It has been awhile since we examined the issue of orchestra domain names (here and here) but a recent comment to an article about the Detroit Symphony Orchestra musician website made me realize that all of the attention and advice here directed toward orchestra associations on the importance of registering domain names applies equally to player associations…
And not unlike their orchestra association peers, quite a few player associations have not registered the most intuitive permutations of domain names; for example [orchestra-name]musicians.com. If you’re wondering why orchestra player associations should register and maintain their own websites (it goes way beyond labor disputes), you can find some good info on that over at hornmatters.com in a post by Bruce Hembd, Phoenix area horn player and someone who has spent a good bit of time working on these issues.
Currently, player association and orchestra musician websites do exist and they range in design and content from terrific to terrible. There’s no central list available (that I am aware of) but the player conferences, ICSOM and ROPA, maintain a list of some sites (Note to ROPA: quite a few of the links on your list are broken or otherwise incorrect!).
In the meantime, the domain registration race is on! I’m sitting this one out but everyone should keep in mind that slow-and-steady does not win this race.