How to set up your own groupmuses

With an approved musician account, you have options for finding hosts and groupmuses to play, most of which can be found under the “Perform” tab:

Option 1: Place a bid to hosts who have already created groupmuses, but don’t have musicians yet on the musician dashboard.

Option 2: Reach out to hosts in your area and ask them to host using the host database.

Option 4: Ask your friends and neighbors to host.

Option 5: Host yourself.

Finding the right host isn’t just about finding someone who’ll have you, it’s also about finding the right fit! Try to find out some basics about the host before offering to play for them. On the website, you can do that by clicking on their name, where you’ll find some information and the option to send a message. Will they be a good fit for your type of performance?

How to bid on a groupmuse

You can offer to play the already-created groupmuse directly on your musician dashboard where you'll see nearby groupmuses in need of musicians. Make sure your offers fit our program requirements: about 45 minutes total, and at least 50% traditional historical music canon.  It’s possible that more than one musician will offer to play the same groupmuse, and in that case, here’s how we choose between them:

  • We try to match the host's preferences.
  • We try to fairly distribute performances so no one gets too many or too few. 
  • We try to match audience size with group size.
  • We tend to favor professional musicians (those doing music as a career).

Reaching out to hosts

In these scenarios, the host will need to create a new groupmuse for the date you chose and name you as the musician. If they’ve hosted before, they’ll probably know how to do this already. You can reach out to hosts using the host database to ask them if they are willing to host you. You can search the database by location and space (whether or not it has a piano). There is also a program ad feature where you can create a pre-set program and offer it to the hosts you reach out to.

Recruiting hosts

If there is someone who would like to host you who is not yet a part of the Groupmuse community, you can direct them to sign up at or to email us in support at [email protected].

Hosting yourself

If you're interested in hosting yourself in your residence or another space, you will need to first get approved as a host. You can do so by filling out a host application form and someone from the Groupmuse Team will follow up with next steps. When hosting yourself, self-hosted groupmuses are not eligible for the musician minimum. To learn more about musician minimums, see the support article how to perform at groupmuses here.

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