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Thursday, August 30, 2012

We're Looking For Smart Local Writers to Review Concerts. Is That You?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 3:30 AM

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We're looking for a few talented, musically literate freelance writers to help cover the incredibly diverse Bay Area live music scene for All Shook Down. We will pay you money -- more like beer money than rent money, but still -- to go to shows, write down your opinions, and tell our readers what happened at the club last night.

First, though, here's what we don't want: We don't want fawning fanboys and girls who will gush at every show they see, or who are afraid to come out and say when something fails. We want informed critics -- writers who can cleverly explain why something is good and/or bad. You should have an opinion, be able to support it with evidence, and be confident enough to remain calm when anonymous commenters inevitably say you know nothing about music and suck at life.

We also want you to have experience writing for a publication -- professional experience, ideally, although talented college paper scribes and music bloggers are welcome to apply. At SF Weekly, you will be expected to turn in clean, well-written, compelling copy on time and without fuss. If staying up until 3 a.m. finishing a piece on deadline sounds like your idea of hell, this isn't the gig for you. That won't happen all the time, but if you're the kind of writer we're looking for, you'll do what it takes to make a piece as good as it can be.

Right now we're looking for writers to help us review the broad spectrum of local concerts -- pop mega-shows at Oracle Arena, classical performances at Davies Symphony Hall, the hot indie act of the week at the Independent, and whichever dance producer is making the floor bounce at Mighty. We'll get you in the door, and you'll send us a review by the following morning, with a few decent-looking photographs. Oh, and you'll get paid for it.

We're interested both in writers with a broad range of knowledge and those with deep experience in one particular area. And, for the last time: Being good and being reliable are prerequisites. If this sounds like you, email with a brief bio, 3-5 published writing clips, and three concerts or shows you'd love to cover in the next month. We won't be able to respond to everybody, but if you're what we're looking for, expect to hear from us within a week or two.

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