articles and tips from Fran Snyder and concertsinyourhome.com
House (Concert) Conference Call - November 27, 2007
I just participated in a conference call with members of the Positive Music Association, and spent about an hour talking about house concerts and CIYH. The invitation came from Scott Johnson, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to speak to his audience. They had some interesting questions, and I think you might find the conversation interesting.
My favorite part was Randall Williams‘ cheerful testimonial, which he succinctly summed up with “Yay!”
The conversation was recorded and you can listen to the call by… calling.
Dial 641-715-3412 and enter the Access Code: 980985#
This recording is only available for two weeks, so grab a snack and have a listen. 8^)
Here’s a some information about the PMA:
The Positive Music Association (PMA) is a professional trade organization dedicated to expanding and promoting the Positive Music genre, also known as Poz, and supporting the individuals who participate in our industry.
There is a huge, untapped market of people hungry for this healthy, life-affirming music. Think of Poz as the music version of Oprah, the multi-billion dollar Self-Help Industry (with authors like Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson), the more than 50 million people in the U.S. alone who make up the Lifestyles Of Health And Sustainability (LOHAS) Market, and the Environmental and New Thought Movements.
The PMA is about seeing music not only as entertainment but as a means of creating positive change in the world. People drawn to Poz music often are interested in subjects like personal development and empowerment, social transformation and peace, and in creating healthy environments, relationships and communities. We encourage artistic integrity and social responsibility.
A primary goal is to establish Poz as a new music category. This categorization makes it easy for the millions of people looking for healthy, new music to find and buy it.
The PMA provides the largest collection of poz artists and music in the world, and provides resources and networking opportunities for members to grow and market their music. Through Poz Radio, members get a chance to have their music heard online. See news clippings about Poz and the PMA here.
This site includes a list of PMA members and links to their websites, Poz Radio, member spotlight, music resources, links to other positive media, songs by subject, and positive music events.
I’ve noticed several professional CIYH artists are members of the PMA, so it’s definitely worth checking out.
“Fran Snyder…is more than a musician and entrepreneur who has built a better mousetrap; he has done so based on a wide range of firsthand industry experience.”
– Present Magazine
It’s a nice problem to have, but it’s getting hard to keep track of all the nice comments I’ve been hearing from people who use the site. This post will be updated from time to time so that new visitors can be encouraged by the people who are actually using the site - hosts and artists alike.
Hi Fran -
Thought you might like to know that I signed up as an artist at CIYH yesterday, and I booked my first house concert this morning.
(I had a Friday night and a Sunday night booked - eight hours drive between the two with an open Saturday. I found a host about halfway between the two gigs, sent a “I know this is a shot in the darkÂ . . . ” e-mail, and now I have a concert and a free place to stay on Saturday night!)
I think I’m going to like it here.Â
Stoppin by to say hi. Picked up some shows in the south for end of year an next been using the website to connect with some house concerts to fill in with. Really appreciate the site and how easy it is to use. Looks like you’ve been busy adding new host and artist!
Busy on this end too. Have some new music out on the music page of angelom.com and if you get a chance check out acoustic lives April issue.
Have a Great Holiday
Just wanted to let you know that I’ve been sending out a few inquiries to CIYH hosts and as a result I’ve booked two more House Concert appearances just this week and am negotiating with several others. Thank you for this excellent resource! I don’t know what took me so long to link up with you folks, but I’m glad I finally did.
All the best and thanks again,
This one comes from Audrey Auld Mezera:
Thanks for all the time and energy youâ€™ve spent in creating this fantastic resource. I refer to your site frequently and have successfully booked house concerts as a result. Thanks to folks like you, house concerts will become a main-stream concept as time unfolds.
love Audrey x”
Here’s another one, from Wayne Gratz:
~~Best, Wayne Gratz
And here’s a good one from a host:
“…that’s just a cool, cool site! I’ve contacted four folks alreadyâ€¦.now that’s what I call service. At this point I have so many folks that I’m booked into the summer of 07, so I’m going to bookmark you and keep checking back. I’m really full of folk/bluegrass/singer-songwriters but need Blues and Jazz like there is no tomorrow. Those guys just don’t tour unless you are big city! Thanks for what you are doing,”
–Mary Palmer, hppr.org (and Living Room Concerts)
I recently performed a “Concert In Your Home” in Atlanta. It was one of the best live playing experiences of my career! There were about 40 people packed into the living room/den of the host’s home sitting on the floor, couches, chairs, and standing. It was unbelievable. It’s so refreshing to have total strangers listen to every note and every word. …They were so close it seemed that I was able to connect to them on a level that I’ve never been able to do from a big stage.
