For years, we’ve heard from new music folks all over the country about the need for a centralized new music events calendar. Over the last year, we’ve been working to address this need, and today we are excited to announce the full launch of event pages on our platform. These pages give artists the ability to create and promote their events and offer audiences the ability to discover upcoming events they are interested in attending. Showcasing the breadth of new music creation around the country in a way that promotes artists and develops audiences is the driving mission behind event pages.
How Do I List My Events?
Anyone on our site, regardless of whether or not they have received a grant award, can create an event page. To create an event page, log in (make sure to register first, if you haven’t already) and navigate to the My Events page. You can get there by hovering over your name in the right corner of the navigation bar above and selecting “Events” from the dropdown. Next, click “Create an Event!” This takes you to a form where you can add all relevant information about your event such as a description, an image, a location, a link to purchase tickets, as well as tag anyone else who is part of the event. Once you’ve filled out the form, you can preview and publish your event page.
Start listing your events.
What Happens After I List My Event?
Once your event page is published, it becomes visible on your profile and the profiles of the other users you’ve tagged as part of the event. Your event page also appears on the Browse Events page of our site. Here, anyone can explore event pages based on location and keywords. Upcoming events also appear in the “On Our Calendar” content stream on our Explore page.
We are also cooking up new and interesting ways to showcase events on our homepage by connecting them in streams with other content on our site, like NewMusicBox articles, projects, profiles, and media. We want to amplify your work, and featuring what you’re up to on our homepage is one way to do that. Keep on the lookout for some of these content streams on our homepage soon.
In addition to showcasing events on our site, we’re also actively promoting event pages through social media, email, and other means. A weekly events email list we piloted this past year in New York City was successful, and we’re working to expand these sorts of email lists to other cities around the country.
How Do I Find Events I’m Interested In?
To find an event, visit the Browse Events page of our site. Here, you can sort through both upcoming and past events, refining by location and keyword search to discover exactly what you’re looking for.
There is also a more passive way to discover events on our site through the “On Our Calendar” content stream on our Explore page. While logged out users get a quick overview of upcoming events around the country, if you’re logged in and have entered your location on your profile then you will see upcoming events near you.
Find an event to attend.
We’re continuing to tweak and refine event pages to better serve your needs. If you encounter any bugs, have questions, or want to offer suggestions for event pages, feel free to shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sam Reising is a composer based in New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Music in music theory & composition from NYU Steinhardt, where he studied with Ezequiel Viñao. He is the Community Platform Strategist and Grantmaking Manager for New Music USA and also works as a writer, contributing reviews and essays about new music to I Care If You Listen while offering his own take on marketing for small, nonprofit arts organizations on his blog.