Forte, a sheet music notation software company, has decided to hold a “Best Classical Music Website” contest through March 1, 2015 and the winning outlet will apparently be awarded with 3 licenses of their Forte6 (one each of Home, Basic, and Pro versions) software to be given to readers who participated in the contest poll. As of now, there are 14 different outlets and you can vote for one; having said that, I don’t know how those outlets were selected but there are many fine options on their list.
Fellow nominee, Lisa Hirsch’s Iron Tongue of Midnight, posted an article about the contest and I share many of her observations; not the least of which is many of the outlets on the list cover radically different aspects of classical music so you’re definitely going to end up with an apples to oranges comparison. Nonetheless, they are all classical music fruits, so to speak, and even though there are a number missing from the list (IMHO), it is their list, not mine.
So yes, the contest is certainly an effort to generate attention for their latest release but they are also very transparent about that so I don’t really have any issues from that perspective other than it isn’t entirely clear how the licenses are distributed to readers of the winning outlet. I would assume that the recipients are selected at random among those who voted for the outlet in the contest.
That being said, if Forte decides to allow the respective outlet’s author/owner to select the recipients you can assume that if Adaptistration ends up with the largest percentage of votes, anyone directly related to me or working at a company that does business with my consulting firm would be ineligible.
Nonetheless, voting in contests can be fun so long as everyone approaches it from the perspective of it being a non-scientific endeavor. Simply put, whoever wins (myself included) should be guarded against adopting any sort of “best of” title. Conversely, I tend to favor recognition endeavors similar in nature to Barry Hessenius’ My 15 Favorite Nonprofit Arts Blogs or Shoshana Fanizza’s Giving Program idea but so long as Forte isn’t trying to declare anything inasmuch as generating interest in their notation software via engaging with potential users on the topic of classical music outlets, I’m fine with it.Cast your vote at Forte’s “Best Classical Music Website” poll