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House Concerts: Tips

While house concerts are nothing new, they are getting more and more attention in the media. And musicians are considering them in addition to – as well as an alternative to – playing clubs.

Here are some things you might want to think while planning your event:

  1. Pick a musician you love – If you love the music, you will inspire other people to love it, as well, and you will feel more motivated to invite your friends and family.

  2. Pick a date – Musicians have found that house concerts can be good ways to fill in dates between club shows when on tour. Check out their tour schedule on their website and don’t be bashful to send them an e-mail.

  3. Money – Ah, money, the necessary evil. Most musicians know how much to charge. If you can cover the cost, then great! If not, consider collecing donations .

  4. Check in with the musician(s) – Closer to the date of the show, ask them if there’s anything specific they need, like access to an electrical plug, a special chair/stool, etc. They’ll appreciate the communication, even if there’s nothing they need. This will also get everyone on the same page and make your event run more smoothly.

  5. Location – It may seem obvious, but make sure you have an idea of where you want the musician to perform. Inside, outside, in the living room corner, etc. Share these ideas with the band, especially if they need a certain amount of room to set up.

  6. Connect with neighbors and roommates, and anyone else who might be affected by the noise – They might have requests for starting and ending times for noise concerns. Make sure to respect their requests; inviting them is always a nice gesture! This should be fun for everyone!

  7. Chairs – Will you need them?

  8. Food and drink – B.Y.O.B? Will you provide? Or both?

  9. Tip Jar – Do you feel comfortable having a tip jar out for the additional raising of funds? Did the band request one?

  10. Merch – Does the musician want to sell merchandise at your event? Are you cool with that? Is there a place where it can be displayed?

  11. Timing – Consider telling people that the music will start a little bit earlier than it actually will (maybe 15-30 minutes). You want the most people in the room when the music is happening, and people will always show up late. But make sure to respect everyone’s time and not go too late.