After the show I had the opportunity to meet most of the guests, hand out business cards, and sell a lot of product. What a great night! So many people told me that this was one of the coolest ideas they had ever seen and wanted to host their own show. I sent all of them to your website! Please keep up the great work and I’ll do my part to promote “Concerts In your Home.”
Our last 3 concerts (Jeff Black, Christine Kane & upcoming one on Saturday with Kevin Connolly) have all sold out… and now we have a waiting list for Kevin’s show, in case someone cancels at the last minute. I think your site has helped people find out how fun these concerts can be. Thanks for all your work!
– Alexa Huegel, Las Alturas House Concerts
Thanks so much for concertsinyourhome.com - it has certainly made finding performers a snap. Now all I have to do is build a steady audience. Thanks again for your awesome support.
– Lee Herman, Our Kind of Folk
What makes house concerts so wonderful is the variety of individual experience. But real people in their real homes don’t always conform to a particular set of business-y standards (thank goodness!), which makes compiling a useful database of hosts, artists, and history difficult.
ConcertsInYourHome.com does a wonderful job of providing complete information while honoring the spirit of the hosts who open their homes to all of us. As a performing artist, I appreciate the access to contacts and frequent updates; as a citizen, I rest easy knowing CIYH respects *all* parties and contributes to a sustainable model of accessible live-music!
– Wes Weddell,
artist and founder of Puget’s Sound Productions
Just thought you’d like to know that I scored one from the website.
It’s in Charlevoix, MI, a small town where my father ran a sports fishing business for many a summer and where I have fond, fond memories. Fun to connect with these folks and I’m looking forward to that show and visiting the town again
I just want you to know how helpful this site has been for me. When I first signed up, I noticed a house concert venue near me that I’d never heard of — Michelle Payne’s Echo Park House Concerts. I wrote to her and sent my CD and she invited my group and I are playing on Saturday night, March 8th.
Thanks for your hard work!
Tracy Newman (and the Reinforcements)
I actually did get a house concert booking already this year through the site. This was their first concert to host, and though small, it was a great night. I also had an interested response from another host who is working on their 2008 calendar.
Just a quick note to say thanks! I’m booked for my first two house concerts, have a third where we’re negotiating the date, and two others showing high interest — and that’s all before the end of 2008! All but one of those resulted from your website. Thanks, and keep up the great work.
Iâ€™m doinâ€™ it, Fran!
A friend of mine invited me to do a house concert in Tallahassee the weekend before MagnoliaFest, and shortly after that a concert promoter I have worked for in the past asked me if Iâ€™d like to do one in Atlanta at that time. And when a friend asked me when Iâ€™d be coming back to Jacksonville, I asked if heâ€™d be willing to host a house concert and he said yes.
So come October, Iâ€™ll be doing three of â€˜em in three days, and then Iâ€™ll chill for a couple of days and head for the festival.
Everybody seems to like the idea of taking beer sales out of the formula. Better sound systems, a more intimate and pleasant setting for the music, and probably about the same number of people in the audience as I would have had in that grubby dive anyway.
I use links to your website often often, and just in the past three months, have turned three fans into house concert hosts. I was able to do that when they asked if I was playing any shows besides the larger venues they see in their areas. (southern CA, central Nebraska, and Virginia)
Don’t ya just love it! One is planning to host more Western Music artists in the future, and the other two are getting their feet wet on my account, but I’m sure glad to be able to send them where they can find great information!
