What is a House Concert?

Posted on Thursday, July 25th, 2013 at 8:58 am


What is a House Concert?

This is the definition provided by www.concertsinyourhome.com


It’s an invitation-only concert in someone’s home, presented by a host who does
not profit from the event.

Also, house concerts are usually…

  • held indoors and on weekends
  • attended by 20-50 people
  • paid for by a $10-20 donation per guest (for the performer)
  • known to include light snacks, beverages or a pot-luck dinner
  • attended by the host’s friends, neighbors, co-workers, and maybe a few fans of the artist
  • attended by a 25-60 age group
  • performed by solo, duos and small groups
  • performed with little to no amplification
  • very intimate – the audiences sit close and are attentive
  • performed in 2, 40-minute sets with a 20 minute break
  • stronger for artist’s merchandise sales than traditional venues
  • booked with and without a financial guarantees (can vary by host and by artist)
  • known to house and feed the artist for the night

Although house concerts will adhere to most of these traditions, you may not find
any house concerts that run exactly according to the list above. Each house
concert is a collaboration between an artist, a host/presenter, and their friends
and supporters.


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