Performing with Freilich
Answers to common questions
Neither of them. To set up a Freilich gig, no bookers or managers are needed. You and the hosts are in full control of organizing the event. You’ll find everything you need for your project in our community. Additionally, our platform provides you handy tools to manage your events, gigs, and tickets easily on your own and without the involvement of third parties.
Of course! Just make sure your performance or presentation fits into a rather small space since most of the sessions will take place in cozy private locations. And keep in mind: Freilich sessions aim to bring the artist and her art closer to the audience. So grab this very unique chance to interact with the session visitors. Tell them the story of your art, involve them in creating a new piece of art, or ask them to share their thoughts on your presented artworks.
Freilich hints: Do you want to perform in a living room or do you prefer an outdoor location such as a terrace or a garden? Maybe an atelier or a studio suit you better? Simply describe what you need in the registration form.
You need inspiration for your presentation at an upcoming Freilich? Here you go: You could for example auction an artwork of yours at the end of the session, or include a performance in your exhibition (e.g. live painting or co-performance with a musician). Be creative! It's up to you how you shape your presentation.
Date, time, and schedule for your Freilich Session depend on what you arrange with the host. Usually, the artist arrives at 6, doors open at 7 and the show starts around 8 PM. After the show, you can relax and connect with the Freilich community. Mostly there is a smooth fade out until midnight. Sometimes hosts want to turn a Freilich into a party. Just talk to the host in beforehand.
It is your own responsibility to organize and bring all the equipment you need. Be aware, that the host is not a pro and will most likely have no clue what a tech rider, PA, or XLR cable is.
Freilich hint: Remember, your performance will be in rather small, cozy locations, where acoustic sets are surely enough. We respect our hosts’ and their neighbors’ interests. So, keep your setup as stripped-down as possible. Ask your host about their neighbors’ noise sensitivity.
We are working on platform functions that will enable you to reach out to the Freilich community to help you out with equipment. Until these functions are available, you can rent some equipment from Freilich (only possible in Vienna).
Reach out to us to find out what equipment is available. Items must be booked at least 24h before the event starts. There is a deposit fee of 200€ per rent which will be refunded once you have returned the equipment in an unchanged state. Note that you must pick up and return rented equipment yourself. To get equipment delivered to and from your host, an extra fee of 25€ applies.
For rental requests, directly contact us via WhatsApp/Phone: +43 677 6288 2782.
- Ask a friend to help you out
- Take an Uber/taxi/DriveNow at your own expenses
- In the future, you will also be able to ask the Freilich community for help via our online platform
Yes. Your performance is appreciated with hat donations from the audience. We cannot guarantee a certain amount, but we are highly committed to maintaining a standard average of 150€ per session (30 avg. attendees).
Freilich hint: The intimate and personal format of our sessions allows you to build more intense relationships with the audience. The more you engage and interact with them, the better the response in terms of donations/selling merch and winning them as long-term fans.
Generally, all income that leaves you with a profit at the end of the day needs to be declared for taxation. However, in some countries, there is a tax-free allowance up to a certain amount. It is your duty to keep track of your income and expenses and to state those accordingly in your tax declaration.
Currently, registration is free. As artists, you only pay a service fee of 29€ per performance. This equals 20% of the average earnings (150€) per session. To further reduce the risk for you as an artist, the fee decreases to 9€ for every session at which you earned less than 100€. In this case, ask the host to doublecheck the donations you received and to confirm it with us. From June 2019 a registration fee of 9€ for artists will apply.
Until a secure payment system is implemented on the platform (June 2019), we need to improvise a little. Currently, there is always a Freilich member at each session who will directly collect the money from you. If this is not the case, we ask you to transfer 29€ to our bank account within 14 days after the event took place.
In this case, please ask the host to doublecheck your earnings right at the end of the event, and to confirm it with us. You can then reach out to us by phone or get in touch via WhatsApp. We will ask you for your feedback, in order to find out what circumstances influenced the results and whether there is room for improvement on our Freilich platform (form/link in progress).
Get in touch with the Freilich team via WhatsApp and we will help you connect with the community. In the future, you will be able to directly reach out to the community via our onlineplatform.
Best Practices - Get the most out of performing at Freilich
There are several things that you can do to help your audience appreciate, understand and remember your performance. Here are some of our most effective tips & tricks: (P.S.: Some of them might work for you, some not. Take them as suggestions and not a set of rules)
Greet each attendee personally. This is a super effective way to break the ice and create a personal atmosphere right from the beginning. Simply say “hi” when a new guest enters the room. You can also (but must not) shake hands.
- Introduce yourself and tell us what you do. How did you start your artistic career and why? What is currently on your mind? What bothers you? Is there a message that you want to pass on?
- Tell stories. We love stories and personal anecdotes. It helps us remember things better (our brain simply works this way). You can use “storytelling” to guide us through your performance, your life, or simply give us some insights into individual pieces of your artwork.
- Involve the audience if you are able to: e.g. through improvisation, by asking questions, starting a dialogue, or simply by allowing us to sing along.
Divide your performance into two sets. Have a 10-15-minute break in-between. This allows your audience to go to the toilet, grab a drink or have a cigarette without disturbing the performance. It’s also a chance for you to talk to your new potential fans and get to know some of them a bit better in the break. This way everyone is focused, relaxed and ready for the second set and it extends the overall experience.
For example, place a nametag in the room. To increase your visibility, take a piece of paper or cardboard, write down your name (+ social media channels) and put it on a spot that everyone can see during the show (e.g. wall/windows behind you). There will be up to 40 people in the audience that might want to follow and tag you. Kindly remind everyone that photos, videos, liking, tagging, and telling friends about you is highly appreciated. Don’t be shy to repeat this message.
It helps people remember you and will increase your income. Let your new fans get something to hold in their hands that reminds them of their unique experience with you. If you don’t have any merch yet, just get creative and create small vouchers or goodies that you give away for a small donation e.g. a download code, postcards, a hand-signed drawing, a personalized message or something scribbled on a card. However, try not to give away your merch for free. It reduces the overall willingness to pay or donate. Even if money is not the main motivation to perform at a Freilich for you, giving stuff away for free still undervalues your artistic work (stickers, flyers, etc. are hereby not considered as merch – it does make sense to give them away for free).
Thank your host for sharing their space with some kind words in front of the audience. This is a crucial motivator for hosts to keep inviting artist like you.
Often audiences are mesmerized of the show in a way that they simply forget to donate. To avoid awkward moments, clearly call for donations and ask the host to collect them for you.
Invite your audience to join the Freilich community to increase the chance to get invited to another Freilich session. Remind them, that with a host profile, they can directly connect with you on the platform. Remember that most people might not yet be familiar with the concept of Freilich. Take this as chance to explain how Freilich works and motivate them to join the network.