You can provide MusicWeb with an income and
not cost yourself anything! If you use Amazon.co.uk
or Amazon.com you can direct a small percentage to musicWeb
Find what you want to purchase and look at the URL at the
top of the page e.g.
copy the ASIN number B00005B54X
replace the XXXXXXXXXX in the url below
Now put that in the amazon browser, hit return and it will
bring up the same page. Continue with your puchase
as above but use
Would you like to help MusicWeb International?
- Writing a CD review:
Disc sales and advertising do not bring in sufficient income
to maintain MusicWeb so we rely on donations to keep us going.
These can be one-off or annual payments by cheque or PayPal
or a monthly standing order. Sterling cheques may be posted
to Len Mullenger at the address below. Dollar cheques are
expensive to convert to sterling so unless you are thinking
of a large payment it is better to pay by PayPal. PayPal
donations page here Please do not use PayPal to e-mail
me. If you ask, I will set up a special page for you with
a PayPal button to the value you specify (in British Pounds)
If you wish to make a Standing order please contact Len Mullenger
These are urgently needed in Scotland: Glasgow and Edinburgh
- Birmingham, Liverpool, Northern Ireland and Dublin but anyone
else may apply. We would attempt to get your concert ticket/s
but there would be no expenses or other remuneration. If you
think this might interest you please contact Bill Kenny firstname.lastname@example.org
Classical (or Jazz) CD, DVD and
contact Len Mullenger using the link above
You would receive a list of discs available
for review every two to four weeks. You would select the discs
that interest you and tell me the maximum number you would
like to receive. I will then allocate discs as fairly as possible
among the team. You may live in any part of the world although
we would particularly like to hear from interested UK parties.
You are expected to complete your reviews within a month.
You may keep the disc but there is no other remuneration.
Currently we only need CD reviewers
from within the UK.
We need anyone who can help to convert Word files into HTML
files and add them to the index files on the site. It takes
about 30 minutes to convert each review. We use the simplest
form of stand-alone hard-coded pages. MusicWeb is not a database
driven site.We can train you how to do this if necessary.
It would be helpful if you use broadband at home. If you are
interested please contact Len Mullenger using the link above.
To get some idea of whether you would like to work with
us here are some details and how you have to present a review:-
1. We do not pay a fee to our reviewers; neither do we
pay expenses. You do, however, keep the CD/DVD/Book provided
you review it. You are not usually allocated discs to review
but you receive a list of available discs from Len Mullenger
from which you make a selection. Rob Barnett may send you
additional surprise discs that he has received. We expect
the review inside three weeks.
2. Reviews should be AT LEAST 300 words long. We do not
accept brief, capsule
3. Layout for the heading is detailed and must follow the
accepted format (take a look at a few reviews on the site).This
can be very irksome to some people who have to list in great
detail the contents of each anthology CD they review. In
many cases the text can be captured from company websites
but it MUST be formatted to follow our specific heading
pattern and style.
4. Reviews are to be sent to Rob Barnett in Word format
and scans of the cover of the discs must be attached. Reviews
are submitted to
and at the same time to
Please remember to send to the backup address as well as
we do sometimes lose reviews in the process of editing and
preparing for the web.
5. The subject line of your covering email must identify
the CD by surname of composer, title of one piece, one artist
and label. That helps us choose discs for the daily presentation
6. One review per email - helps us keep track. Similarly
each scan should come separately.
7. We happily carry multiple reviews of the same disc.
The fact that you see a review (even several) onsite of
a disc we have given you does not mean that you do not need
to write a review - we still need YOUR review. Multiple
reviews usually appear in separate months.
8. Reviews should wherever possible include comparison
(usually in broad terms) with other recordings whether deleted
or not and in the case of music that may be unfamiliar some
description of style and who else it sounds like (can make
for crass comparisons but it gives some guideline and encouragement
9. Reviews should avoid high technical levels of musical
analysis - be literate, accurate, lively but always accessible.
We can amend reviews without further reference to you -
substance is rarely changed but layout, spelling, grammar,
errors, endless sentences, clarification, cliches and hordes
of brackets are often adjusted/culled. We have no time to
engage in getting drafts of reviews approved by the writers.
