How to be an AWESOME Get Folked 2018 Host
Here are answers to some of the most popular questions we receive from interested Get Folked hosts each year. We hope they'll help you know what to expect and how to create an amazing concert experience in your home!!
We encourage you to read the below list thoroughly prior to filling out an application to be a host.
What exactly is a Get Folked Concert?
In January, and February we will be bringing Adam to 40 different homes of fans all over the country, furthering his mission to connect with listeners and his belief that the world is shaped by the power of small communities. Adam will literally show up at your front door, hang in your living room, and perform a private concert for your friends, family, neighbors, and local Adam Ezra fans.
What kind of atmosphere is needed?
For the most part, house concerts are very intimate events, most powerful when your audience is tuned in and comfortable. It is an opportunity for audience members to request songs, ask questions, and hear some of the stories and history behind the music.
As a host, you play a huge role in creating this environment...making sure your audience is comfortable, welcome, and encouraged to immerse in a night of music together.
Do I need to have a lot of space?
We request enough room to have at least 30 people attending your show. You’d be surprised at how many people you can comfortably fit into an area when creative about moving furniture and finding an nice, visible performance area for Adam. It’s great if you can provide seating for everyone, but people have been known to bring chairs, and even sit on the floor, steps, or stand on the sides when necessary. We will work with you on your limitations and figure out a way to make it work.
How big is Adam’s set up?
Adam doesn’t take up too much room. ☺ It’s just him and his guitar and a small speaker system. plan for a 5’x5’ space, and don’t be afraid to bring the audience in close!
Do I need to sell tickets or is this a free show?
This is not a free show. You will be agreeing to sell tickets to your friends, family, community and our local fan base for $25 a person. We will provide an online ticket sale link for you to provide your guests. This will allow your friends/family to purchase their tickets in advance using a credit card. We will update you with your ticket sales, and provide you with a list of names for everyone who has purchased tickets. Once we reach the agreed upon number of tickets sold, we will mark your show as sold out, and will stop selling tickets to your event. You are also welcome to collect cash or check for tickets day of show if there is still room in your house. All money you collect will be given to Adam after the show. If some of your guests require financial assistance we are happy to provide discounts and even free tickets on a case by case basis. We are happy to answer any other questions you may have regarding pricing and ticket sales voice to voice.
Do I need to invite strangers into my home?
The idea of the house concert is to connect and grow the community that is evolving around Adam’s music. With this spirit in mind, we prefer that we can open your show up to the local fan community. This includes listing your show (not your address!) on our website and social media promotions. After tickets are purchased, your preferred contact information or address will be provided. If this is something you don’t feel comfortable with, we can talk about having you to try to sell out your show through friends, family & your community first. If there are still tickets available 2 weeks prior to your show, we will then ask to open it to the public.
How do I promote my event?
The easiest and best way to promote your event is to reach out to your friends, family, and community and let them know how excited you are to be hosting a concert. Give them some information on Adam and what he’s been up to. Share the music with them! We will provide you materials you can share. (posters, links, downloads, etc). Send emails, make some calls, share the event with your community! We suggest you make a Facebook event and send people the link to all the information through there. You can also communicate with your guests through the event page and get a feel for who is coming. We will be posting your event on our website as well as our social media pages. In addition, there will be email blasts going out to all of our subscribers letting them know about the tour dates.
What do I need to provide for people who are attending?
We request a meal be provided for Adam for dinner. You do NOT need to provide alcohol or food for your guests, but we have found that successful concerts often involve food and beverage. Many of our hosts do pot-lucks, and have everyone bring something with them to share. Some hosts prefer to provide home cooked meals and appetizers, while others have gone out and picked up a bunch of pizzas! Whatever works for you and your environment. Depending on timing of the concert, you may only wish to offer snacks and drinks, or you may want to offer full meals.
What are my responsibilities for the concert itself?
Besides being a host, filling the seats and providing the basic area for the concert, we find that hosts play a tremendously important role in creating a postive listening environment. When you’re guests see you valuing the lyrics and wanting to give your energy to the performance, they will almost always follow suit. We recommend scheduling in time before the show and between sets for you and your guests to catch up and socialize.
Are children permitted?
TOTALLY up to you. Let us know in advance if you’d like your event to be family oriented or 21+. We are striving for environments in which EVERYONE is comfortable. We have lots of children attending events, and encourage it, however if you’d rather not invite children, that can be fun too!
Do I need to provide housing for Adam?
If at all possible, YES please. For the sake of getting Adam through this whirlwind 6 weeks, we like putting him up in nearby hotels, giving him a little space to be on his own, but he also sometimes stays on-site in a spare, private room. If lodging is a challenge for you, let us know and we will discuss options.
Do I need to provide airfare or gasoline for Adam?
It would be easy for us to fill up Adam’s schedule with concerts close to home, but part of the mission here is to bring together communities across the country. During last year’s “Get Folked” tour Adam traveled on close to 20 flights! As you might imagine this can get expensive, and we always appreciate when hosts are willing to contribute to The Get Folked Travel Fund.
What’s a typical schedule for the day of a concert?
It all depends on travel and logistics. However, a typical show during the week starts around 7PM and goes until about 9PM. Weekends often start around 8PM. The attendees arrive approximately 30-45 minutes prior to the start time. Adam arrives at your home sometime in the late afternoon to help get set up and hang hang for a while before guests arrive. Depending on where he’s coming from, we will work with you on arrival times and what works best for you.
Are there any restrictions on who can host a show?
We are hoping to go to new houses every year. If you have already hosted a show in the past, perhaps you can suggest that one of your friends host this year! The idea is to open this up to as many new people as possible. We love concerts that are larger, and have done over 100 people in certain situations, but a minimum of 30 people is required to host.