Music Publishing Podcast

Nuts and bolts discussions on the business and practical aspects of being a composer in the 21st century, with host Dennis Tobenski.
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Sep 26, 2016

For this week’s episode, I sat down with Scott Winship, the Director of Grantmaking at New Music USA to talk about the organization’s Project Grants, and answer a few listener questions. It was a great conversation with a lot of really great tips for making your application the best it can be.

Some of the things we talked about were:

  • The American Music Center & Meet the Composer merger, which created New Music USA
  • How the NMUSA are a reaction to the ways that artists make their art today
  • The grant application process
  • The panel process
  • The general breakdown of the awards
  • Effective work samples
  • Making use of collaborator profiles
  • Narratives & project descriptions
  • Giving yourself time to put together a compelling application
  • Getting feedback
  • Question: When is the music “not enough”?
  • Your budget
  • The private description
  • Question: Why does it seem like the “usual suspects” seem to get awarded every round?
  • Question: Is there a weight to individual, ensemble, or organization applications?
  • The new grant deadline for 2016/2017
Sep 19, 2016

Recently declared by Opera News to be a “game changing” company that is redefining American opera, New York City-based Rhymes With Opera started just like most new music ensembles – as a handful of like-minded friends who just wanted to do good work – and have become a well-established, well-respected organization creating a whole new set of operatic repertoire for the 21st century.

I was thrilled to sit down with all five of the founding members to talk about the company’s successes and growing pains, and their advice for new music ensembles that are just starting out.

During the course of the conversation, we talked about:

  • The history and mission of Rhymes With Opera
  • Deciding your path as an organization
  • Not over-extending your ensemble
  • Finding organizational stability
  • Rhyme With Opera’s beginning steps and missteps
  • The importance of forming a solid Board of Directors
  • Limiting your organizational activities to core competencies
  • Surrounding yourself with talent
  • Outsourcing effectively
  • Taking incremental steps toward your goals
  • Knowing your budget in order to fundraise effectively
  • Crowdfunding
  • Cultivating a donor base
  • The current state of American opera and concert music in general
  • The DIY mentality in concert music today
  • Supporting new music as an organizational goal

Rhymes With Opera
George Lam
Ruby Fulton
Bonnie Lander
Elisabeth Halliday
Robert Maril
Opera News: Indies Ascending

Sep 12, 2016

Rose Marshack is a professor of Arts Technology and Music Business at Illinois State University (my alma mater), as well as the bass player for the indie rock band Poster Children. I met Rose when I spoke to her Music Business students for the first time in 2013, and immediately loved her enthusiasm for giving her students the skills they need to survive post-graduation.

During the course of our conversation, we talked about:

  • Giving back
  • Maintaining connections with your alma mater
  • “Band Karma”
  • The different approaches to teaching music business
  • Different ways to make a living as a musician
  • Teaching as a form of learning
  • Surrounding yourself with talent

Poster Children
André Gide: The Counterfeiters
The Smarter Artist: What Do You Mean by DVD Extras?
Self-Publishing Podcast: Forging Unbreakable Bonds with Readers Who Love You

Sep 5, 2016

In addition to being a talented composer, Daniel Gilliam is the Director of Programming for WUOL Classical 90.5 in Louisville, KY. We got to know one another a number of years ago on Twitter, and finally met in “meatspace”, along with Dale Trumbore, over drinks at the 2012 Chorus America conference in Minneapolis, MN.

During the course of our conversation we touched on:

  • The responsibilities of a classical radio Program Director
  • Having a day job outside of academia
  • How your paycheck doesn’t define you as an artist – your art does
  • Building relationships
  • Being able to talk about your music with non-musicians
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson as an ambassador of science
  • An overview of classical radio
  • Audience, data and fulfilling mission
  • Defining the audience for classical radio
  • How most new music performers aren’t the target audience for classical radio
  • Submitting recordings to classical stations
  • The quality of your materials
  • Follow-up techniques
  • Doing your research
  • The importance of having a broad and deep knowledge of the classical repertoire
  • Playing the long game and having patience

Daniel Gilliam / Fictive Music
WUOL Classical 90.5
MusicSpoke: “Just Relax” by Daniel Gilliam
Q2 Radio
Second Inversion