Slowbizz aims to bring together music fans willing to host small musical events in their homes with talented artists willing to perform in such settings.
Hard on the heels of our story about the slow-track checkout lane at Finnish K-citymarket comes yet further evidence of the slowness trend. Belgian Slowbizz is “a global musical social network, slowly built with passion by music lovers for music lovers,” in the company’s own words. Slowbizz aims to bring together music fans willing to host small musical events in their homes with talented artists willing to perform in such settings. Both artists and hosts must apply for membership on the site, but acceptance is not guaranteed, and Slowbizz says it takes its time deciding. Once accepted, however, both hosts and artists can join the network for free and begin making small concerts possible. Hosts pay EUR 150 to put on a concert, recoupable in the form of admission fees for attendees; they also provide accommodation and a meal for the artist, as well as transportation to the artist’s next local gig. Artists, in turn, receive that EUR 150 fee as a guaranteed payment, in addition to any donations or purchases patrons may make at the event. Slowbizz, meanwhile, in exchange for facilitating and promoting a run of gigs, collects a fee of EUR 100 per tour (which must consist of 20 dates as minimum), as well as EUR 30 per date played. This is deducted from the artist’s EUR 150. The video below explains Slowbizz in more detail: As the music industry struggles to reinvent itself in this era of streaming and instant music downloads, a return to small, intimate concerts may well come as a fresh, compelling alternative. Musically minded entrepreneurs around the globe: be inspired!