Why do artists occasionally see their inquiries “dismissed?”

You aren’t doing anything wrong. There are several potential reasons for dismissed inquiries. 

1. Host no longer active or taking an extended break. 

2. Host restarting, and we offer them a fresh start.

3. Most often, it’s because your unanswered inquiry is 6 months old. This happens automatically to give artists a fresh start with that host, since the proposed dates are likely no longer valid, and it’s likely that the inquiry would be at the bottom of a long stack – unlikely to ever get answered. 

Dismissed inquiries are part of our maintenance to make sure that hosts/venues get time-relevant messages, and so that artists are encouraged to update requests if they wish.

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Baker Booking – Promotion Plan for Successful Shows

Louise Baker is a talented and dedicated agent who represents some wonderful artists. Below is an excerpt from her newsletter, with some ideas to help you promote your shows. Not all may apply to you, especially if you host private house concerts… but consider some of these option to increase the success of your shows.

Baker Booking 

Promotion Plans for successful shows

Thanks for choosing one of our talented artists for a show at your venue/festival or house concert. We strive to provide an effective marketing campaign for each and every concert that we book. We consider our artist a partner in this promotion effort along with the venue host/presenter. During this time when so many artists are touring again it is essential that we work together to bring your patrons to the show as well as our artist’s fans.

Here’s what we (Baker Booking) intends to do:

Provide up-to date effective promotional materials from artist’s EPK

List/co-host the event on Baker Booking FB pages and invite friends

Promote in BB weekly newsletter 

Cross promote to our FB Groups

Here’s what we ask Artists to do: 

Our artists and their support team ( publicists, social media assistants)

       List the shows in a timely manner on their tour schedule

       Send show information to fans via their newsletter

       Create events and posts on FB and Instagram

       Create video promos upon request

       Send posters upon request

Here’s what we ask Hosts to do: 

List the show on your website and provide the ticket link

  Create Facebook Event- use current promo material

  Consider boosting the Event 7-10 days prior to the event

  Make Baker Booking and the artist a co-host on your Facebook Page.              https://www.facebook.com/Baker-Booking-2058244337817152/

   Provide an up to date media list with contact information

LRFest 2023 – Artist Applications Open for Listening Room Festival

Artist Applications for Listening Room Festival 2023 are open until July 30th, but only 160 applications will be accepted, so artists are encouraged not to wait until the deadline.

This festival helps artists make money playing house concerts, as they travel to play a showcase for the largest gathering of house concerts in the world. Several dozen house concerts will be scheduled over 3 nights.

Another unique twist is that the contest judges are active house concert presenters, so any artist in the contest has the potential to get a booking or two even if they don’t get selected as a festival performer. 60-70 judges from the Listening Room Network are expected this year.

The festival takes place March 9-12, 2023, in and around the Tampa Bay region. The festival showcase is March 10th at the Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg.

Last year’s artists included Danny Schmidt, Sam Robbins, Mare Wakefield and Nomad, and The Whispering Tree.

Music fans interested in hosting a show in their home or office are invited to contact the festival as well.

Contact Fran Snyder, fran@listeningroomnetwork.com, 727-280-6208

For Immediate Release

Listening Room Festival was a great introduction into the community in St Pete and all of our hosts did a fantastic job at setting up the space and making us feel right at home. The money was great and we made lasting fans and friendships. I would recommend the Listening Room Festival to any artist who appreciates performing in front attentive, supportive audiences that appreciate the gift of good music and connection. – Rory, Quiles and Cloud

Learn more and apply at ListeningRoomFestival.com.

Why Listening Room Network is Absent from Social Media

While sharing my thoughts, experiences, wishes, and dreams on social media has led to many blessings, I am now becoming more private online, and that includes ListeningRoomNetwork, our festival and related business activities.

There was a time when we didn’t know each other’s every fleeting thought. And it was OK. Maybe it was better?