2007 WMA Song of the Year Songwriter
2006 WMA Female Vocalist of the Year
2005 AWA Western Female Performer of the Year
2005 WMA Crescendo Award
Red Geetar Records
Great site, with a great pool of artists! - Willow Pond House Concerts
As a 50-year veteran writer, club owner, performer, agent, manager and fan, I would just like to offer my respect and THANKS for a job well done!
Since you’ve begun your work, we’ve lost the voices of Bob Gibson, Hamilton Camp, Hoyt Axton, John Stewart, & “Utah” Philips, not to mention the Gamble Rogers & Earl Robinson & Lee Hays passings of not that long ago; and with Pete Seeger having turned 89 & not performing as regularly as before, we MUST have a forum from which to grow & nurture the voices of tomorrow. Thanks to you, WE DO!!
- Ned Treanor/SingOut! Magazine.
Wanted to let you know about a house concert we are having in Atlanta, GA this weekend. I also just booked one of my “dream acts” (David Gans) for later this year thanks to your website.
I love concerts in your home!! I’ll be doing a multi track recording, as well as video so I will make sure to get you some documentation of the fun!
I loved your last email - thanks - I will use it. I’ve booked my second house concert in the Baltimore area!
I just wanted to let you know I did a show with Glen Gabel and his Log House Concert Series over the weekend. I got the show from your site - as I have with a few shows.
Glen and Tammy are the nicest folks. I just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed it! They were just such lovely people, that I wanted to send you a little note of recommendation
Thanks so much for your wonderful site. It’s really helping a newbie like me!
Elaine, NB House Concerts
Thank you, Fran! What a GREAT website and offering–we are already booking house shows for our upcoming tour, thanks to you all.
This is so cool…all this great new stuff you have going’ on the site.
So, I sent you my pitches and let me know how this shapes up. I think it’s always helpful to potential hosts to see possibilities that are well organized at a glance. It really cuts thru the mustard and makes the search way easy.
BTW… I sent out a modified version of your house concert pitch and got one in Seattle for next month. Woohoo!!!!
Just renewed, thanks for the extra special offer, what a bargain.
I wanted to say thanks for all you do. I believe when we met in Memphis 2 years back we were both a little green around the gills relative to house concerts, now you have this thriving enterprise/platform/resource for house concerts and I wanted to tell that it/you have truly helped me as an artist in a big way.
Since Memphis, I have played in dozens of house concerts in 15 different states and last year alone I played over 30 house concerts. So, it is keeping me out of the uninspiring performance venues, helping me financially and really driving my fanbase all over the US. So, I raise a glass to toast to YOU, my house concert friend! Cheers! More success to you and hope to see you soon..
Peace, Bob Sima
I really appreciate the musicians leads we get from our name being on the list as hosts... not sure if I ever told you Katie Sawicki and her friend Emily were with us for two nights in early June..she was releasing an album..totally had a blast with them..they stayed 2 nights.
Douglas Monk, host (Iowa)
It was great meeting you too. I meant every word I said. You are doing an amazing job bringing artists and hosts together.
I just booked a house concert in TN, a few days before Folk Alliance. This would not have happened without your fantastic website, so thank you!
I am happy to provide a testimonial. It is very much deserved!
My name is Gabrielle Louise. I am an acoustic-americana singer/songwriter from Denver, CO. I joined concerts in your home a few months ago and booked several shows successfully through the site.
I absolutely love this website! Marian Call
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House Concert Newsletter from CIYH - October 2007
Message from Fran:
This is our first newsletter and I hope you’ll enjoy the scope and character of what we are doing here. I have to start by expressing my gratitude to the artists who have supported this site through it’s beginning. I also thank the hosts who have discovered and joined this great community, and the artist/web developers Bryan Tilford and Jody Whitesides, who have spent much underpaid time helping this CIYH thing blossom. The site is doubling in every which way every 6 months. Whew!
Stats and Developments in October:
270 hosts, 410 artists, 14,000 visitors per month.
We simplified the artist search page, and we added video channels, this newsletter, 13 new hosts and 30 new artists. We also created some great looking shirts and hats to promote house concerts.