[Harp-L] The SPAH website
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- Subject: [Harp-L] The SPAH website
- From: Tony Eyers <tony@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 09:06:40 +1100
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Re the SPAH web site.
Web site development and maintenance takes a lot of work. I know because
I do it myself, mostly with online harmonica teaching. Details at
The SPAH site is very thin, in my view. Not surprising. Running a major
site takes serious time and expertise. Organisations like SPAH run on
the goodwill of volunteers, who work themselves ragged for the yearly
SPAH convention. Payment is essentially nil, thanks often likewise. I've
been to SPAH once, in 2005. I take my hat off to the SPAH people and the
clubs who run it.
A good model for the SPAH site is the one for their sister organisation
in the UK, the National Harmonica League. Its at
http://www.harmonica.co.uk <http://www.harmonica.co.uk/> A simple but
well organised site, with a great links page. They have a bi monthly
magazine, "Harmonica World". I've been contributing since 2008, other
contributors include Brendan Power, Steve Shaw and Rob Paparozi. The
magazine and much else is run by Roger Trobridge, who donates
significant time, effort and expertise to keep it running.
The key aspect of both SPAH and the National Harmonica League is capable
individuals who volunteer their time. The same is true for the Asia
Pacific Harmonica Festival, where the top players from the host city
(Malaysia in 2012) donate time and formidable organisational expertise
to put on a first class event, with several thousand attendees.
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