Like many sectors, the music industry has had a tough time over the last few years. Music might be more accessible thanks to the rise in streaming sites etc but for a musician to earn money it has become increasingly difficult. It’s an issue which our latest Startup of the Week is aiming to help resolve.
Encoreis an online marketplace for live musicians.
Its primary aim is straightforward - that is to be a place where musicians can connect with people who are looking to hire musicians for gigs and concerts.
As a musician you can register on the site and create a portfolio and showcase what you’re about - outlining everything from your repertoire to any media coverage you’ve enjoyed to date. They refer to this as being like your ‘musical CV’ - a pretty apt description we reckon!
If on the other hand, you’re seeking a musician for an event or gig you’re planning, then you can simply search on the site via musical style and/or instrument as well as location.
At the moment there are over 2800 musicians actively using the platform with more joining all the time. Whether you need a jazz band or a string quartet, you’ll find them here!
Encore is a pretty simple concept and like many platforms of this ilk, it’s basically providing a matching service - in this case it’s a service where musicians are matched with people seeking to hire musicians.
What’s most important of course is the fact that it’s providing a service for people who wish to hire and pay musicians for their work and time and for that alone they ought to be supported.
After all - they’re enabling musicians to earn money from their creativity and craft and that is always a good thing.