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How to host an artist
Does it cost to host?
It doesn't have to cost anything at all to host a Parlour Gig! When the artist confirms a date for your gig, you will be charged a deposit equal to the value of 10 tickets. This is an exciting moment because it means the gig is on! Here’s how Parlour handles your deposit: The value of 7 tickets goes to the Artist to secure travel and hold the date. The value of 3 tickets goes to Parlour to keep the platform running smoothly and to ensure Hosts like you have the best possible experience. You
What happens if I don't reach the minimum capacity?
We understand that sometimes it can be difficult to rally mates to buy tickets to your Parlour gig. But don't stress, we have a few options to help your gig go ahead if the minimum capacity is not reached in time. Use deposit If there are 10 or less tickets remaining, the initial deposit will be used to make up the remaining tickets, and your show will be confirmed. Purchase the remaining This is the most sure-fire way to lock in your Parlour. You can then sell those tickets dire
Can I pay in full?
Absolutely! If you'd prefer to pay in full, rather than sell tickets to your friends and family, simply select that option when applying. If you don't select the pay in full option on your application and have since changed your mind, you can simply purchase all of the tickets after your gig goes on sale.
Preparing for your gig
How you set up the place, and what you provide at your Parlour gig is entirely up to you! We recommend "bring a plate" and "BYO drink" option, you've done enough by hosting the event. We do ask that you offer your artist some food and something to drink if possible, they may have travelled quite a way without having time to grab something beforehand. It's also nice for your artist to have their own space to tune up, warm up, and relax in before they perform. Put some water, nibbles, maybe a be
Can I publicly promote my gig?
Parlour gigs are friends only (private) events and we have a strict no public promotion policy. Hosts may use private events on social media, text, email & word of mouth to sell tickets. If it's discovered that a host is publicly promoting, they risk losing their gig, and their deposit will be forfeited.
Host booking & cancellation policy
Deposits In order to secure a date, hosts must pay a deposit, which is equivalent to 10 tickets. If a credit card is supplied on application, the artist is able to allocate a date, charge deposit, and put a show on sale. If a credit card is not supplied on application, the artist may send a request to schedule a gig with the host. The host can then accept the gig by paying the deposit. If a host is successful in selling the minimum required tickets, the deposit is returned after
Can I host at my place?
Absolutely! We encourage everyone, with any sized space to host a gig. They can take place in backyards, living rooms, balconies, kitchens, bedrooms, or anywhere else you can fit a musician and a bunch of friends. The only thing to keep in mind that each artist has a minimum capacity. Check out our community page to see what Parlour gigs look like!
How are ticket prices calculated?
Artist set their own ticket price and minimum capacity. If a host is outside of the artist's home country, the ticket price will be converted to their local currency.
Will I be paid to host?
No, you won't be paid to host a Parlour gig. Parlour is all about supporting live music and creating memorable experiences. Make your gig BYO drinks and ask your guests to bring a plate of food to share. This will take out any expenses, as it shouldn't cost you anything to host a Parlour gig.
YAHOOOOO!! The day has finally come and one of your favourite artists is really coming to your house to play for you and your guests! Your artist will arrive 1 hour before your guests and 2 hours before they play (they'll contact you otherwise). This gives them time to set up, warm up, and relax. When your artist arrives, show them where they'll be playing and show them to their 'green room' (just a spare room / office type situation), which is where they can leave their things and warm up a
Promoting your Parlour gig
Once your ticket link is live, you need to share it with your friends and family so they can purchase tickets. Here are what we think are the best ways to promote your gig: Create a Facebook Event Facebook events are a great way to invite friends to private events as well as a great reminder for people to buy tickets. Remember to copy your Gig Page link into the event! (here’s how to create an event on Facebook) **Send a Text Message
Can I sell alcohol and/or food?
It is possible, however we don't recommend it. As the host, you will be required to have a Temporary Liquor Licence, someone with an RSA Certificate and if you're selling food, a Food Handlers / Food Safety Certificate. There may also be other local council regulations you need to adhere to, contact your local member if you'd like more information. We find that asking guests to bring their own drinks and a plate of food to share is a much better option, and much less work as the host!
Do I need to organise a PA system?
Hosts don't need to worry about this! It's up to the artist to organise a PA system if they need one. However, if you do have a PA system, please let us know, as this could save the artist some time and cash in the lead up to the show!
Who should I invite?
You can invite whoever you like! Friends and family is a good place to start. If you get on with your neighbours (or even if you don't...) it's a good idea to extend an invite or at least let them know what's happening. Facebook events are one of the best ways to send out invites while controlling the privacy of the event. Also, don't put your address on your Parlour Facebook event, your guests will be sent your address when they purchase a ticket.
What about bad or wet weather?
Hosts are responsible for having a wet weather plan in place. If space is limited inside, hosts may ask a friend or guest located nearby to volunteer their space. If a host decides to cancel due to bad weather, their deposit will be retained and paid in full to the artist.
What is Parlour?
Founded in 2015, Parlour is a global technology platform. Our core mission is to empower artists to tour to new places and build deeper connections with their fans.
Do I need to check tickets at the door?
This is completely up to you. As gigs are private, hosts would usually know who's coming. If you would like to check people off as they come in, you can view your guest list at any time in your dashboard.
If a host reaches the minimum required tickets, their deposit will be returned in full after the gig. What happens if the card used to pay the deposit is now cancelled? In the majority of cases, refunds made to closed or canceled cards should still succeed. Typically, if you have a new account with the same bank, the bank will push the credit over to the new account. This may take a little extra time (on the order of days or weeks), but if you still has an account with that bank, it sh
Will my address be published online?
No. Only people who purchase tickets will be sent the address. Your details are safe and sound with us!
Can I reschedule my gig?
Although it is unlikely if the artist is touring or not from the area, it may be possible to reschedule your gig if need be. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible if you need to reschedule your gig.
Does Parlour provide public liability insurance?
No. If PL insurance is required, you will need to source it. For a one off event in your home or community space, this is generally very affordable.
Can I book more than one artist to play at my Parlour gig?
No. We believe the experience will be more rewarding for the host, artist and guests if the artist is the only focus of the Parlour gig. Multiple acts can make the night go a lot longer than necessary, which means people's attention can waver. As P.T. Barnum once said, "Always leave them wanting more."