“The folks who attended your concert at my house just LOVED IT. For weeks and months following the event, people came up to me and would say how great the concert was and how much they enjoyed it.
It was just a magical evening!” – Jake K. Palos Verdes, CA
Do you want to host a house concert?
I am currently planning a 2019 House Concert & Wineries Tour!!
If you live in Canada or the United States and are interested in hosting a show, please
send me an email to introduce yourself!
A new way of connecting…
A house concert is more than just a musician coming to play in your backyard. A house concert is when you bring all the people you cherish together in one place, and you share a unique, powerful and intimate evening with them.
One of the compliments I hear the most from listeners is how special it was for them to be able to hear the story behind each song. For me, this is the best part of performing in an intimate setting like a backyard. You really get to know me more than just an artist…And, rather than trying to interpret a song from the words, you get to learn about the whole story, live… in person.
I feel like it doesn’t really get any better than that!?
Maybe I’m biased. LOL
GET YOUR MINGLE ON: Before, during and after the show, I will be mingling freely with your guests. Chatting, listening and exchanging life experience with audience members is one of my most favourite parts of the House Concert model! There aren’t many opportunities where an audience member gets to interact directly one-on-one with the artist performing. This is an important aspect of the House Concert process, to keep everyone comfortable and feeling at home.
Minimum required guests are 35 people but more are warmly invited!! The show can be held in your living room, backyard, patio, garage, sunroom, church, barn etc. Almost any space will do!! As long as there is a power outlet and lots of GOOD VIBES in the air. — Also, it’s important that everyone has a place to sit during the show. Whether that’s a mix-mash of chairs that you’ve found throughout the house, asked your guests to bring lawn chairs, or if you’ve rented chairs and a tent for the evening, having enough seating is a key component to a successful House Concert.
How does it work?
I am a one woman show. I do not have a manager. I do not have a label nor do I have faerie godmothers up my sleeve to help me run my business. I WISH I did though, omg!
I am a completely fan-funded artist.
This means, I gratefully rely on the generous contributions of my hosts and show attendees to keep doing the work I am called to do in this life. It fills me up with so much joy and gratitude to be able to perform and connect with all of you on such a deeper level. So – the mere fact that you are here and learning more about what I do is epic. Thank you for being interested to support artists like me, from the ground up. Every dollar of your show will be going towards gas, campsites, food and then a well needed rest time after the tour is over.
How much does it cost?
The cost of a House Concert depends on where you live, when you’d like to host a show, and how you’d like to show your support!! Each show is different and unique. There are two options to choose from that help me get paid as an independent artist by performing a house show:
A SHOW WHILE ON TOUR:
$200 deposit + $800 minimum guarantee at show (usually covered by guest contributions collected by host)
NO contributions = $200 deposit + $800 at show (host pays in full, no guest contributions required)
A SHOW FOR A SPECIAL EVENT / CORPORATE GIG : If you have a special event on a specific day that you’d like me to perform (Wedding, Birthday, Holiday / Work Parties / Wineries / Corporate Events etc.) please get in touch. My performance fees vary in these situations depending on distance to travel / accommodations / visa / equipment requirements etc.
DEPOSIT INFO: This deposit acts as a booking fee to lock in your date for the show, and also helps with pre-concert expenses like gas/mileage and visas, for ME to get to YOU! Once we agree on a date for the show, I will be asking you to pay the deposit upfront and sign a contract.
If unforeseen circumstances come up and you are no longer able to host a show, please let me know ASAP to make a cancellation. A refund may be arranged as long as the cancellation was made 4 weeks prior to the start date of the tour. Any cancellations made after the 4 week window will not be refunded.
How do I ask for contributions?
If you are opting for guest contributions, it is going to be your responsibility as a host to communicate to your guests the importance of bringing a cash donation for the show. It will also be your responsibility to collect at the show. Travelling to perform is costly, so it is truly appreciated when the host communicates openly to guests, and stresses the importance of bringing a donation in exchange for an intimate and unique evening.
I know it sounds scary, but it doesn’t have to be!
Think of it as an exchange for goods and services. You are providing a comfortable space and a collection of incredible people to join in this musical experience. After the show, your guests are able to contribute any amount they feel compelled to – and usually they are excited to contribute to the cause!
Mention a suggested donation on the invitation – 20$ per person is standard
Have a tip jar/container that is LABELLED, well lit and VISIBLE to everyone (at the food/drink table is a good spot)
During the ‘schmoozing’ hours, mention to the guests where the contribution basket is
As you are making an introduction for me to come up on stage, please mention where the donation jar is located
How much should I recommend for contributions?
Think of it like a concert ticket. $20 per person cash contribution is a good amount to recommend to your guests on your invitations. This, in theory, should help to cover the show guarantee mentioned above in the payment section ➡ If you have 40 ppl @ $20 each = $800.
Can I pay your fee in full, so I don’t have to ask for contributions?
If you feel uncomfortable asking your guests for contributions, you can choose to pay me upfront in full. If you choose to pay in full, I will still likely put out a contribution jar on my table if anyone is interested to give, however I will mention on stage that you have covered the show as a gift to your attendees and that contributions are not necessary.
Do you sell merchandise?
