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The search engine works slightly differently depending on whether you are searching for musicians or groups. Select from the list below to see appropriate examples.
Have a look at these examples to get an idea of what searches will work best:
How it works
There are two searches going on here although this should be transparent to the user.
First the search engine finds musicians by keywords, for example to find anyone listed as a flute teacher.
Secondly the search engine searches the musicians' resumés for matching text and includes any matches in the results.
The results are listed in order of relevancy with keyword matches judged to have higher relevance.
The group database doesn't use a keyword system because groups and ensembles are harder to categorize than an individual musician. Instead it does a text search of the group descriptions.
The most relevant results will appear at the top of the results page but you might get more irrelevant results than for the musician search. Have a look at these example searches to get an idea of what is possible:
Musicians and groups are encouraged to enter their postcode when they sign up, so when you search by location the search engine can find musicians in your area.
The distances are accurate to the postal region, so in more remote areas of the British Isles you should only use the distances as a guide.
If you search by location and don't find anyone you can increase the radius or select "no limit" to search the whole database.
To see the area covered by the musician database have a look at the map at the bottom of the 'about' page.
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