Instead of being dedicated to one instrument, young musicians, or professionals, Making Music is a lifestyle resource for all music makers, regardless of age, instrument, or ability. We publish inspiring professional musician stories, instructional articles, health & wellness, resource spotlights, helpful tips, and gear and product guides. We do not feature CD reviews or cover performances. We publish stories that explore the world of music hobbyists and musicians, as well as music-related health news and tips.
We are interested in building relationships with text and video bloggers who focus on music and wish to be part of our music making community. This content generally focuses on teaching, musician tips, interesting musician stories, and new music product/instrument demonstrations, but we welcome queries in other music-related areas.
We do not publish publicity pieces that focus primarily on an artist’s new music/CD, accomplishments, and accolades only. We also do not promote proposed products being developed through Kickstarter or GoFundMe.
Article Topics / Styles / Guidelines
Health & Wellness Features—(200-400 words) These articles are either nontechnical explainers with treatment and prevention tips for problems that may affect musicians—hearing loss, muscle cramps, carpal tunnel syndrome, stage fright, etc.—or articles about how music can be used as a treatment in dealing with specific health problems. These can be heartwarming stories about musicians who use music to help others (music therapy, drum circles, music charities, etc.) with direct quotes from participants and facilitators, as well as health-related techniques to aid musicians (yoga, stretching, chiropractic care for musicians, correct vocal technique, etc.) told from the viewpoint of experts.
How-Tos—(300-700 words) Instructional pieces that are either general instruction (How to Sight Read Music) or specific to an instrument (How to Buy an Acoustic Guitar) or technique (How to Comp on Piano like a Pro). They are fairly basic, short, and not overly in-depth pieces, giving general overviews on topics like music software or apps, recording on a budget, the correct use of mikes, how to prepare for a gig, etc. We are also interested in good “explainers” that offer information about high-tech concepts (such as MIDI) in layman’s terms or techniques like chord progression. We particularly like articles that include a video demonstration component.
Feature Story (500 to 800)—These focus on groups or organizations and individual music makers, anything from highly visible programs (such as The Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp) to small, localized organizations to famous musicians who share their tips and stories with our audience. Our special interests are in unique and inspirational stories about everyday music makers, as well as professionals who provide an inside look at their lives and offer tips and advice for our audience. We also want tips from the musician and what kind of gear they prefer. (For example, what is it that they love about their favorite guitar, mike, or drumsticks?) Please be as specific as possible with makers, model numbers, years, and colors. Interesting and insightful photographs and videos add value to these features. Shorter Feature Story (300-500 words)—Same general focus as above, also with links to videos.
Spotlight Profiles—(300-350 word bio, 2-3 sentence answers template questions, and favorite gear guide) These generally highlight a talented musician who also has a successful career in another field. The bio will often focus on how the subject’s career and music grew in parallel. These follow a specific template.
News—(Under 200 words) We tend to stray away from the typical pop culture news like whatever crazy thing Kayne West is doing, and focus on a learning or educational aspect. Short music-related news items, interesting scientific studies, facts, trends, inventions, etc., as well as humorous anecdotes about musicians and stories about charitable music organizations (Little Kids Rock, Guitars Not Guns, etc.).
New Gear Announcements—We are interested in receiving new music product announcements from manufacturers. This includes everything from drum kits and guitars to amplifiers and mikes. Please send a product description, link to the maker, high-quality photograph(s), and MSRP (or MSRP range). We do not post descriptions of products that have very limited availability or are not yet available. We also do not promote proposed products being developed through Kickstarter or GoFundMe.
Community Videos—Are you a musician or member of a band? You can submit a video here for a chance to be featured in our Community Video section. High quality videos are preferred, and lyric videos will not be accepted. We welcome all genres to be submitted as long as they aren’t filled with curse words, skimpily dressed people, graphic images, etc. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Tone and Style
We want our articles to be uplifting and educational—feedback from our audience indicates that they respond to our enthusiasm for music and music making.
- Questions – “Do You Know How to Create the Perfect ….?”
- Negatives – “Never Write a Boring Article Again” “Avoid These Mistakes When …”
- How to – “How to Create a Perfect …..”
- Numbers – “10 Tips for ….”
- Audience referencing – “For People on the Verge of ….” “What You Need to Know About …..”
- Specificity – “The 6-Part Process to ….” “How successful musicians …”
- Surprise – “This Is Not a Perfect …. (But It Could’ve Been)”
- Curiosity gap – “10 Ingredients in a …. Number 9 Is Impossible!” “Do you make this mistakes ….?”
When writing a feature story, we need to hear the real, inspirational voices of musicians, not just facilitators, managers, or publicists of a group. When speaking to musicians, a journalist’s questions should always touch on why they play, how they got involved in music, what are the benefits to them of making music, tips and techniques they can share with an audience, and how music fits into their lives. Articles about professional musicians should give the audience an inside look at their careers and advice about some aspect of music making. We are always looking for a unique angle or the story beyond an artist, not just self-promotion.
If you are interested in submitting articles or ideas to us, it will help if you are a musician yourself. The articles should be upbeat, positive, and infused with a love of making music and sharing it with the world!
Our audience plays many different instruments and styles. Some are serious and devoted lifetime players while others recently picked up a guitar or violin for the first time in their lives. What unites them is a love of sharing music with others, challenging themselves to learn, and making music is one of their lifestyle choices. They are educated, self-motivated, and excited about an activity that has many physical, social, and psychological benefits. They are eager to learn more about other musicians and instruments.
Unsolicited material will not be returned. MakingMusicMag.com assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to unsolicited articles, photographs, or art. If accepted, unsolicited articles will be posted with byline credit to the writer (writer will be notified). Additional compensation is rarely available and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We are a small team and have a very limited freelance budget.
Stories that include artwork (photographs, illustrations, music notation, and video links) are much more likely to be used online. All photographs must be hi-res and legally available for use. That means the writer (submitter) is wholly responsible for contacting the legal owners of all photographs and seeking permission to use them. All photo credits and captions should be submitted with the photos.
For Community Video questions please contact Cassidy Vianese: email@example.com
For article submissions, send your pitch and links to previous examples of your work to Contact@makingmusicmag.com
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