It’s easy to do, says Texas musician and writer Tracy Ready, and there’s not a lot of cost involved. In a recent article, Ready lists five low- to no-cost ways you can support the singer/songwriter in your neighborhood and support your local economy at the same time.
- Go to the event. If it’s at a club, pay the cover and stay for a set. Have a beer. Your total investment will probably be ten dollars or less, depending on the cover. You’ll blow that in a week on soda. And sign up for the newsletter. That’s free, and you could get a free music download just for doing it.
- If you like the music, buy the CD. Most artists sell their CDs at their gigs, usually for $15 or less. If you don’t want to buy the disc, drop $5 in the tip jar.
- Spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. This costs you nothing, but the potential boost to the artist is priceless. Retweet them when they advertise a gig. Post a review of the show on Facebook. Like one of their blog posts.
- Support their Kickstarter project. Even a five dollar donation helps.
- Host a house concert at your home. Invite several of your friends over for a house concert to hear the artist in an intimate setting. Suggested donations for such concerts are usually between $6 and $15, depending on the number of people, and everyone often brings a covered dish. It’s a more relaxed atmosphere, and fans have a better opportunity to get to know the musicians. (Click here to read more about house concerts.)
I’m going to add number 6: send this post to your friends so that they will know how easy it is to support the local music scene.