As of this writing, we’ve hosted 18 house concerts in just over four years. It’s a ton of hard work. It’s also one of the most rewarding projects we’ve undertaken—right up there with raising a family. Totally worth it, we’d say!
Why Host House Concerts?
House concerts bring music into the community. The intimate setting lets the guests hear music up-close and without the common distractions of many larger venues (the clatter of dishes, loud conversations, etc.).
House concerts support musicians. It offers them a kind of appreciation that is rich and personal, an opportunity where they’re guaranteed a listening audience. It can be a means of augmenting their income by filling in some nights on a tour of larger venues.
House concerts reward the host. They give you a rare chance to know the artists personally.
What Am I Taking On? The Short List:
Here’s the short list of what’s involved in hosting a house concert. Some items are essential, others will depend on your skills, financial resources, and available time.
How to find and book music
How to say “no”
donations, legal considerations (liability, performing rights organizations, etc.)
Inviting and Tracking Guests
Email lists, flyers, word-of-mouth, press releases
Managing the Logistics
Download our To-Do sheet
Download our guest-tracking spreadsheet