Later this month, I’ll step onto the ‘stage’ of a private home and share a new type of concert that combines philosophy, music and humor. It’s the new concert version of “Strings of Passion” – a musical speaking engagement ‘from the Harp’ – and it’s also a book I’m working on. I’ll be sharing this for a private audience of invited guests at a a very new – and also very old – type of even called an “Artist Salon.”
“What is an Artist Salon?”
It’s a private performance – in a home, gallery, or other private location – which is by-invitation-only.
To imagine what it might be like, consider a mashup between a ‘Command Performance,’ an intimate house concert, a VIP event and an exclusive backstage pass. It’s a chance to get a closer-than-the-front-row experience with an artist.
Salons are usually ‘hosted’ by a host who wants to share a one-of-a-kind evening with their own personal guests. But some artists will hold occassional salons in their own studios – and sometimes Salons are held last-minute in unique locations (like empty store-fronts, cafes after-hours, or underground theaters).
How do you Host an Artist salon?
When you host a salon, you open your home and provide space, seating, lighting, refreshments for the guests – and you’re the go-to person for communication, directions, parking, etc. You guarantee the artist’s salon fee – and then it’s up to you whether you want to simply offer the event as an exclusive event for your guests or request donations. An artist salon presentation is usually 45 – 90 minutes long – and the host collaborates on the length with the artist.
How do you get to attend an Artist Salon?
To attend an artist-salon you need to be personally invited in most cases, likely by the artist or the host. If you’re a fan of a particular artist you can also sometimes get on the list for invitations to their own Salons.
Why do so many people love Artist Salons??
What makes an Artist Salon so compelling is the intimacy of the event and the fact that you’re experiencing a presentation and artist-access that you simply can’t get in a public setting. It might include new material being performed for the first time, or an entire new show, the preview of an album or book, secret-material that this artist doesn’t share publicly, or a chance to get a deeper look into material through the artist’s talking about it and answering questions.
A salon event almost always includes a ‘talk-back’ session where guests can ask questions, may get to play the instruments themselves, or interact in other ways that aren’t possible in a public concert. A Salon also usually includes a reception with the artist afterwards – where guests, host and artist get to connect in a more personal level than they could at a concert.
To inquire about hosting an Artist Salon, or to request invitations to my Artist Salons in the Boston Area, click here – and please note that privately hosted Salons are usually not open to outside guests, even by artist’s invitation – so even if you’re on the artist’s list and there’s a private event happening in your area, you may not get an invitation unless that particular one is open to outside guests. To guarantee you’re invited to the next Artist Salon … I invite you … to HOST one!
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