articles and tips from Fran Snyder and concertsinyourhome.com
from ConcertsInYourHome.com to… what’s the vision?
For obvious reasons, I’m acutely aware of the challenges of the modern touring artist - especially those who create original works and feel they deserve an audience - a listening audience.
From that desire, my affection for house concerts developed into one of the most substantive music websites on the web. Never in my entire life have so many people expressed gratitude for what I do, and that inspires me to do more. Sure, not everyone benefits equally, but I know that those who “fit” and work and adjust and persevere typically have nice things to say about what’s going on. CIYH has not been perfect, but I believe it is significantly better each year.
As of this past week, with the addition of DinnerAndSong.com (DNS), CIYH is now two websites. Imagine, an entire website devoted to creating meaningful gigs on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I hope that means something to you, because building this network will require a community effort like never before. There is no VC funding, no ad campaign, just a community of artists and fan-hosts who understand how vital and fun it would be to have a network of these opportunities.
It’s important to mention at this point that we all have thanks to give and receive. This website is paid for by artists, who are supported by hosts, who are supported by ConcertsInYourHome. It is a virtuous cycle that we all benefit from, and I thank you for playing your part. We all make this work by filling the room, sending emails with a human voice, having good manners, inspiring our friends, tuning our guitars, and putting on great shows.
Of course, it’s the much delayed, much anticipated, ListeningRoomNetwork. Meaningful concerts can and do happen outside of the home. Church coffeehouses, yoga studios, “normal” venues and the like all have the ability to be serious about music, and enhancing the experience of artists and fans. We plan to support them too.
Instead of lamenting the economy, we will defy it.
Instead of crying about file sharing, we will transcend it.
Instead of losing most of our income on hotels and food, we will create opportunities that make such expenses irrelevant.
We don’t need to wait until New Year’s to light a fire. It’s already lit.
Wanna make that fire a little bigger?
ConcertsInYourHome.com launches DinnerAndSong (DNS)
Despite the growing popularity and necessity of house concerts, it’s common knowledge that most of these events happen on weekends. What people don’t know is that roughly 50% of them happen on Saturday. Therefore, house concerts have not helped buck the legacy that weeknights are the toughest nights for artists to find meaningful work.
This website is a new program from ConcertsInYourHome.com to get fans to host concerts on weeknights.
The basics are on the front page of the website. “You invite 6-10 friends for a casual dinner and music on a weeknight. Share a meal with a touring artist, who then performs a personalized 35-minute concert to top off the evening. You provide the food and your friends donate $10 each for the artist.”
Though the income is modest, it certainly rivals or trumps much of what is available on weeknights, especially if you are an unknown artist in that market. Add the benefit of a listening audience, free food, and a place to stay and you have a winning combination that could have a dramatic impact on the livelihood of the modern touring troubadour.
Music fans can join the community for free if they would like to host events.
Artists can join ConcertsInYourHome for access to the hosts on the DNS site, or can use many of the free resources to inspire their own fans to give this a try.
ConcertsInYourHome, established in 2006, is the leading resource for house concerts worldwide.
Contact: Fran Snyder