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.
Commissioning Agreements, Intellectual Property and Copyright Law - James Kendrick
Music Engraving and Publishing - Bill Holab
Support & Fundraising for Composers - Ed Harsh
Publicity and Promotion - Christina Jensen
Participants may also wish to attend ACO's Underwood New Music Readings, Friday, June 1 at 10am & Saturday, June 2 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
About the Presenters:
James Kendrick is an attorney specializing in intellectual property, copyright and publishing. Trained as an oboist at the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, Mr. Kendrick began his publishing career in 1977 helping to establish European American Music (EAM) before studying law. Following graduation from Rutgers Law School in 1983, he specialized in intellectual property matters with a particular emphasis on the music and audio-visual industries. In addition to practicing law, Kendrick has also served as Chief Executive Officer of Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. He rejoined EAM as President in March 2002, and currently serves on the board of directors of ASCAP.
Trained as a composer at Juilliard and University of Michigan, Bill Holab is the owner of Bill Holab Music. His company provides copying, publishing, and promotional services to many of today's leading composers. Prior to establishing his own company, Mr. Holab worked in numerous positons throughout the Music INdustry including Director of Publications for G. Schirmer/Associated Music Publishers, Director of Production for Universal Edition, and Director of Sales and Publishing for Schott Music Corp. He consults for both MakeMusic (Finale) and Sibelius.
Appointed President of Meet The Composer in 2007, Ed Harsh's background includes fifteen years of professional experience in the arts. Aside from his work with MTC, his principal positions have included the Managing Editor of the Kurt Weill Edition, Director of Development of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Managing Director of Sequitur new music ensemble. He has completed commissioned work for many prominent ensembles, among them the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, New Millennium Ensemble, and American Baroque. His compositions are recorded commercially on the Albany, Santa Fe New Music, CRI, and Neuma labels.
Christina Jensen is a public relations professional whose clients have included composer, pianist, and conductor André Previn, the Chiara String Quartet, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, composer Jefferson Friedman, composer Lisa Bielawa, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Finnish record label Ondine, pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, violinist Arabella Steinbacher, Bang on a Can, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), the School of Music at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Boston University's College of Fine Arts. Prior to launching her own firm, Christina was also a publicist with Cohn Dutcher Associates, a boutique public relations firm specializing in the classical music field. Christina currently serves as publicist for ACO.
When & Where
American Composers Orchestra
Now in its 40th 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.