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July 2017

Blues artist touring across the country in September and October!

Blues artist touring across the country in September and October!

Dear Hosts,

I will be heading off on a road trip from Margaret river to Brisbane at the end of September.

I’ll be launching my new video/single “Mean machine” and keen to organise a house concert or 2 along the way so please give me a message if you would like some blues and roots style live tunes at your place!

So on the following dates I will be passing through these following places:

27th,28th,29th,30th of September and 1st of October: Nannup, Bridgetown, Manjimup, Denmark, Albany, Esperance.

6th-15th October: I’ll be driving through South Australia, down to Adelaide and then back up through Broken Hill towards Brisbane.

I am pretty flexible with time and areas, have my own PA and can play 3-4 hours if needed but if its a week night for example I can keep it down to a sweet and intimate 1 hour set.

Would love to get something organised soon if possible with tickets selling at $15?

 

Look forward to getting a response soon!

Thanks,

Jake

Performance Ideas for Artists

Performance Ideas for Artists

As a musician myself, I was brainstorming a list of performance ideas, and I would like to share some with you! I hope it can get you thinking outside the box and take your performance career to the next level!

You have heard about approaching restaurants/businesses and asking if they are interested in having live background music. I have had some success with this, but my personal experience was that I found it difficult to persuade them about the value live music can add to their business. They weren’t that interested in paying me a decent amount for a night’s work, and half the time they wanted me to promote the evening and bring an audience! That’s a lot of effort on my part for little return….

What I have found to be more financially successful is the following…

Approach the business with an idea for a “Themed event” to tie in with a major festival/event in your area. The business will be more inclined to pay you what you deserve if they can anticipate a spike in guests for that day. Some examples…

  • A winery may like to promote a special Mother’s Day lunch with live music
  • A winery may like to promote Aussie wine month and have live music every Sunday throughout May!
  • A local restaurant may like to take advantage of the January Sydney Festival and have live music to coincide with popular festival events
  • A micro-brewery in Melbourne may like to promote Melbourne Good Beer Week with live music on the weekends (12-21 May)
  • An upmarket hotel may be interested in live music for a high tea event to celebrate Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on May 26
  • Approach Scienceworks, CSIRO Discovery Centre or Science Centre and Planetarium etc to see if they want live music during National Science Week in August (try and think outside the box!)
  • Oktoberfest!
  • Approach a florist to see if they want you to perform outside their shop on Valentines Day

I hope that gets you thinking! If you are having trouble finding events, here is a list with dates to help get you started! VIEW HERE

Also, I would encourage all artists to join our private facebook group “The Art of Booking House Concerts” HERE where you can network, learn, share experiences and brainstorm ideas!

Some recent news with me!

Some recent news with me!

Hi everyone,

As many of you know, along with running HCA I am also a full time musician! And last Tuesday I completed my final Master Degree Graduation Recital at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music!

It’s a great feeling and a little strange to now be finished with formal university study (I began my tertiary music studies back in 2009 at the VCA).

It all went really well and now I’m busy preparing 4 concert programs to perform with the Melbourne Guitar Quartet over the next 5 months! Including a couple of concerts at the Melbourne Recital Centre and also at the Melbourne International Guitar Festival. And hopefully a few House Concerts around Melbourne as well!

If anyone is interested in hosting the Melbourne Guitar Quartet feel free to get in touch via HERE

Cheers for now!
Michael