Gatekeeper alternatives — do it yourself

So here's a test case, derived from something my wife Anne Midgette and I encountered during a university residency a few years ago.We were asked to meet with a faculty chamber ensemble, made up of terrific musicians, who were scheduled to make their New York debut. And they had a simple question to ask us. How could they get a review in the Times?The answer, unfortunately, was equally simple. Almost certainly, they couldn't get a Times review. There's too much competition. Too many concerts. Yes, they'd have a better chance if they'd scheduled … [Read more...]