Posted at 5:14 PM on September 21, 2008
by Gillian Martin
Please allow me an "Andy Rooney" moment.
As a classical music announcer, I spend a lot of time searching the Web for current information about musicians to share with you, the listener.
What I find a little irritating is that many big-name classical stars--those who probably have "people" to handle these things--don't keep their websites updated. A household-name pianist's calendar claims, "No tour dates are currently scheduled, please check back soon." Oh, really? Or a major violinist's website reads, "In the 2006-2007 season, he will be touring Asia."
So, if you're a big name star reading this blog, help me help you. Update your website, so I can sound "with it" and well-informed, and listeners can know you're still alive and working.
Or if they don't have someone working for them, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can work out something for me to update your website for you. These days, an out-of-date website is as bad as cancelling a media appearance.
What has probably taken place is something like this: The individual artist has a computer geek friend do the website for them and then either the computer geek friend drops off the face of the earth or charges an arm and a leg to keep the site up to date and the artist would rather do it themselves----but that costs $$ to learn also!
Yes, I absolutely understand that problem for struggling musicians. But I'm talking about artists who do dozens (or hundreds) of concerts per year at $30,000+ per concert. They've got the bucks to keep it up--or their record companies do. Maybe an up-to-date website is less important for them, because we'll all flock to hear them anyway?