HOUSE CONCERTS/PRIVATE PARTIES
What is a House Concert?
A house concert or home concert is a musical concert or performance that is presented in someone’s home, apartment, or a nearby small private space such as a barn, apartment, rec room, lawn, or back yard.
Things you need to take into considerations include audience capacity, collecting cash or donations, whether the proceeds will be split with the host, marketing and whether to publicize the venue, the equipment or sound system, to provide refreshments or to hold a potluck, whether to have one show or present a series, and the choice of musicians. A house concert is almost invariably described as an “intimate” experience. Contact Fremont John for more information.
Typically, the audience capacity for a house concert is smaller than at a coffeehouse or club. Some concert spaces may hold 200 people, or 40, yet some hold a couple dozen. Donations are one way of helping to pay the Entertainer. In fact, calling it a donation may prevent zoning issues that a host is operating a business such as a cabaret illegally or without a license.
House concerts are conducted “by invitation” (for practical reasons), social media such as Twitter or Facebook, or word of mouth, rather than as “public” concerts like a club or concert hall. In smaller towns and cities, the local media may help publicize such a concert if you want.
Traditionally, there is little or no sound system, so performers may play and sing acoustically, or perform or act without a microphone. Nonetheless, the musician “use just enough equipment to make for a complete experience without being too loud for the neighbors.” Refreshments, if any, are usually either a “pot luck” brought by the listeners, or provided by the hosts using a bit of the gate receipts (Donations). Sometimes, the performers get a meal and/or lodging with the presenters as part of their compensation.
Every House Show or Private Party booking includes FREE PROMOTIONAL & PLANNING MATERIALS to help your event planning, promotion and preparation run as smooth as possible.
Your FREE Promotional package includes:
– A custom ticket for your event*
– A custom print flyer for your event*
– Custom invitations*
– Email support for any questions about event planning and organization
*You will be responsible for all printing responsibilities/costs