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How are websites appearing in "EarlyMusicNews.org Weblinks Revisited" articles picked?

The sites appearing in “EarlyMusicNews.org Weblinks Revisited” articles are picked at random from the random weblinks block that appears in the “Featured Random Weblink” block found on the “Home” page and at the top right column. No suggestions of website is accepted for these article in order to offer all listed sites equal opportunity of being highlighted on our pages. 


I would like to join the membership to the EarlyMusicNews.org site but it says that the "user registration" is closed. How would I go about joining the membership?

User registration is closed at this time. Please email us if you wish to join our membership and to contribute to the site.

Please support your local early music organizations either financially or by volunteering your help. The resulting music is worth the effort. Merry musik making. (Admin)


You cite many early music composers and artists on your Calendar. Where did you get the list?

The list was compiled on the Wikipedia pages. You may find these on the following pages: List of classical music composers by era.

 


 


Why are the ticket prices not published with concert listings?

Ticket prices along with any items having to deal with financial issues will not be published on EarlyMusicNews.org. This policy is to avoid any mis-quotes on items which may have financial repercussions to members, groups, performers or companies. Links to the sites that accompany each news items will re-direct the reader to the appropriate originating site where the ticket prices/financial data will be listed.

NOTE: EarlyMusicNews.org may, from time to time, display pricing/financial data at its own discretion.


A news item appeared on your pages and it listed the wrong date for a concert or event. How can this be changed or corrected?

While EarlyMusicNews.org tries as best as possible to publish accurate information, from time to time, there may occur errors in articles/links. If an error is found, EarlyMusicNews.org will publish a corrected version of the article on its pages or a retraction.

However, each article/link carries a link to the originating site of the news/link item and that the originating site is considered the official version from which any reliable information be considered.

EarlyMusicNews.org welcomes any information of any errors appearing on its pages and thanks, in advance, any such from its readers.


Why do you have a Facebook icon and it keeps returning me to this site?

EarlyMusicNews.Org has a Facebook site[1] with a news feed from the originating website. When you click on the news item, it will open a new tab or window where you will be returned to the http://www.EarlyMusicNews.Org website. All of the production will originate from the website. However, we do maintain the EarlyMusicNews.Org Facebook site for those who would prefer being kept appraised of new news items posted on the originating site. 

[1] http://www.facebook.com/pages/EarlyMusicNewsorg/135397476479973


We would like to submit materials for review by EarlyMusicNews.Org. How do we go about sending/mailing the materials to you?

Feel free to contact by email for arrangements as this is the most convenient way to communicate with the site.

EarlyMusicNews.Org form mail

Email:
Admin@EarlyMusicNews.Org

Feel free to mail to the address below if you would prefer to send directly by post.

By Post:

Marc Paré, Editor
EarlyMusicNews.Org
623 Bluenose Crescent
Waterloo O­ntario
Canada
N2K 4H4


We sent you some materials for review, but have not as yet seen nor read a review on your webpages. How do we go about finding out the status of the review?

EarlyMusicNews.Org cannot guarantee a deadline date of publication for any of the review materials it receives. However, feel free to contact us to verify the status of the review. We will try to accommodate as much as possible the review of any materials that are sent to EarlyMusicNews.Org.


How do I add a concert date item?

There are two ways of entering a concert item (method 1. is preferable):

  1. Join the membership to the site, enter the concert data yourself and be as descriptive as possible. A web link to the original source must accompany your submission. Your item will later be verified, validated and edited and may be altered to follow the site's publication format.

    (This method is the prefered way of submitting your news articles as EarlyMusicNews.org wishes to promote an active community involvement in the dissemination of early music news.)

  2. Contact the admin to this site and suggest the concert item in question. You may address your suggestion to admin@EarlyMusicNews.org or click o­n the address found in FAQ/Contact section

    All concert submissions must lead to a website. No articles will be accepted where there is no web presence for the article.


What do you mean by "Website Best Practices"?

This section is about ways to facilitate the sharing of information from your website so that your information can appear on our pages with the utmost of ease possible (or, for that matter, any other media site such as ours).

The ideal is to have information easily shared/quoted and copy/pasted to media sites (such as ours) in order to market your site. The transfer of information should be made as easily for both you and the recipient media site and avoid any steps or webpage setups where extra work is necessary from which to get the information. (Note: The real test to this is for you to try to create an article from your webpages to another blank page (for example, a word processor page) to see how many steps are needed to collect information from your pages; then test-try other early music sites to compare.)

Best Practices

  • for sections of your site where you would like media organizations such as EarlyMusicNews.org to publish details on its pages, try to have them in a web format where “copy/paste” is possible. Although your website pages may look great with interactive content, such pages will often make copy/paste of text impossible, and, delay any posting of events/materials of your site for marketing purposes on site such as EarlyMusicNews.org. Simply said, sites where the information is easy to “copy/paste” are usually first in line for posting -- if you make it difficult to copy text, then, delays in publishing important details of your events will be slower to make it to media sites such as ours.

