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a Great venue creates a community for both artists & audiences. event sponsorship on a human scale

SHCN seeks sponsors for our extraordinary series of micro-venue concerts. Just as we have made it possible for artists and audiences to experience music in an intimate environment, we have also made it possible for your brand to connect with our community at a very affordable cost. Event sponsorship on a human scale.
Bottom-line: Each SHCN event can be prime-sponsored for $750 plus product placement if applicable. An opportunity to create a meaningful & emotional connection at a very reasonable price.
Kevin showing off his freshly autographed harmonica. The Cumberland Brothers (October 2014)
By leveraging the whole community we created an ecosystem to support/be supported by SHCN. We’ve learned that people value live micro-venue musical experiences much more than in the recent past. Interestingly, so do the artists – who each reflect on the honesty injected into a performance space where each concert is a truly interactive experience. Artists talk to audience members – they become raconteurs. Audience members chat with artists and share their inspirations, their musical memories – and occasionally their sense of loss soothed through a specific melody.
“What we love about house concerts is the collective energy exchange shared between the audience and the performers. People tend to want to really listen and dive into the music in a quiet and comfortable setting. That mentality is easy to harbor when combined with the familiar element of a living room. It makes for a very comfortable yet unique show experience for everyone. It’s also a great way for artists to build relationships and fans without having tons of pressure to advertise and draw a crowd. This is especially helpful when we’re building shows in newer regions. It’s the collective energy that carries the arts and that seems to thrive at house shows. Our experience with SHCN has been fantastic. All of our hosts have been wonderful, caring and interesting people who want music to thrive. We’re lucky to be a part of this supportive family!” – Zack DuPont (Burlington VT) 2017
Sheesham & Lotus 2015
We precede each concert with a dinner. These have been grand potluck gatherings and the addition of culinary chaos to the mix seems to appeal to the concept of engaging as many of the artists’ and audience members’ senses as possible. So it’s not only the music. It’s the show. It’s the kitchen. It’s the whole unlikely experience. We have learned people are never too busy to go to a show they really want to see. And they want to experience these concerts.
Many of our audience members drive more than 90 minutes in each direction to participate in a SHCN event. One February night in 2015, it was -40 C/F and people still came, driving out into the countryside to attend a concert hosted in a log cabin. We have sparked powerful emotional connections to the SHCN experience.
Three years ago (Oct 2014), we decided to invite emerging voices of music to perform in our livingroom - here in the village of Stanstead, Quebec - right smackdab on the border with Vermont. More than 75 concerts later, our network of livingrooms/micro-venues stretches from Quebec to Vermont to Massachusetts to New Jersey to New York to West Virginia to North Carolina to Tennessee to Louisiana to California - and to Vietnam.
Shows start at 7:30 pm and consist of two sets. A typical concert winds up (for the audience) at 9:30 pm. We picked a starting time which suits the needs of our audience – many of whom travel more than 90 minutes each way to attend these concerts. We want to ensure they can get home safely at a decent hour.
We understand the value of artists and we wanted to create a network of 'safe' zones for emerging voices where they could perform, reinvent their sound, reconnect with their musical roots - and their audience.
We are proud to be the very first AFM Local 1000 Fair Trade Music participating venue in all of Canada - and among the first 50 in the United States.
We have an educational outreach program - we offer schools without music programs the opportunity to host 'our' artists for an hour-long Songs/Q&A Session on the day of - or morning after a concert at one of our home venues.
Contact Hal Newman via T: 819-238-1470 or E: newman.hal@gmail.com
SHCN is online at www.stansteadhouseconcerts.net

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