Should Composers' Forum Continue?

Hello Colleagues,

Composers' Forum has been around about 12 years and it's now time to consider if it should continue. There are many boards and web sites out there, plus reddit, plus facebook, so there are plenty of places composers can go to to have discussions with each other. Many of these sites offer free membership, as does Composers' Forum. But Composers' Forum is not free to the admins who run it - it costs $599 a year to keep going. Admins have been paying this cost since the site began, out of a love for music composition. We've asked the members to voluntarily contribute each year to help pay for the site, with limited success, amounting to at best about 10% of this cost. So this year is a decision year - it's now up to you, the members, to decide if this site has had its time and should close down or continue if you would be willing to help pay to keep it going. I'm hosting this discussion so you can share any thoughts you have on this. The site license is up for renewal at the end of October, I will make a decision whether or not to renew it sometime in September, in part, based on anything that comes from this discussion - 

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  • It should definitely continue. I have contributed money in the past and will do so again when called upon. The large user base is something that cannot be recreated easily, as witnessed by the two 'spin off' forums that were begun by former members here. Neither has approached anything like a critical mass. While the active members change over time, people come and people go, it remains the only place of its kind and size on the internet. The home page is special, too. I have not seen its like anywhere.

    It just keeps on going, like the Energizer Bunny, at a time when many forums seem to be withering.  It keeps gaining new members at a steady rate. There really is no place like it. While it may have been livelier a few years ago, and it went through some rather unseemly times not too far back, the ship seems to have righted itself, and I am very glad I returned after my own rather foolish behavior. 

    It would not take much in the way of donations if enough people step up. Sixty members contributing 10.00 would do it. That surely is not too much ask.

  • I'm a 2019 member but would be able to contribute. The site is both interesting and educational.  I don't know how one might deal with the 'flybynights' though!

    Have you thought of giving the donation thing more exposure, e.g. "Target donations this month // donations received // shortfall, etc.? About the only other forum I visit (deals with model-making) has this sort of thing in the R.H. margin.

  • I would be wiling to donate more than 10 % per year. When I was active here years ago, I used to donate.

  • Thanks to all who have replied so far. In response to Dane - all those things have been tried, some of them multiple times.

  • I find this site a valuable resource and hope it continues.

    Some classical music sites have section of announcements of calls for scores and contests.  This seems to attract more members, especially if you have to be a site member to see them.  This would take some effort to set up, but once issuers of calls and contests find out about it, they would probably just start sending things in.

    I think that people are more likely to send in money under a system which offers both free memberships and paid memberships which give extra benefits.  I know this isn't logical -- in theory, people who value a web site's services should just be willing to support the site financially.  But psychologically, people tend to be more likely to pay extra for something if they think they are getting something extra and specific in return.  I realize that having free/paid memberships would involve more overhead.

  • Although I love to create and compose I haven't been a real active member over the past years. The "imaginary machine" composition stirred my interest "Thanks Gav" and I have begun finding time to put more things together as well as do a deeper dive into My Imaginary Machine piece as compared to the original. I do know that composing/arranging/scoring etc. take time and effort. The love is innate but the time must be found. I am excited this site exists. In my short time on the list it seems the folks who submit and interact here care about being supportive about what goes on here. (The Mission?)  

    Is there an easily identified support button with a "We Need Your Support!" sign stating the cost of the server space and (administration) and the reason(s) why folks might want to support this organization?  Maybe something similar to 

    wikipedia.... 

  • I just found the Large DONATE tab at the Top ..... 

    I guess it's just time for the annual fund drive.

  • These can be posted in the "Contests" discussion (and have been)

    Jon Corelis said:

    Some classical music sites have section of announcements of calls for scores and contests. 

    Should Composers' Forum Continue?
    Hello Colleagues, Composers' Forum has been around about 12 years and it's now time to consider if it should continue. There are many boards and web…
  • Yes, but that depends on forum members volunteering the information, and so is hit-or-miss.  I'm thinking of a site like American Composers Forum, where members have access to an Opportunities section which almost all current composer contests and calls for scores in the world.  I don't know the details of how they get this information, but I assume the site is known to the managers of such contests and calls and they just send them in.  Some other sites offer similar lists accessible to everyone without membership.  This not only has the advantage of completeness, but the listing site can impose a standard format on the announcements (e.g. they have to say whether there is an entry fee, what the qualifications for entry are, etc.) If this site had just a complete and continuing standard current list of opportunities, many people would check it regularly, and while they are here might participate in the site in other ways.


    Gav Brown said:

    These can be posted in the "Contests" discussion (and have been)

    Jon Corelis said:

    Some classical music sites have section of announcements of calls for scores and contests. 

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  • Good idea!

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