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How to Promote Your Album

Wed, 2017-06-28 04:48
The moment you start thinking about making a recording is when you should also begin thinking about how you’re going to promote it. Andrew Ousley concludes his series by walking you through the process step-by-step.

What Is Music’s Comic Book Superpower?

Mon, 2017-06-26 09:50
In a comic book or graphic novel, there may be little lines that suggest a tiny burst of noise or emblazoned effects—words writ large in blocky colorful type—that announce the intrusion of sonic events. Sometimes there are even actual musical notes. This week, Marc Weidenbaum explores what the reader "hears" off the page.

Photos, Videos, Website: The Tools You Need and How To Get Them

Wed, 2017-06-21 04:58
There are tools you need before you can do any sort of publicity or marketing around yourself and your music. The primary materials are photos, videos, audio recordings, a bio, and a website to tie them all together.

Is the Printed Circuit Board a Form of Musical Notation?

Mon, 2017-06-19 05:06
Is the printed circuit board a form of musical notation? And even if it isn’t, what can one glean from all those diodes, the cryptic copper lines, the tiny landscapes of circuitry?

Future of Publishing and Music Education Debated plus Awards Announced at MPA Annual Meeting

Fri, 2017-06-16 12:54
The annual get together of members of the Music Publishers Association of the United States at the Redbury Hotel in New York City combined a luncheon, legal and copyright updates, lively panel discussions, and an award ceremony, and concluded with a cocktail hour.

New Music USA Announces Nine New Additions to the Impact Fund Cohort

Wed, 2017-06-14 11:00
The Impact Fund cohort is a group of 33 New York City-based ensembles, presenters, and venues tackling challenges facing the city's new music community today, creating a vibrant public identity for the sector, building connections and collaborations, and finding innovative solutions to the need for increased performance and rehearsal space.

Composer Advocacy Notebook: Staying Focused on Next

Wed, 2017-06-14 10:20
Classical:NEXT has the potential to be the most viable international gathering place for open-minded music-focused people, despite its name.

Top 10 Things to Know About Social Media Marketing

Mon, 2017-06-12 05:30
Social media can feel like a time drain for already busy musicians, but it will only become more important in the coming years to have your own following of supporters that you can communicate with directly. So get started or fine tune your efforts right now.

Audio or It Didn’t Happen

Fri, 2017-06-09 05:18
Sometimes Marc Weidenbaum records sound: by writing about it. It’s not so much notating it as noting it, unpacking it, coming to understand how it works by investigating how it works.

So You Want To Host A Composition Competition

Wed, 2017-06-07 05:03
We all want to serve the act of making music, but Chris Sivak sometimes wonders if an organization might not be aware of how their competition guidelines inhibit what they’re setting out to do.

The Basics of Publicity

Mon, 2017-06-05 04:41
Branding, media relations, and when to hire a publicist...

Sky Macklay: Why I Love Weird Contemporary Music

Thu, 2017-06-01 07:20
Sky Macklay is a highly conceptual composer who typically gets a flash of inspiration for a concept before she writes a single note. Sometimes it's politically charged, like her Black Lives Matter-inspired choral work Sing Their Names or her provocative chamber opera whose three characters are two spermatozoa and a uterus. But other times it can be an investigation of a purely musical process--like a duo that's simultaneous fast and slow or a relentless chain of cadences.

The Man With Qualities: Remembering My Friend, Daniel Brewbaker (1951-2017)

Fri, 2017-05-26 09:02
To say that Daniel Brewbaker had achieved a certain kind of legendary status in my mind before we even met is no exaggeration. Now, after his untimely death, while it is still too fresh for me to contemplate, I’m trying to remember everything I can about our friendship.

Experiencing Influences

Thu, 2017-05-25 07:25
Living in Thailand offers me a simpler way of life than I had in America, and this simplicity has helped my composing and imagination grow into the spaces that used to be exhausted keeping up with a fast-paced life.

In the Name of “Research”

Wed, 2017-05-24 04:00
We wanted to use sexuality as the “in”: a topic that might intrigue a wider audience, maybe even get someone to attend their first opera. Getting people in the door is key.

The Big, and Ever-Present, “What’s Next?”

Mon, 2017-05-22 04:00
In a motion that has been well practiced during the last week, I reach for the interior jacket pocket that holds my business cards. I’m pleased to find only one remaining.

Music at the Root of Language

Thu, 2017-05-18 04:00
Because I am in a different culture, I am learning just as much information as I am teaching.

Candy Floss and Merry-Go-Rounds: Female Composers, Gendered Language, and Emotion

Wed, 2017-05-17 04:32
Problematic gender messaging—in academia, the media, and the culture at large—can toxify the soil in which young musicians hope to grow their careers. Too many female composers drop out as a result. For the health, longevity, and diversity of the art form, we must do better.

5 Female Composers Among 9 Winners of 2017 BMI Student Composer Awards

Tue, 2017-05-16 15:20
For the first time in the BMI Student Composer Awards' 65 year history, a majority of the winners (5 of the 9) are female composers. In addition, Lara Poe, is the first woman ever to win the William Schuman Prize (awarded since 1992 for most outstanding score) and Sydney Wang, winner of the Carlos Surinach Prize (awarded since 1999 to the youngest winner of the competition), is only the second woman to be so honored.

Preparing for Performance: What I Didn’t Know I Knew

Mon, 2017-05-15 07:51
For a week, we geeked out over performances we had attended, technique, our teachers, our “real jobs,” other projects we were starting, and what notation programs we used.