Home Made Jam Guide For Musicians and other Artists.

Overview

Many musicians are making a sizeable addition to their income doing concerts in peoples’ homes and other non-commercial spaces. Indeed there are a few who make most of their living this way.  You get to play to a relaxed audience that listens appreciatively and is willing to pay. There are more opportunities for selling CDs and building your fan base, no agent fees, no booking fees and you may get a meal and even a place to stay the night. Some hosts will organise events on weeknights or weekend afternoons, to help you fill your tour schedule. In addition, your listing on Home Made Jam means you are visible to people looking to book you for more conventional gigs as well as weddings, parties and other functions. As our community of artists, hosts and guests grows, Home Made Jam will become a go to place for connecting musicians with a wide range of audiences.

The advantages of a Home Made Jam page

  • You get to perform to people who want to listen
  • With no overheads, you get all the money
  • You are visible, in your area and when you tour. People can contact your for shows, or for a party, wedding or function
  • Hosts are visible, so you can find and contact places to play
  • You are in control of all your arrangements to perform
  • Planning tours is easier, with growing lists of places to play
  • You pay nothing, no percentage of the takings, no agent, no venue costs… In the future, when the network is humming, we will charge a small yearly subscription, which you will more than make back with one show.

Create Your Listing Page

ipad-art-wide-620105172-420x0How do I set up my listing page?

Take a look at an example of a great musician page.

And here’s a Storytellers page.

Set up your page how you like, to make yourself attractive to potential hosts and people looking to ask you to play. Upload photos, embed a video (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo etc). Live performance gives the best guide for viewers.  Add sound samples, make links to your website or other pages… You know what to do. Include tags for the genre(s) of music you play. (There’s one for tuition too)  Other things to include on your page: minimum payment? is this negotiable? area requirements, different combos you perform in, playlists, etc etc.  For privacy reasons, we suggest you only enter your suburb or town as your address. 

Listing Image is the image that will be your face to the world. Choose a good quality image. The best ratio is height 1 to 2.5 width. Also, keep the most important part of the image centred both top to bottom and left to right. Only use images labelled .jpg .gif or .png (NOT .jpeg)

How do I put more videos and sound samples on my page?

wGSNZGBH_400x400Home Made Jam is a simple profile of you. Links to your other web pages allow people to get more. You can only embed one video in the listing. But you can have a Soundcloud player in your listing. To activate it, go to Soundcloud. Choose the song or playlist you want to include on your page and click Share. Copy the URL and paste it in the Soundcloud Player field. If you would like to include a Reverbnation player, paste the embed code (tick WordPress compatible box) into the description field. If it does not appear correctly, send us a message.

bandcamp-logo To add a bandcamp track, click “Share>embed. Copy the HTML and paste it into your description field. When published, if it does not appear correctly, send us a message.

Is there something else you would like to add, (e.g. genres to describe your music,) but don’t seem to be able to? Contact us

Can I link to my gig listings on another site?

ReverbNation-logoIn the description field, you can create a hyperlink to your gigs page. If you would like to include  a Reverbnation show page widget, simply link to the page, or include the code  for the widget. If when your page is published you still see the code instead of the show listings, let us know and and we can make it appear on the page for you.

Can I link to my EPK? (Electronic Press Kit)

While we don’t have a dedicated field for that, you can put a link in your description field to your EPK.

How can I show I’m available for weddings, parties etc? 

1. Tick the box “I also do Weddings and/or Parties.” You will automatically create another listing in the “Wedding and Party Musicians” category.

2. By selecting the tags “wedding” and “party band” in Genre(s), you will appear when people select musicians using those filters.

How do I show when I am touring?

Submit an “Upcoming Tours” listing when you are planning to tour. A separate listing is required because searches in HMJ are location based, and when touring you are moving around. Have a look at what others have put to get an idea.

In the Listing Title put your name, outline of proposed tour and dates e.g. Byron Bay to Sydney, January 2015.  Choose the region (state) you are planning to tour, and a location central to your tour. If you are touring more than one state, you can leave the region as “Anywhere else” or submit another listing for the extra state (because searches are filtered by state). Apart from Listing Image, rather than duplicating gallery images, videos etc in this listing, it is better to link people to your main Musician listing. In the description field let folks know where and when you are planning to go, and how flexible you are. In “My Concerts,” you can list your confirmed dates.

