CHECK OUT ANY DIRECTORY VIA ITS “VIEW IT” LINK AND SIGN UP VIA ITS “JOIN IT” LINK – ALL FOR FREE. AND PLEASE SHARE WITH EVERY MUSICIAN YOU KNOW!!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Who are these directories for?
A: These directories are for 1) a musician who needs to find a sub for a gig, 2) anyone who wants to look up the contact info for a particular musician, 3) a contractor, bandleader, booking agent, club owner, or a father of the bride looking to hire musicians, 4) a musician booking a regional or national tour who needs to hire capable band members in each community, 5) a music teacher trying to attract local or online students, or 6) a student looking for local or online lessons.
Q: Have you vetted these musicians? How will I know whether or not they’re any good?
A: Well…yes and no. If I personally invited you to join a directory, it was either because I was already familiar with your music or after I listened to a sound file or two. If you heard about the directories through the grapevine and signed up uninvited, I’m truly happy that you did, and welcome! Think of these directories as modern-day phone books: anyone and everyone is in there – perhaps some musicians of questionable ability, but also an impressive array of the world’s finest. For example*:
Vocalists: Tierney Sutton, Kathy Cosins, Dena DeRose, Denise Donatelli, Sara Leib, Greta Matassa, Johnaye Kendrick, Cathy Segal-Garcia, Judy Wexler, Niki Haris, Hilary Gardner, Jay Clayton, Nancy Kelly, Kendra Shank, Roseanna Vitro, Rebecca Kilgore, Madeline Eastman, Jackie Ryan, Stephanie Nakasian
Pianists: George Cables, Christian Jacob, Justin Kauflin, Taylor Eigsti, Benny Green, Michael Wofford, Bill Mays, Marilyn Crispell, Roberta Piket, Dawn Clement, Matthew Shipp. Luis Perdomo, Otmaro Ruiz, George Colligan
Guitarists: Bruce Forman, Mimi Fox, Jack Wilkins, Kurt Rosenwinkel
Bassists: Dave Friesen, Michael Bisio, Lynn Seaton
Drummers/Percussionists: Ari Hoenig, Ignacio Berroa
Wind players: Jiggs Wigham, Kim Richmond, Gary Smulyan, Terell Stafford, Holly Hofmann, Bob Mintzer, John Fedchock, Ryan Keberle, Ray Vega, Clay Jenkins, Thomas Marriott
*My apologies if you feel you belong on this “all star” list and weren’t included. This has more to do with international visibility, not just world-class talent!
OK fine – but how can you tell if the more “local” musicians are any good? That’s simple: visit their websites and read their resumes, listen to their sound files, check their endorsements. If someone doesn’t have a website – well, that might indicate that he or she may not be the first one to call.
Q: What must I pay to join?
A: These directories are free to join and free to use. At some point, I may solicit advertisers to help pay for my time and effort in maintaining the directories, but even then there will be no charge to the musicians.
Q: Can I join more than one directory?
A: As many as you like. If you sing, play both piano and alto saxophone, write your own music and teach, there’s five directories right there that you’d be eligible to join.
Q: I’d like to edit some of the info I submitted. How can I do that?
Q: Is there a search function?
A: Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Again, it’s in the works. The good news is that there are separate directories for each instrument and that musicians are alphabetized by last name and grouped by cities, which are also alphabetized. So looking up Tallahassee musician Pete Saxophone is pretty easy: just go to the Wind Player directory, then scroll down to the Tallahassee section, and you’ll find him sandwiched between Tom Sanders and Fred Taylor. But I get it – it would be nice to do a search for, say, tenor saxophone players. Not happening yet, but soon I hope!
Q: I just submitted the form and then checked the directory, but my submission looks weird: the font is too big, the background colors are wrong, and I’m not alphabetized correctly. What gives?
A: You did nothing wrong. Google sends your info from the form to the spreadsheet unformatted, so I have to do that after it rolls in. There are several steps, including placing your line with the other musicians in your city, alphabetizing you by your last name, reducing the font, adjusting the background colors, etc. It would be a seriously tedious job if I hadn’t recorded a monster macro that does it all for me. Even if I get 60 new signups in a day, I can just hold down four keys at once, then sit back and watch the magic happen, all in about a second. So don’t worry if your submission looks all wrong when you first check it out. It will all be taken care of, probably later the same day.
Q: I noticed that while it’s optional to include my phone number, the email address is a required field – why? I’d like to join but am afraid that the spambots will be on me before I know it. Is there a way I can join without including my email address?
Q: I just got some spam and I think it was because I’m on the directory. What can I do?