Where I come from, club culture has only very recently started to gain a foothold. As such, there are few places that have open mic events. A few days back I played at one such place (it's actually a pub) that conducts such an event once in a while. The open mic there goes something like this: an announcement is made 2-3 weeks prior to the event and the artists have to send in a recorded piece to the club's mail within a deadline. They listen and select artists from among the entries sent in and inform the respective artists. At the open mic, each artist gets to play one song and may play another if the audience gives them a thumbs up after the first one. I'm wondering if that's how open mic events actually work in places which have a much stronger club/pub/live music tradition than we have here.