So You Wanna Host a House Concert... (The FAQ)
First off, THANK YOU for your interest in hosting a house concert! Iʼm excited and flattered that you would ask! This FAQ will give you some basic details on the process and hopefully answer at least a few common questions. If you would like any further information, feel free to call, email, text, Facebook message, or emit smoke signals at any time. My contact information is listed at the bottom of this page.
Q: What IS a house concert, exactly?
A: A house concert is typically an intimate performance given by an artist in a private residence or similar space. House Concerts are normally private, invitation-only events though some particularly brave souls host open-door events. The artist(s) and the audience gather in the same room for a 90 to 120 minute performance of original music and the sharing of the stories behind the songs. Typically, everyone brings some kind of shareable food and/or drink for the attendees to enjoy before and after the performance.
Q: Will it be loud? Will my neighbors complain?
A: Most house concerts are acoustic, with either no or very minimal sound system use, so volume usually isnʼt an issue.
Q: How many people can I invite?
A: As many as will comfortably fit in the performance space! As the host, thatʼs completely your decision.
Q: What does it cost?
A: My goal is always to try and make sure the host doesn't have to pay anything for a house concert.
Q: How do the performers get paid, then?
A: Most of the time, there is a suggested donation of $10-20 per person either collected at the door or during a “pass the hat” session. Additionally, thereʼs usually a “merch table” set up where the artist can sell CDs, t-shirts, etc. My personal goal is to generate $100 per performer (so a total of $300 in merch sales and donations if I bring a trio, or just an even $100 for a solo show).
A: Absolutely! I might ask you to share them with me, though! :-)
Q: Will you travel to [insert distant location here]?
A: Anything is possible! Get in touch and weʼll see what we can figure out!
Q: Where can I hear your music?
A: Most of my albums are available online via Spotify, YouTube, iTunes, Amazon, and more. Iʼm also happy to send you some samples to share with friends and family. And of course, you can always check the MEDIA page of this website!