I think the gist of the original post was a call for collective action. We can see that clubs and bars are stuggling to survive, that the Council has limited funds and that the public taste is changing, with endless distractions available, without leaving your couch.
There are a bunch of self-contained scenes- with (seemingly) little cooperation, between them. The Jazz promotions at the Blue Lamp, have been carefully targeted at an older audience (who might not otherwise attend bar gigs) and have been well supported. The Folk Club at the Lampie remains a fixture. Captain Tom Simmonds continues to promote great opportunities like 'Full Metal Haggis' and 'Live at Captain Tom's', despite the costs and frustrations. The Blues-Rock guys have brought bands to Aberdeen, in various venues and with reasonable crowd support.
Krakatoa puts on the most diverse bills and should be applauded, for nurturing grass roots artists. The Tunnels and Drummonds run hot and cold- great places to play, or to see a band, when the planets are aligned....... the Lemon Tree has filled the gap between the Music Hall and bar gigs, for a number of years, with again, a huge range of performers.
Should we be trying to create an umbrella 'scene', which encompasses the wide range of local talent and welcomes the underpaid visiting acts? Do we have an extra responsibility, as performers and ex-performers? Lots of great musical achievements have been the result of geographically remote communities hothousing their talent, before releasing it, into a wider world. Should we be banding together, to generate a more mutually supportive and educational performance environment, for one another? Do we need the benevolence of a Flash, a Captain Tom- or a friendly Councillor, to make things happen? Are there DIY routes, for a new breed, of young promoter?
There are things that we can all do. Start by putting your money into businesses that support local music- the bars, rehearsal spaces, music shops and others. If you like a local band, make the effort to show up at their shows, to buy merch and music from them, directly. If you pirate or buy their stuff online, they make next to nothing out of it- which can be demoralising.
Perhaps we can compile a directory of unused or underused venues? Shocking though it may sound, a gig can be really wonderful, even on a wednesday, in a room without beer. You might like to approach your local publican, cafe manager- or someone less obvious? I've played and seen some interesting gigs in retail stores, village halls, school halls, malls and arcades- as well as in big sheds, in the (city centre) street and private gardens.
More questions than answers, I'm afraid. Yes, we do need our exisiting music promoters and fosterers- and we owe Tom and Flash (amongst others) a great debt. As the original Dead Kennedy might have said...'ask not what the Aberdeen music community can do for you, ask (yourself) what you can do for the community'.