Hi Seth and Doug + All :)
Seth and Doug - Thanks so much for sharing some ideas and tips on house
concert organizing! I had to set that project aside for a few weeks but
I've dug into some planning today and your advice and links are really
All - I'm wondering about house concerts being an additional way that we
can support dance musicians + bring together our communities during this
time when some people feel able to dance while others can't. For a long
time, our contra community (in Ottawa ON) would book a little tour for
dance musicians, with them playing in Montreal the day after, and sometimes
doing an afternoon workshop. I know lots of dance musicians are ready to
play but there aren't as many dance gigs (at least yet) than before the
pandemic. Having the option of house concerts seems like a really great
Anyway - I don't want to take up too much bandwidth on this list as it's
about dance organizing but Seth and Doug... thank you! I'll follow up as
I'm sorting out details. :)
Hope you're all doing really well. I got in my first in-person dancing
this past weekend since the start of the pandemic. It was the Adirondack
Dance Weekend. What an incredibly well organized event it was... .... so
many lovely details making the whole weekend very magical.
Writing from Ottawa ON
Hey dance organizers,
Seems like many of our communities are opening up for dancing again ....
exciting times! I haven't gone to a dance yet but I know so many are
enjoying getting back into the groove.
I'm thinking of starting to organize the occasional house concert as we've
finished an addition that would be a great space for such things.
Do any of you know of a good tips sheet for how to organize an awesome
house concert? I'm thinking about things like (1) how finances work (e.g.,
collect payments ahead of time?) (2) how to make the vibe really awesome
(3) thoughts on insurance.
Any leads on this kind of thing?
Emily Addison in Ottawa, ON