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The Prediction of Membership

by Vince Docherty

Budgeting for a convention is difficult - it requires you to know all the major costs like hotel, guests, printing and so on to enable you to set a membership rate to cover them. Of course the thing that makes or breaks the budget is the membership total. If you knew in advance exactly how many people were going to show up then budgeting would be an exact science. As it is, budgets are set, revised, re-revised and, on the day, forgotten as money is spent to cover last minute panics.

Membership of Albacon III - Easter 1986
Pre-con 898
Friday 26
Saturday 50
Sunday 21
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Total 995
Regional Breakdown:  
Scotland 505
England 426
Other 64

The graph which follows shows the rate at which memberships arrived for Channelcon (the '82 Eastercon), Albacon II ('83) and Yorcon III ('85). (Albacon III is omitted as it is almost identical to Albacon II except in the final days when the walk-ins pushed it up around the thousand mark). The totals given are attending members only.


This page updated on 09 July 1999