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Calling All Student Writers: Earn $50 for a Short Blurb!

News |Feature | May 24, 2017 | By Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk, '15, Marketing and Outreach Manager
Calling All Student Writers: Earn $50 for a Short Blurb!,

In partnership with the Student Ambassadors, Princeton University Concerts (PUC) is offering a paid writing opportunity to all Princeton University students and recent alumnae, as part of the Creative Reactions initiative: write a blurb for the student concerts brochure—written and designed for students, by students.

The Student Season Brochure, now in its third reincarnation, makes its way to every student mailbox on campus. Many students have reported that the publication gets them to try out a Princeton University Concerts event. One student wrote in:

"Just wanted to take the time to thank you all for designing this cool princeton university concerts illustrated guide. I almost never go to concerts but the book was fun and engaging to go through and because of that I picked 4 that I'm going to attend this spring!"

The use of material in the brochure has been extented to a special student marketing campaign, and some blurbs have been used in a "Student Voices" section of concert programs. Many of the visiting artists were moved and/or amused when reading what students had to say about them, and several requested extra copies of the materials. We are excited to produce next season’s brochure, and thank you for participating in the project!

How to Participate:

Pick a musician (or several!) on the 2017-18 series whom you find particularly beloved/interesting/have a poster of them above your bed, and share your excitement with other students through a short blurb! Is there a composer or a musical work programmed on any of the concerts that you’ve played, have listened to a thousand times, or can’t wait to hear for the first time? Pray tell! The deadline to submit is June 26, 2017; the author of any blurb selected for publication will receive $50.

All submissions must meet the following requirements: 1) writing must clearly reference a concert on the 2017-18 PUC series; 2) writing must be polished, without need of major editing; 3) writing should be casual and engaging, to speak to a broad range of students regardless of their experience with classical music (if any) 4) submissions must be a minimum of one short paragraph (2-5 sentences), and a maximum of half a page (12 point font; double-spaced; standard margins). Last year’s published blurbs can be found HERE.

Concerts Eligible for a Blurb:

Emerson String Quartet ("Shostakovich and the Black Monk"); Barokksolistene; Quatuor Mosaïques; violist Tabea Zimmermann; pianist Benjamin Grosvenor; Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato; violinist Jennifer Koh; Brentano String Quartet with pianist Jonathan Biss; Danish String Quartet; Tenebrae Choir; pianist Sir András Schiff; Artemis String Quartet; tenor Lawrence Brownlee; cellist Truls Mørk with pianist Behzod Abduraimov.

Feel free to write about the artists AND/OR works on their program! Information about all Princeton University Concerts, including programs and artist bios, is available at

Submission Procedure:

1)  Send an email to listing your top 2-3 subject choices for your blurb(s). Include any other concerts in which you are interested. The sooner you email, the more likely that you’ll be assigned your top choice.
2)  Once you have received a confirmation email, write away! You have until noon on June 26, 2017 to submit.
3)  You will be notified if we have decided to publish your blurb; payment will be processed accordingly. If your blurb is not selected, we will notify you if we can use it in other contexts. 
Suggestions: You might also want to refer to the musicians’ websites, blogs, social media, and recordings. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or for further resource suggestions!

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