House Concerts

I’ve been eyeing this whole thing, and I believe it adds up.   Its probably a good percentage above any venue as far as “Who’s actually listening”. and you get to control your attendance, and much much more.


Anyways check this out.

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franaddressescrowd500 A Musicians Guide to House Concerts: How to Build Your Fanbase & Earn More Money Performing in Peoples Homes

House Concerts – The Lifeboats of the Music Industry?
[This post was written by guest contributor Fran Snyder, an artist and the founder of (CIYH),, and]

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” –  Richard Buckminster Fuller

Many artists will tell you that they simply could not or would not tour without the financial support of house concerts along the way. But money is just the tip of the iceberg. Below the surface we find that house concerts are bringing artists (literally) closer to their fans, and sometimes they even help artists rediscover what they enjoy most about playing music – the intimate connection with an audience.

What are house concerts?
House concerts are private events in the homes of music fans. Friends, neighbors, and acquaintances are invited to attend a two set performance, and make a suggested donation of $10-20 per person. Often there’s a pot luck dinner or dessert, and it’s not unusual for guests to bring a beverage along with their favorite dish.

What’s the big deal?
Well, one of the key benefits of playing house concerts is the ability to play in markets where you don’t have a significant fanbase. Play a public venue and you are expected to draw (or sell a lot of booze.) Play a house concert and you are expected to be kind, fun, and damn good. Although house concerts usually welcome some local friends/fans of the artist, for privacy, safety, and legal reasons, the promotion is best done by hosts and their close friends.

And here’s the really big deal.
You get all the money. You get dinner and a place to stay. House concert hosts are volunteers and the most important new “patrons of the arts.” They host events because they love the music, and they love impressing their friends with concerts in their homes. There are thousands of them around the world. And now the tools exist for any artists to pitch the idea to their fans.

“House concerts are the emotional anchors of every tour.” –  Hans York

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Playing in homes is not for everyone.
If you’re interested in playing house concerts, it’s important to look at the advantages and disadvantages of your situation.

Most house concerts take place in average living rooms, with little or no PA provided. These shows are attended by people who will want to talk to you. They might sit within 3 feet of you, and they will be looking at you and listening to every word. This is not for shy artists. This is not for smelly artists. This is not for prima donnas. This is (usually) not for a full drum kit, backline and entourage.

Learn everything you need to know about house concerts in this free guide by Oasis. A Musicians Guide to House Concerts: How to Build Your Fanbase & Earn More Money Performing in Peoples Homes


About D-Bone

singer songwriter for 20+ years, over 25 recorded albums, and performed over 1000+ shows from 1993 till still. New album coming out soon, and updates regularly. I'm 39 and a starving but happy "living my dream" musician/artist.
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