I’m glad I’m brilliant; that allows me to come up with this brilliant idea. Part of my brilliance is that I (as do many others like me, so I guess I’m not that brilliant) get involved in too many things. This concert series, for example, is my attempt at an outreach program for the church that it’s presented at. It’s going on 20 years, and we have many Grammy, Juno, and other award winners, as well as faculty from prestigious conservatories as our artists. Artists love playing here, for some reason, so it works.
As a church-goer, I’ve been on every committee and board possible, so I know how they work.
I also have been restoring old houses for a number of years so I can make the money to run this all-volunteer series. I’ve worked with the Connecticut Trust, local historic societies, been on the board of a bunch of them, and am reasonably well-respected in my field, so I get old buildings and project management. Enough with that resume junk.
So, how does this all fit together? In another of my uniquely unprofitable and really cool business ideas. As many may know, old classic public buildings are being abandoned and placed for sale at an alarming rate. Grange halls, churches, old schools all face declining use to the point where the sheer numbers of them can’t last. it’s expected that around 200 church building alone in Connecticut may close up shop and come on the market over the next 5 years, in all denominations. Grange halls and schools also face the same fate.
Many of these are old, historic buildings, or at least have fascinating architecture.
Young musicians are looking for a place to play.
So here we go: pop-up concerts at these buildings, streamed live over the internet thing, ideally through something like Spotify or Facebook which might have a few attendees, but really are to draw attention to a cool building available for use as a, I don’t know, maybe combination ice cream parlor and music venue or something, and the band gets exposure in a super-hipster way.
Imagine the State of Connecticut promoting itself this way! Local artists playing local music in unusual local venues in historic and cool buildings.