Photo by Jess Phillips. Listening Room Festival 2019.
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.
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?
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:
- Auto-confirmations – RSVPs can receive an automatic reply saying “confirmed!” with instructions, directions, etc.
- Customized confirmation/reminder messages – use the prepared template, and/or add anything you wish.
- Auto-reminders – 2 days before your show, confirmed RSVPs get a reminder message.
- 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!