Your Cultural Legacy as a Music Fan

Did you just go to shows, or did it mean something? — Fran Snyder

You can be in the music business.
Best of all, you don’t have to pretend it’s your job.

What do I mean?

Until you make it to the top of the corporate music business ladder, you’re poor. You’re overworked. It’s a rough lifestyle.

The best way to be in the music business is as a hobby. It’s easy as

  1. Volunteer
  2. Play a limited role that you enjoy.
  3. Watch the impact that you make on the lives of your friends, and the careers of independent artists you admire.

You can make a difference as a fan, organizer, promoter, or house concert host. Stay at it long enough, and you create your own cultural legacy.

Let us show you how.

Join Us.

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Russ (right) and his wife Julie have hosted 200+ shows in their home over the past 15 years. What a legacy!

Do House Concert Hosts get a Free CD?

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Photo by Jess Phillips. Listening Room Festival 2019.

A gratitude mindset has served me well over the years. One of the things that I’ve always found odd is that some artists get hung up about giving their house concert host a free CD.

Yes. An artist’s work has value and they shouldn’t be compelled by someone else to give it away for free. But the act of volunteering a gift to someone can often have a lovely effect.

Who should be grateful? The host who gets a personalized performance from a national touring artist in their home? Or the artist who’s been given a captive audience and a warm reception?

Of course, the answer is both.

Sometimes the host will take the lead and offer to buy a CD. Sometimes the artist can take the lead and offer a free keepsake or memento.

Here’s a scenario that’s played out for me (as an artist) many times after a house concert.

ME: (Presenting a signed CD.) I’d like you to have this. Thanks for putting this event together.

HOST: Oh. I want to pay for it.

ME: I’d like to give it to you.

HOST: No. I insist on paying for it. I always buy a CD from the artists. You need the money.

ME: Thank you. That’s very kind. (Taking the money, and presenting something else – another CD, a shirt, or something.) OK. Now you have to accept this gift from me.  8^)

Host then offers – come back and stay with us anytime you’re in this region… here’s some food for the road… marry my daughter… etc.

Lesson: If it’s a point of pride for the host to purchase something… let them. And THEN give them something else as a thank you. [hint: you should have more than one thing for sale.]

Gratitude. It’s so inexpensive in the long run.

 

 

LRN Artists, Musicians and Bitcoin

Subject: Artists, Musicians and Bitcoin

Hi Friends,

Over the past 25 years I have watched musicians lose financial ground. It’s not just the value of recorded music that is decreasing, but the very dollars that we earn are being devalued in order to prop up stock markets and the rest of the economy.

In the next ten years, there’s going to be a massive transfer of wealth due to the increasing pace of technological and social change.

I want to see artists on the upside of those changes.

I am NOT a financial advisor. That said, I want to make it fun and worthwhile for you to explore Bitcoin, and there’s a very strong chance that you will financially benefit from your newfound interest.

Here’s all you do.

  1. Download the CashApp from Square. Most musicians already trust Square, and won’t mind connecting a bank account to the CashApp. This is the absolute easiest way to buy Bitcoin.
  2. Fund your App with $50, and buy $50 of Bitcoin from the App.
  3. Reply to this email and tell me you did it – I’ll give you $50 off your next LRN renewal. (This offer is only for LRN artist members.)
Disclaimers: 
  • I’m only recommending a $50 purchase. Don’t neglect your important bills for this!
  • I don’t receive any direct benefit from  your purchase. I simply want to introduce people I care about (friends and customers) to a very important force. The value will go up and down… hold it for at least a year.
  • I’ve made small investments in Bitcoin since 2017 and it has introduced me to profound concepts and people. I hope it does for you too.
  • I cannot be your tech guy for this – if you are not good with phone apps… please ignore this entire message.  8^)
More Info on Bitcoin

 

5 LRFest Judges will win Prizes!

5 LRFest Judges will receive prizes this year’s Listening Room Festival.

We want a record-setting number of judges this year, so that LRFest can represent our whole community. So we’re offering prizes to 5 judges who participate. Yes, we want you to vote AND attend the festival!

Grand Prize:

2 VIP tickets* to LRFest Showcase ($200 value) AND $200 reimbursement of air travel to the Festival. ($200 if you fly in, if you drive in or are local, we’ll give you $50 spending cash instead.)

4 Runner-up Prizes:

2 VIP tickets* to LRFest Showcase ($200 value)

*VIP tickets include prime seats, free food and cash bar in the VIP lounge, and entrance to the after party. LRFest showcase event is Friday, March 27, 2020 in St. Petersburg FL. Stay a few extra days for house concerts! Prize winners will be announced in August.

Prizes are non-transferable and good only for LRFest 2020.

 

Fan Memberships – Message for LRN Artists

Photo by Jess Phillips.
A few months ago we created Fan Memberships for our network. Our existing reputation is for helping new hosts get started, and helping them find talent for their shows. However, the biggest challenge that hosts (and artists) face is developing a steady audience – one large enough to fulfill the expectations for each show.
Over the next few months you’ll see our ads on Facebook (the social media where most of our hosts and fans live) as well as a few other places. We want to inspire new people to attend shows and to get them hooked on our culture.  They’ll meet like-minded people and stay connected via their membership.
We also know that the best source of new hosts are people who have attended at least a few house concerts. They have clearer expectations, and often have ideas of what they’d like to do differently or better. Fan memberships will also encourage and inspire some of these new fans to host shows.
Fans are now a third and equal partner in our network. Their participation is vital for our success. We aim to increase turnout and make a deeper cultural change in the world. A change that serves the art and the people.
More on this subject soon.
Thanks for being part of it.

#LRFest – Listening Room Festival 2019 Recap!

When we started LRFest in 2012, it felt like a moonshot. I wanted to create a gathering to celebrate house concerts, and to create a music showcase opportunity in the middle of a profitable tour. This year, our six acts earned a total of $19,500 over 24 house concerts and a beautiful showcase. Most importantly, they created a base of friends, fans and potential gigs in Florida that will pay dividends for years to come.

As is the case with house concerts, the sweet, listening vibe and profitability are the obvious rewards that mask the more important developments of community and connection. On this front, each year, we see more hosts and fans travel to Tampa Bay area to attend shows and make new friendships. We see them cooperate for routing, lodging, and even for volunteer help at each other’s events. The festival community is creating a rich, cultural tapestry of music support in our region.

Our volunteer crew doubled this year, another sign of the health and impact of our festival. For me, the biggest thrill is the growing number of hosts and fans who travel to St. Petersburg for this event. They come from different cities, different states, and even different countries – to take in a music vacation filled with house concerts and time with their tribe.

We hope you’ll join us for this one-of-a-kind festival.

LRFest 2020 is March 25 – 29, 2020

Will you apply as a performer? (Deadline May 15th, 2019)
Will you host a show in Florida or the southeast?
Will you join your music tribe for a music vacation?

RSVP automation for LRN hosts and venues!

new features at LRN

Have you ever lost an attendee or two, because

  • you didn’t reply to their RSVP soon enough or at all?
  • you forgot to send them a reminder email, and they forgot about their commitment to you?

Or maybe you get it done every time, but would enjoy a little automation?

We’ve made substantial improvements for hosts and venues in our network, to solve these problems for you.

Our new RSVP system now has the following:

  1. Auto-confirmations – RSVPs can receive an automatic reply saying “confirmed!” with instructions, directions, etc.
  2. Customized confirmation/reminder messages – use the prepared template, and/or add anything you wish.
  3. Auto-reminders – 2 days before your show, confirmed RSVPs get a reminder message.
  4. FULL – setting if you’d like to stop getting RSVPs for a particular event.

We have a lot more planned as well, including a “wait list” setting and guest list printout.

In the next few months we’ll also be promoting our new fan memberships, to help boost attendance at your shows.

So take a minute to list your upcoming shows, try out the new stuff, and maybe connect with some new people!

Notice the RSVPs (30) and the (auto) confirmation setting in the image below!

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