Subject: Artists, Musicians and Bitcoin
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.
- 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.
- Fund your App with $50, and buy $50 of Bitcoin from the App.
- 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.)
- 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
Each year, we recognize three talented acts for their successful use of the site, and the reviews and recommendations we’ve received from our host community. Touring is a difficult sport, and these acts have demonstrated not just talent, but persistence, kindness, and a willingness to go where the opportunities are. Congrats!
These artists had a great year with us as well!
Rupert Wates, Danika & The Jeb, Daniel Champagne, Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen,
Heidi Burson, Jackie Bristow, The Rough & Tumble, and 5j Barrow.
Note: Artists of the Year are not eligible to win for the following three years.
An idea for House Concert Hosts and Listening Rooms
One of the challenges of booking talent is staying on top of artist inquiries. If you are open to inquiries all year long, it can create periods of frustration when you feel you don’t have time to give artists a good listen. On the other hand, closing off your booking channel (red booking light) can make you feel like you might miss out on a great opportunity.
One great solution is to book a season at a time. That can be once, twice, or up to 4 times per year, depending on how many shows you do. Here’s an example to illustrate.
Booking Quarterly Seasons – Once per quarter, we listen to all our inquiries and choose the next 2-3 shows, 6 months out or more.
- In January, we book July, August, and September shows.
- In April, we book October, November and December shows.
Of course, you can adapt this to your preferences. Maybe you prefer to book 8+ months out. Maybe you prefer to book 4 months at a time, like this:
Booking Three Times per Year
- In January, we book September, October, November, (December optional)
- In May, we book January, February, March, April of next year.
- In September, we book May, June, July (August optional!)
Some hosts and venues like to book their entire year in one shot.
What are the benefits?
- You can let artists know AHEAD of time that you won’t be responding until your next booking window, so you don’t have the constant pressure to answer inquiries as they come in.
- You can compare and listen to a full menu of options, and feel great about choosing your best options for the season ahead. You can get a real sense of which artists you want to keep in touch with, say, if dates don’t line up this time.
- You have flexibility. If your dream act reaches out for a show outside of your current booking window… book her! If there’s so much talent that you want to book an extra show, do it! List the show, and artists will see the dates/months that are no longer available.
- Promotion becomes easier and more effective when you can promote a whole season as well as individual shows. LRN webflyers contain links to your next 6 upcoming concerts.
Will this work for all hosts and venues? Of course not. But if a booking schedule or season appeals to you… try it!
How to adjust your profile at LRN for seasonal booking.
- Put up a yellow booking light.
- At the top of your booking info, describe your basic process in as few words as possible. “We book seasonally! In January, we will decide on our bookings for July, August and September.
- Choose the first month (July) of your booking window as your Target Month.
- Then follow your plan!
Booking seasonally? If you’d like to suspend the weekly reminders for pending inquiries, just let us know.
If enough of our hosts/venues adopt this type of plan, we can update the site to make it even easier. Thank you!
Visit http://www.ListeningRoomNetwork.com to join as a house concert host or listening room venue.
- make booking easier for hosts and artists.
- improve host response rates.
- decrease artist errors in reaching out to hosts.
- allow members to track results and learn how we can best improve this process.
- automatically attach artist profile links
- feature most important information
- restrict emails to a length that hosts are more likely to read.
- give hosts easy decision choices and room to add details.
- allow us to track how things are going.
- copy the artist for easy record keeping, and the history is downloadable if you misplace your emails.
Host responses include
- clear subject headers for artists to sort and keep track in their email folders, and a link to the host’s profile
- the original request so that artists see what the host is actually responding to.
- the host email address if the answer is Yes, Maybe, or Not Now so that communication
- can continue independently. A reply of “No” prevents artists from persisting or challenging the host decisions.
This system creates tabs for hosts to organize the artists they’ve looked at. Artists with a Yes or Maybe status allow the host to share a “potential artists” page with their mailing list so that they can book shows with more interest, advance RSVPs, and better turnouts.
Please remember that some hosts actively look at the avails pages to find artists. Be sure to update your profile regularly to make sure that your avails are current and the right hosts can find you.
join the kickstarter that ends November 15th, 2017.
MESSAGE FOR HOSTS TO SHARE – campaign ends November 15th!
Subject: A fun and worthy music project you can support.
You might already know how much house concerts mean to me, but you might not know how vital they are to the music world.
Right now, there’s a fun campaign to help more people discover and connect with these events around the world.
Please check out the short video, the meaningful goals, and fun rewards you can choose if you decide to contribute.
Thank you for your generosity. Hope to see you at our next show.
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
As we approach our 5th annual festival, we’ve just opened the application process for our next festival which will take place March 17 – 23rd, 2017. This festival helps artists actually make good money, playing house concerts, as they travel to play a showcase for the largest gathering of house concerts in the world. Springtime in Florida!
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.
Learn more and apply at ListeningRoomFestival.com.