I'm a former musician that works in the web development space and appreciate live music in a wide variety of styles. I've built some sites in the past related to current events that you may have heard of:
Building those sites was always focused on providing help or a solution wthout ads, or selling information, or making money, and houseband.ca will be the same. The goal is help artists maintain some kind of income stream while providing some joy and entertainment to the global masses that are couped up trying to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic. Because this site will have money collection involved (ticket sales, maybe merch), there will be processing fees and some risk that I must account for (ticket refunds, chargebacks, etc). This means I do need to charge some fees, but I will share the overall accounting, adjusting fees as we go to maximimze what goes to the artists.
The site was created in Edmonton, Canada and is hosted in Toronto , Canada. Thanks for taking part in the experiment!
Musicians will set their own ticket prices and will be hiring houseband.ca as their ticket provider. Houseband will take 5-7% of the ticket price to cover the following: Payment processing fees, hosting fees, development fees (of which I'm personally not charging anything, but if I need to bring someone on I can), admin fees (should they arise), and postage/handling. The rate will adjust as I get a better handle on my hard costs, but all excess profit will be donated to foodbanks across Alberta, Canada. I am lucky to have a good-paying job and not need money from this to feed my family. I can't afford to lose money or pay out of pocket, hence the fees, but I don't intend to profit from this site.
I've got some ideas of things that might be added if there's any traction for the site. Given that I have a full-time job, a bunch of clients, and some volunteer committments on my plate, I'll have to see some traffic here before I dedicate too much time. Some of the ideas on the horizon however: