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?s for "Composition Spotlight" and "Composition Showcase" Composers

Now that these two marketing tools have been up and running for a while:
 
Has your participation in the Composition Showcase directly resulted in any sales and/or downloads of your music?  Which piece(s)? 
 
For those of you who have been honored with a Composition Spotlight, has that exposure directly resulted in any sales/downloads? 
 
Not idle questions.  Thank you.
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on February 1, 2014 9:25am
It's hard to tell the source of interest in our music, but my answer is no, I don't think so.    I praise JS's efforts, but the view from outside still seems a bit .. unfinished. 
 
William Copper
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on February 1, 2014 10:54am
Julia:
 
I have had three sales during the last year from the Showcase, two of The Shortest Day, an
a cappella winter solstice piece, and one of Rabbit Skunk, a romp for SSAA and piano.  I think
the interest in The Shortest Day from this (and other sources) encouraged one of my publishers
to put it in print (pending).
 
One piece was featured on the Spotlight, Orpheus with his Lute, SSA + trumpet and piano; but no
sales resulted.
 
Cheers,
Brian Holmes
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on February 1, 2014 11:13am
I think both the Composition Showcase and the Composition Spotlight articles are great resources and I am very grateful to Jack for tremendous amount of work he has put into them.  
 
I do not believe that I have had any sales or performances that resulted from either the Showcase or from my appearance in the Composition Spotlight.
 
On the one hand, I am a little disappointed because although I had a spectacular year in 2013 in terms of total number of performances, most of those were of my instrumental music; and I now have very few choral performances scheduled or even hinted at for 2014.  I backed off of some of my brazen self-promotion to choral directors last year, and this may be the result.
 
On the other hand, I do believe that the Showcase and the Spotlight have contributed to give me added exposure, and I believe that it takes several years for the seeds of promotion to bear fruit in choral programming.  Choral directors are primarily thematic programmers, so that once they become aware of a new piece that interests often several years pass before they find an appropriate place to program the piece.  Several of my 2013 choral performances were the result of my being named 2012/2013 Composer in Residence for the Cascadian Chorale, and that itself was the result of my having "cold called" the director MANY years earlier to introduce my work to him.  So all of that is what I tell myself during these quiet times when it appears that no one is programming my choral work, and I cross my fingers that good news will arrive soon.
 
     Greg
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on February 2, 2014 6:01am
I'm not aware of any direct sales from either source, but then I've no way of knowing.  I'm selling through the JWPepper MyScore program, so I see what's sold and how many but not to whom or why.  My only other sources of performances have been local contacts through Southwest Minnesota State University.  I'm guessing, apparently with Greg, that confluence of exposure has an effect.  Someone who would pass by my listing on JWPepper or my website may stop if they've seen my name in the Showcase, or even in postings elsewhere on Choralnet.  Who knows!?
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on February 2, 2014 8:53pm
Because of our Showcase, Spotlight and forum, choirs I am affiliated with have performed or will perform:
 
The Water Cycle  Chris Hutchings/Julia Laylander (3 performances)
Echoes fo Kindness  Ruth Schram/Linda Marcus (3 performances)
Apples of Gold  Julie Myers (3  performances)
Hope in the Lord Joy Decoursey-Porter (3 so far)
Rejoice in the Lord  Wallace De Pue (3 so far)
The Dust of Stars    Greg Bartholomew (3 performances)
The Promise of Liberty  Greg Bartholomew (at least 8 performances)
Crystal River  Heather Sorenson/Julie Myers (1 performance so far)
Kore Chant  Anna Dembska (1 performance)
Lord of the Universe by Julie Myers and Stan Pethel (1 performance so far)
Deep Peace Kelvin McNeal (1 performance)
 
Currently rehearsing:
The Leprechaun   Wallace De Pue
I Feel Cool   Brian Holmes
O Magnum Mysterium  Ivo Antognini
Through the Eyes of the Children  Daryl Crockford
 
 
 
I also have on my to do list several works by member composers awaiting the right concert/ensemble including The Cicaida and Full Fathom Five by Brian Holmes, Bright Was the Star by Gordon Thornett and Rejoice and Be Merry by Christopher Ho.  A colleague of mine will be performing Unfinished Melodies that Linda Marcus, Robert Ross and I wrote.  
 
So it is working, at least for me.  
 
I agree strongly with what Greg said above.  I have works in my mind to perform that I heard many years ago and just haven't been able to put on a concert.  Hang in there.   The price is right and the potential is great.
 
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on February 3, 2014 5:19am
Jack,
 
Wow!  I did not realize that you had performed "Apples of Gold" multiple times.  Thank you!  Would you be so kind as to PM me the venue / city / dates of performances?  The reason is:
 
The window for the ASCAP Plus awards is now open for reporting 2013 performances.  Anyone who is a member of ASCAP may apply.  The pieces do not need to be published but do need to be registered.  The deadline is July 1, 2014.  (This is a nice project to work on today, for those of us who are snowed in...again!)
 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE

The ASCAP Plus Awards program is available to writers who received less than $25,000 in domestic performance royalties in the previous calendar year. It rewards writer members of all genres whose works were performed in unsurveyed media as well as writer members whose catalogs have prestige value.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

To be considered for an ASCAP Plus Award, each writer must submit an online application via Member Access.  The application must be submitted annually and reference achievements of the previous calendar year.
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on February 3, 2014 7:18am
"The price is right and the potential is great."  YES!  There is a view counter on the "Composition Spotlight" articles; do we have any idea of the view count to date for the Composition Showcase as a whole, or for particular Pages (SATB, SSA, etc.) within the Showcase?  If not, is adding a view counter possible?
 
