If your favorite restaurant or community center has live music sometimes, a lot of work goes into each event. Here are all the tasks that venues have to complete before they can host live artists.
Secure Sound Equipment
Unless a venue is very small, performers need sound equipment to be heard through the noise of their audience. The most basic sound equipment includes amplifiers, microphones, sound cables, power supplies, and monitors. Venues that host lots of concerts usually have advanced equipment such as a 180 degree hybrid combiner so that they can split power or bandwidth between several kinds of equipment.
Create a Performance Space
Once they have their sound equipment, organizers also need to find places for performers to play. This can be a corner of a restaurant, the patio of a bar, or a raised platform in a community center. Some people invest in movable risers for their venues so that they can use the performance space for other patrons when it’s not a concert night.
Finally, organizers need to figure out how to attract artists to their space. Usually, they advertise for performers on their social media accounts and post flyers outside their venues. Some organizers like to reach out to local colleges to see if any student bands or ensembles want to perform. To attract professional musicians, organizers must have a budget to pay them for each gig, but amateur musicians may be willing to play for tips. To ensure that performers come back, organizers make sure that their venues are full on the night of the concert and that the musicians are treated properly.
The next time you experience live music at your favorite bar or at a community event, it’s fun to think about all the work that goes into hosting these events.