I want to join Consortio. What do I do first?
Start a profile! Your profile is the best way prospective project members can learn about you, your compositional voice, and why they should support your projects.
Is my profile visible?
Once you enable your profile, it will be public and visible in Consortio's marketplace. You can disable your profile in your account's profile page.
What's important in a profile?
A profile in Consortio consists of four distinct and important parts: Basic info, Biography, Compositions, and Testimonials.
Basic info includes your name as you want it to be displayed on the site, your Consortio URL, your location, and your profile picture which Consortio uses as a thumbnail throughout the site.
Your biography give people a sense of where you are and what you've done. Include information on any awards, commissions, and/or ensembles that have performed or recorded your works, upcoming engagements, etc.
NOTE: Lengthy biographies might feel great, but they can get tedious for outsiders, so aim for crucial and significant information that would directly relate to someone considering your projects.
Your style description could include adjectives that describe your sound (e.g. "exciting" or "lush"), well-known works that are similar to your voice, and other ways to put your music into words, so to speak. While this can be daunting, it's not impossible. Here are some suggestions to get you started:
- You could write it strictly having to do with musical components of your work, whether that's the harmony, melodic content, your textual choices, or more.
- You could write it similar to NPR's legendary "This I Believe" series, crafting something that lets people into your personal connection to the music you love to write.
- You could relate your music to others in your field, or the past and present music that influences you.
However you write it, make sure to allow your own person shine through. This is a way for ensembles who don't know you get a sense of what you have to offer as a composer, musician, and human.
While your biography and style description give Consortio users a sense of who you are on paper, your compositions give them a sense of what your sound is. To add a composition to your existing profile, click the "add a new work" button in the Compositions tab of your account's Profile page. If you want to edit a composition, click "edit" on the right of that composition's info box.
Testimonials build credibility for your profile and greatly increase the likelihood of a prospective project member taking a chance on your project. To ask for a testimonial, go to the Testimonials tab on your account's Profile page and click the "Ask for a Testimonial" button. You can choose which testimonials you wish to showcase on your profile.
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