Also post on our Facebook page:  Home Made Jam Events. Events there are is in calendar format rather than location based. We will try and simplify this process in future.

I’m a musician (or other artist) from another country. How can I use the site when I want to tour?

Uncle SamCreate a listing page for yourself as a musician as described above, and in “Location” put your home town or suburb and country, leaving the Listing Region as “Anywhere else”. You will appear in the list of musicians or other artist. This page will be there permanently. Then follow the instructions for “How do I show when I’m touring?” immediately above this.

How do I arrange a show?

Search Hosts listings to arrange a concert with the host via Home Made Jam well in advance so you have time to plan your itinerary and they have time to gather the audience. You will also get requests from potential hosts in response to your listings.

Sort out details of date, time and place. Do you require a minimum payment? Are they offering a meal, accommodation? Might any of your material be offensive to their audience? Do you require PA? Lights? How much space do you need? At what time would you like to arrive to set up? Is a quiet warm up space available? Midweek concerts, afternoons on a weekend may be attractive to you. You could arrange a shorter evening mid week if need be, maybe playing just one set, and setting a smaller fee.

If you contact the host by phone, their website or Facebook, and not by using our contact form, let them know you found them on Home Made Jam. If users know our network is making connections, it will encourage them to use it and HMJ will get stronger with more choice for all.

How do I let people know about my shows?

DSC_0867cropMessage your Facebook events or other publicity material to Home Made Jam Facebook page and they will appear on the list of events and also on our website “What’s On” page.

Another way to publicise your concert or event is to post it on Home Made Jam Events  on Facebook. Link to your HMJ concert listing or host listing so people can apply to attend.

How do I deal with money?

As a seasoned performer, you probably know how to handle this. Ensure beforehand the money is determined, and perhaps in a written performance agreement. You may have a set minimum, or be willing to take the door collection. If accommodation is part of the deal you could consider that when deciding the minimum fee.

Should I review the host?

It is beneficial to the host to have positive reviews, helping get them more response from other artists. Reviews of hosts help you and other artists choose. If communication was prompt, if you loved the host’s venue, hospitality, the responsiveness of the audience, let the Home Made Jam community know. Please read our Review Guidelines  to help keep comments constructive. Negative reviews are difficult, but honesty is important and helps hosts improve and others make decisions about them based on a wider range of information. You can just leave a star recommendation less than the maximum, writing minimal comment. Some people leave writing negative reviews some time before submitting. You owe it to other artists to let them know the good and not so good. If you have serious concerns or issues, contact the appropriate authorities. Please let us know as well.

Do I need insurance?

We recommend you have public liability insurance specific for your situation which covers you for costs from legal action if you are found liable for death or injury, loss or damage of property, or economic loss resulting from your negligence. If you are concerned about this, check your policy or your insurance company. APRA has recommended insurers for performers.

What about accommodation?

Host pages may indicate “Accommodation possible.” Ask on your initial email contact. the host may or may  be able to accommodate you on the occasion. This is a wonderful gift given by the host, and many hosts will have reviews and information in their listing that helps you decide. But be safe, trust your instincts and leave if you feel uncomfortable. If you are a woman, we recommend travelling with a friend. Some people ask for photo ID which they photograph and send to a friend. This can be awkward, but most people will understand your caution. It is completely at your discretion to decide to accept an offer of accommodation.

How can I get more performances like this?

Help build the network. The more hosts, the more you and your fellow artists can make a respectable and enjoyable addition to your income. The more artists, the more hosts are encouraged that they can find interesting artists to perform for them. Like the Facebook page, share posts, recommend HMJ to potential new hosts, artists and guests. Home Made Jam: Wholehearted Live Music .

Is there more information?

Resources

NOTE.

You will be prompted once a year to confirm you still want a listing. Your page will be deleted if you do not respond. It is probably a good idea to check your page a few times a year to ensure it is in line with your needs. It can be frustrating for you to be receiving communications from hosts when you are unavailable because of other commitments. (It is a time waster for them too.)