FAQs

What is a House Concert?

House concerts are just what they sound like…a complete concert performance with professional musicians located directly in the biggest room of a house. It is not a house party or a party with background music. It is a sit down, listening concert in a home. It is based upon a love of music especially when experienced as close to the musicians as possible. Many musicians share stories about their songs or life between songs that connects guests on a more personal level with the music and musicians. It is also a great opportunity to socialize with friends or meet other guests before the concert, during intermission and/or after the concert. Out of respect for the musicians, there’s no socializing during the performance. House concerts are not a commercial venture for the hosts. The "house" or host does not take any portion of the contributions. It is a great stream of additional revenue for musicians. House concerts support artists’ ability to make a living, they make music accessible on a grass roots level, and they connect people. What could be better than that, right?

How does HomeDitty work?

Hosts and Artists can sign up and create an account for FREE! Once your account is created, Hosts can create a profile by adding photos and descriptions of their space. Your last name, email address, and home address are never displayed on your profile. Hosts can search through artists’ profiles to find an artist they would like to host and send a private message directly to the musician (or their agent) to indicate their interest in hosting a show and discuss show details. Artists set the crowdfund goal by indicating the target number of guests and per guest contribution. It is not a guaranteed minimum (unless the host is willing to give a personal guarantee). Artists can search for Hosts based on location or geographic area and send Hosts a private message to inquire about a possible show. An online booking tool makes it simple for Hosts to book a show and create their own private crowdfund for the event plus a custom message to send to friends. The crowdfund page will be private and password protected to ensure that it’s kept strictly private. Hosts then forward the crowdfund link and message to their circle of family and friends and send a few reminders along the way to respond. Guests simply click on the link contained in the invitation and enter the secret code to contribute to the crowdfund and make a reservation for the event. Guests will be asked to give a crowdfund contribution via credit card for the event. After the show, Hosts and Artists are asked to complete a survey with three questions in order to confirm that the concert occurred and to report any issues. All of the crowdfund contributions collected online go directly to the musicians (minus the credit card and app fees). Artists are responsible for their own travel costs and overnight accommodations.

What is the booking process?

Hosts and Artists can contact one another about possible shows using the Search for a Host/Artist tab at the top of the home page once they are logged in. When viewing a profile, simply click on the "Contact" button to send a message. Once show details have been discussed and confirmed, Hosts initiate a booking by clicking on the "Book our show" button, filling out the booking offer, and then sending it to the artist (click "Finish and Send to Artist"). The artist will then review the booking offer, fill in the merchandise sales information, and then click "Perfect, Book it." or "Decline." Hosts will then be notified whether or not the offer was accepted and will be prompted to finish their event details. Hosts can send themselves the custom invitation for the show by clicking on the "Send me the Custom Invitation" button on the Host's event page.

What if a show is cancelled?

We ask both the Host and the Artist to make every possible effort to honor their booking agreement subject to proven detention by sickness, accidents, riots, strikes, epidemics, acts of God, or any other legitimate conditions beyond their control. Please notify HomeDitty via customer service at info@homeditty.com in the event of a cancellation.

Why are outdoor shows discouraged?

House Concerts are meant to be indoors for many reasons. Outdoor shows present a wide variety of additional challenges. Weather is often unpredictable as well as humidity can be difficult on stringed instruments. There is also a lot of competing outdoor noise such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, barking dogs, airplanes, etc. that can affect a performance negatively. House concerts are meant to be acoustic shows. Performing outside will undoubtedly require a sound system in order for guests to hear the performance. This also leads to possible sound ordinance violations. Many cities also require a special permit for outdoor events such as concerts. It is the Host’s responsibility to comply with all permits and permissions required for an outdoor show.

Does the Host receive any compensation for hosting?

No. A HomeDitty House Concert is not a commercial venture for Hosts.

What if I get a booking offer that I am not interested in?

Neither Hosts nor Artists are under any obligation to accept booking offers. Please just respond with a polite decline, such as "thanks for the offer but I don't think it's a good fit."

How do artists get paid?

During the onboarding process for Artists, they will be required to create a merchant account with Stripe that is connected to the HomeDitty platform. When Guests RSVP “yes” to a house concert for that particular Artist, they will be asked to make a contribution for the crowdfund established to benefit the Artist. The contributions will go directly into the Artist’s merchant account at the time of settlement (less the credit card fees and App fee). The event is settled once HomeDitty has confirmed that the booking agreement was fulfilled from the host and artist. Stripe’s credit card fees are 2.9% + .30 per transaction. The HomeDitty App fee is 10%. Neither HomeDitty nor the Host takes possession or control of the contributions. Cash donations are not accepted at the door as we need to track contributions for tax purposes. All guests are required to make an advance reservation through the HomeDitty platform. HomeDitty House Concerts are not a commercial venture for the Hosts. Artists keep 100% of all merchandise sales at any HomeDitty House Concerts.

What if I would rather pay the musician for their performance instead of creating a crowdfund?

That’s great! Simply ask the musician to provide you with a flat fee for that particular show. Then, when you create your event, you simply buy out your own show. When you invite your guests, simply indicate in your invitation that the Host has covered the cost of the show and that guests do not need to make a donation with their online RSVP. Please contact customer service for assistance at info@homeditty.com.

Why can’t I promote my show publicly?

Federal copyright laws apply when copyrighted music is played in a public place. Copyright Law defines a public performance as one in “a place open to the public or at any place where a substantial number of persons outside of a normal circle of a family and its social acquaintances is gathered.” To offer music to the public requires a performance license. A Performing Rights Organization (“PRO”) is an agency that ensures songwriters and publishers are paid for the use of their music by collecting royalties on behalf of the rights owner and PRO’s collect fines and penalties for non-compliance. House Concerts are not subject to performance licensing requirements as long as: 1) The performance is in a private home 2) The performance is by invitation only. The intent of the “invitation only” regulation is that a person cannot just come without some connection to the presenter or artist (i.e. a “wide circle of family and friends”). The details of that compliance might include but are not limited to 1) not publicly displaying your address 2) by invitation only. HomeDitty House Concerts are to be kept strictly private and by invitation only.

Are all house concerts 100% acoustic?

No, not at all, but house concerts are meant to be stripped down and the sound should adjusted for the size of the room. Concerts that are held outdoors will require a sound system. It is the responsibility of the artist to provide a sound system when booking an outdoor show unless the Host has offered to provide one. Please review the FAQ regarding outdoor shows for more information.

Is tipping allowed at HomeDitty house concerts?

We ask that artists refrain from soliciting tips or setting out a tip jar at HomeDitty house concerts.

What if a guest shows up at a show without an advance reservation?

Guests can still make an online reservation and contribution at the door. They can simply use their phone or other electronic device to do so. Cash at the door is prohibited as we need an accurate count of contributions for tax purposes.