A COMPOSER'S VIEWPOINT: COMMISSIONING A NEW WORK
I. WHY WOULD YOU DECIDE TO COMMISSION A NEW WORK?
- Contribute a new work of literature to the existing repertoire
- Have the students experience the creative process first hand
- Have the students develop a sense of ownership
- Introduce the students to a "living composer"
- Honor an outstanding individual or group of individuals (organization)
- Establish a special work as a memorial to an individual
- Present a new work as part of a dedication ceremony
- Premiere a new work for a special performance or event
II. WHAT WILL THE PROJECT COST?
The over-all cost of the project will be directly related to:
- The reputation of the composer that you select
- The grade level and length of the work
- The marketability of the work if it is to be published
grade 2 band: $1000 - $2000
grade 3 band: $2000 - $3000
grade 4 band: $3000 - $4000
grade 5 band: $4000 - $5000
III. HOW DO YOU CONTACT THE COMPOSER?
- Call the publisher with whom the composer is affiliated
- If applicable, call the school where the composer is employed
IV. WHAT QUESTIONS DO YOU NEED TO ASK?
- Is a full score provided?
- Who is responsible for copying the parts?
- Are there any extra charges (i.e., for conducting the premiere, for conducting rehearsals, for travel expenses, etc.)?
- Is a contract necessary?
- Should a portion of the fee be paid in advance?
- When should the fee be paid?
- Will the parts be original manuscript or computer generated?
- Is the composer willing to listen to suggestions that involve creativity?
Title...Solo...Style of music
- When will the parts and completed score be available?
- Who writes the inscription for the score?
- Will a complimentary copy of the published work be provided?
- When will the work be published?
- What about performance rights?
- Who secures the copyright of the work?
V. WHAT INFORMATION SHOULD YOU PROVIDE TO THE COMPOSER?
- Grade level and type of work that you desire
- Background information about the ensemble
- Projected year and possible dates for premiere
PLANNING IN ADVANCE IS THE KEY FOR SUCCESS!
Capital University Conservatory of Music