Is there really no demand for new Christmas music in US schools?
Date: May 13, 2014
Recently I sent a secular Christmas song I had co-written with an American author to a US publisher, who warmly received this - in fact he was very complimentary about both the words and the music, and how well they conveyed the joyful spirit of the season. However, he said that new Christmas music doesn't sell at all well, and that choral directors in American schools prefer to do arrangements of well-known carols and traditional Christmas songs. This came as something of a surprise to me. I wonder if this feeling is shared among composers represented here. (Needless to say he didn't offer to publish the piece, though I was very grateful to receive such a nice rejection letter!)
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