If you'd like to book Sunny Jim for a house concert or a private party / special event, It’s important that you understand the difference to make the most of your event. More and more music fans are hosting house concerts as a way to support the artist and promote original music.
A house concert is usually an invitation-only concert held in a private home, condo association recreation room or other facility. The goal is to give a singer-songwriter the chance to showcase and perform their original music and the host does not profit from the event. House Concerts can be indoor listening events or backyard shows held on the weekends. Often the yard is the only place large enough to seat a big group of fans. When preparing an invitation (either email or mail) it’s important that the host stress that the concert is a listening event and not a “party”. For house party ideas, see below!
A house concert host is usually a fan of the performer(s) and they are interested in giving the artists a chance to perform their music for friends, fans and potential fans. It’s a special, intimate setting where the Artist has the chance to share the stories and inspiration behind the songs he or she is performing. Often, the host makes a formal introduction and also reminds guests that it’s a listening event and that all talk should wait until the break. A suggested donation of $15 - $20 per person is suggested for the artist’s performance and travel. Attendance at a house concert is usually between 20 - 60 guests, but sometimes there are less and sometimes more.
The Artist performs two 40 - 50 minute sets with a 20 - 30 minute break in between. (Around 4hrs for the whole event.) Times vary with the artist, but it usually hinges on an audience being comfortable sitting for an hour or so, with a chance for a bathroom break, food and beverage break, and just a time for everyone to stretch their legs during the intermission.
A meet -n- greet is time is normally scheduled an hour before performance, giving guests time to arrive and get settled in. Some artists use this time to set up or to greet guests, but it’s generally best if the artist is set up before the public arrives. Artist and Host can work a merchandise table of the performer’s CDs and other merchandise. House concerts offer artists a great place to sell their merchandise and they are always happy to autograph CDs. Often, the host will put the Artist up for the night to help save on hotel cost.
House concerts are usually BYOB and guests are asked to bring a snack to share. Most hosts provide plates, napkins, cups, plastic ware and ice. The idea is that the whole event should be of minimal cost to the host. Bring in good artists and the host enjoys the prestige of sharing a wonderful evening with friends, and of helping an independent artist share their original music.