10. Reviews are to be submitted to Rob Barnett as Word
attachments - He is prepared to consider alternatives but
please discuss and agree with him first.
11. Reviewers are free to write for other review sites
as well as MusicWeb International but must not duplicate
reviews of discs sourced from MusicWeb. It is expensive
sending discs out - averages at over £2 a disc - so
reviews of MusicWeb-sourced discs must remain exclusive
to MusicWeb. However some reviewers have their own sites
and blogs. After MusicWeb have published their review they
may then publish it on their own site with a statement that
it first appeared on MusicWeb International and with a link
back to MusicWeb International
12. Initially you may have to review the discs we want
you to review rather than ones you might necessarily have
wanted to review, although we will, as time goes by, try
to accommodate your expertise and music preferences. Reviewers
need to be willing general practitioners prepared to take
on the less popular discs. Very soon after you start you
will begin receiving lists of discs available for review.
You email Len Mullenger with a request for the discs you
would like to review. Bear in mind that the lists go out
to some 50-60 volunteer reviewers (about 30 are writing
at any one time). Len strikes the best compromise possible
but older hands and those who are especially productive
and reliable are given preference. New reviewers need to
work an apprenticeship with less desirable discs before
they can stand much of a chance of reviewing the more 'popular'
Bear in mind that we are not full-timers and yet we place
some 10 reviews on site every working day. There is a break
over Christmas and New Year.
In general reviews appear on-site within a couple of weeks
of being submitted. Occasionally they will take longer.
We need willing reviewers who are prepared to work to help
us keep up with the growing influx of CDs. All CDs sent
out to reviewers must be either reviewed or returned to
Reviewers can drop us at any time although must return
to us any discs unreviewed that have been allocated to them.
We can at any time drop reviewers and unreviewed discs must
be returned to us.
If any questions please feel free to ask Rob Barnett.
Do let Rob Barnett or Len Mullenger know whether you are
interested and if so please send your postal address. It's
probably more enjoyable than the above might suggest. When
you reply please indicate your musical preferences and background
All best wishes
Rob Barnett Classical Editor
Len Mullenger Founder MusicWeb International
As anyone who moves in academic circles will be aware, plagiarism
has become a major problem particularly with the ease of
cut-and-paste from anything on the Internet. We must avoid
any such criticism of the material posted by MusicWeb. We
have had a couple of instances which I hope were dealt with
sensitively. I also occasionally receive notification from
reviewers where they feel other sites have plagiarised their
work. You may not be aware that we do have a number of franchising
arrangements where other sites such as Archiv Music and
Classicsonline are entitled to reproduce our reviews and
the labels themselves are free to use our reviews on their
own websites. But that is not plagiarism, which is the passing
off of someone else's work as your own.
CD booklets, concert programmes, books and newspaper articles
are valuable sources of information to reviewers. Where
such sources are used it is best to make it absolutely clear
by quoting exactly what was in the original and then giving
an attribution. The use of quotation marks or italics is
also useful. Such quotations should also not be a major
part of the review. You might also use phrases such as 'I
am indebted to Joe Bloggs for his informative programme
Avoid re-phrasing any 'borrowed' material as it then looks
as if you are trying to pass off what is copyright material
as your own.
Record labels put out press releases with the direct intention
that the material may be used by reviewers. This is what
you see if you look up a disc on a site such as MDT that
I often provide links to when offering discs for review.
Other people can see this as well and would soon detect
if it had been used in a review in a non-attributed way.
Some reviewers do tend to quote from other reviews such
as Gramophone as if that legitimised their own review. I
think we should do this as little as possible. Our readers
want to know what we think not what Gramophone thinks.
You may, however, use the disc details you find on MDT and
other sites to produce headers. This has been produced by
the record label specifically for this purpose.
Be assured I am just covering our backs here so don't take
this general reminder as criticism. I just feel it's timely
to bring this to everyone's attention.
Meantime do keep up the good work. I appreciate the effort
and creativity that goes into your reviews. Keep them coming.