Why an Interview,,,

Over the years we have been able to meet and talk with some very interesting people. They have shared with us their knowledge and have provided us with a great deal of insight as to how and why festivals and events work and why they are so important to our communities and to the Province of Ontario. With this in mind, we decided that we wanted you to meet and hear from some of the wonderful people who work so hard to provide us all with such wonderful Ontario Festivals and Events! We are pleased and proud to present "THE INSIDE SCOOP"!

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Event Development (Part Ten)

 23.    Can Insurance coverage be purchased and at a reasonable cost?

Don’t assume that insurance is readily available. With all the turmoil in the world today, insurers are becoming more and more selective on whom they will insure. This is especially true of insurance companies that usually insure normal types of risks. If you are turned down by your local broker, don’t give up. There are insurers who specialize in festivals and events. If your local broker can recommend one of these insurers to you, you can go onto the internet and investigate them for yourself. Finally, if you can’t find a suitable insurer or the cost is too prohibitive, you might want to approach your local municipal council and ask them if you can be included on their policy. They may or may not agree. If all else fails, try to find out why the coverage is not available or why it is so expensive. It may be just a matter of altering your plans to fit the insurance company’s mold. A word to the wise, whatever the outcome do not hold the event if insurance is not available. 

24.    How much volunteer time is needed?

You must realistically consider this question. Much of the success of your event will depend on having reliable volunteers available. Planning and executing a great event takes time and effort. Everyone should know what they are getting into BEFORE they commit. You don’t want someone to quit because the job was taking too much of their time. COMMITMENT means TRUST and TRUST means COMMITMENT and that’s the way to build a great, enthusiastic team. 

(To be continued)

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