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March 3, 2010

Getting your musical organization's events into the Sun's database

Although it's impossible to guarantee that every musical event will get published in the Sun (at least the return of the Live section has made more space available), there is a way that organizations can improve their chances of inclusion in online and in-print listings.

Instead of just emailing (or, for 19th-century types, snail-mailing) press releases, you should also input your info into the Sun's events and venues database. This will give people here what they need to create online lists and the material to choose from in compiling the lists published in Friday's Live section.

So just follow this link to the Web page and give us what you've got. It's pretty easy. One tip: When you get to the "Type of Event" line, click on the little arrow and you'll find a list of options on a drop-down menu. For classical music events (including opera), choose "Concert."

If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Hyler ( or Amanda Krotki (



Posted by Tim Smith at 12:27 PM | | Comments (1)


Thanks for the link. I noticed there were no classical music listings in last week's Live section.

Believe me, I noticed, too. Please don't hesitate to let folks here know about things like that (or things that you like about the paper). Feedback from the public is very important. The arts editor is Tim Swift ( TIM

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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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