How to Make Real Money Doing Donation-Based House Concerts

[caption id="attachment_131774" align="aligncenter" width="600"] (Photo: Steve Babuljak)[/caption] Shannon Curtis is an independent musician and recording artist based in Los Angeles. Her new eBook, No Booker, No Bouncer, No Bartender: How I Made $25K On A 2-Month House Concert Tour (And How You Can Too), is available from all major eBook retailers. How many times have you promoted the heck out of a club show, even gotten a good turnout, only to walk away with barely enough money to cover gas? There are so many people involved in putting on a club show, and each of them has to get paid – the promoter, the venue, the staff, the sound engineer, the other artists on the bill. But at a donation-based house concert, you can actually make money – real money! – performing your music. There is no one else to take a cut; you, the performer, get 100 percent of the proceeds. On my most recent house concert tour, I averaged $500 a night between donations and merch sales. Here are five guidelines to help you increase your bottom line: Find evangelists. Start by finding hosts who are excited to share you and your music with their friends. In my model…

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