I have tons of really cool merchandise to bring to your shows: CDs, Vinyl, custom jewelry and USB sticks to name a few! Additionally, I have my own table set up so the only thing you’ll have to think about is WHERE I can place my table. I like it to be WELL LIT and visible to everyone coming in to the show, so perhaps at the entrance is a good spot.
Please also write about the merchandise on your invitations so that your guests are aware: “Jessica will also be selling CDs and merchandise after the concert should you wish to purchase a keepsake from the evening.”
What does the agenda look like?
I will arrive anywhere between two days to two hours prior to show time. It will take me 2 hours to set up my ‘stage’ and merch table. When your guests start arriving, I will mingle around and introduce myself to everyone invited. Just before I begin my show, you’ll make an announcement for everyone to refill their drinks & food trays, and use the restroom before the show begins. 10 minutes after that, you’ll come back on the mic to introduce me / how we met / where you first heard my song, where the tip jar is, etc. and then I’ll take it from there! I will entertain your guests for approximately 2 hours, with my stories, songs and a few sprinkles of joy & laughter along the way. 🙂
After the concert you can make a closing announcement, thanking your guests for their attention, and encouraging them to visit my merchandise table and stick around for a while. I’ll visit with your guests some more, selling merchandise, and enjoying the rest of the evening, until I get tired and googly-eyed and need to get to bed!
How should I invite all my epic friends?!
Promoting the show will be just like promoting your own house party. You can send emails, call or text or even print out invitations and send them via snail mail! 🐌 I’ve found that events sent personally with a service like Paperless, Evite or even email works better than a Facebook Event, as people often brush off Facebook events since they are so common… If you do plan on making a Facebook event, perhaps consider pairing it with another form of invitation to really get the word out! Also, sending multiple reminders and getting an RSVP before the show will be a significant factor to ensure full attendance!
HALP! What if I can’t round up 40 ppl?!
If you’re stressing about getting 40 guests to show up for the event, why not bring a few other households into the mix? I’ve done block parties and cul-de-sac style shows where there are multiple hosts helping to ensure everything runs smoothly and that there are enough people invited for the evening… and the shows always turn out sooo lovely!!!
It almost reminds me of the good ol’ frat house days when all doors were open for business and youcould mix and mingle and feel right at home by meeting a bunch of new people in a night just from going door to door. A really cool alternative!
Where will you stay?
I looooove exploring the area, relaxing, chatting and just fitting right into your cozy family space. Can I be a part of the family for a day?
Accommodations: I’d love to stay in your home if you have a guest room available! I will also need a place to park my 13′ camper (on the road beside the house is fine, or in your backyard or driveway). If no guest room is available, I can also sleep in Pearl, but would need access to your washroom & shower. If staying more than one night is OK, please let me know!! Often times I have multiple days in between shows, and it makes me happy to be able to spend a day or two sightseeing and exploring with my hosts.
**NOTE: Please be prepared as I may have a guest with me on your stretch of the tour – my sister, parent or boyfriend may be visiting me for one week increments. If space is an issue, please bring it up in an email!
Can I invite children or pets?
Bringing children to the show is not recommended, sadly! My shows tend to run WAY more smoothly if there aren’t kids running around. I say this with love!! But children at an intimate event like this are more often a distraction for hosts, guests and me – when I’m trying to perform.
If you are planning to invite friends or relatives who have small children, please suggest it to be a date night for them, where they can get a babysitter and enjoy themselves throughout the evening, rather than be preoccupied with their little ones.
The same goes for pets unfortunately! While it’s ok to have your little fur balls frolicking around before and after the show, during my performance, please keep pets enclosed in a separate area/room so as not to be distracting to guests and hosts.
*** If you have small children of your own and are considering hosting a show, it is fully up to your discretion if you want to host! It IS your home after all!!! And you know your children better than I do. If your kids love music and you believe they will be well behaved during the show, by all means, let’s make it happen! BUT – If you do end up allowing your children to watch, I suggest hiring a babysitter for assistance throughout the evening to take the stress and distraction off you.
Lighting is really important if you’re hosting a show -especially outdoors. Mood lighting / twinkle lights help in every circumstance!! I even had several hosts light tikki torches near the stage which made for a really cool vibe!
Please try and have some lighting directly on or near me if the show will get into late hours. Get creative! Have some fun!! Also, please have extra lighting (like a table lamp) that can be placed near my merch table so that people will be able to see when purchasing keepsakes.
What if I have to cancel?
Sometimes life happens, and things get in the way. I totally get it! Although it’s a huge bummer not getting a chance to meet you and your awesome friends, it’s OK if you have to cancel. Just please try and give me as much notice as possible! If you are able to cancel the show 4 weeks prior to the start of my tour, your deposit will be refunded in full. If you cancel after the 4-week period has passed, your deposit will be forfeited. This helps on my end to make up a bit of the financial loss that comes from a cancelled show. I have to run my business as any other business would, and I really appreciate your understanding!
THANK YOU for considering me to come and be a part of the family for an intimate evening of songs and stories!
If you have ANY other questions, I am just an email away!!! I truly can’t wait to meet you and all your awesome fam/friends/neighbours and perform in your lovely home! 🙂