  • should you like to share information found on your website, adopt a copyright license that favours the sharing of information in a way that still promotes your site. One such license is the “Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) (or later)” -- this license is used by such large groups as the LibreOffice.org – Documents Section, Flickr, the US Whitehouse.gov website, section (some of other sites may be found here). In this case, “attribution” could (for sites such as EarlyMusicNews.org) would be as simple as quoting material on your pages and giving credit back to you in the form of a weblink redirecting the reader back to your site OR by crediting you by name. A redirecting weblink is more favourable as this will expose your site to more visitors and perhaps gain you more concert-audience individuals or increase traffic and “web recognition” of your site.

  • if you would like to manage the information on your site in a stricter fashion, have a “Media” section where materials of your group is either copy/paste-able or ready for download with accompanying copyright permissions.

  • have an “About” (”About us”) section that has a description of your group/organization.

  • events should have a clearly indicated date format. The dates should always include not only the day and month but ALSO the year.

  • finally, many groups make good use of keeping in touch with their regular ticket holders and media partners (such as EarlyMusicNews.org) by publishing a regular newsletter. The frequency of mailouts varies from group to group: some of the more active groups will mailout as often as twice monthly, but most will mailout a newsletter a few weeks prior to an upcoming event. Newsletters are extremely good communication tools available to music groups. These newsletters could be as simple as a regular email sent to your ticket-holder base and media organizations or as formal as newsletters managed by professional media groups. If you are not publishing a newsletter, you may want to consider looking at this as a possible marketing option.

  • Keeping communication lines open: if there is ever any of your group/organization’s information posted that you would like removed/corrected, please do approach our site admin or webmaster and request its removal. You will find that in ALL cases, your request will be observed and the material in question will be removed within a reasonable delay of time (usually as soon as the request is received by the admin/webmaster).  The email addresses are: Admin@EarlyMusicNews.org  or Webmaster@EarlyMusicNews.org  

On a personal note, I have found that the majority of individuals/groups/organizations have been more than willing to have their website/webpage content quoted (when used in context) and posted on our pages with redirection to their site. This has added some additional traffic to their site and added more web presence to their effort. The majority view this “sharing of information” good marketing strategy on “getting the word out” of their early music contributions. -- Marc Paré (Editor/Admin)


What "content license" does this site use? Can I copy/paste sections of the site? Are there limits to the license?

License
This site uses the “Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) (or later)” license. Feel free to re-use parts of this site unless otherwise posted.1

Limits
If you do use parts of this site, please conform to the license attribution by leaving a link next to the copied content, giving credit to this site. Acceptable examples could be:

  • ”from EarlyMusicNews.org
  • “from http://www.EarlyMusicNews.org
  • ”quoted from EarlyMusicNews.org
  • “quoted from http://www.EarlyMusicNews.org
  • or some other short statement such as these

One caveat, where content ON THIS SITE has been quoted from another site, please give credit to the originating site. YOU SHOULD NOT ASSUME that quoted content from a secondary site found on EarlyMusicNews.org transfers their permission to you. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS visit any secondary site and quote directly from their site.

Otherwise, EarlyMusicNew.org exist for the exchange of information of the international activities of early music news related events, and, as such, EarlyMusicNews.org is agreable to the exchange of information. Where possible, RSS feeds are at your disposal for your use.

1. When in doubt, contact Admin@EarlyMusicNews.org  for clarification.



Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.


Have you noticed any trends that would help in promoting our group's website? What are other people using to promote their site?

Trends that have been noticed are (1 feb 2012) (* our recommendations are noted in each section):

  • Website -- groups/associations
    • the vast majority of sites have a website, however, a small, but growing number of groups/associations are using Facebook as their only “web presence vehicle”. The vast amount of websites are mostly static (very few changes to the sites) other than updating of upcoming concert dates or their discography. Most will now have a button leading to secondary interactive vehicles such as Facebook, YouTube, MySpace etc.
    • * A website is highly recommended even if you have a Facebook account. Caveat: Facebook reaches 800 million users, HOWEVER, the vast majority of people are NOT on Facebook. Groups using Facebook as their main website will NOT reach those without a Facebook account. At the very least, groups/associations should have a website with corresponding domain name.

