history of campus entertainment, the recipient of the “2020 NACA LEGEND” award, and the creator of The Rock Star Project® – Leadership Development & Team Building. He’s also a “virtual” keynote speaker, “virtual” workshop facilitator, summer camp counselor, husband,  father, and the creator of sometimes silly but mostly purposeful social media posts.  

https://jasonlevasseur.com/

“The Virtual Event Ideas Community” – Facebook Group

Created March 15, 2020. Due to the influx of questions related to virtual programming, Jason created a facebook group for professionals in all fields to connect with each other to discuss how they were coping and programming and staff training in the new reality of “Virtual Connection”.

Please join the conversation! https://www.facebook.com/groups/499354504091393/

BOOKING:

At The Rock Star Project®, we have a “school pricing” structure for the virtual events that is different from our “on location” pricing. It is designed to make the programs available to a larger audience. Don’t hesitate to connect and discuss options.

In the tradition of the college booking market we have “block pricing” for one virtual event, three virtual events with the same organization, and five virtual events with the same organization. We have the skills, we have the technology, and we are happy to help!

The more we know about your needs the better we can serve your audience and community. Please email to set up a time to chat and for a comprehensive list of virtual workshop possibilities and facilitators.  http://jasonlevasseur.com/#contact

School Pricing for Virtual Programs:

Single Open Mic or Music Show: $400

Single Leadership Development Workshop: $400

3 events (can include open mic): $1,000

5 events (can include open mic): $1,500

Please check out the web site or read the blogs to learn more about Jason LeVasseur & The Rock Star Project®.

https://jasonlevasseur.wordpress.com/2020/02/19/nice-folks-saying-nice-things-testimonials/

TESTIMONIAL!

“Jason was a wonderful host for our Virtual Open Mic Night, an evening activity during our annual camp conference. The event was originally going to be in-person and he quickly pivoted to offering an online opportunity when we converted to a virtual conference. Jason was easy to work with, was a clear communicator, maintained calm through small tech glitches, and ran a highly engaging program for all ages! While he was prepared to perform himself, he really encouraged others to give it a try – both with advance sign-ups and impromptu volunteers. I think some of our attendees who weren’t originally planning to perform were actually inspired to put themselves out there because of Jason’s energy, encouragement, and supportive persona. We’d definitely do something like this again with Jason as the host and emcee!

Kerry Salvo – American Camp Association New England – Director of Education and Professional Development

 

+++ HOST NOTES +++ “ZOOM-BOMBING” – read this article from PC MAG – https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/how-to-prevent-zoom-bombing