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Suggested donations, tickets sales, door charges

For house concerts, as would be expected at a traditional venue, it is important that hosts make it clear in invitations that we are professional touring musicians, and a “suggested donation”, similar to any cover charge/ticket sale is expected. Exactly what the suggested amount is and that CDs will also be available for purchase should be indicated in your invitations. We’ve had a couple experiences where guests came back the next day with their donation or to buy a CD because they didn’t know these details ahead of time. It’s best to be upfront and avoid embarrassed guests. If you are uncomfortable with your guests offering donations, or are not sure about turnouts and whether or not we’ll meet our goals to cover our touring expenses and livelihood, we can also arrange an overall guaranteed amount privately with you.

Whether at a house show or at a venue, we like everyone to feel that they can afford to come out and enjoy some good music. The range for suggested donations or tickets can be anywhere from $10 to $25 for adults depending on the venue, event, and economy of the region. Sometimes a sliding scale is also appropriate. Children and house concert hosts are never expected to pay to see the show.

It is very helpful for us if house concert hosts and venue contacts create a system for taking money at the event as we are often occupied with warming up, performing, visiting, or selling CDs. At many house concerts, a host will place a big jar or bucket and sign in an obvious place at the door saying something to the effect of "Good Karma $15-20", then direct the audience to it again as she introduces us at the start of the show, then again at the beginning of the second set. At other concerts and usually at venues, the host/doorman will acted as an official "ticket" person, taking money as people arrive. This works very well.

As some guests may never heard of a house concert before here's a brief description you could share with them: http://www.concertsinyourhome.com/blog/archives/44

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