Here’s why all donations go to the musicians

Every month, my friends and I present acoustic music parties in homes and private listening rooms around northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. 100% of the audience donations go to the musicians.

A few months ago, I was surprised to learn that some of the major players in the house show scene don’t compensate the musicians who play their shows. To me, this goes against the tradition of house concerts.

The fact that they don’t promote the names of the performers before the show underscores the belief that the platform is more important than the musicians.

It reminds of that stat showing how many millions of plays an artist would have to get on Spotify to earn the average salary of a Spotify employee. Same with the iPhone. Why do we value the machine that holds the music more than the human who created it?

Almost all of the hosts I’ve met volunteer their time and open their homes to support the musicians who’ve been struggling to make any money from their recordings for the past 20 years. If we let corporations commodify the whole concept of community by taking over the house show scene, the musicians will suffer.

Let’s not let that happen, yeah? Let’s create a community that values the musicians first and foremost. Will you help me do that by coming to our shows and bringing your friends? To sign up for our list and receive invites to our upcoming shows, visit insidelands.org