  • Domain Name
    • the vast majority of websites have a domain name corresponding to their own group/association name. For example: “EarlyMusicNew.org“ (our official name) is found by surfing by browsing to the “http://www.EarlyMusicNews.org” site; our parent company name is “parEntreprise” and may be found on the web at “http://www.parEntreprise.com”. However, a small segment of performance group have not as yet acquired a corresponding domain name, but these are in the minority.
    • * A corresponding domain name is highly recommended. It is also suggested that groups/organizations acquire the country code name instead of the .com/.org/.net unless you are anticipating bases in other countries. For example “NotaBeneBaroque”, based in Waterloo Ontario Canada, has acquired its corresponding Canadian country domain name and may be found at “http://www.NotaBeneBaroque.ca”. Using a corresponding country code domain name give the group additional branding and the general public will associate the site with the originating country base for the group. Should you wish to protect your group/association brand name, you may consider then acquiring the international .com/.net/org version of your domain name.
  • Website sound files
    • some websites make use of a music player offering excerpts of recorded music -- the music player offers visitors to “stop/pause/play the music. A growing segment is leaving full sound clips of complete movements. It seems the average number of sound files numbers around 5 clips, although, there seems to be growth in sites offering a larger variety of sound files making a visit to their site a better “auditory” experience. Some sites are offering website visitors mp3 sound clips without a player.
    • * Highly recommended especially for a group engaged in performance, the mp3 format is still the most preferred format, “vogg orbis” format is available to those who are worried about mp3 licensing issues.
  • Facebook site  (or alternatives to Facebook)
    • the vast majority of groups have a Facebook site. The groups make serious use of Facebook’s ease at “feeding” visitor’s attention/curiosity with updates. It seems that most groups/organizations will have specific individuals associated with the group/organization maintaining the sites on a regular weekly basis as well as monitoring the comments
    • *Highly recommended. Caveat: Facebook reaches 800 million users, HOWEVER, the vast majority of people are NOT on Facebook. Groups using Facebook as their main website will NOT reach those without a Facebook account.
  • Photo album site
    • the vast majority are posting photos on their site, a growing segment are using their Facebook sites as a photo repository, some are using photo upload sites for ease of use such a Google Picasa Web or FlickR etc.
    • * Highly recommended, especially if posted on a website. Visitors seem to appreciate photos greatly! Photos will also add face recognition to the group. Caveat: a Facebook album/photos reaches 800 million users, HOWEVER, the vast majority of people are NOT on Facebook. Groups using Facebook as their main photo repository will NOT reach those without a Facebook account.
  • YouTube site  (or alternatives to YouTube)
    • a fast growing segment of performance groups are using YouTube to promote their group by posting videos of some performances or  “pre-performance” events such as rehearsals or individual performances.
    • A very small segment are posting complete concerts on their site, however, this is highly unusual as such streams may ultimately slow the site down for other users or, may in fact use up the amount of allocated bandwidth to the site’s contracted download/upload agreement. In such cases, hosting services may close the site down temporarily until the site owner agrees to the purchase of further bandwidth.
    • * Recommended -- YouTube (or similar) account, especially if you are a performance group OR if you are not offering sound files on your website. NOT RECOMMENDED if the video is of poor quality as the visual message may affect the group negatively.
  • Electronic Newsletter (E-News)
    • larger groups are making effective use of their newsletter mailouts by targeting their ticket/audience user base. Unfortunately, the newsletter option is NOT used by the vast majority of performance groups. In order to use the newsletter option, a group must start collecting email addresses from audience members as well as advertise the newsletter on their website with an option of signing up to the newsletter is also necessary.
    • * Highly recommended for ALL groups. Targeted mailouts such as newsletters are very efficient marketing and promotion tools.
  • Twitter
    • some active groups are using Twitter, whereas the vast majority of sites are NOT making use of the“Twitter” option.  (* The Twitter option seems a little excessive for smaller groups where there is not enough interest from group members to “twitter” pertinent information to listeners)
    • * NOT RECOMMENDED unless groups are prepared to devote the time spent updating OFTEN.

  • Funding Strategies
    • most performance groups/associations are making use of some form of funding strategies. Most of these groups have a “Donate” button strategically placed on their websites.
    • * Highly recommended. Generally speaking, most of these groups have gained “non-profit” status, making use of tax exemption options.

  • Corporate Sponsoship
    • Most larger associations and some performance groups have garnered some form of corporate sponsorship to help with certain projects.
    • * Highly recommended if running a festival/workshop or for associations without corporate sponsorship. In most cases, corporate sponsorship will depend on the group achieving “non-profit” status.

 



What is your address? I would like to send you something through regular post.

Our mailing address is:

Marc Paré, Editor
EarlyMusicNew.Org
623 Bluenose Crescent
Waterloo Ontario
Canada
N2K 4H4

Phone: 519-744-9396
Email: Admin@EarlyMusicNews.org


Can our group link to your Weblinks pages rather than developing a weblinks page of our own (on our website)?

The answer, in all cases, is of a resounding “yes” and of our approval. 

Consider this, to-date, there are over 2600 early music related websites listed on our weblinks pages; these sites are indexed into 48 different categories; the index is verified once or twice yearly by our own weblinks bot in order to identify any dead links; there are tools for site visitor feedback as to the information of the weblinks as well as to identify any dead links that may have not been found by our bot. While this verification process is not perfect, it does help in keeping the weblinks URL data as accurate as possible.

Why would you want to use our weblinks pages as you very own weblinks page on your site? It releases you of the tedious task of maintaining such a page while still allowing your input of its content. You may propose any missing early music weblink(s) as well as identify changes of pre-existing weblinks’ content or URL.

So, if you wish, go ahead and feel free to link to our weblinks page. After all, the idea of organizing the EarlyMusicNews.org weblinks is to make the early music community known to our website visitors and help disseminate any other information that connects us to all that is of early music.

Marc Paré
Editor/Admin
Admin@EarlyMusicNews.org


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