Primary tags enable you to mark yourself out as a specialist in a particular instrument, genre or event type. For example, if you're a classical concert pianist, you can mark yourself as being different from another piano-playing multi-instrumentalist, by selecting "piano" as your primary instrument tag, "classical" as your primary genre tag, and "concerts" as your primary event type tag.
Differentiating your musical skills in this way gives you a number of benefits:
Showcase your specialisms
Your primary tags form will be given pride of place on your Encore profile. You may have selected a dazzling array of tags to ensure you hear about the perfect gigs for you, but if you want to maximise your chance of being booked, it's important your profile showcases your top accomplishments.
Improve your search ranking
Musicians with primary tags will be given priority in our search algorithm over musicians with secondary tags. That means you as a musician are more likely to be found by clients looking for your particular skills, and clients are able to more easily distinguish between specialists and generalists.
What if I don't specialise in a particular instrument/genre/event?
We all know that there are all-rounders out there. If that's the case for you, simply choose the instrument, genre, or event type which you'd most like to be booked for.
For example, if you're a gifted drummer who can play any genre at any event type, you might want to select "drummer" as your primary instrument tag, a broad primary genre tag like "jazz", and a popular event type tag like "weddings".