Join the composers from ACO's Underwood New Music Readings for a day of workshops exploring the business and realities of being a professional composer. These invaluable talks, led by leaders in the industry, provide information ranging from copyright and commission agreements, to music preparation, to promotion, and fundraising.
The workshops are a practical guide for any composer wishing to gain a better understanding of these critical aspects to success as a composer today. Previously only available to participants in the Readings, ACO has made a limited number of spaces available to aspiring composers from the community for a small registration fee. Lunch is provided during the workshop.
Copyright and Commissioning Basics
James Kendrick, Esq. (Alter & Kendrick) LLP
Be Prepared: Introduction to professional score and parts production
Bill Holab, Principal, Bill Holab Music Services, president
Support Structures for Composers
Ed Harsh, President and CEO, New Music USA
John Nuechterlein, President and CEO, American Composers Forum
Publicity and Promotion
Christina Jensen, principal, Christina Jensen PR
Jessica Lustig, managing director, 21C Media Group
Steven Swartz, founder and partner, DOTDOTDOTMUSIC
Frank J. Oteri, Composer Advocate, New Music USA, moderator
Getting It Out There: What's Going on in the Recording Industry Anyway?
Programming Yourself in Today's Market - panel discussion
Sean Hickey, NAXOS USA
Frank J. Oteri, New Music USA
John Nuechterlein, American Composers Forum
Participants may also wish to attend ACO's Underwood New Music Readings, Wednesday, May 6 at 10am & Thursday, May 7 at 7:30pm, at DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Admission to the Readings is free. Reservations suggested. More info is available at: www.americancomposers.org
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American Composers Orchestra
Now in its 38th season, American Composers Orchestra is the only orchestra in the world dedicated to the creation, performance, preservation, and promulgation of music by American composers. ACO makes the creation of new opportunities for American composers and new American orchestral music its central purpose. Through concerts at Carnegie Hall and other venues, recordings, internet and radio broadcasts, educational programs, New Music Readings, and commissions, ACO identifies today’s brightest emerging composers, champions prominent established composers as well as those lesser-known, and increases regional, national, and international awareness of the infinite variety of American orchestral music, reflecting geographic, stylistic, and temporal diversity. ACO also serves as an incubator of ideas, research, and talent, as a catalyst for growth and change among orchestras, and as an advocate for American composers and their music.
To date, ACO has performed music by more than 700 American composers, including nearly 300 world premieres and newly commissioned works. In addition to SONiC, orchestra’s innovative programs have included Sonidos de las Américas, six annual festivals devoted to Latin American composers and their music; Coming to America, a program immersing audiences in the ongoing evolution of American music through the work of immigrant composers; Orchestra Tech, a long-term initiative to integrate new digital technologies in the symphony orchestra; Improvise!, a festival devoted to the exploration of improvisation and the orchestra; coLABoratory: Playing It UNsafe, a new laboratory for the research and development of experimental new works for orchestra; and Orchestra Underground, ACO’s entrepreneurial cutting-edge orchestral ensemble that embraces new technology, eclectic instruments, influences, and spatial orientation of the orchestra, new experiments in the concert format, and multimedia and multidisciplinary collaborations.
More information about American Composers Orchestra is available online at www.americancomposers.org.