There is an "Uber" for almost everything, and now that includes on-demand classical music.
Groupmuse, a start-up that connects musicians with fans, wants to make live classical music available to a broader audience — not just in their homes, but even in their offices. Its newest service, "Groupmuse at Work," allows businesses to book classical entertainment on-demand. Google is among the hosts of classical concerts for employees.
Two thousand concerts already have taken place in living rooms in Boston, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle since the company was founded three years ago.
"I've done it six or seven times already and I love it," said Jessica Stanton, who regularly hosts Groupmuse concerts at her home in Berkeley, California. "You do a minimal tidy up of your house and you put out a bottle of wine, and then people come and play or listen to beautiful music."
To take part in a Groupmuse, users go to the website or app, find a concert by city and send a request to the host. Every attendee pays a $3 fee to RSVP for a house concert but is encouraged to make an additional donation at the event. For hosts, Groupmuses are free.