There’s something about human nature that seeks to find patterns, something in common. And there’s something about us that is riveted by conflict. Posts on social media, especially Facebook, seeking to share and explore issues too often descend into disrespectful conflict.

There’s also something about us that craves products that seem FREE. The hidden cost is the corporate abduction of our data, repackaged and sold to advertisers, spammers, and even thieves.

The final straw for me was learning that 3 of our Facebook pages (ConcertsInYourHome, ListeningRoomNetwork, and ListeningRoomFestival) had been taken from me. I had invested many thousands of dollars creating and promoting these pages. Some hacker in eastern Europe managed to remove me as admin, severing my access to my followers. How do I know this? Facebook told me.

And even though Facebook has a record of every keystroke I made to create and maintain these pages for years, they would not return these pages to me unless I gave them a copy of my driver’s license. It would be rudimentary for them to establish my identity with the gobs of information they already have. They just want more. I refused.

Of course, after 10-15 years of feeding them my data, I still have tons of useful connections and friendships with my Facebook profile, and it’s difficult to look away. There are interesting and kind people that I can only connect with via Facebook. But if I post something that has anything to do with my business, Facebook finds a way to hide that from you, unless I pay them.

Give us more money. Give us more data.

Trust us. Trust Alexa. Trust Google. Trust that Ring Camera. Trust. Trust. Trust.
Never mind the constant parade of hacks and leaks of our personal information by corporations and government entities.

Give us your info and we’ll make your life easier and more fun. It’s mostly true!
The trend is so powerful. How can you resist? Everyone is doing it.
Do you really want to go backwards?

I have no desire to live in the woods and to cut myself off from modern life. I enjoy the city and I like Google maps. I occasionally like to make a ripple in the water and see who is swimming online.

So – I can’t promise you won’t see me on social media, but I will be as absent as possible.

But the NETWORK? Doesn’t it need exposure and promotion via social media?

Not really. Our members are free to use social media as they wish, and they often share our content. Over the years I’ve found that our best artists and hosts come from word of mouth, not advertising.

For example, one of our artists tells a talented friend, “You have to join this site – it’s where I get most of my best gigs!”

Or an attendee asks a house concert host, “How do you do this?” and the response is “I joined ListeningRoomNetwork.com – they make it so easy.”

So, I’m not paying for clicks on ads and pages. I’m going as directly as possible to the people who appreciate what we do, and working to inspire them so they’ll share what we do.

If you want more, you can subscribe to our Podcast or join our network as a fan.

What do you think? I welcome your feedback here. https://my.listeningroomnetwork.com/contact

Fran Snyder

Founder, Listening Room Network & Festival

#LRFest – Listening Room Festival 2021 Recap!

Showcase at the Mahaffey Theater, April 2022. Photos by Donna Green

 

Due to Covid, we were forced to explore outdoor spaces for our Listening Room Festival Showcase. Thankfully, we were able to rent the beautiful courtyard between the Mahaffey Theater and the Dali Museum.

This was a technical and financial challenge, as it was the first time we had to rent a stage, sound, and light in addition to the performance space. Our production choices worked out well, and Donna Green was able to capture some of our best pictures ever with this new setting.

We were also forced to scale down in terms of artists, selecting only TWO traveling acts instead of our usual 4 or 5. Joy Ike and Chris Trapper enjoyed enthusiastic audiences at house concerts as well as the showcase, and we were privileged to showcase local act Kristopher James as the opener for the showcase.

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. Most importantly, they build 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.

See you next year?

Will you apply as a performer
Will you host a show in Florida or the southeast?
Will you join your music tribe for a music vacation?

#LRFest – Listening Room Festival 2022 Recap!

Showcase at the Palladium Theater, March 25th 2022. Photos by Donna Green

As we approached our Tenth annual LRFest, we were still in uncertain times, with a significant portion of our community still concerned about Covid, vaccines, and Russian invasions to boot. Despite the jitters, we had a wonderful festival, and managed to please a fantastic group of performers – Danny Schmidt, Sam Robbins, Mare Wakefield & Nomad, and The Whispering Tree.

