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A House Concert? What’s That?!?

You may have heard about the phenomenon of house concerts. as they are very popular right now with artists.  Over the past couple of years I have played a few of these events and have really enjoyed them!

14591842_10157633995930150_2862490150023246269_nI love the intimate setting and the chance to connect with fans in a way that you can’t in a big concert hall.  I thought I would answer some questions here about what exactly a house concert is and what your responsibilities would be should you want to host one:

What is a ho
use concert?

It is exactly what it sounds like –   It is a concert in someone’s house!

Who comes to a house concert?

Since a house concert is in someone’s house, it is up to them to invite the guests.  This way if you are the host, you are familiar with the people who are attending.  I can get the word out in my circles as well, but that depends on your comfort as the host.  These shows are generally not advertised publicly.

How does the artist get paid?

You as the host are not on the hook for paying the artists.  A ticket price can be charged, or a free-will collection can be made to pay the artists.  Usually 100% of the money brought in at the door goes to the artist.  The artist is also allowed to sell merchandise at these shows and then keeps 100% of the income.

How long is a house concert?

So far all of the house concerts I have done have been about 1.5 to 2 hours long.  Usually around a 45-minute set, a break, and then another 30-minute set.

Are there refreshments?

One feature of a house concert is that there are usually refreshments either provided by the host, or brought by guests as a pot-luck.  These events can be BYO, but again this depends upon your comfort as a host.

If you have any questions or think that this sounds like something of interest to you, please feel free to contact me!

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