articles and tips from Fran Snyder and concertsinyourhome.com
Managers, Agents, and DinnerAndSong
There’s an artist you want to support, but you don’t feel like you have the space/time for a house concert.
What if you could do something small to inspire a few of your friends to host a show in the future?
Schedule a DinnerAndSong. Don’t think about it. Just do it. All you need is to pick a date, and invite 4 or 5 couples to attend. Simple food, quick show, great time.
Sign up for free as a host at www.DinnerAndSong.com and we’ll walk you through it, step by easy step.
And this year’s theme is DinnerAndSong.
Let’s make this the month you inspire a fan to host a DinnerAndSong. Make this the month that you get some pictures of yourself enjoying this environment, so that you can share the concept/opportunity in a vivid way to your fans.
Remember, you don’t need that much lead time to set one up. The host doesn’t need a lot of space (actually, smaller is cooler) or a big budget for the meal. Chinese take-out and some tunes is all you need to impress some newbies about the world of house concerts.
DinnerAndSong is easy! Share your profile on Facebook, and in an email to your fans. Take some chances. Meet some new people. Invest in your future - our future - because everyone of my fans who hosts a DinnerAndSong has the potential to someday host you.
That’s what we are doing - creating a community of superfans - the ones who do more than download your mp3s. The ones who make you part of their family.
Don’t you love that?
May is house concert month. Scratch that. DinnerAndSong month.
Share your profile on Facebook! How?
Then copy the link into your status on Facebook.
Remind everybody that you are fun to hang out with as well as to listen to.
Well aren’t you?
CIYH, DinnerAndSong, and ListeningRoomNetwork.
We’ll be gathering some real life experiences to shed light on this phenomenon.
My experience with the Parkington Sisters may be helpful in addressing house concert criticism. The Parkington Sisters are a Cape Cod family, virtually unknown in the DC area. When we had them come last summer to our house, we made a big push to get people there and we got a big crowd. That crowd fell in love with the sisters.
There was enough interest in having them return that I worked with David Eisner who runs the House of Musical Traditions and the Institute of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park to get them back — he had been at the house concert and was very interested in having them return.
We scheduled their return for a Sunday night in early January in a new concert venue at the Takoma Park municipal center. At the house concert, we got about 70 people and at the concert venue, we got about 170 people — on a Sunday night. There was no way they could have come to DC and played a concert hall for 170 people without having been first introduced to the community at a house concert. David and I are talking about the next even larger venue for them.