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MAC Responds

I would like to clarify a few points made by David Finkle in the Oct. 4 "Bistro Bits" column reporting on the MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs) annual membership meeting.

Yes, MAC was approximately $20,000 in debt after this year's MAC Awards show. But we were in the same financial position five years ago, just before I was elected president. With diligent membership recruitment, fundraising, and a very successful MAC Awards show we were quickly out of debt, and even $20,000 ahead. And we will recover again this year, especially with our new "Name That Tune" Costume Party Fundraiser at the new Copa on Sun., Feb. 2.

Kitty Skrobela, cabaret recordings producer, asked if anyone had any ideas on how to help increase "the sale of cabaret recordings," not "audiences" as David Finkle reported in his article. I responded to her by saying that I didn't have a clear answer, but that I thought the challenge of selling more recordings was all part of the same challenge everyone faces in increasing cabaret audiences. David criticized me, as president of MAC, for not having all the answers. No one does.

For many MAC members it is a true challenge to hang in there until success comes their way. Several of us on the MAC Board take time away from our families, friends, and own careers in other industries in order to help support our members in every way we can. And we do it with love.

Thank you Back Stage and "Bistro Bits" columnists for continued support of our MAC community.

Michael Estwanik

President, MAC Board of Directors

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