A couple of months ago ConcertsInYourHome.com (CIYH), the largest and most active community of house concerts on the web, released its 48-page House Concert Guide and 2010 Calendar. As noted when the calendar was released: “The booklet is available as a free download, and hard copies are free for a limited time ($4 for shipping is the only charge.)…The guide, written by Fran Snyder [CIYH founder], provides all the basics for launching your own house concerts series, or simply hosting one show. It also shares tips and suggestions for experienced hosts to get the most out of the experience – how to engage your friends to attend, how to prepare for the evening, and how to attract the best talent possible.” The main goal of the website (which sports the fun motto of “Living rooms were made…for live music”) is to connect musicians with house concert presenters. I recently got a chance to do an email interview with Snyder about the guide and CIYH in general.
Tim O’Shea: When and how did you come up with the idea for CIYH?
Fran Snyder: At the end of 2005, my wife and I were contemplating another move (Texas to Kansas – for her job) and I needed a break from the gig-chasing rat-race. I had recently performed my first house concerts and was smitten with the idea of doing them on a regular basis, in different parts of the country. My online research turned up so many dead-ends and out-of-date information, that I decided someone needed to fix the problem. Someone, (me,) had to create a place where house concert presenters could form a community, inspire others to participate, and allow professional, talented artists to connect with them in a simpler way.