Someone asked me the other day if I was the guy who came up with Concert Window. “You must be a marketing grad from MIT or something,” he said.
I could only reply, “I’m a struggling accordion player.” And it’s true. I’ve played crappy gigs for single-person audiences. I’ve gotten stiffed by promoters. I’ve also had a few small victories: appearing on Public Radio International, winning the United States championship on the accordion. But that stuff hasn’t actually made me any money. It’s hard to be a musician!
Concert Window is the result of me and my teammates scratching that itch. The developer is a guitarist; the shows coordinator is a mandolinist; the editorial writer is a fiddle player. We are musicians trying to find a way to help other musicians make a living.
And we’ve come up with Concert Window. You can play a show into your laptop, whenever you want, and viewers around the world can tune in and buy tickets. During the show they can tip, make requests, and ask questions.
It’s a lot of fun, and already musicians are making many hundreds of dollars from single 30-minute webshows.
Have fun and keep doing what you love! (And making money for it.)
ps. Keep an eye on this space for regular editorial articles, written by our fantastic staff writer, Amelia Mason. I would also like to thank Jon Daily and Elliott Golden for their beautiful and tireless work on the new site.