The Future of Newly Composed Music is at Risk…
Date: August 19, 2014
The British 'Sound and Music' stated recently in their 2014 Commission Survey Report "The future of new music is at risk if we continue to undervalue composers... Professional composers are being asked to create new pieces for ‘shockingly low’ fees."
Is the situation different in North America?
Sound and Music reports–
• The average fee per commission in 2013 was £1,392
• Only 15% of those surveyed earned more income than previous year
• 49% of composers feel that there is less rehearsal/preparation time for new works.
You may read more about this situation at
• Download the report (pdf) or at http://www.soundandmusic.org/projects/sound-and-music-commissioning-report
It’s a bit of a shocker, but at the same time a wake-up call…
Thanks for reading this! And thanks to those far-sighted choral conductors who have commissioned new works recently!
Maybe you could tell us about them... How were they received? Was it a rewarding experience? Do you recommend commissioning generally? ...
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