Idea for new kind of commission experience--are you interested?
Date: June 26, 2012
Idea: Let's offer our talents to choirs who would love to commission a special piece but simply have no money to do so (which is probably most choirs these days), by offering to compose a piece for their choir in exchange for a guaranteed premiere performance (if the work meets their standards and deadline) PLUS an audio, or better yet audiovisual, recording of same that could be used by the composer for her/his own marketing purposes.
In order for this idea to fly we would need a significant number of composers to be interested in it, I think--not sure how many, but certainly the more the better. If you like the idea, you could help me by suggesting the minimum number of composers you think are necessary for the idea to be announced, and if we fall short of the number we agree on, then we do not announce the opportunity.
I would be willing to compile a list of all composers who are interested in such an endeavor, with their contact information and perhaps preference for the type of choir they wish to work with (voicings, ages, etc.), and post this list and the idea in the "Repertoire Questions and Discussions" forum by, say, July 15. The header could be something like: "Want to commission a piece, but have no $$$? Read this!"
Composers who are lucky enough to be picked by a choir would work out their own arrangements with that choir. Composers who are really lucky enough to be approached by more than one choir could make a choice of which choir(s) to accomodate, and perhaps suggest a fellow composer if they have to turn one or more choirs down. Those of us unlucky enough to not be picked at all would just have to go cry in our beers...
What do you think? Are you interested? I don't know if this has been tried before by an entire GROUP of composers, but if it hasn't I think it's worth a shot. Oh, and I would appreciate a "backup" person who would be provided with all the interested composers' information as it is compiled, in case I get hit by a bus and can't follow through... This year has certainly taught me to be extra prepared.
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Update: $100 has been set as the upper limit for each composer's fee per piece to participate in this project, and is non-negotiable.
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