Interested in booking me for a concert or event? I do all kinds of shows... piano concerts for churches, house concerts, weddings, background music for corporate dinners, fundraisers - I've even done a fashion show... you name the event, chances are I'm willing to play it. I will travel pretty much anywhere in the United States and most of Canada.
It's not as
hard as you think. In fact, it's really quite easy and my fees are reasonable. While I'm not in this for the money, I do have to support my family of four as well as the continued growth of my art. My main concern is that I have...
a) the opportunity to sell my CDs (so that people can take my music home with them and share it with more people...)
the opportunity to perform for new people (so they can experience the music first hand and see that a solo piano concert can not only be fun, but also a cherished memory that will last forever.)
c) my travel expenses covered. For obvious economic reasons, I don't wish to lose
money when I do a show. If I am already booking a tour in your area, you probably don't have to worry about travel expenses as I usual play enough shows to cover my costs with my fee. However, if you're contacting me to do a one-off show, I'll probably need you to cover my travel expenses as well. Read more on that below.
Here's an Overview of Everything You Need to Know...
My fees do vary depending on the event and location, but generally speaking, I ask a $500 fee for a concert unless there are special circumstances. If the concert is at a church or a fund-raiser, for example, and
there isn't a budget for a concert event, I'll work with you to find something that works for both of us. If you want to have me come play for you, don't let the fee discourage you. Talk to me. Let's see what we can work out.
I usually try to get $500 for a house concert if I can, but
I realize not everyone can afford that. The fee is negotiable to some degree based
on my schedule and other performances
I may have in your area. Read more about house concerts and requirements for them below. See the info on travel expenses also.
Questions? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
& Ministry Events
don't really have a set fee for church or ministry
events because while some larger churches can afford
my fee (usually $500), other smaller churches simply can't. Make
me an offer that you feel you can joyfully give.
If you have a budget for special guest
events, that's great. But if you can only offer
a "love offering" plus a small stipend, that's
fine too. Contact me at email@example.com
and let's talk about it. Read more about church concerts below. See the info on travel expenses as well.
Colleges and Universities
The rate will vary depending on the circumstance. If the concert is a ticketed event, an example of my fee would be $500 or 50% of ticket sales, whichever is greater. See the below info on travel expenses as well.
Questions? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
varies depending on the event.
I suggest one of two options:
1: Find a sponsor to cover my fee
($500). Then all ticket sales and proceeds
go toward the charity or benefit. If you sell tickets
for $20, and sell a mere 200 seats, that's $4000 to go toward the charity. All I ask, aside from my fee, is that I can sell CDs at the event. See the below info on travel expenses as well.
2: This is intended for smaller organizations
who cannot afford my fee or find a sponsor to pay
it. What we'll do is simply split the ticket sales.
50% goes to me, 50% to the charity. This is
a no-lose situation for you, as the organization doesn't
pay me anything up front. However, you may pay more
after the fact. We would need to sit down and talk about possible travel expenses.
Questions? E-mail me at email@example.com.
+ travel expenses. The
amount varies depending upon what is required.
For example, if you just need background music for
a dinner reception, that will be toward the low
end. If you need music during the wedding service
itself, that requires more planning and coordination. The tux
rental (or any other clothing purchases necessary
for the wedding) is not included in this fee.
Questions? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel Expenses: If you're in the Eugene, Oregon area, there are no travel expenses to worry about as Eugene is my home town and I can drive to you. If you're booking me as part of a concert tour (I sent you
an email letting you know I'm booking touring in your area and you're responding to that) then you probably won't need to worry about travel expenses either. I've worked that into my $500 fee, so if I can book several shows in one area, my expenses are covered by that. However, if this is a one-off concert, meaning I'm flying out just for your show, then travel expenses need to be taken into consideration. I will go pretty much anywhere within the U.S. to play a concert so
long as my basic expenses (air, car rental and accommodations) are covered. When you contact me, just let me know where you're located and I can give you a general price range of what to expect. If you don't think you can afford that, contact me anyway. I may be able to include you on a tour route at some point in the near future, and if I can do that, you don't need to worry about travel expenses. Feel free to email
me at email@example.com to discuss the possibilities.
Sponsorships: For help paying my fee, considering asking a local business or business person to cover my fee for the event. In exchange, you can print their business information on a program plus I will be happy to give them a public acknowledgment/word of appreciation at the concert.
