The Rise of The House Concert

The Rise of The House Concert

Here at Leila and Geoffrey, we’re helping quite a few artists embark on tours outside of their homelands. We are seeing that there is a growing demand for house concerts and alternative venues – Sofar Sounds almost not being able to accommodate the amount of people that want to attend the shows, the tickets are often very hard to grab hold of!

Who wants to tour to a country that you have no ties to, and play at a loud bar where few people come? The way of the house concert provides an intimate setting with an attentive audience that you can actually form a connection with. And there are some lovely platforms popping up that make it easy to do so.

Sofaconcerts is a Hamburg based company which connects artists directly with their hosts. With a huge database of hosts, with the majority being based in Germany, as well as France, Scandinavia, and the Netherlands – there are even some as far away as South Africa, Brazil, and Canada. You can search by radius of where you’ll be heading, so you can easily plan a route of spectacular venues along your way.

Low-Fi Concerts is a more recent site, it’s been around since 2015. Started by Anne Dvinge, who came up with the idea of wanting to create a global community for intimate concerts, she had built the beta platform within 10 weeks! Based in Copenhagen, the majority of the hosts are in that general area. Eager concert goers can look for gigs in their area, and purchase tickets directly from the site.

If you have any other favourite platforms you use, or have stories and photos about your favourite house concerts, please share them!

 

 

Leila and Geoffrey Tips – The Help Musician Fund

Leila and Geoffrey Tips – The Help Musician Fund

Here at Leila & Geoffrey, we’re always looking for tips to share with our artist friends. We got really excited about this one!

The Help Musicians organisation launched a new program back in August – The Help Musicians Develop Fund. It is a fund to aid professional UK based-musicians access creative and professional development opportunities, both in the UK and internationally.

There are two streams:

The Transmission Fund – designed to help build careers by giving out grants between £500 – £1500, funding opportunities which allow musicians to focus on their development but supporting short courses, workshops, training, and coaching.

The Fusion Fund – offers £2,000 – £5,000 for musicians undertaking projects developing new work, ideas, and potential career directions through collaborative research.

We highly recommend researching more on the Help Musicians site!

There is so much help available, you just have to go look for it.