The definition of house concert is not definite but is generally taken as a concert that's presented in someone's home, or a nearby private space, for example a barn or back yard. A concert is a live Performance, usually of Music, before an Audience.
- Usually, but not always, the audience capacity is smaller than at a coffeehouse or club. A club is an association of people united by a common interest or goal
- The money collected usually (but not always) goes straight to the performers, with no "profit motive" on the presenter's part.
- Often, but not always, house concerts are conducted "by invitation" (for practical reasons), rather than as "public" concerts like a club or concert hall.
- Often - again with exceptions - there is little or no "sound system" - performers play and sing acoustically, unless someone needs a little amp for their keyboard.
- Refreshments, if any, are usually either a "pot luck" brought by the listeners, or provided by the hosts using a bit of the gate receipts.
- Sometimes - but definitely not always - the performers get a meal and/or lodging with the presenters as part of their compensation.
There are house concerts being given in almost every part of the United States and Canada and they are becoming popular in the United Kingdom. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page Some house concerts are "one-shots" but most are presented as a series, usually every two to eight weeks over a "season", of anywhere from six to twelve months. Some concert rooms hold 200 people, some hold 20 or fewer. Some house concert series sell out every time, while others are lightly attended. Some are held inside, some outside.
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