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. Most importantly, they build 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.

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. Thanks to Dani Goodband, Jim and DeBrenda Michienzi, and Alice Schaefer for making the trip this year!

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

House Concert Photos from LRFest 2022. 

See you next year?

Will you apply as a performer
Will you host a show in Florida or the southeast?
Will you join your music tribe for a music vacation?

The Artist You Don’t “No”

House concert hosts and venues, over time, develop a “feel” for what artists tend to be like. Years on the road and stage can shape most of us in similar ways. Of course, artists are not all the same.

One way artists differ is how they book shows. There is a spectrum between distracted/disorganized/timid and focused/organized/tenacious.
The former artist will reach out once, maybe twice, and anything short of an enthusiastic reply means they will disappear from your life, for at least a year or two.

The latter artist will email again and again until you respond. Nothing short of a strict “No thank you” will deter them from reaching out until they have a solid answer. You might find them tiring because they “won’t get the hint,” but tenacious ones tour more and have longer careers. They deal with many hosts who are also distracted/disorganized, and the artist’s persistence leads to success often enough that they stick with it.

Some hosts are actually grateful that the artist hung in there and tried again.

Always keep this in mind. You should only host artists you are excited about. If you are unlikely to get excited about this artist, you are only wasting your time AND theirs by not saying so.

Artists are human, and in our network they are professionals. They deserve a clear answer.
It’s OK for a host to be uncertain, but if your gut feeling is “no,” it’s best for everyone if you just say it.

YES is our favorite answer.
NO is our second favorite answer.

The artist you don’t NO sometimes wishes you did.

Fran Snyder Podcast: Bill Metts – Getting Off the Wheel with songs that heal.

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-pgk9c-fa8e42

Bill tells Fran about: 

Providence Rhode Island in the mid 60s.
the fun way he picked up guitar
Taj Mahal’s early influence on him as a musician
Mississippi John Hurt as a fingerstyle hero
Meeting and getting the nod from Thom Bresh at the Commodore in Nashville
Americana Community Music Association 
Hope by Song – helping people with trauma turn pain into songs
How singing songs over and over can shape your character
Silver linings in 2020 – The Long and Short of It, his americana string band.
Going back to basics on his next project

billmetts.bandcamp.com
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJSDs6xFfAq-lw4qm1L2FJg

Fran Snyder Podcast is brought to you by
ListeningRoomNetwork.com and https://AmericanaCMA.org​

Fran Snyder Podcast: Robert Bidney – getting cuts and cutting your teeth as a published songwriter.

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-2t4af-fa8a5a

Robert tells Fran about: 

  • NYC/Ohio/FL
  • First published cut
  • Knocking on doors and gigging in NY
  • Connecting with Americana Community Music Association
  • Island Hopper Songwriter’s Festival
  • Silver linings in 2020
  • Working on new records and participating in the growing Americana Community Music Association.

https://RobertBidney.com​​

Fran Snyder Podcast is brought to you by
ListeningRoomNetwork.com and https://AmericanaCMA.org​

Fran Snyder Podcast: RayCerbone singer-songwriter and founding member of Americana Com. Music Assoc.

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-73f8b-f91ee7

Ray tells Fran about:
Growing up in the Bronx and WestChester NY
“Music Row” in NYC
His first guitar for “$10”
Learning guitar and his first Donovan song via Mel Bay books.
Meeting Roy Schneider 
Keeping guitars at hand
Meeting Shannon Larkin of Godsmack
Joining the Apocalypse Blues Band
Working on new records and participating in the growing Americana Community Music Association.

Ray’s website is https://steelonwood.com

Fran Snyder Podcast is brought to you by
ListeningRoomNetwork.com 
and 
https://AmericanaCMA.org