Make Music
Rochester

Participate

All of the Make Music events around the world use a matchmaking software called Solstice to facilitate performances.  Here’s a quick how-to in case you run into some confusion:

  1. Visit the Solstice site
  2. Click register, the large orange button in the middle of the page
  3. Complete all the required text fields, agree to the terms and conditions, and click “Sign me up!”
  4. You should now see a screen asking if you want to register as a performer, venue, or both.

Performer

Basic Info After clicking on the Performer tab, you’ll be taken to screen 1 of 7 to create an artist profile. All the fields on this first page are required. This page covers basic info such as performer name, a short description (used for public-facing purposes), and a longer description (used for matchmaking context).

Availability The main feature of the next screen is setting time availability. The scroll bar indicates the broadest range of time the artist is available to perform.  If you have non-continuous availability, you can toggle the button just below the main time slider, and a second slider will appear.  This slider allows you to block out a period of time during which you’re not available.  The final aspect of this screen is the option to stop accepting performance requests from venues (artists usually do this once they’ve made enough matches).

Performance Info This screen helps venues determine if you are suitable for their physical space.  It asks how many members make up your group, if you need electricity to perform, if you need a piano to perform, etc.

Images You are able to upload photos of and logos for your group on this page, but they are not required.

Media This is where you can upload some clips of your music via YouTube and Soundcloud so venues know what to expect, but they are not required.

Social This page is similar to screen 5, but allows you to provide links to your YouTube and Soundcloud channels (as opposed to merely clips) and social media profiles such as Twitter and Facebook.

Contact The final page is required and asks for the performing group’s contact information.  Once you hit “Finish”, you will be taken to the “Find a Match” page where you can begin to browse venues.

Venue

Basic Info After clicking on the Venue tab, you’ll be taken to screen 1 of 7 to create a venue profile.  All the fields on this first page are required, except for the website field.  This page covers basic info such as name, description, and location type.  It also requires that you indicate if the venue is physically accessible to all performers and audience members.

Address On the second screen, you must select a neighborhood and enter the venue’s address.  After entering these, hit “generate map”. Google Maps will take this info and create a map. If it’s correct and the pin is in the correct location, simply hit Next.  If nothing appears, re-enter the information and hit “generate new map.”  If a map appears, but the user would like to fine-tune the location, they should click “by clicking here” in blue, and then drag the background of the map, not the pin, so that everything is situated correctly.

Availability The main feature of the next screen is setting time availability. The scroll bar indicates the broadest range of time the venue can host performers.  If your venue has non-continuous availability, you can toggle the button just below the main time slider, and a second slider will appear.  This slider allows you to block out a period of time during which the venue is not available.  The final aspect of this screen is the option to stop accepting performance requests from artists (venues usually do this once they’ve made enough matches).

Performance Info You should use this screen to indicate what type of electricity/PA is provided and/or allowed for your performers, whether or not a piano is available, and if the performance will happen rain or shine.

Images You are able to upload photos of and logos for your venue on this page, but they are not required.

Social This page allows you to provide links to your venue’s social media profiles, such as Facebook and Twitter.

Contact The final page is required and asks for the venue’s contact information.  Once you hit “Finish”, you will be taken to your dashboard where you can begin to browse artists (“Find an artist!”).

Both

When a user has a venue and already knows who is going to perform there (whether because they had planned the performance on their own or have found a match on their own), they are first taken through the Venue process listed above.  Once the user has completed the venue profile and has been re-directed to their dashboard, they are ready to complete a simple, one-page form of information about the performer/performance.  

  1. Click “Input Artist Info” in the center-right of the screen.  
  2. A message will pop up that starts with “If you would like to list an artist…”. Click the “Continue” button.  
  3. Complete the basic information about the performer, performance time, and location.  
  4. Click the “schedule performance” button to submit the performance for approval.  You will be re-directed back to your dashboard, where it will show that the submitted performance is pending admin approval.