For one of the following reasons: (1) you have not completed the joining formalities; (2) you have not paid or renewed your subscription; (3) you have not been approved as a member. [Back to FAQs]
No. Full and Associate Members can view the contact details of those who have placed such details in profiles on this site (log-in required), but we do not supply lists of members to anyone. [Back to FAQs]
The list's messages are stored automatically on our DepList Group's site. The site and its contents are restricted to paid-up Full Members. [Back to FAQs]
If you have any worries about the service, or if you suspect that a Member of DepList has been admitted to the List without the necessary skills or experience, we would be grateful if you would let us know by filling in our feedback form. All information will be treated in confidence as far as possible, although we will have to inform the Member that a complaint has been lodged against them if it becomes necessary to take further action (see item 14). Directors of music are encouraged to give us feedback, but they are also urged to tackle any problems directly with the Member concerned and not simply complain to us behind the Member's back. [Back to FAQs]
When we consider that a member's continued membership would be detrimental to the reputation of the list, for whatever reason, we terminate their subscription and remove their entry from this website. Two complaints from separate sources on separate occasions will automatically result in a Member's removal from DepList if we consider that the complaints are valid. However, a first complaint, depending on its nature, may occasionally result in suspension of the membership pending further investigations. Our vetting procedure is designed to prevent this situation from arising too often (see also item 16 below). It is not something we enjoy doing! [Back to FAQs]
Payment of the annual subscription is made via PayPal. Each member receives instructions for initial payment. Subscriptions are automatically renewed until a member chooses to terminate the subscription. Payments are non-refundable, except in the case of members who are asked to leave DepList. [Paying via PayPal]
This entirely depends on how much we can infer from your CV, your application form and your references. Those who are well established and who are recommended by Directors of Music who are highly regarded in the profession will obviously be admitted more quickly than those whose references come from people we've never heard of. In less clearcut cases, the admission process takes longer as we must carry out more checks to ensure that new subscribers are suitably qualified for Membership. If we are in any doubt we will either not admit the applicant or ask them to reapply when they have gained more experience.
Why all the fuss? The reason for such rigorous vetting is to minimize the risk of people joining DepList who either have insufficient skills or experience or do not fit the expected profile in some other way. Unless complaints are made about them, we will remain unaware that there is a problem. And if unsuitable members in their turn sponsor equally unsuitable newcomers to the List, DepList's commitment to quality — the very essence of DepList — would rapidly become compromised and its reputation ruined. Such a situation is difficult to salvage. It is embarrassing and time-consuming for us to have to defend someone's presence on DepList when that Member's performance or attitude fell short of the expected standard. The task of cautioning sponsors and terminating memberships is not pleasant, and it can involve lengthy correspondence and considerable anguish, on all sides. We are singers, not arbitrators or lawyers, and we hate dealing with complaints! The ideal is to prevent them from happening in the first place. [Back to FAQs]
Provided you are a paid-up Member of DepList you can have your details listed on this site by logging on to the Members' Area and completing your profile information. If you have not yet registered your details with this site you will need to fill in a Registration Form. Please allow a day or two for approval. [Back to FAQs]
Many free networking sites have sponsorship deals and advertising revenue. Those unregulated sites are set up with the intention of getting as many people to join as possible, and they do not impose any admission criteria. Their sole concern is to generate traffic with registrations that are fully automated. At DepList we process every application individually. By carefully assessing CVs, application forms, written references, verbal reports and, increasingly, audio tracks, sometimes supplemented by further correspondence when second opinions are required, we aim to ensure that high standards are maintained. We turn down many applicants.
This element of quality-control is what sets DepList apart from all its competitors. You are paying us to do the work of filtering applicants and making sure that all new members are suitably qualified. The membership is in a constant state of flux as people move out of town, go abroad, change careers, or simply let their subscriptions lapse, and each year brings a new wave of applications from newly qualified professionals. Our correspondence runs into many hundreds of emails every year. Your subscription fees also go towards paying for domain names, server space, specialist membership software (expensive!), development costs, help and support, answering many queries and regular updating of our totally ad-free website. [Back to FAQs]
No. Although most activity on DepList currently concerns job opportunities in London, there is no reason why those who live and work in other areas of the UK should not make use of DepList. Non-Londoners are particularly encouraged to join DepList and to help extend its network and reach. [Back to FAQs]