My questions above were an attempt to get a feeling for how successful, overall, the Composer's Community's marketing efforts have been so far, and to try to discern any patterns of interest on the part of choir directors.  That is, is most of the interest focused on pieces for children's voices, women's voices, men's voices, or mixed choirs?  How about a cappella vs. accompanied?  Sacred vs. secular?  Or do we simply not have enough data yet to make any intelligent guesses as to what kinds of pieces might garner the most interest in the Showcase and Spotlight?  I have the feeling, for example, that there is such a tiny potential market for my pieces for women's voices and string quartet that placing them in the Showcase would be a frustrating waste of space.  I might have other pieces that might generate some interest there, but which ones?  If we can somehow keep track of what kinds of pieces in the Showcase are enjoying downloads/sales over time, that might help each of us fine tune our submissions. 
 
A couple of suggestions for the Showcase as it is being upgraded: 
 
Is there any way to list the pieces from most-recently-listed (top of each Page) to oldest (bottom)?  I realize that the Feed does this, but it might be a good idea to do it on each voicing Page, as well.  I've visited the Showcase from time to time this past year, just to listen to what other composers have uploaded, and have scrolled down through the alphabetized lists of pieces in each voicing category, on each Page, and it's been frustrating to try to remember which pieces I've already listened to.  Perhaps busy choir directors feel a similar frustration?  If this is not possible, how about simply adding an "upload date" to each entry -- right next to or just beneath the title of the piece?
 
Would it be possible to break up the listings into the broad general categories of Sacred and Secular?  Sacred SATB, SSA, TTBB, etc. and the same for Secular?  Anything that would save search time for choir directors would be useful, I think.
 
And, finally, how about posting a query in the Repertoire Forum asking choir directors to "critique" the Showcase (layout, organization, instructions, etc.) and provide suggestions for improvement?  Such a question would engage choir directors in the process and hopefully result in some very good ideas, and it would also serve as another reminder of the Showcase's existence.
 
Now back to packing...
 
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on February 3, 2014 3:34pm
Sure is great to have your brain back working for the common good!  I will see what I can find out about view counts.  Downloads I don't think we can measure.  Best of all is your suggestion for posting to the repertoire forum.  Feel free to suggest wording here and I'll get on it.  It would help to have people that actually want to make some sales to chime in. 
 
How do the rest of you feel about the upload date?  We could add it to new works if ou think it will help.  I don't see how it would help me.  The FEED is where I go to find new uploads.   I very much like the alphabetical scrolling of compositions.  It is unlike the experience you get at JWPepper or Sheet Music Plus and reminds me more of paging through boxes of octavos at a music store like we used to do before the internet came along. 
 
Separating by sacred/secular is a bit early.  When we have 50 works in each voicing and several hundred in SATB such a separation will be more practical.   The first such subcategory I feel should be SATB with divisi.   Sacred or secular should be a tag for now.   Most pieces are pretty obvious by title and those that aren't can sometimes cross over so I don't mind looking at them for school or church ensembles.  People can search by keyword.
 
I will look up my performance dates and message those that have asked.  Gordon, I haven't bought your piece yet. My choir ran out of Sundays. I'll get on that and plan to use the piece next Christmas.
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on February 2, 2014 9:02pm
Yes, I've had 3 people contact me for permission to perform some of my compositions.  I'm certain these would not have occurred had it not been for Choralnet.
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on February 3, 2014 4:10am
Wow! If everyone were as generous and supportive as you, Jack, we'd all be laughing!  
 
 
I don't believe I've had any sales yet from the Composition Spotlight on 'Bright was the Star', apart from your own kind purchase, Jack, for your church choir.  But maybe someone will consider it for next year!
 
The only other piece I've put on Showcase so far is 'Gather ye Rosebuds' for female voices (SSA).  Someone has bought a set of  copies, but this was through an advert I put on LInkedIn (although the initial impetus for writing the piece came from Jaclyn Johnson, a member of this community!)
 
 
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on February 7, 2014 3:29pm
I had a piece done by Michael Sandvik as a result of a query of his on this forum. I led him to a piece in the showcase. The same piece had another performance in FLorida as a result of the showcase. I have had 2 other instances of interested parties to other works but no other performances that I am aware of :-)
Nice to have you back, Julia!~
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on February 10, 2014 9:47am
One of my pieces in the Showcase, "Riders on the Earth," has had 6 performances in the past year.  Of those, three directors said they learned of the work on Choralnet, and one specifically mentioned the Spotlight.  The other three may also have learned about it here, but if so, they didn't mention it.  However, since I don't have a website, and I don't advertise anywhere, I don't know how else they would have learned of the piece.
 
In addition, one of the three directors who mentioned Choralnet ended up programming 2 more of my pieces on the concert with "Riders ...," one of which was in the Showcase ("Mipney Mah"), the other was not (an a cappella arrangement of "Shenandoah" for SSAATTBB w/ tenor solo).
 
So for me, at least, it was worth participating.
 
Lana Mountford
Bellingham, WA
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