Commissioning

WANT TO COMMISSION A NEW WORK?

Whatever the event, performer(s) or ensemble, I am always interested in the opportunity to collaborate and bring a new work to life! Below is a brief outline of a few important things to take into account when commissioning a new work.

 

WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP LIKE?

I feel that a large part of the commissioning process is the chance for the composer and commissioner to have a relationship in which thoughts ideas are shared throughout the entire project. I also feel that it is very beneficial for the composer and performer(s)/ensemble to have a chance to interact with one another and ask questions about the work in order to create the most artistic and impactful performance possible.

 

WHEN SHOULD I CONTACT YOU?

It is best to let me know 12-18 months in advance. This gives me the necessary time to sketch, write, edit, and engrave a work that perfectly fits your needs while balancing a busy schedule. I am willing to have a conversation about a quicker deadline if need be, taking the circumstances into consideration.

 

WHAT WILL IT COST?

The cost of a commissioned work depends on the length of the piece, size/type of ensemble (solo, chamber group, chorus, orchestra, etc.), and amount of time allotted for completion of the work. A wonderful organization called Meet the Composer published the industry’s rates for commissioning new music. It is a great resource for those who have never commissioned a new work before.

 

WHO OWNS THE RIGHTS?

The rights of the work belong to the composer. However, if you commission a work, you may request specific performance rights that allow you as the performer/ensemble to be the only person/group to perform the work for an explicit amount of time.

 

WILL THE COMPOSER ATTEND REHEARSALS/PERFORMANCES?

I am always interested and open to the idea of attending a dress rehearsal and premiere performance if possible. I do ask for a recording of the premiere performance if possible for my own personal records and promotional uses.

 

OTHER QUESTIONS?

Please don’t hesitate to contact me in order to discuss further details or questions you may have regarding the commissioning process. I look forward to hearing from you and talking about a new work!

Organizations offering information about commissioning, fees, and composer income

 

American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)

1 Lincoln Plaza
New York, NY 10023
(800) 952-7227
www.ascap.com

 

Broadcast Music Incorperated (BMI)

320 West 57th St.
New York, NY
(212) 586-2000
www.bmi.com

 

SESAC, Inc.

55 Music Square E.
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 320-0055
www.sesac.com

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