SALON GUIDELINES 2012 #1 of 2
20-50 or so people gather in a living room
no sound system needed
jane arrives 2 hours before concert
guests arrive 1 hour before concert
reception with artist
WORDS TO SALON BY
no fuss no muss
it is all about the music
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1/ HOST SELLS TICKETS TO GUESTS - standard
2/ HOST PAYS FEE, INVITES FRIENDS
HOST HAS BUDGET AND 4 HOST-HELPERS
Host does not spend money to have a salon.
A budget of up to $300 is provided for chair rental, flowers, hospitality, piano tuning if req.
You also have 4 complimentary tickets for host-helpers (parking, greeting, food, etc.)
$3000 / concert is my preferred fee for an evening of my time.
This would be 30 guests at $100. Or 60 guests at $50.
That said, depending on day of week, uniqueness of area, routing ease, etc. a lower fee can be possible so make a proposal that creates a fee between $1500-3000 (seating x ticket price combo) and it will be considered.
BALANCING A HIGH TICKET EVENT
Every salon has opportunities for those who cannot afford a ticket to be a host-helper. People are often uncertain entering a new environment and the four 'greeters' smooth the way. The pay-by-poem tickets made available to kids, elders and host family are an opportunity for the host to 'share' something they love with their community. Guests buying tickets are showing their respect for Jane's time and this is a different energy.
1 / NO SOUND SYSTEM REQUIRED
2 / LIGHTS - one or two front lights at eye level or above
3 / PIANO or weighted keyboard lovely but not necessary
HOW TICKETS WORK
1 / announcement to host and artist grapevines
2 / people will contact you by email to reserve a space
3 / you send them a 'ticket confirmation email' (see section below)
4 / collect payment at door
CONCERT DAY SCHEDULE
1 / JANE WILL ARRIVE two hours before concert
2 / JANE AND HOST WILL CHECK 'stage', lighting, CD table, make any adjustments
3 / HOST WILL INTRODUCE EVENING
4 / OPENING GUEST you are welcome to have another artist play 3 songs before concert. Often children, teens or hosts perform. Doesn't have to be music. If they have cds, make sure they bring them to sell.
5 / JANE PERFORMS for 80 minutes with no break between her and opening guest
6 / RECEPTION and CD-SIGNING
HOSPITALITY FOR JANE
1/ private space for before concert with water, glass, lemon slices
2/ cup of HOT water 30 minutes before concert
3/ if possible: meal 2 hours or more before concert (veggies and organic chicken wonderful)
HOSPITALITY FOR GUEST RECEPTION
It is up to host. BYOB is also an option. Be creative, have fun.
WHAT YOUR 'ANNOUNCEMENT' SHOULD INCLUDE
1 / date and time (8pm unless otherwise arranged)
2 / ticket price
3 / reception with artist after concert
4 / intriguing description of your neighbourhood, home
5 / complimentary tickets available for:
four 'host-helpers'; children/teenagers (floor seating) and elders — 'pay-by-poem'
6 / tickets can be reserved by email (or phone, up to you)
7 / links to JaneSiberry.com etc.
WHAT YOUR 'TICKET CONFIRMATION EMAIL' TO GUESTS SHOULD INCLUDE
1 / date/time your doors open/time of concert (8pm unless otherwise arranged)
2 / address, directions, parking, your phone # if you wish
3 / payment options: cash, cheque ('Jane Siberry') or credit cards via paypal (to 'firstname.lastname@example.org')
4 / dress suggestion: 'elegant, original'
WORKSHOPS speaking at schools, etc. (role of musician today, song-writing, living lightly)
TOUR OF AREA historic, spiritual, educational, etc.
ACCOMMODATION if you have something easily available
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION from and to trains, planes
PILATES session at salon space 3 hours before concert (will pay $!00 including travel)
THIS MAY WELL BE THE FIRST MUSIC SALON YOU'VE HOSTED
You are part of a time-honoured way of sharing music you love with your community.
I am part of an age-old profession of story-telling and musicianship.
I believe these times require grounding, real-ness and FUN. Let's do it.
Once we commit, whatever happens is all good.