Imagine hosting a concert in your very own house. That’s a house concert! It’s a fantastic way to bring people together and enjoy music in an intimate setting where the audience is really part of the show.
Where to Begin
Putting on a house concert isn’t difficult, but it does take some time & effort. Before you decide to proceed, here are a few questions to consider.
How many people will fit in my house?
You may be surprised at how many folks you can get in your house for a concert. Remember that in the music area, people just have to be able to sit comfortably. Think about how you sit in a theater, with the seats close together in rows. Grab a tape measure and do some math to see how many folks may fit in your space.
Since performers make a living with their art, audience size matters. If you only feel you have room for 5 or 6 people, the cost per person is going to be higher than if you have room for 15 or 20. When you contact an artist to book a house concert, they are probably going to ask about the size of the audience.
How much time do I have to spend on this project?
Getting it all together doesn’t take that long, but it does require a bit of organization and some jobs need to be done in a timely fashion. If you have trouble meeting deadlines, you’ll probably want to enlist the help of someone who is good with them, or develop ways that let you keep things moving. Many people team up to produce house concerts, utilizing their different talents to produce a successful event.
Am I okay with potentially having strangers in my home?
The answer to this question determines how you will advertise your event. Many people advertise house concerts just to their friends and allow those friends to bring guests, collecting contact information from the new folks for inclusion in future event notices. This method builds your audience a little more slowly, but is more secure. Others may use a system like Meetup or Evite, where you have some control over who sees your address information.
It’s very sad to say this, but the world is not always a happy place. It’s a good idea to be careful about where you advertise your house concert. That being said, there are some places that are good choices like your church, clubs you belong to, and other places where you know most of the people who will be seeing your advertising.
Read the how-to guide, then let’s get started!