Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is it free?

Yes, Hooplays is a free website. We will never charge musicians to sign up.

2. How can I get my shows to appear at the top of the search results?

Artists with the highest ratings are at the top. Ratings come from audience reviews as well as social media shares. If you want to get your shows to be closer to the top, you can encourage audience members to review your show on Hooplays or you can share your shows on Facebook and Twitter and get your friends to share them too. Since they're more objective, audience reviews are weighted more strongly, but sharing on social media is a quick and easy way to get your shows closer to the top and to encourage people to come see you play!

3. How can I get more reviews?

We have 5 X 7 laminated cards that encourage audiences to review your shows along with sticky velcro strips you can use to attach the card to your mic stand/speaker stand/tip jar etc. Send your mailing address to and we'll mail you a sign and some velcro.

4. What should I do if I'm having a problem with signing up, creating a profile, or adding/editing/deleting shows?

If you have any problems using the site or if you have ideas for us, we’ll gladly take your feedback. Email Elaine at

About Hooplays

Yelp for Music?

I'm Elaine Ryan, a musician originally from Vancouver, Canada, now living on Maui. A couple of summers ago I was touring California and feeling frustrated that the positive feedback I got at my Maui shows couldn’t translate into people showing up at my gigs on tour. While eating brunch at a place I'd found on Yelp I got to thinking that it would be great to have a Yelp-type app for music that helped music-lovers find shows and helped musicians get the reviews they needed to be relevant outside their home-towns.

I began taking computer programming courses online and started working on this site. When I hit a wall with my coding skills, it was time to get some help from a friend. Devin Sylva, a Maui musician who happens to program for a living, had the key skills for turning the Hooplays vision into a live site.

The Revolution will be live...

There’s more work to be done but we’re excited to be starting up the site on Maui and are grateful to the Maui musicians who sign up and provide the shows that are needed for the app to work.

If we get this going, it could really put more power in the hands of musicians to book better shows, generate new fans and get industry people paying attention to our music. Let’s start this revolution here on Maui!