House Concerts: House concerts are a wonderful thing! They are incredibly intimate and will provide your guests with an unforgettable memory! If you wish to have me come and play a concert in your home, there are a couple of requirements:
a) I ask that you provide a piano in good condition, tuned up just prior (within a week) to the concert. The piano doesn't have to be a grand piano, just a piano that plays well, with working keys and pedals. Even a small upright is fine.
b) I would ask that you be willing to help promote the show to your friends, family, and acquaintances, and that you commit to doing your best to bring at least 20-30 people into your home.
c) I try and get $500 for a house concert if I can to help cover my expenses, though I know not everyone can afford that. If that's more money than you can afford, contact me anyway, and let's see what we can arrange based on my tour schedule and availability. Financial Tip:
Some folks will ask a $10/person donation from attendees to help pay the fee or even just to put that toward supporting my music. That's fine by me. Also, please read the info above about travel expenses as that could enter into it.
d) I ask that you allow me to have a table space to make my CDs available for purchase by concert attendees who would like to buy them. Your guests will not be "pressured" into buying CDs. I'll simply have them on display and if folks want them, they'll be able to purchase them and help support my music and my family.
Here are a few testimonials from people I've played house concerts for....
"The thrilling experience of David's performance in my own home far exceeded any of my expectations! I did not want the evening to end! I continue to spread the word to others, who have also enthusiastically embraced David’s talent and amazing music. Whatever you may think it would feel like to have David Nevue perform in your home... it's BETTER! - Daria Murphy, York, PA.
been to hundreds of concerts, and without a doubt, having David Nevue perform in person at my house was the single most memorable concert I've ever been at - it was FANTASTIC! David played almost all of my personal favorites, and told the stories behind the songs. I got numerous comments from guests thanking me for inviting them to such a unique experience - none had ever attended such an intimate concert. Thank you David for giving me and my friends a night we will always remember."
Pat Schannach, Hastings, MN.
"After David's concert Saturday, I walked away inspired and touched. David gives the gift of emotion in every moment, key stroke and sound that emanates from his gifted fingers. It was the most wonderful evening my husband and I have had out in a very long time." - Laura Service, Portland, OR
"My husband and I were so thrilled to have David come to our home and give our friends and us a personal concert!! What a awesome experience! My friends absolutely loved the whole beautiful evening. David has such natural talent with his music and his storytelling!! It was a magical and beautiful evening." Jackie Brown Eau Claire, WI
"I just wanted to thank you
for making my 38th birthday the most memorable I've ever had. My very close friends and family really enjoyed your music and were all so appreciative to experience such a wonderful and quaint concert with me. Actually some of them were inspired to start learning an instrument." Lt. David George, Cherry Hill, NJ
"When I heard that David would be doing house concerts in Iowa, I felt God nudging me to consider it. It turned out to be the most lovely evening. David's faith and experiences
which dictate his music were like messages from God. I still look back on the whole evening very fondly. - Jackie Van Ahn, Des Moines, IA
"I never knew my piano could sound so good until David started playing. As soon as he touches the keys he makes the room come alive! He's just a master of the instrument and having all my friends there listening at my home concert made it even better! Having David playing
in my home, (twice now), I'll have memories that will last a lifetime. My friends still talk about the concert months afterward. I would HIGHLY recommend having a home concert with David Nevue." - John Mocker, Dubuque, IA
"Our studio is a cooperative for music teachers so a workshop,
centered on the art of composing, was arranged prior to David's concert
for our students. In just two hours, he was able to establish a
comfortable rapport with the students through humble yet inspirational
story-telling which he punctuated on the piano. He encouraged them, as
an exercise, to improvise on pieces they already knew, and before it
was over a surprising duet of Pachelbel's Canon in D materialized to the
delight of all. David stressed the benefits of music theory, that if
they understood the "math," so to speak, composing their own works
would easier. A number of the students
returned that evening for his concert, an impromptu selection of his
work which David chooses after his arrival and has gained a sense of
the people and place. For us, David Nevue's performance was a
beautiful ride––we wafted like leaves through enchanted, charged air,
were refreshed as if we were cascading along a glistening river, and
felt the heat of his notes as they blazed, sufficient to ignite a bon
fire." Lisa Loy, www.thecarolinianstudio.com
"I just wanted to thank you again for bringing your music and inspiration to St. Pete. I can't express how moved I was by your stories and music. I've been a fan since Karri first shared your music with me, but the live concert experience is so much more. You have a marvelous gift for sharing yourself with strangers in a way that makes them feel like you are an old friend. I am humbled by the fact that you came to our little church and then were gracious enough to join us for ice
cream. One thing that attracts me to your playing is your expressiveness. I came upon a realization during your concert & I found a way to put it into words: You make the piano sing. You play the hymns the way I would express them as a solo vocalist. The nuances & subtleties you use are similar to the way the words form in my heart & soul. And you do this without a single word spoken or sung aloud. Amazing. Thanks again for so generously sharing your gifts,
message, stories, and self with us." - Terry Bartlett, St. Petersburg, FL.
