The Brahmsy Story

I'm a huge fan of live performance. My thing happens to be classical music, which is painfully hard to find sometimes, especially if you care about composers and sub-genres. Most music listings gladly lump together 500+ years of music-making into just "classical", with a few paltry events, while dozens of specialized categories exist for music of the past few decades (rock, pop, punk, rap, country, blues, reggae, roots, and so forth).

Brahmsy is different. Try searching for "baroque music". Or search for just "Mozart piano" concerts. Brahmsy knows the difference.

But classical music is my thing -- perhaps yours is something different. Brahmsy therefore tries to serve all the "niche" live arts. Dance, culinary arts, poetry, jazz, talks, local theater, tasting tours, you name it. If it's local, small, non-mainstream, and live, Brahmsy tries its best to know about it so that you can find it!

Brahmsy scours local universities, community centers, churches, local performance groups, and neighborhood venues for "small ticket" and "no ticket" performances.

Unlike other event sites, Brahmsy doesn't rely on ticket sales or social media to gather its listings. This means that:

  • Unlike ticket-driven sites, Brahmsy includes the many great events in your community that don't use a central ticketing service (or are free). These smaller, more intimate events are often the best!
  • Unlike social-driven websites, Brahmsy exposes smaller lesser known events on an equal footing with larger mass-appeal events, resulting in a fuller, richer, more diverse set of listings.
  • The result: other search sites miss the best events, the local shows in your community that don't have big marketing budgets or ticket sales but do offer the best chance to experience the magic of live up-close performance

Brahmsy finds and includes those local performances that other sites miss, the intimate venues that have front-row seats as a matter of course. But enough talk -- I prefer to let the quality and depth of search result speak for itself.

Ari, creator of Brahmsy.com


FAQ

How do I submit my own event to Brahmsy?

To list your events in Brahmsy, please see listing events on Brahmsy

What does it cost to list an event in Brahmsy?

It's free. You'll need to have your own website (or at least a page within a website) though to link back to in the listing.

What is a Brahmsy Registration?

In order to list events on Brahmsy, you must register your website as a content provider. Fortunately, registration can be done at the same time while creating your listing.

Brahmsy Listings therefore consist of two things:

  • A Registration Key, which goes on your designated Registration Page. This key never changes and can be reused for all future listings.
  • One or more Listing Keys, which must be on the same page as your Registration Key. Since each Listing Key represents up to 20 events, often a single Listing Key is all you need. As you create new listings and old ones expire however, you'll likely replace your Listing Key with new ones.

What exactly is a Brahmsy Listing Key? Is it safe?

When uploading your events into Brahmsy, you'll receive a Brahmsy Listing Key. This key must be posted on your website on your designated Registration Page to verify that you are authorized to represent your website. It consists of standard HTML, and is just like posting any other hyperlinked content to your site.

Can I put my Brahmsy Listing Keys on a page that also has other content?

Yes. The code snippet containing your Brahmsy Listing Key(s) can be anywhere in your Registration Page and this page is free to include other content as well

After including the code snippet, I see the Brahmsy Registration, but I do not see the actual Brahmsy Listing Key appearing on my Registration Page

That's perfect! While the Brahmsy Registration must be visible, by default the keys themselves are styled not to be visible. The keys only need to be there in the HTML source code of the page.

How do I cancel a listing?

Remove the Brahmsy Listing Key(s) from your website. Brahmsy will detect that it's gone and remove your listing after a few days

How can I make a change?

Every change requires a new Brahmsy Listing Key (multiple keys are free to share the same Registration Page however). Here are the steps:

  1. Edit your listing (or start over from scratch) on the listing page
  2. Upon submitting your changes, a new Brahmsy Listing Key is generated. You may then paste the provided code snippet containing the new Brahmsy Listing Key onto your website, and remove the old key to deactivate the prior listing. Make sure your keys are posted on the designated Registration Page in your website (choosing a Registration Page is one of the steps when creating your listing).

Can I have multiple Brahmsy Listing Keys on the same Registration Page?

Yes. Multiple Brahmsy Listing Keys may share the same Registration Page, or they may have separate Registration Pages -- it is up to you to specify when creating your listings. Every key found on its Registration Page will be activated, and any keys not found at their respective Registration Pages are removed from Brahmsy's searchable listings.

You may optionally consolidate multiple Brahmsy Listing Keys into a single code snippet like the example below (this example code snippet demonstrates two Brahmsy Listing Keys, "abc123" and "def456"). As you can see, each key simply goes on a separate line (indentation does not matter), and the "Listed in Brahmsy" Registration need only appear once on the page.

<div class="brahmsy-registration">Listed in <a href="https://brahmsy.com">Brahmsy</a></div>
<div class="brahmsy-listing-keys" style="display:none;">
    abc123
    def456
</div>

How is there no login or password required? Doesn't that mean anyone could edit my listing?

Your listing is safe and immutable. Technically, when you "change" a listing, you are actually creating a brand new listing with a brand new Brahmsy Listing Key -- the original is untouched. Therefore it is up to you to decide which Brahmsy Listing Key to post on your website. Only validated keys appearing in your website are ever used in Brahmsy, so while anyone is indeed free to create a new listing in this manner, such a listing is useless until it is activated -- which only you can do by posting it to the listing's Registration Page in your website.

Why the name Brahmsy?

Because Bach, the singular greatest by an unfathomable margin, is sacrosanct to me. Brahms, on the other hand, I have no problem commercializing.

Questions or comments?

You can connect with me at ari@brahmsy.com

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