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Date: 11/10/2005 | Time: 3:25:46 PM | Author: Ron St. Germain  
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Hi everyone!

I'm thinking of creating a website at Homestead.com to promote my musical. Is this a viable way of promoting the work to theaters and producers or not? I know they get many submissions and may not necessarily go looking on the web. Or is this in the 'What could it hurt' category? All comments are welcome. You guys are great!
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Date: 11/10/2005 | Time: 3:55:01 PM | Author: Ken  
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Ron, it could never hurt to have your own website. From a business perspective it lends credibility to your product and intentions and level of professionalism.

Also, when you're in other forums you can add it to your signature so the link is there every time you post. That's free advertising.

Overall I feel it would just give you a nice place to showcase your art and it's development - on your own terms and in an artistic environment you control.

Your material is so fantastic I'd personally love to see you succeed in selling it. College level, high school level, pro-am, or pro. They all pay. Go for it!

Just my 2 cents.

And hey...the price is right~!
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Date: 11/10/2005 | Time: 4:14:19 PM | Author: Paul  
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Just to add what Ken said . The thing I think about is making it as easy as possible for a person to access your music or product . How many times have you said screw it because it was going to take more effort than you had anticipated ? A personal website with a link right to the product is an easy as it gets . IMO
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Date: 11/10/2005 | Time: 4:38:35 PM | Author: Den Hollinden  
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Hey, Ron,
     I think it's a great idea, provided you understand the Web site won't promote your musical for you. It will provide you with an important if not essential tool to use in that promotion.

     For starters, just the thinking you'll need to do to create the site will be a great exercise--knowing what it is about your product that you want other people to know about, things about yourself you'll want to share, making sure you have good contact information that people can use to get in touch with you--all the details you'll want to set up to make your effort a success.

     If you want a good printed reference, my favorite is _This Business of Music Marketing & Promotion_ by Tad Lathrop. One of the many good pieces of advice he shares is that once you set up your Web site, print its URL on everything you send out--all your emails, your phone message, buesiness cards--EVERYTHING.
     Den

PS: Something you'll want to be thinking about up front is what you want to emphasize in your domain name. For example, are you going to go all out to promote this musical; i.e., name your Web site after it, or focus a bit more generally by say naming the Web site after you as the author with the idea that you'll be promoting serveral products over a period of time.
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Date: 11/10/2005 | Time: 5:05:03 PM | Author: Ron St. Germain  
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Like I said, you guys are great! Excellent information!
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Date: 11/10/2005 | Time: 5:12:37 PM | Author: Ron St. Germain  
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Oh, by the way. I gave the choir director at our church a cd of some of the songs in the musical. She handed it back to me with an unimpressed 'Thanks for letting me listen.' Oh, well. Glad she's not a theater director ;)
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Date: 11/10/2005 | Time: 5:58:59 PM | Author: GGB  
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Ron,

Do not... Do not... Do not... have I said that enough, let that type of reaction get you down or stop your momentum that you have going...

Play me a rap song and I would give the same reaction, doesn't mean it's not good rap or that it won't hit a home run on the major labels, just means it's not my thing...

GGB
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Date: 11/10/2005 | Time: 6:08:57 PM | Author: lawapa  
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For every success I can only imagine how many rejections came before it.
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Date: 11/10/2005 | Time: 7:45:02 PM | Author: ratskins  
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Ron:

I've heard ho-hum comments from various people about THE BEATLES! So I wouldn't worry about pleasing everybody.

As a point of interest, I had a piano teacher when I was kid who told my mother that I had no musical ability and could never learn to play piano. I ended up getting a bachelor of arts degree in music. I was also in a band that the big newspaper in town referred to as 'the last great musical hope for our city.' I had a song used in a movie once. My point is, just make the kind of music you want to make and hopefully a number of like-minded people will discover it.
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Date: 11/11/2005 | Time: 8:47:03 AM | Author: Ron St. Germain  
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Thanks to everyone for their very helpful comments. I really depend on this forum for ideas and criticism of my work. Thanks again.
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Date: 11/11/2005 | Time: 8:56:45 AM | Author: Den Hollinden  
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Just remember there's only one very special kind of music that everybody likes or at very least nobody hates enough to get upset about. You won't hear it in the theatre or a movie or played in a club. No, it's only playing in your favorite elevator.

Just be thankful she gave you the CD back; so, you can give it to somebody else who will appreciate it. That's much better than ending up on a shelf somewhere, along with all the free AOL CDs.
     Den

PS: About that CD...can I have it?? : )

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Date: 11/11/2005 | Time: 9:07:40 AM | Author: Ron St. Germain  
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I would be more than happy to send you a copy. The total price with postage and handling will cost you $0.0   
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Date: 11/12/2005 | Time: 9:28:03 AM | Author: g.b.buckley  
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Ron,

You might want to visit these sites for ideas:

jeffblumenkrantz.com
kerrigan-lowdermilk.com
www.reelmelodies.com

They're a sampling of sites from the Dramatists Guild of America.

I set up a web site a few years ago for three other playwrights and myself, sent out emails inviting folks to visit it, included a link, and the results were zilch. I found the best results I have are with the old fashioned query letter.

But that was my experience. Go for it and good luck.

George
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Date: 11/12/2005 | Time: 11:31:30 AM | Author: Scott R. Garrigus  
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Hi Ron,

If you're going to do this and you don't have experience developing your own web site, then I would suggest hiring a professional to do it.

Of if you don't have the bucks and want to try your own hand at it, at least use one of the software programs that take care of a lot of chores automatically (such as basic graphics for the site, etc.). Check out this product:

Namo WebEditor
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000BD1AD2/compmediaA/

Scott

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Date: 11/12/2005 | Time: 12:15:09 PM | Author: Ron St. Germain  
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Thank you Scott and G.B. I really appreciate your help!!
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