Interested in scheduling Mark Dawson for a concert in your home?
 
Over the past ten years or so, a growing number of music fans have opened their doors to an idea that benefits both the audience and the performers. Music lovers are literally taking matters into their own homes. And they call it a “House Concert”.

House Concerts range in size from just you and a few of your friends sitting around listening to an artist and his/her guitar, to performances with 30 or 40 people in the room. ‘Intimate’ is the word that comes to mind. And isn't that what music should be?

As you might guess, House Concerts hosts are not in it for the money. It’s about enjoying and sharing a musical experience. You’re inviting guests into your home to enjoy an evening of ‘live’ music…it’s just like any other party…only you don’t need to load the CD player.

Do the artists get paid? Yes. This is what musicians do for a living. They play music. When inviting guests, let them know you are suggesting a donation for the artist. Generally $10-$15 per person, collected at the door. And it’s also helpful to send email invites, and to always have your guests RSVP by email.

As you'll see, I've posted seven "tips", or ideas on how to get you started and make your House Concert experience as enjoyable as possible for everyone attending. And, as you continue a little lower on this page you'll see a music player. I'd appreciate it if you'd take a listen to some of my 'live' performances as well. Feel free to contact me when you're ready to schedule your own concert, or if you have any further questions how it all works. And don't forget, I can also cater to most any private event; as a solo artist, with a duo, or with a full band. Just ask! 

Thank you for your time. I look forward to our musical adventures,
Mark Dawson
1) Start small. Invite a dozen, or so friends over to hear a local singer/songwriter. Suggest a minimum donation of $10-$15 per person for everyone who attends the show.

2) Invite only as many as your room will hold comfortably. Folding chairs and throw pillows are all acceptable. Make the atmosphere a relaxed one.

3) Create a clear space to be utilized as the “stage”, and ample space for the audience as well. Even though it's an informal setting, try to give the performer the most visible spot in the room or area you are using for the show.

4) Be sure to let your guests know there will be two sets during the evening. The first typically starting around 7:00pm, and the second around 8:30 (exact set times should always be worked out in advance between performer and host). The break between sets is part of the real charm of the House Concert. This gives the guests a chance to meet and chat with the artist.

5) Provide a small table that is easily accessible to your guests, so that the artist may display 'merch' items such as CD's, DVD's, and even books. Many artists rely on merch sales as a part of their regular income. When your guests purchase a CD, they can enjoy the music whenever they like, AND support the artist directly.

6) Personalize the event. Make the night feel less formal and more personal. Offer your guests wine and beer, like you would at any gathering in your home. It's certainly okay to have a full-bar available, just try to remember not to turn on the blender to mix those margaritas during the performance.

7) Ask your guests to 'silence' their cell phones during the performance...and enjoy YOUR show.

 
 
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