We’re updating newmusicusa.org – creating a more streamlined, user-friendly experience!
As we evaluate our digital resources, we’ve heard your feedback. Our site can be difficult to navigate, and the bounty of user-generated content has grown out-of-date. This reflects a shift in online behavior, as you and many other users move from in-site profiles to social media and your own websites.
We also recognize that many of you registered a profile purely to apply for a grant and that many of you have used the profile function for that purpose only.
With this shift, our grants portal and community events calendar will be significantly streamlined, separating our grant applications process from information promoting current events in our new music community.
What this means to you:
- Your user profile will no longer be available once we complete our web transition.
- Please visit your profile page before July 15 to save any information or media housed on our site and give it a home on your own website or user-focused social media channels.
- And if you’re not already connecting with us on our social channels, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and our email newsletter, so that we can continue to champion any work you do that you want to share with our community. We want to keep engaging with the incredible conversations we’ve shared for years.
If you apply for a grant in the future, we will be using a different platform through which we will collect your information once more. This platform will be secure and private and won’t display your information on our website unless your project is selected for support.
If you have questions or need assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens to user profiles?
- Over the past 10-years, our community has shifted from connecting via user-based profiles on our site to engaging with social media channels as our primary place to interact.
- As we move forward, we’re closing down user-generated profiles. This will no longer be available on our site, and we ask that you save any language or materials that you may have been hosting here.
- We’re committed to providing the same community support and activism we always have, in the social channels our communities inhabit.
What happens to event pages with this change?
- All upcoming new music events on our community calendar will be retained in this transition.
- As we move forward, we’ll be shifting to a simpler events entry system that no longer requires a log-on, creating a more secure, streamlined community events calendar.
What happens to project pages?
- Content in legacy project pages will be maintained, although the page layouts will change slightly. As we move away from user-edited content, we’ll introduce more staff oversight to these pages. If there are any changes to your project plans or details after the profile logins are sunset, please be in touch and we will be happy to assist.
- We’ll be introducing a more streamlined grants portal soon, that will allow applicants to submit materials to a secure offsite web portal rather than creating profiles on our sites.
What happens to articles on NewMusicBox?
- We’ll maintain our incredible legacy of NewMusicBox content.
- Old links will continue to direct to their destinations, revealing an updated site look.
- As always, we find that some off-site links and embeds become outdated over time. We do our best to find and correct such errors, but if you spot one, please feel free to let us know, and we’ll see if we can update the content.
If changes need to be made to the streamlined biography, how would that be accomplished?
- Bios should describe who they are and what they do, rather than focusing on current projects. We’re encouraging our users to think of the bios as teasers or jumping-off places, knowing that they keep more up-to-date information on their own social and web channels.
- You can contact us to make changes; but we do want to encourage folks to keep their text brief and evergreen.
Can web links be included in the bio?
- Yes. There’s a field that most have already put to use, that includes the web link.