Why so soon, you might ask, when the festival isn’t until June? Well, we need to submit the final schedule to the City for approval in the beginning of May, and compile listings for our media partners to help promote your concert. That means you have two weeks to finalize concert plans!
Read on for instructions for how to finalize your MMNY 2014 plans.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR MUSICIANS
Three easy steps to finalizing your MMNY concert plans:
1. Apply to locations.
The first step is to apply for a place to perform. To do so, click on “Find a Match”, located at the top right of your browser. This will bring up some 300+ locations available for MMNY, including more than 50 libraries that have just signed up.
Scroll through the venues and find one that matches your interests and performance needs. Many sidewalk locations have electricity; most parks do not. Venues that are looking for particular kinds of music list their preferences. In most cases, artists bring their own instruments and amps, but sometimes a venue will provide them. (If they can, they will have a made a note about it.)
Next, request performances at your chosen locations. We suggest applying to 4 or 5 locations, but be strategic about your requests, and ask for specific set times. Requests that span several hours are confusing to locations and often result in nothing.
It’s always a good idea to send the venue a message, and talk specifics. For example, if you’re free to play at other times, or can share equipment with other acts, you can tell them in your message. If a venue is interested in having you, they will reply to your request.
2. Or, create your own location! (Recommended!)
Make Music New York is open to any musician, in any neighborhood. Really.
We can get you permits to play on almost any sidewalk in the five boroughs. Since New York City has 12,000 miles of sidewalks, there’s plenty of room for everyone.
If you’re having trouble finding the perfect spot for your music on our website, create your own. Acoustic musicians (i.e. those without electricity) can perform almost anywhere. If you need a place to plug in, you can perform in front of your NYC apartment and drop an extension cord out the window. Ask your friend’s store to give you electricity to play outside. Pick up the phone and call places you’ve already performed — a restaurant, church, senior center or concert hall — and ask if you can set up on the sidewalk with an extension cord out the door. If it’s OK with them, it’s OK with us.
Once you’ve lined this up — and again, you must do this before April 29 — sign in to the website, click on the orange button on the top right of your browser, and navigate to “manage profiles.” Here you can create a location profile for the venue, and than match it to your artist profile. We’ll get in touch if we have any questions
(Please note that this process won’t work to apply for parks, or for locations already listed on our website.)
3. Confirm performances.
This is the last step! Once you’ve talked to the venues you are interested in, you can confirm your set time. All pending performances will be listed on your dashboard.
Make sure that your venue confirms, too.
Once this is set, MMNY staff will check that the event does not conflict with any other performances in the area, and will confirm on the Admin side. If you and the venue have confirmed the time and details, then you are all set, even if it says “Pending Admin.” We will take care of the rest. It might take a few days, but we are on it.