Why Host a House Concert?

In the era of mega-concerts, it is getting more difficult for  performers to find good venues and for those who enjoy this kind of music to find locations in which to enjoy live performances. House concerts have proven to be an ideal solution. They are private get-together’s organized as mini concerts.

The result is that both the performer and the audience get the benefit of a more intimate venue and the audience gets to mingle with the performer at intermission and after the concert. Since they are private concerts, there is no ticket sales, but guests are generally asked to make a  donation after the concert.

Our Concerts are “Donation-based Concerts” only.

NOTE: Anyone interested in hosting one of our concert please complete our contact form below!

There are lots of reasons to host a house concert.Once we got involved in the house concert scene, we discovered we enjoyed the small,  nature of the concerts more than we ever imagined. So we expanded to a series of concerts during the year.

House concerts hosts are not in it for the money. The money collected at the door and from CD sales goes 100% to the artist.But hosts do not get paid for their time in spreading the word, collecting reservations, and other assorted investments of time. But honestly, there is no greater experience than getting to hear your favorite artists play your favorite music in your living room, and sharing the music with the other folks at the concert.

The artist is relying on you to get the audience there (and to get an audience there who will enjoy that type of music), because that is how the artist earns a living and connect with new audiences.

You can Invite Friends, family, neighbors and anyone who will enjoy an evening of music, song and great company. The sky is the limit. We suggest a min of 20 people per home concert to make it viable for the Artists.

There are lots of different formats for house concerts – ranging from potluck dinners followed by a concert to a very traditional concert going experience.  We choose to offer light snacks and beverages for the audience to munch on before the show and at intermission.  We put out a donation jar at the end of our concerts to help recoup costs.

To host a successful house concert, you need a space large enough to hold 20-50 people.  That can be a living room, two rooms that flow together (as long as there are good sight lines to the see the performer), or a nice patio/backyard. For an outdoor concert, you will need to make sure you have a backup plan if there is bad weather (like a tent or a place to move indoors), and you may very well need a small sound system.

(Most of the time the Artists do have their own setup and need to setup 2 hours before hand) – Arrangements will be made for each booking

Everyone hosts for their own reasons. Chances are you already have enough reason to get started. However, you might be inspired by some of the other ways that hosts benefit from hosting house concerts or maybe you new to this.

Love of Music & Artists

 

Some music fans feel a deep connection to the touring artist. These fans often have a music background, and have profound admiration for people willing to make the sacrifices necessary for a life on the road. Artists delay (or abandon) financial security, dreams of family and a modest home, and the powerful luxury of a stable career routine – weekly outings with friends, dance lessons with your spouse, and more. Yes, there is plenty of magic in return, but the sacrifices are real. For these reasons and more, music fans feel blessed to be able to contribute to a musical dream, and to often see it happen in their home

Love of Community

 

House concerts are a powerful way to unite friends and build community. They enhance friendships, foster new ones, and create sublime moments that allow us to weave our memories together. House concert hosts often become taste makers in their community, and even inspire music scenes to develop in their town.

Neighbors and friends rediscover their love the arts and start to divorce their televisions a few times per week.

Love of Entertaining

 

Despite the multiplex-sized television screens in people’s homes, very few people actually entertain in their home on a regular basis. It seems like the dinner party is a myth of the wealthy past. House concerts provide an inspiring reason to clean the house and make good use of the sprawling spaces we inhabit.

Consider the fact that many apartments today are bigger than the homes of just a few generations ago. Did your grandparents have a guest room? Probably not.

Love of a Cause

 

One of the novel applications of house concerts is to honor and support a cause. Many fundraising events require large teams of volunteers, whereas a monthly house concert series can be organized by one or two people. Furthermore, artists typically have affinity for several causes, and often have a song related to those causes. Imagine a wonderful artist inspiring your audience with a personal story or song that is on-message for your favorite charity.

Being the Change you WANT to see in the World!

 

One of the best ways for artists to create house concert opportunities where they live is to start their own series. The generous act of shining the light on someone else can be the catalyst for others to start hosting. With a healthy house concert scene, that artist may find their own opportunities to play at someone else’s home. The list of potential reasons to host house concerts could certainly go on, but these are some of the most common ones.

Most of us can relate to more than one, and that provides a strong enough “why” to do the work of putting on the first few events. After a few great shows, your own list will certainly grow. You will give back to those Artists and their dreams.

Make Your Booking Today

Once our form below has been completed we will send you by email the “NicoG Host Handbook” to work through