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If you have a square dance music label which is not listed on the main page of this site, please contact the Music Producers' Committee chair for information on adding your label.
In order to list your label on the main page, we'll need the following info. If you have subsidiary labels, include the same information for them as well. (Subsidiary labels normally aren't listed on the main page, unless they have a website separate from the main label's website, but we still need the information to create links from our search results.)
One of the ways that search engines rank websites is how many other sites link to them. We're linking to you; if you, in turn, link back to us, it'll let us rank higher in search results, which can help drive customers to your website through us!
A regular text link is fine, but here are a couple of images that might help dress it up a bit. Just right-click an image and choose "Save Image As" (or similar wording -- different web browsers will say it in slightly different ways) to save the image to your computer. Or, just use the copy on our server by choosing "Copy Image Location" from the right-click menu, then paste that address into the image source on your website, like I did below.This is a plain JPG image. I included it in a DIV (the box) with some text, like so...
<div id="mfcJPG" style="float: left; width: 140px; text-align: center;">
<a href="http://www.musicforcallers.com"><img alt="MFC Logo" src="http://www.musicforcallers.com/images/mfc_link.jpg"></a>
Please Visit Them!
<a href="http://www.musicforcallers.com><img alt="MFC animated logo" src="http://www.musicforcallers.com/images/mfc_link_ani.gif"></a>
We appreciate your support for us, as we try our best to support you!
The MusicForCallers website includes a database of music currently available in MP3 format. This database can be searched by visitors to the site, so that they can find music by either
In order to have this capability, the participating producers must supply us with their catalog data. An initial catalog is needed to add the currently-available list of songs into the database; this information should be sent to the Producers Committee chair along with the request to be listed. Then, each time new music is released, we'll need an update containing only those new releases; these can be sent to either the chair or the webmaster.
In order for the data to be easily and quickly incorporated into the database, it should be given in the following format:
||Code letters for the record label
||Number of this item in the label's catalog
(digits only, no letters)
|Obviously, the title of the song
||Caller who recorded the title
(leave blank if not known or no caller [i.e., hoedown])
|Original artist of popular version of song
(leave blank if not known)
|Date of release, if known, as
(leave blank if not known)
|Date of general availability, as
if part of a package
(leave blank if not part of a package, or use 9999-01-01 if general avail. date not known)
A search for titles containing "green" might then return something like
The underlined link at the left side of each search result line is a link
back to your website, so that
people can listen to samples and purchase the song. The
entire purpose of this searchable database is to drive traffic to your site and hopefully increase your sales!
Here is a sample spreadsheet (in Microsoft Excel format) with the data for a fictitious label called GMO, which has released two hoedowns and a package containing 4 singing calls:
|GMO||101||Little Brown Jug||HD||Glenn Miller Orchestra||1939-06-01|
|GMO||102||Rug Cutter's Swing||HD||Glenn Miller Orchestra||1940-06-01|
|GMO||103||Elmer's Tune||SC||Glenn Miller Orchestra||Ray Eberle, Modernaires||1941-09-01||1943-09-01|
|GMO||104||I Guess I'll Have To Dream The Rest||SC||Glenn Miller Orchestra||Ray Eberle, Modernaires||1941-07-01||1943-09-01|
|GMO||105||(I've Got A Gal In) Kalamazoo||SC||Glenn Miller Orchestra||Tex Beneke, Marion Hutton, Modernaires||1942-07-01||1943-09-01|
|GMO||106||At Last||SC||Glenn Miller Orchestra||Ray Eberle||1942-07-01||1943-09-01|
(The same spreadsheet, with only the column headings and no data, is here — you can use it as a basis for your own, if you want. The date columns have the ISO formatting applied, so if you enter a date as m/d/y, it'll automatically convert to yyyy-mm-dd.)
Because this is the format used by the MySQL database that powers the website. MySQL uses it because it's the ISO standard format, and because it is arranged so that it sorts properly without having to be broken apart and treated specially.
You can send files that have
dates in other formats. If you do, though, we'll have to edit them
manually into the proper format before importing them, which will take a
Use the special code 9999-01-01
for songs in that package, or for songs in a package for which you don't
know the date that it will break apart. That code means "forever, or I
don't know," and the search results will just say "Package Only" instead
of "Package Only (untill yyyy-mm-dd)." We can always change it later!