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Self-Published Composers Explain What They Do and Why Amy Rubin

Amy Rubinphoto courtesy of Musicians Accord Self-publishing has permitted me to circulate my music to a wide variety of performers throughout the United States and Europe. I send perusal scores as quickly as possible to ensembles and soloists who express general interest in my work, and in addition I answer “calls for scores” listed in […]

Self-Published Composers Explain What They Do and Why Andrew Rudin

Andrew Rudinphoto courtesy of Skåne Hill Music Somewhere in a warehouse in the Midwest, hundreds of copies of a work I wrote for flute & piano lie sequestered by a major American music publisher. After contracting to publish the work, three years elapsed before engraving was accomplished and 1st proofs offered. Another year and a […]

Self-Published Composers Explain What They Do and Why Theodore Wiprud

Theodore Wiprudphoto courtesy of Allemar Music Self-publishing used to be a default position for me: no corporate publisher had brought out my music so I was the one copying scores and parts. Later I made a conscious decision to take my career into my own hands, to claim full responsibility for finding performers and an […]

Publishing, Self-Publishing, and the Internet

A panel held during the Women’s Philharmonic‘s “Composing A Career” SymposiumThe New School for Social Research, NYCSaturday, November 6, 1999—2:30-3:30 p.m. Fran Richard : Vice President of Concert Music, ASCAP Ralph Jackson : Assistant Vice President, Classical Music Administration, BMI Linda Golding : President, Boosey & Hawkes Jennifer Higdon : Self-Published Composer Frank J. Oteri […]

Self-Published Composers Explain What They Do and Why

Randall Davidson, Composer and Publisher of Boys Art Music“Self-publishing contemporary music is not at the glamorous end of the tide-pool…” Jennifer Higdon, Composer“…it seemed absurd to me to have to give up the copyright to my own creative work…” Donald Martino, Composer and Publisher of Dantalian, Inc.“…To obsessive types like myself it brings enormous satisfaction […]

The Current State of Music Publishing in America

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard The media has hyped the recent revolutions that computers have wrought as the most significant event in the history of publishing since Gutenberg invented the printing press half a millennium ago. But what impact will all of this have on the publishing of musical scores by American composers? I […]

Fit To Print: A “Hyperhistory” of the Current State of American Music Publishing

John RobinsonPhoto by Melissa Richard The English verb “to publish” is derived from the Latin verb publicare, meaning “to make available.” Most people think that music publishing is similar to book publishing, and many aspects are parallel. Selection: Publishers of both books and music employ editors who sift through countless submissions by aspiring writers and […]

Self-Published Composers Explain What They Do and Why Randall Davidson

Randall Davidsonphoto courtesy of Boys Art Music Self-publishing contemporary music is not at the glamorous end of the tide-pool. As a result, very little of my time is spent addressing the ocean of conductor/producers in the world who “might” use my music. I’m more aware of what’s close at hand, of the subtle currents that […]

Self-Published Composers Explain What They Do and Why Jennifer Higdon

Jennifer Higdonphoto by Patented Photos I basically do everything that an established publishing house does: I take orders from customers, print scores and parts, do the binding, mail the music, do the billing, report performances to ASCAP, and negotiate contracts for commissions. The duplication of music is not that difficult – any copy place can […]

How do you listen to music most of the time?

I am an incurable record collector. For me, the ability to hear something whenever I want it is more alluring than most live concert experiences. And there are so musicians I want to hear whom I would never be able to hear any other way than on a recording, due to both geographic and chronological […]