On January 15, 2015 during the New Music Gathering at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Sheet Music Plus CEO Jenny Silva gave a presentation on publishing models for the independent composer. Her presentation, available as a PDF by clicking on the link below, discusses the various methods through which composers may publish their music and the advantages and disadvantages to each. It is a must read for any composer, new or seasoned, wishing to gain more exposure for his/her work.
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Tags: composer, Digital Print Publishing, publishing models, self-publishing
Tags: arranger, competition, composer, composition, Digital Print Publishing, New Year's, self-publishing, Sheet Music Plus, songwriter
Composers, Arrangers, and Songwriters: we’ve got another exciting contest for you happening now through the end of December. Upload your sheet music and mp3 recordings to automatically enter the New Year’s Music Selling Contest. The more titles you upload, the greater chance you have of winning!
Let Sheet Music Plus help you accomplish a New Year’s resolution of publishing and selling more of your music. Upload the best-selling title in the below categories and win $300! We encourage you to upload as many titles as possible across the categories below in December, then promote and sell your titles from January 12 – February 15. The submission period has already started so start uploading your titles ASAP!
Here’s how it works:
- December 1-31, 2014 – Upload new original compositions and arrangements to your Digital Print Publishing account
- January 10, 2015 – All titles will be live on sheetmusicplus.com
- January 12 – February 15, 2015 – Selling competition period
- February 20, 2015 – Top-selling products at end of selling competition period will be announced
- Instrumental: Concert Band, Jazz (Big Band, Combo), Orchestra (full and string), Chamber Ensemble, Solo
- Sacred Choral: all voicings
- School/Community Choral: all voicings
- Piano: solo, 4-hand, duets
- Best-Selling Instrumental – $300
- Best-Selling Sacred Choral – $300
- Best-Selling School/Community Choral – $300
- Best-Selling Piano – $300
Stay tuned for more strategies on how to market and promote your music once the competition selling period starts. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below or write an email to : firstname.lastname@example.org
For your reference, here’s the link for Digital Print Publishing:
Terms and Conditions:
*All entries must be titles uploaded for the first time. Sheet Music Plus reserves the right to disqualify a title due to copyright concerns, violation of contest terms, content deemed inappropriate, or any other reason. Rights to all uploaded titles remain the property of the original owner. All titles associated with this contest are subject to our Digital Print Publishing Terms and Conditions.
Tags: arranging, composing, Digital Print Publishing, piano sheet music, self-publishing, wedding music
Miranda Wong is a wedding pianist and pop piano teacher in Hong Kong. She composes and arranges over hundreds of pieces for piano. She mainly writes music for weddings and Christmas and easy arrangements for children and jazz exercises. Her original wedding music and arrangements of classical music are widely used in wedding ceremonies in many countries, especially her Romantic Wedding March, Romantic Amazing Grace, and Traditional Canon in D.
Ms. Wong recently released her first piano book and album called “True Love” for simple piano music.
Miranda Wong is a top-selling self-publisher through Digital Print Publishing, a program that allows composers and arrangers the opportunity to upload their music for free to www.sheetmusicplus.com and earn royalties. Composers world-wide have achieved success with this program. Ms. Wong, a resident of Hong Kong, has had her music played at weddings all over the world. In the following interview, she gives insight into arranging and Digital Print Publishing. Continue reading ‘Top selling Digital Print Publisher Miranda Wong gives insight into her success.’
Tags: arranging, composer, composing, Digital Print Publishing, self-publishing
David Burndrett’s musical career started at an early age. During his first years at high school, he supported many amateur operatic societies and orchestras, playing either cello or double bass.
David attended Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, England for four years, and was awarded the Ida Carroll string prize during his final year. He played in the National Youth Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra from 1993 to 1995. David left Chetham’s in 1996 to broaden his musical training at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he studied solo classical and orchestral technique with Thomas Martin. Additionally, David was accepted onto the jazz course where he was able to form alliances with many players. David and his colleagues formed the Tom Allen Quintet, who won the Perrier Jazz Award in 1999. David also arranges and composes music and sells his music internationally online.
David is a regular extra with the Halle, BBC Philharmonic, City Of Birmingham Symphony, English Symphony, Manchester Camerata, Sinfonia Viva, Orchestra da Camera and others.
David Burndrett is one of the top self-publishers in the Digital Print Publishing program offered through Sheet Music Plus. Digital Print Publishing allows composers and arrangers to upload their music to www.sheetmusicplus.com for free and earn royalties. In an interview with Sheet Music Plus, David answered the following questions about his musical career and how Digital Print Publishing has helped him achieve success. He demonstrates that if you are arranging and composing music for your students, it is very likely that other teachers and musicians are also looking for similar pieces. Why not try to sell your music?
Tags: Band, community band, Community music groups, community orchestra, local music, music education, music outreach, orchestra, support local music
Not only is it back to school season, it’s also the time of year when local symphonies and bands, both professional and community, begin their new seasons. Orchestras and bands exist in all 50 states and nearly every community. The Performing Arts Alliance estimates that there are approximately 1800 orchestras alone in the United States, including professional, paid orchestras, volunteer orchestras, collegiate orchestras, and youth orchestras. Do you have an orchestra or band in your community? If you don’t know, it is very likely that there is at least one in your town or county. During the 2014-2015 performance season, we challenge you to go to at least one concert of a local community group, and here’s why:
Community music groups are great for local economies. How many times have you and your friends or family gone out for dinner before or after a sports game or important school function? Musical performances encourage spending at local restaurants, parking facilities, shops and more.
Music organizations create jobs – and not just for the musicians. Depending on the size of the group, it may have an executive director, a marketing team, a personnel manager and music librarian, just to name a few. Even small community groups will require stage crew at venues, box office attendants, and ushers to distribute programs.
