I talk with Lisa J Aston, founder and principle of House Concerts Australia, about booking house concerts through her network, the benefits of house concerts, and why she is such a big supporter of house concerts.  She also discusses her publishing experience and working with some of the biggest bands from Australia like INXS and major touring artists from the US. We also have a poignant discussion about age and relevance in the music industry.

Benefits of Booking House Concerts for Independent Artists

  • No agency or booking fees
  • Artist keeps 100% of their money
  • Listening room and story-telling setting
  • Great opportunity to connect directly with your fans
  • Starting House Concerts Australia
  • No network existed for booking house concerts in Australia
  • Reaching out for mentorship from successful UK counterparts
  • Learning how booking house concerts worked in the UK
  • Grew network by reaching out to Google & Yahoo groups, music festival contacts, Facebook, and word of mouth

understanding music industry

Learning the Music Business

songwriting success

  • Starting the INXS fan club in 1984
  • Learning the value of music publishing early on
  • Understanding the mechanics of the business is critical to success
  • Writing her book Pop Stars & Idols


Music Publishing and Placements

  • Publishing is a great outlet if you write for multiple genres
  • Securing a publishing deal based on one song
  • Raising your profile when your songs are used for fundraising
  • Why publishing is a diamond in the coal mine

publishing contractSuggested Reading

Pop Stars & Idols by Lisa Aston

Connect With Lisa J Aston


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Bree Noble Female Entrepreneur MusicianBree Noble is an entrepreneur, musician and speaker. She founded Women of Substance Radio, an online radio station that promotes quality female artists in all genres, in 2007.  She launched the Women of Substance Music Podcast in November 2014, a 5 day per week show which promotes Independent female artists. Her podcast has hit #1 in New & Noteworthy for the Music, Arts and Society & Culture categories and #4 Audio Podcast on all of iTunes. She draws on her extensive experience running her own music business, both as a solo musician and as an Industry professional, to train and mentor other female musicians. Learn more about the station, the show and the artists atwww.wosradio.com. Connect with Bree on Twitter @BreeNoble or on Facebook or on Instagram @breenoblemusic