Musicians who are new to the scene need a place to perform in front of live audiences so that they can gain skill and experience. Olympic or near-olympic level athletes need cheap housing and sufficient income to support them while they train the same amount of time that others work full time. What can we do to put these two groups together in a way that will generate revenue to help the athletes while providing a place to perform?
Welcome to the Live Inn, where the main floor and the one above it are made up of the auditorium hall where peformances take place two or three nights a week, and the floors above the auditorium hall are the rooms of the inn, including residences for two or three olympic or near-olympic athletes. Performances early in the week are for untested artists, in solo, duo, trio or small ensemble groups. Performances on a Friday or Saturday night are for tested artists who have performed before and have been well received. The employees who work at the performance are the athletes who live in residence. The employees who work in the inn are drawn from the athletes who live in residence and any outside labour that is required.
The auditorium is a small auditorium with a stage that is not quite centre of the auditorium. There are at least four rows that go all around the central stage, but the four rows closest to one corner or one end of the auditorium are where the rows stop, while in the opposite direction, filling the rest of the auditorium, the seats gradually get higher and higher. This allows for fully surrounded musicians to play, or by closing off the small section behind, allows for the auditorium to be used for things like presentations or stand up comedy. The auditorium will be available for rent outside of the nights that are booked by the music program.
The auditorium includes a sound and video recording setup. The sound recording is connected to a bank of CD burners so that anyone who has been a spectator at the concert will be able to obtain a recording of the exact concert they were at following the concert. The video recording will be focused on each of the performers and reserved for the performers. With eight or ten video cameras discreetly placed and remotely controlled, a trio on the stage can have two cameras on each player rolling the entire time they are playing. Each camera's video will be burnt to a DVD with the sound tuned as well so that performers who are in training can view their own form, and performers who are wanting to produce a sellable version of their performance, they will have all of the raw footage needed.
The stage itself will have a piano that is on a platform that can be raised or lowered beneath the stage floor, as well as a separate access door for any arts performances that require sub-stage access. Lighting for the stage will all be setup and fixed with many different possible arrangements based on which lights are on. The walls and ceiling of the auditorium will be made of materials and designed to give the best acoustics possible given the size and form of the auditorium. Since the seats that are furthest away from the stage will also be the highest, it is beneath these seats that is where the front entrance is, where there is a lobby and where refreshments could be server should there be an intermission.
From the front lobby there is an access point to the Inn which is above the auditorium. The rooms that reside immediately above the auditorium are the shared spaces made up of the Inn's lobby, the dining room, and the lounge. In this way any sound from a concert is buffered by this level so that the guest rooms are not impacted by the sound. The access to the Inn is likely via an elevator since in the coming years wheel chair access will become more and more important.
Since this Live Inn will be very close to where a large population lives and also close to nearby restaurants, the food offered in this Inn will be a complete breakfast every day of the week, and very basic but delicious lunch and supper meals. The lunch and supper meals will be expertly prepared but will not come from a menu. Since this Inn only has 12 rooms, there isn't the capacity of the Inn's restaurant to accomodate a large menu.
The athletes who will be employed at the Live Inn will have to be accredited with a sports organization and already be on a rigorous training program. In the basement of this Inn is a multi-purpose training room so that at least part of the athletes training regimen can be on-site. The multi-purpose training room will have as a minimum the weights and cardio machines that they would find in a gym, but may also have specialized equipment like a swim training pool that lets you swim in place in a current.
Somewhere among the upper levels of the Inn will be the athletes residence level. Presuming there are four rooms per level for guests, there will be room for four athletes on one level. While the guests rooms will be larger and private, the athlete level will have private rooms for each athlete but a shared common room for shared meals and any relaxing time.
The athletes who live here will be required to work at all of the performances doing things like working at the door collecting tickets and money, working at the refreshment stand at any intermission, sweeping and mopping the auditorium after each performance and acting as an usher if needed. They will also be required to help at the Inn where each of the athletes is responsible for keeping one floor (four guest rooms) clean. Since there are only three levels of guest rooms, this indicates that there will be a rotation where each week one athlete gets a break. The total time commitment of all of this work should only be about 15 to 20 hours a week leaving all other time available for their personal training. Should any of the athletes need to go away for a competition, temporary help would be brought in as needed. Should all of the athletes be fortunate enough to be going to the olympics, performances will be suspended during their absence, but the Inn will continue to operate with the hired help.