I will help you and make this great!
House concerts are a really unique way for music lovers to enjoy an artist in and intimate setting.
There a many ways to host a concert in your home. No living room too small or back yard to small to host a concert. Once you read this contact me here: https://nickpassey.com/booking/ to start the process of booking me.
What is a house concert?
A house concert is a private event in someone’s home where the artist comes to perform in an intimate, listening environment. The host (homeowner) invites 15-100+ of their friends, co-workers, family members, neighbors, etc. to experience a concert they’ll never forget, while supporting an independent musician.
Check out this cheezy but informative video from Concerts in your home: https://youtu.be/_s57pIzhfDA about a hosting a house concert.
How do I go about inviting people?
Above all else, this should be a stress-free, exciting event for you as a host.
There are a variety of ways to get the word out about a concert:
- Word of mouth
- A Facebook event
If you’re open to meeting new, music-loving people, some hosts use online groups, such as MeetUp to advertise their concerts. Also, I have a wonderful network of friends & fans throughout the US I could invite, if they happen to live in your area.
What about payment?
The best way this works for me is an open suggested donation type format. Some people use this format:
Attach a sign to the jar or bucket that says the following: “Suggested Donation of $10-20 per person. 100% goes to Nick Passey.”
I also like keeping it open ended. Maybe someone just lost their job and just needs a break and cant afford $10 thats ok – I get that I’d rather have people to entertain – on the flip side I’ve done a few gigs like this where there was a $50 or $100 bill at the end of the night so I don’t want to put a limit on it either. 🙂
What to do the day of the show
- Send a friendly reminder about your event to your guests text/email/facebook. Make sure to include details like time, address, & the suggested donation
- Place a jar or bucket in a heavy foot traffic area for the attendees to put their donations in easily. It works best if the jar is by the front door or main entrance. Again keeping this open ended allows for people to feel comfortable giving less or more as they see fit. But the money helps me living my dream in creating and performing music so I appreciate you kindly instructing them about it before, during, and after.
- Attach an easy to read label on the jar or bucket that says Suggested donation of $10-$20 per person. 100% goes to Nick Passey.
- If you have a good spot or area for me to display the various merch I have for sale in a central high traffic area that would be awesome. If you know anything about me you know I love creating band merch just as much as music so its a big part of the event for me.
- Make an announcement 5-10 min before the performance instructing guest to gather or grab a seat in the performance area
- At most house concerts, the host will make a short introduction right before the performance. In this intro it is best to mention that it is a listening environment (conversations can be taken outside), tell them about the donation jar, the merch, and that I will be performing for x amount of time roughly and am more than happy to talk to people after and that if they have enjoyed the performance I usually roll with an ipad so they can sign up for the email list.
I have all the sound gear I need to be able to perform with small to medium sized crowds. It only requires a few min to setup and a place to plug it in. It will not be too loud – we don’t want to respect the neighbors – but just loud enough to get the sound out without having to strain my voice.
Lets set something up!
Contact me here and we can set something up!