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The Space

  • Anyone can host in their home, no matter the space.
    Set your own capacity, even if it’s just 10 people sitting on your bed.
  • We encourage floor seating.
    It’s cozier and fits more people, but a couch or backup chairs are always helpful.

The Cost

  • Every attendee is expected to pay the musicians.
    Help make sure everyone contributes by passing around a large bowl at intermission/after the music. Guests can also pay online via iPhone, Android, or at groupmuse.com/pay.
  • Attendees should pay what they can afford (a little or a lot).
    While no one should be turned away for lack of funds, please encourage guests to give more if they can. E.g. "$10 is the minimum, but if all you have is a $100, that’s fine!"
  • Hosts should also contribute to the musicians.
    Set a good example! There’s no fee to host, so instead we ask that you pay the musicians along with everyone else.

The Rules

  • Groupmuse performances are not background music.
    As the host, you help set the tone. This is music to disappear into, not music to talk over.
  • The crowd should be a mix of your friends and local groupmusers.
    Hosting strangers might be intimidating, but meeting new people is an important and wonderful part of Groupmuse!

The Music

  • We only do classical music, and do not take requests.
    We feature classical music performed by professionals who choose their own programs.
  • Programs are usually around 45 minutes long.
    Plan for an intermission in the middle to mingle and refill drinks.
  • Ask us to find the musicians, or browse our catalog of players.
    More information on musician matching here.

Host Expectations

  • Hosts emcee their own groupmuses.
    It’s your job to gather everyone for the music, explain how Groupmuse works, and collect contributions in a large bowl at intermission and after the music.
  • Help us inspire the next round of hosts.
    Groupmuse relies on the generosity of hosts like you, so make sure everyone knows they can host, too!
  • Help set the tone.
    Hosts help create a culture of safety, respect, inclusivity, and accessibility at their groupmuses.