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Tips for Constructing a Great Composer's Website

Aug 2, 2008
A composer's website functions in many ways and is the main means of communication with the outside world. A website will serve as a reference for your audience, act as your electronic agent, and store valuable media such as photographs, music excerpts, and information such as your biography for media outlets. It is your online business card and is essential to build your career in the 21st century. Following are several key elements necessary to an effective music composer's website.

1. Make your site easy to navigate by choosing a clean-cut design which will allow visitors to learn about your music quickly and effectively.

2. Your activity is significant so make sure that people know about your performances by updating your site regularly.

3. Make sure your catalog always contains your most recently completed work. This is the most effective way to let performers find works for their instrument.

4. Provide both a brief and full biography on separate pages detailing people you've worked with, press clippings, etc. You'll be surprised how often a short biography these come in handy.

5. Let online guests demo your work by having at least three music clips available in .mp3 format.

6. Social networking sites are active arenas of musical activity so post links in profiles on such sites. Participate in the action!

7. Use professional and easy to remember contact information/email address. That means you should ditch that old guitarhero99 at hotmail.com email address you've had since you were thirteen and simply go with your formal name or business name.

A website that meets the guidelines mentioned above will undoubtedly boost your career. As a final note however, remember that while your website's goal is to portray you as a pro in the field don't be afraid to show a bit of your stellar personality. Professionalism is great, but you are most likely to be successful if you also interest people in a personal way.

Go forth and prosper!
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