Ahoy ye Bellisseria community residents who also be DJs! Here be a treaty and honor code that has arisen to help stave off the bloodthirsty duels and fierce broadside fusillades that can occur in a club-free land of freedom and party-hungry residents such as our fair Bellisseria!
We pirate DJs are a free-spirited lot, but we are not without honor, and we abide the spirit of voluntary cooperation that permeates all of Bellisseria! We Pirate DJs abide a few simple points of honor for sharing the love and attention of our fellow Bellisserians! And also for abiding the strange covenant of the land, so that the Royal Navy does not decide we are pests that must be removed from these fair seas and shores.
Be it known that Bellisseria is a land apart from the rest of SL! The community spirit is strong, and there are no commercial clubs or commercial endeavors allowed by the Linden Covenant. The incentive to DJ in Bellisseria is akin to throwing a block party for one's neighborhood. Some people bring food dishes. Some people bring drinks. Some people set up the picnic tables and the barbecue pits. And there's always that one person in the neighborhood who brings the speakers and the turntables and provides the music. For FREE. Just to entertain friends and neighbors and help the community spirit thrive.
The Pirate DJs of Bellisseria are a collective of resident DJs who operate in this community spirit. We don't ask for tips (nor put out tip jars, which be against the laws of the land). We play only to bring joy and to liven up a party or event--or to create a spontaneous party out of thin air! We play because we are citizens of Bellisseria and want to help make Bellisseria a fun and friendly place for everyone. Likewise, we do not commercially promote our mainland and estate clubs and appearances! At most, we simply say “I don’t play only in Bellisseria, please join my group if you want to learn more.”
When throwing a party on public lands, or casually spinning on our own parcels, or playing at a large, organized Fairgrounds event, we always work to promote awareness of the Pirate DJs name and fame! We also look for opportunities to play alongside each other, providing our regular fans with diversity and variety. When approached by event organizers, we mention that other great Pirate DJs in the collective are potentially available too, and would the event like for several of us to provide music over a longer total duration?
We recognize that Bellisseria is an ever-growing land, with new residents appearing every week. Among these new residents will constantly appear new DJs who also want to participate in the local community-oriented DJ scene. Who will want the already-established local DJs to fairly share both specific community areas such as the Pickle beaches and Fairgrounds, and also to fairly share the more desirable time slots. Because we Pirate DJs are driven by a spirit of sharing and cooperation, we do not believe in an “I was here first, so this is MY spot” mindset. Instead, we work to prevent a tragedy of the commons, by way of a fair and equitable sharing of the more desirable time slots for local DJ parties and large, organized Fairgrounds events around Bellisseria. Such sharing is managed in an extremely simple way as follows:
A publicly-posted schedule of regular, on-going time slots and locations for the Pirate DJs of Bellisseria is available on the Event Calendar page here. This same calendar is available at the bellisserahappenings.com site, and also in The Bellisserian newspaper.
If any Pirate DJ wants to throw a spontaneous pop-up party or spin session OUTSIDE of these scheduled time slots, they may do so with no notice to the rest of the Pirate DJ members. However, you must also abide points #3 and #4 below!
Large, organized Fairgrounds events always take priority over any regular, ongoing Priate DJ time slot, and the events coordinator at bellisseriahappenings.com has the right to automatically cancel any ongoing Pirate DJ event listings that conflict with such large, organized Fairground events. (This guideline does not apply to small, spontaneous pop-up events that might occur on the Fairgrounds space.)
Every Pirate DJ must maintain awareness of the currently-posted schedule and must NOT schedule a party or throw a spontaneous last-minute party during ANY other Pirate DJ’s regular, ongoing time slot. Nor during a large, organized Fairgrounds event. (This guideline does not apply to small, spontaneous pop-up events that might occur on the Fairgrounds space.)
When new DJs join the collective and wish to share ANY regular, ongoing time slot, the affected members must negotiate among themselves how they will share the time slot, and then Baphy must be notified by all affected members of the sharing arrangements. Likewise, when any existing members wish to share a regular, ongoing time slot for any reason, the same process applies. It is never an option to “not share”. The two possible ways to share are simple:
Option One - SPLIT - You can agree to slice up the time slot (but no smaller than one-hour increments) and treat it as a multi-headliner event. For example, instead of the "DJ Baphy show" from noon-2pm SLT every Saturday, it can become the "DJ Baphy and DJ Krew show" from noon-2pm SLT every Saturday, with Baphy taking one of those hours and Krew taking the other hour. (or noon to 3pm, with each taking a 1.5 hour slot, etc.).
Option Two - ALTERNATE - You can agree to alternate who plays in the time slot every week. For example, one week it's Baphy's slot from noon-2pm, and the next week it's Krew's slot from noon-2pm, and they keep alternating like this.
For clarity, no Pirate DJ member is expected to share with independed DJs that are not in the collective. Perhaps that indy DJ might find benefit in joining the collective?