How to make the most of HELLO STAGE (1)

The first of a very useful and insightful series from Bettina Mehne - pratical advice, tips and tricks on how to benefit most from our unique HELLO STAGE features...

The 15/16 season is almost round the corner - in the last few weeks Orchestras, Promoters and Opera Houses have announced their upcoming programmes. I always find this a very special time of the year and am eagerly waiting for all the glossy brochures to arrive in the post!
All this glizz promoted me to remind you to fill in the upcoming concerts (for the rest of this season as well as 15/16) in your profiles. Also it is perfect timing to start a new blog series telling you more about how the inside of HELLO STAGE works.

You know that we have made some changes to how the website looks like and you will probably have noticed that the block with formerly "Today’s Events" looks quite different. You no longer get all of the concerts of today, but instead everything which is happening near you - depending on from where you are logging in from - in the next couple of days.

This way your events are even more visible for a longer period of time to everyone from the industry in the area. On top, lot of music lovers regularly check out what is happening on HELLO STAGE - they of course are shown the list of concerts near to them which will result in them turning up on your concerts! You can give them a hand by including the link to online ticket sales when filling in the event information (btw - people in the classical music business also appreciate that shortcut to their ticket..).

And of course your upcoming concerts for the next couple of weeks remain in the media feed on our first page - regardless where they are taking place and from where you have logged on. This continues the best way to be seen and get noticed.

Filling in an event looks self-explanatory on HELLO STAGE - however, some of my personal meetings with you made me think I should give you a few helpful hints to some of the boxes!

The title Concert appears automatically - but please go ahead and change it to anything you like! This can be anything from „Debut at the MET“, „Salzburg Festival“ to the name of the piece you will be performing (…you might also like to add not only concerts, but maybe workshops or recording sessions…).

120 indicates the average amount of minutes a concert will last from start to end. This is always a welcome bit of information for the audience and it can be changed to whatever you like if you like…

Publish date is a wonderful function! When you sit down to fill in your upcoming concerts, simply add the date of when the promoter will go public with the information. No need to rush back to your profile filling in the event the day of their press conference. The publish date too allows you to use HELLO STAGE for you forward planning. Fill in any inquires and all concerts still under negotiation and simply set the publish date to something like 1.1.2023 to make sure that they don’t appear prematurely on your profile. If you than use the URL that we provide you with, you can export not only existing engagements, but also all your planning to your personal calendar on your computer. I love this function!

As you might already have entered the piece you are performing in the title, a lot of you are not bothering with the repertoire section of the event. True - all relevant information seems to be out there already. But this is exactly where you can benefit hugely from being a member of HELLO STAGE! All repertoire filled in the Title Data becomes searchable by Promoters, Managers, and Orchestras. It is actually very quick - you just drag and drop from your repertoire list provided next to it. Of course, you will have to fill in the relevant pieces in the repertoire section of your profile first - but don’t worry, you don’t have to sit down and add every single work you ever prepared before you can start with the events. As it is the same for everybody using HELLO STAGE, everybody knows the repertoire list is work in progress and you are not limited to the works already listed there!!

This is getting a little long now, so let me tell you more about the repertoire section and its magic next time!

Bettina Mehne manages the relationships with Artists, Ensembles, their Managements as well as Promoters on HELLO STAGE. She toured Orchestras around the world, worked for London and Germany based Managements, took care of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen as their Artistic Manager and headed the Artistic Planning at the Wiener Konzerthaus for six seasons. Follow Bettina on Twitter - you can also always reach out to her at bettina@hellostage.com
Author: Bettina Mehne
Comments [1]
Yamile Cruz Montero - 2015-05-21 11:03
Thank you very much Bettina. This article help me a lot to underestand what to do on HELLO STAGE. I am learning..I will try to keep it up to day! About connect Repertoire with Events, a i didn´t succes yet..
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