The ways that musicians seek out and find their creative collaborators have come a long way in the digital space. There now exist a number of sites that go well beyond Craigslist and focus specifically on connecting musicians, and each has its own unique value offering. One such site that made its way onto our radar is MusoMap, a cool and interactive Google Map that puts the focus on getting in touch with musicians far and wide and starting a conversation.
MusoMap is straightforward and simple, which is also what makes it unique. A user simply opens the Google Map to see a numeric figure over a particular section of the globe, indicating the number of musicians in a given area looking to connect with. In the top left corner is a search bar where the user searches for musicians based on a particular keyword by instrument, genre, city, name, etc.
Once you've added yourself to the map, musicians can start talking by sending private messages received by email, posting on a musicians profile and having it hover over the right side of the map (like a news feed), or chatting in a similar way to privately chatting with a friend on Gmail and Facebook. Musicians can also recommend each other to the world".
Musomap has already begun to create new opportunities - international exchange programs, travel ideas, local ensembles & bands, instrument swap & borrowing, gig sharing, finding teachers, and connecting friends," said MusoMap founder Kahne Raja. The musicians on the map are more often than not talented and capable, their presence naturally creates a wealth of opportunity."
On a technical point, Raja sees Musomap as an interest mashup between Twitter (for musicians), Maps, and Instant messaging / chat. It took him about a year to build in his free time, and after being live for four months, it has quickly become a passion of his after the site began to pick up over 800 musicians.
My ambitious goal is to gather 10,000 live musicians and launch World Musicians Day on April 6th 2013 in every suburb across the planet," Raja said. My 50 year goal is to build a free online resource to help a diverse group of musician's connect in a trusting online environment."
See it for yourself @ MusoMap.com.
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