Orchestras and bands play an important role in music education and community engagement. Musicians from these groups will often visit local schools and provide educational assemblies, instrument petting zoos, and even coachings on their instruments to students in the music program. Some groups give free performances or open rehearsals in senior living centers, or free, family friendly concerts in local parks. Even the country’s most esteemed musical organizations perform special concerts for children and families. For example, the San Francisco Symphony recently performed live music from several Pixar movies with clips and memorable scenes playing in the background.
To reach a wider audience, orchestras and bands have expanded their musical selections beyond the traditional repertoire. Not everyone finds the standard Bach, Beethoven or Brahms appealing, and there is a lot of great music for orchestra and band from the movies and even video games. So, if you aren’t a particular fan of classical music, look up your local group’s programming for the season and select a concert to attend that will interest you.
This only scratches the surface of the many reasons it is important and FUN to support local music. If we are preaching to the choir and you already do support local music, share this with your friends! Invite them to a concert. Ask them to attend one of your performances. Attend a concert with them – make it an event and go out to dinner before or dessert after. We want everyone to attend one local music concert this season! Lastly, please chime in with reasons why and how you support music in your community.
Tags: arranger, Digital Print Publishing, Digital Print sheet music, digital sheet music, John Gibson, self-publishing
John Gibson was born in Dallas, Texas, where he began taking clarinet lessons with Oakley Pittman, director of bands at Southern Methodist University and principal clarinetist with the Dallas Symphony. After John and his family moved to Denver, Colorado, he studied with the retired principal clarinetist of the Denver Symphony, Val (Tiny) Henrich. He continued his studies with David Etheridge, Jerry Neil Smith, and John McGrosso at the University of Colorado, from where he received a degree in music education and a masters of music performance. While in college, John discovered his interest in arranging, taking classes in that topic whenever possible.
Although not always working in the music business, John never stopped playing. While clarinet has been his principal instrument, he also played oboe in orchestras for about eight years, as well as flute and saxophone in other venues.
John has been supplying woodwind players with interesting, well-crafted arrangements since 1998 and has arranged hundreds of pieces ranging from solos to duets to large woodwind ensembles, which have been performed all over the world and reviewed in international woodwind magazines. Continue reading ‘Digital Print Publishing: Interview with Arranger John Gibson’
Tags: arranger, composer, composition, Digital Print Publishing, self-publishing, Sheet Music Plus
Did you know you can sell digital copies of your arrangements and original scores through Sheet Music Plus? Our Digital Print Publishing program allows you to upload PDFs and audio samples, input important marketing information, and set your own price (min. $1.99). Visitors can easily find your music using our advanced search engine, which receives over 3 million visits a year. It’s quick, easy, and FREE!
Start uploading today and you’ll automatically be entered in our first Digital Print Publishing Contest, happening July 1-31, 2014, with three categories of winners:
1. Best-selling new upload ($300 award and promotional highlight).
2. Highest cumulative sales for new uploads ($100 award).
3. Editor’s pick for best new upload ($100 award).
Titles must be NEW UPLOADS, submitted after 9:00am PST, June 11, 2014. All titles must be submitted by June 22, 2014, 11:59pm PST, in order to be live by July 1. Titles uploaded after this time will not be included in the contest.
Tags: brass, Kickstarter, Music in Community, SUPERBRASS
By Brendan Lai-Tong
Hey brass players, if you haven’t heard of the SUPERBRASS you really should check this group out!
The SUPERBRASS is a collective of some of the finest and most experienced professional brass and percussion players working on the demanding and vibrant London music scene. Members of SUPERBRASS are drawn from the ranks of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the John Wilson Orchestra and the BBC Big Band and many more top orchestras and ensembles. Additionally members of SUPERBRASS are highly regarded educators and professors of music at the top London Music Colleges.
Kickstarter projects for Continue reading ‘SuperBrass!!!’
Tags: Landfill Harmonic, Music in Community, orchestra, Recycled Orchestra
By Brendan Lai-Tong
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure“. It’s likely that you have heard, or even used this saying at some point. As easy as it is to use this phrase, seldom does it take on such a literal meaning like the story of the Recycled Orchestra. The orchestra is comprised of impoverished children from Cateura, Paraguay who have dedicated themselves to making music on instruments made out of only bits and pieces of trash. These instruments, gracefully constructed by director Favio Chavez and luthier Nicolas “Cola” Gomez, were made from objects found in the landfill close by. A film/documentary, Landfill Harmonic, will feature the orchestra.
Under the direction of Chavez, the orchestra has Continue reading ‘From Trash to Treasure – Landfill Harmonic’
Tags: fundraising plus, music education, music student, music teacher, Paul Herrera
By Brendan Lai-Tong
Hi Sheet Music Plus Fans, welcome back to our Music in Community Series. As many of you already know, budgets for school music programs are very tight. As a result, music directors need to find creative ways to raise funds to provide their students with the musical education that they deserve.
When I was in band, the band parents organized several fundraising opportunities in order to raise the funding necessary to support the program. Bake sales, holiday gift wrapping drives, candy and even cheesecake sales were part of our regular yearly schedules. If there was an opportunity to raise funds, our band was on top of it.
If you didn’t already know, Sheet Music Plus has a great way for organizations to raise funds called Fundraising Plus. Organizations will receive a personalized URL to share that directs to our homepage. Any purchases that are made after clicking through this link will accrue 8% cash back. This is a great way to quickly raise funds for your educational endeavors. Find out more here.
Today, we’re featuring Paul Herrera, director of Continue reading ‘Music in Community – Paul Herrera’