Katie Byers is a former attorney turned entrepreneur who is an avid music lover and frequent attendee at many local shows and festivals. Five years ago, Katie began hosting a monthly concert series in her home, 5150 Music House Concerts, to benefit local and touring musicians. She quickly discovered that she had found her passion in life and decided to create a way to get more people across the country hosting house concerts to support independent musicians.
Katie is the Founder & CEO of HomeDitty, a web based software built specifically for house concert hosts that launched into Beta testing in February 2017. To date, more than 300 house concerts have been booked through HomeDitty across the country. Katie also provides live music consulting, band sourcing and concert promotion services.
Katie's hometown is Waverly, Iowa where she was active in her school's orchestra and chamber choir. After graduating from high school in 1989, Katie moved to Iowa City where she earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa in French and The Certificate in International Business and her Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law. She was admitted to the Iowa Bar in June 1996 and practiced law for six years.
Katie received the David Hurd Community Supporter of the Year award from the Des Moines Music Coalition in 2017 in recognition for her dedication to coordinating local house concerts and for helping create house venues across the country. Katie has also been honored as a Keynote Speaker and Official Showcase Judge at the Folk Alliance Regional Midwest Conference 2018, Americans for the Arts webinar presenter, Speaker at Spin 66 Innovation Conference, $5,000 winner at TS Bank's REV pitch competition and a presenter at many other events. Katie resides in Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, Jay and their two daughters, Sophie and Charlotte.