How do you market your compositions and arrangements?
I know that soloists employ agents, and these agents shop their clients' lists around to conductors, etc. Do composers do that, too?
How else do composers market their work?
I have found the major publishers to be "unwilling" to even receive manuscripts, even when I have many years of arranging experience, and good referees.
I had a bass quartet played last month, but that will be all I have placed in the past nine months (five pieces for string orchestra, high school level, in February).
Social media gets a bit of interest, but it still is not publishing, or getting the music played in concert.
What do you do, please?
Self publishing is what I've been looking into.
Figuring that the difference between next to nothing and nothing is sod all, and having no ambition to be known as a "professional", my arrangements all go straight to IMSLP where they are copyright-protected but freely available under Creative Commons licence 4.0. That way there is at least some personal satisfaction to be had when you read that your string quartet arrangement of Mahler 4 has been downloaded 1665 times. Even better, my string orchestra revamp of an Elgar piece for organ has had 2696 downloads and (google tells me) public performances in Canada, Australia and Spain - fame at last!
I have delved into this quite a bit and have found it to be somewhat rewarding but also quite frustrating. I arrange sacred music and Christmas songs primarily for unaccompanied violin. I market this music through a web site I created:
If you want to make any amount of money, you need to get your pieces out into the public. If you can perform or arrange performances of your own pieces, that is basically the only way. Then you self-publish on your own website and hope for the best.
Or be good enough to write music for movies, radio and TV documentaries, a very specialised skill.
I must say I would be content to have the music played by ensembles I didn't organise or direct myself. (I am not trying to make megabucks.) I did that for many years, and it was fun, but I am no longer a music teacher with access to dozens of capable students, all keen to play in concert bands, etc.
Most composers, including myself, sell their music through a library music company. You get paid when somebody uses it for television, film etc. It would have to be well recorded. Usually you can't be too adventurous with library music as it is used in the background for the most part. Typically, you get 50%.
Music libraries seem to be the most common way people sell their music in the circles I travel.
>How else do composers market their work?
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