How To Hold Your Own House Concert – Part 1

5 First Steps to Hosting Your Own House Concert

If you’re in Nashville, you’ve probably heard of house concerts, and been to at least a few. For those of you who don’t reside in Music City, hosting or attending a house concert is the hippest way to enjoy professional, high quality indie musicians playing their own original music. It’s a grassroots movement sweeping the country!

What is a house concert?

A house concert is an invitation-only event held in a private home, by a host who does not profit from the event.

So, if you’re ready to host a house concert (I know you are 😉 ), but don’t know what to do, here are the first five steps to take:

1. Choose where to have your house concert

Now that you’ve decided you’d like to host a house concert, the first thing is to choose where to have it. Most people will host it in their own homes, but there may be reasons that make it impractical or impossible. Maybe you have 20 cats in the house and some of the people you want to invite are allergic to cats. Maybe you live in a condo and the association won’t allow it. So you decide to hold it at the clubhouse in your neighborhood or co-host it with a friend at their house instead.

If the weather is going to be nice, you may want to hold it on your patio/deck/lawn. If this is your plan, be sure and have an indoor backup spot in case of bad weather.

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A house concert can be held in your backyard in nice weather. Image:

You don’t need to have a large space. A living room with overflow into another space usually works great. In the living room, you may also have the bonus of a fireplace or other nice backdrop for the music act.

Very nice intimate house concerts can be held in small places, as long as you can fit 30 or more chairs into the room. Just be sure to leave a spot about 4’ x 6’ for the artist to perform, or larger if it’s a duo or a group. Most people underestimate how many people they can fit into a room. One house concert I went to was in the finished attic of a very small house, with seating pillows all over the floor.  It was packed, and the performance was amazing.

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