So, want a house concert of your own? Email David at firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Concerts and Ministry Events: If you are a church pastor and/or ministry event coordinator, I am sure you would like a list of references from me plus a more detailed idea of who I am and what I believe. Please take a look at this Fact Sheet, in PDF format, which explains who I am, my mission statement, and includes some testimonials from other pastors who have had me come and share with their congregation. If you have any questions or concerns, just email me at email@example.com
Other Items of Note...
Availability: If you've checked out my concert calendar
lately, you can see how booked I am. I'm booking some shows almost a year out now. If you are in the Eugene, Oregon area, I may be able to squeeze you in somewhere. Shows elsewhere require a bit more time to plan and fit within my schedule. I like to book out of state shows at least four months in advance, preferably six. So contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see what we can work
Piano Requirements: All I ask is that you have a piano in good working condition. The pedals must work and all
the keys must play. Naturally, I do prefer a 'grand' piano when I'm playing in a concert setting, but it's not necessary. I will play an upright if it's in
good working order (especially for house concerts). I also request that you have the piano tuned just prior to the event - this is especially the
case for formal concerts and house concerts. For shows at book stores, malls, coffee shops and the like, just having had the piano
tuned within the last six months is usually sufficient.
CD Sales: As this is how I make my living and support my family, I do ask that whether I'm playing in your home, your church, school or any other vernue that I be allowed to have a table from which I can offer my CDs for sale. I do NOT do any kind of pressure sales in a concert setting... I don't need to. The music speaks for itself. All I ask is that I be allowed to have the CDs available for purchase for those concert attendees who would like to take the music home with them.
Piano Rentals: If you are in Oregon, I can rent a very nice digital piano (along with speakers) and bring it along for $150. This is in addition to the normal fee. If you live in an area where I'd have to hop on a plane, then I would expect you to provide the piano.
What's a 'David Nevue' Concert
Note: At events like weddings, dinner parties, coffee shops, book stores
and such, I simply play my music as background music. But at formal concerts, things are a bit different...
Mission: First, read my mission statement to
get an idea of where I'm coming from. Much of my music is inspired by my faith and by my love for The Bible, so when I talk about my music in a concert setting, it's not uncommon for me to share readings from the Bible
(such as the Psalms) as part of the program to better relate where the song is coming from. However, I do not consider myself a preacher. I don't preach - I tell stories about my life, and my faith is part of my life and my art so naturally that comes into play.
Themes: I can create a concert
program to fit any theme you desire. This is particularly useful in a church concert setting. For example, I have a program called The
Passion Play which I perform often around the Easter season. This presentation
combines piano music and scripture reading for an emotional,
musical portrayal of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I can create similar programs for Christmas, or on topics such as God's mercy, grace, love, the Psalms, communion,
or whatever you desire.
Emotion: I am a very emotive
piano player, so expect to see something interesting to watch as well as to listen to. My concerts are not boring. I also strive to be very vulnerable when I'm telling the stories behind the songs. I speak to you, the audience, as I would a close friend. I let the audience see and understand my heart's desires so they can better relate
to the music they are hearing. It is this approach to a performance, in part, which makes it such an unforgettable experience.
Time: Expect a show to run about
two hours with a break. If you have a specific program length in mind, shorter or longer,
it can be arranged.
Contact David: email me at email@example.com for a quote specific to your event.
Note: If you do not hear back from me within 48 hours, call me at 541-741-3262. It's entirely possible that your email message (or my response to you) got caught in a spam filter.