articles and tips from Fran Snyder and concertsinyourhome.com
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There is more opportunity than ever to connect with audiences, you just have to unleash a little creativity with the new tools at your disposal. Joe Crookston is going to do A LOT of house concerts this year, and this is one way he found some new opportunities. You have his permission to adapt it to your needs. — fran
– this is an email he sent to his friends and mailing list fans [9 hcs booked for March as of 12/19]
Today I had a crazy idea, and I wondered if youâ€™d like to be involved.
While doing my music work at home, I was gazing out my window overlooking the hills of Ithacaâ€¦ the view stretches for many miles. The rooftops were all covered with snow; and I imagined all the warm people inside.
I started thinkingâ€¦I would REALLY love for these people to know my music. There are millions of good people in New York State, and Iâ€™m sure they would enjoy my music if they actually heard it. I know itâ€™s true. I got all fired upâ€¦
I had this idea of setting up a â€œHouse Concert Tourâ€, exclusively in New York State. The idea was that I would perform 15 house concerts in New York State during the month of March, 2009. Call it â€œThe Ides of March Tourâ€. Friends and music fans like yourself would host a concert in your homeâ€¦a simple concert. Each host would invite 15, 20, 35 friends/family to their home, and I would come over and play. The event wouldnâ€™t need to be fancy, just a comfortable place for people to relax, and a space for me to stand and sing my heart out, and introduce my music to new people. We might have a little food, weâ€™d gather in your coziest room, and Iâ€™d create some musical magic, with you and your friends. Iâ€™d set out a basket for a suggested donation: ($10-15 you choose), and Iâ€™d sell a few CDâ€™s. People would leave glad they came, having a great experience.
What do you think? Would you be interested in hosting one of these concerts? Sometime during March 2009. Pick at date, weâ€™ll see if it works. Concerts could be on Monday- Sunday (early evening or afternoons, whatever works best for you). I know house concerts happen all the time. Itâ€™s not that unusual. I LOVE doing them. But the idea of setting aside a full month, and playing locally 3-4 nights a week sounds like a dream, and would be a great way for me to grow my audience, meet new people, hear interesting stories, build community, and bring music into your home.
People say all the time, â€œitâ€™s hard to get audiences to go out for live musicâ€. I say, let me bring the music to you! Why travel to Colorado, Seattle, or Maryland, to perform when millions of people right here in NY still havenâ€™t heard my music?
So, would you like to be a host? If so, Iâ€™ll help with any details or questions. If youâ€™ve never hosted a house concert, please visit: http://concertsinyourhome.com/beahostintro.html
If youâ€™re interested/willing please hit reply, let me know, and weâ€™ll work out the details.
Thanks so much!
Last month I sent out an email to our CIYH hosts, to ask them to recommend their favorites, out of the many artists they have hosted.
There were no limits. Some hosts recommended 2 artists, some recommended 20. The full list is a bit long, so I thought I’d share the top recommendations with you.
This was NOT a scientific poll, but I found it interesting.
Audio tracks appear next to CIYH members. Play the first song, and the rest will follow.
Bob Sima Periphery
Freebo It Goes By Fast
Gove Scrivenor Shine On
Jack Williams Mama Lou
Joe Crookston The Logical Song
John Batdorf (and sometimes Rodney) Can’t Be Trusted
Jud Caswell Blackberry Time
Rod MacDonald After the War
Stevie Coyle Petrified Man
Willson & McKee
If you are new to hosting house concerts, you could hardly go wrong starting with one of these acts. 8^)