Posted on September 17, 2009
Filed Under Startups
Musichunt (http://www.musichunt.pro) is an international professional network of musicians and musical organizations. It was founded by two friends, Rinat Kaleev and Michael Podrabinek, in November 2008. In the middle of April 2009 a testable beta-version appeared in the russian part of Internet and the network became open for registration. From August 2009 it is available for english-speaking users too.
The main purpose of the startup is to help musicians from all over the world to find jobs, colleges and ensembles, educational programs, musical professional events such as competitions, masterclasses, festivals, exhibitions, conferences and etc., promote themselves, share their experience and gain it from others. Musichunt is open for musicians of any musical styles: from classical music to national or contemporary. Among registered users there’re performers, composers, teachers, arrangers, conductors, sound producers, musical managers. There’re also registered companies which are interested in musicians or in offering special services to them, e.g. employers, musical equipment shops, educational institutions, recording studios, producing centers and so on.
Both musicians and organizations can benefit from the network because unlike many professional unions Musichunt is absolutely open, worldwide and free and it gathers services specially designed for professionals and those who want to become one.
The main feature of the project is a unique multilingual interface which is very flexible and is made to organize interaction among users in the most efficient way. It assumes that all users’ content is stored in one place but each user can easily filter information shown to him according to the list of languages he chose and this list can be changed in any time with a few clicks. It also contains many unified and system-translated services that allow (e.g.) English-speaking users to be aware of russian-speaking users’ requests and offers without a need to speak Russian.
The project is financed from the private capital of its founders. Future plans concerning Musichunt include:
• expert rating system on the website
• expansion of different languages support
• friends news
• integration with modern means of communication (e.g. twitter)