A growing trend in music is house concerts. If you have a reasonably sized area in your home you can have some very fine musicians come and play at your house. Today I set up InHouseArts on Facebook. The impetus has come out of the need for independent arts to find a place in the community without the rigmarole of dealing with venues, arts bodies, publicists and insurance brokers. Over time I’ll set up the website that describes exactly how you can hold a gathering like this at home, in the meantime if you wish you can offer support on Facebook while I raise funds to pay for someone to build the site. Here’s a brief description of how to set up a concert in the home.
Do you mean like at a party ?
Sort of. We all play many, many gigs at people’s houses when they are having a party and the host wants a party band. However a House Concert is a slightly different way to have music in your home. Its for music lovers who either may be over the live venue scene or perhaps just like music in its most direct, intimate and nuanced form – LIVE and in the home, just like the musos play it in their own homes. A host who has a large room and a large social circle, puts on a gig in their own home, their friends each bring a chair, perhaps a plate of food and the friends pay for the musicians. People sit and listen to a couple of sets of the band in concert and socialise before, in between the sets and then after the show. Intense listening is mixed with social interactivity and community building.
How do the musicians get paid ?
Great musicians certainly do need to be paid but it doesn’t need to all come out of the host’s pocket. It works best for people who have a network of friends that can all pay a ticket price and perhaps bring a plate. The host either can pay for the performance, organise their friends to chip in or a mixture of both.
Where are the pictures ?
Fancy photos for this page are coming. In the meantime, if you love music read on.
Sounds like a bit of work ?
A house concert is a social and cultural event at a community level. If you are the host you probably will have a bit to do but the site I am building will help with advice and tips about how it all works. If you like to bring people together and love music there are many associated benefits – the experience on the day, the energy it brings into and leaves in your home and of course the opportunity to then encourage friends to stage a house concert (having had you turn). For the musicians the benefits are many – proper pay, a listening audience and not having to deal with the attitude that is all too often associated with working in venues.
What’s the actual cost ?
That depends on the band. A five piece band costs more than a duo, very established bands cost more that projects that are getting started. The details will all be explained on the new website
Where do I go from here ?