Information for performers and their representatives
(from the presenters point of view).
First of all, this is a house concert located west of Boston in a quiet suburban neighborhood. We can seat about 60 people comfortably and have a good sound system and lighting. When we started presenting concerts, we had no clue how much time this monthly event would take from the rest of our lives. It's been incredibly rewarding, we've met wonderful people, and had wonderful music performed in our home. It really doesn't get much better.
But, as with many good things, there is a downside. We've had over 100 shows and now receive daily phone calls and e-mails about booking dates for our series. You might have been referred to this page as a result of an e-mail you may have sent. Since we do relatively few shows each year, we mostly have to tell people that we can't accommodate them. We really don't enjoy saying "no" to people, so we thought we'd try an informational page about how we generally book our acts.
Many of the artists who perform here are handled by booking agents with whom we have ongoing relationships. While we like to support new acts, if the series is to remain successful, we must fill our seats. The Boston area has many acoustic music venues, so we have to be concerned about the performers ability to attract an audience in a crowded market. We wish our audience would just come to see whomever we'd like to have, but it just doesn't work that way. We have to build our schedule around proven performers and then figure out appropriate openers (who are frequently just as talented as the headliners, but may not be known in this area.) We are asking a relatively small group of acoustic music fans to choose us over the many music and non-music options they might have on a Saturday night.
Therefore, we will only book performers we have seen perform live.
We will not change this policy even if you tell us how terrific you are. We need to get a sense of how performers interact with the audience, so we do not book on the the basis of CDs or videos. Since we attend many concerts, conferences, and festivals and since we have only one concert per month, we already have a fairly long list of performers we've seen and would like to have play here. While you may think this is unfair and unreasonable, it simply doesn't make sense for us to have an act we have never seen in person.
We usually book contemporary singer/songwriters. Check our list of past performers to get a sense of what we like. We do try to see people we have heard good things about, but there are a lot of you out there. Since this concert series is just one part of our lives, we do not go to every show in our area; we usually have to be motivated by the buzz we hear from friends and other presenters.
We also realize that when you call or write us about booking, you are just doing your job, but unless we've told you specifically that we want to have you play at Fox Run and to keep in touch, we'd prefer that you not call or e-mail us about booking.
(NB: If you are representing James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Brown, Alison Krauss, or are another major artist who longs to return to the days of small, attentive audiences, by all means ignore the previous sentence -- you can even call us collect.)
If you've read this far, you have probably figured out that calling or e-mailing us out of the blue is not going to result in a booking, but we don't want to be rude, so we hope this page will cut down on the e-mails and phone calls. We wouldn't be doing this at all if we did not enjoy music and musicians, but every call and letter takes time, so we thought we'd try this somewhat direct approach to reduce the volume. Hopefully, you aren't reading this and thinking "What incredible _________!". We're just trying to save everyone involved a lot of time.
Laurie and Neale