If you’re interested in hosting a performance in your home, here are some tips to help you get started.
House concerts are intimate performances in which the performer(s) and their audience are up close and personal in the home of a volunteer host. Some hosts are familiar with the process and some have never hosted before. If you’re a newbie to hosting house concerts, don’t be shy…it’s easier than you think!
Audiences are there to listen, to meet the artist(s), and to interact with other supportive music lovers. Some artists earn their entire living from house concerts all over the country (and some internationally). Others use them to fill in off days on touring schedules, and others play them as a part of their diverse performing venues.
Harriet absolutely loves playing these shows and is happy to play them any time she gets the opportunity.
Although each house concert is unique in terms of logistics and ambience, here are the basics:
- Usually attended by 25-30+ listeners
- Hosted by someone whose friends and family attend (plus some of the artist’s fans in the area)
- All proceeds go to the artist and the host handles the invitations and payment details (which vary from home to home).
- Artists typically play original music plus the occasional favorite cover song.
- Paid for by guest donations to the performer. These can vary from $15 to $25 and some are occasionally higher if dinner is included.
- Performed in two forty-minute sets with a 20-minute break for refreshments, merchandise sales, and mingling with the artists.
Most events are byob, and hosts usually furnish snacks and ice/cups for drinks and possibly water and sodas. Some events are potluck suppers and some are catered dinners — and some hosts provide alcoholic beverages for the higher ticket shows.
Hosting a house concert is a fabulous way for artists and audience members to interact and, best of all, they are totally fun!
If you are interested in hosting such an event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.