How much do you charge for your music?
That question can make composers sweat bullets!
Maybe this is you...
When that moment happens, you need to be ready.
Because pretty soon, the conversation is going to move from what kind of piece they want and what they love about your music to the scariest of questions: "How much do you charge?"
The most important step you need to take? Figure out your rates now.
Here are a few resources you can consult:
New Music Box Commissioning Fees Calculator
Canadian League of Composers Commissioning Rates
New Music USA's Commissioning Music: A Basic Guide
Meet the Composer's Guide to Commissioning Music
Dominick DiOrio's Guide to Commissioning Music (especially helpful for choral works)
American Composers Forum Commissioning By Individuals Guide
Have a look through these tools and documents. As you read, notice: how do these rates make you feel? Excited? Nervous? Affirmed? Terrified? Do you feel ready to ask a commissioner to pay you these rates? Why nor why not?
Drop me a line and let me know.
My friend Danielle Kuntz, harpist asked a great question on Twitter today:
How do we support and encourage living composers?
I love this question, and it's one I get a lot. Performers, ensemble directors, music teachers, and music fans know that the odds have been stacked against living composers for a while. They want to take meaningful action, and they also know they can't do it all at once or all on their own. Many performers I talk to get stuck because they want to offer composers big commissions but don't have a dedicated funding source for that.
It doesn't have to be hard to support living composers. You can get started right now. It doesn't have to cost a thing.
Here's a list of 21 ways you can support living composers:
What did I miss? Get in touch and let me know YOUR favorite ways are to support living composers.