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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Nov 21, 2017

Composer Darien Shulman returns to talk about his experience writing for a new television series.

Nov 6, 2017

After a Summer hiatus, Dennis returns for a conversation with composers Elizabeth Alexander and J. David Moore, two of the founding members of the Independent Music Publishers Cooperative.

Aug 17, 2017

Bonus Episode 59b: Dennis and the curators for the NewMusicShelf Vocal Anthologies answer questions about the call for scores in an Ask Us Anything-style video chat.

Aug 15, 2017

In case you haven't yet heard the news, composer David Maslanka passed away last week on August 6 after a brief battle with cancer. David, along with his son Matthew, was a guest on the show back in January for Episode #38.

Reading other composers' and performers' reminiscences of him online, it's impossible to overlook the impact he's had in our corner of the world and beyond. From his simple exhortation for composers to Just Show Up when it comes to writing every day, to his acknowledgement about our craft that "nothing about what we do is convenient," he has been a source of encouragement and inspiration for many composers over the decades.

So this week, in honor of his memory, I'm rebroadcasting episode 38 on Forging Your Own Path with David Maslanka.

Aug 8, 2017

This week, Garrett Hope of The Portfolio Composer joins Dennis to make a few exciting announcements, including a new partnership with the American Composers Forum, a new distribution outlet for self-published composers, and gigantic new call for scores - all to make composers' lives better.

Jul 25, 2017

Ed Windels, the 5-to-9 Composer, returns to talk about the benefits and drawbacks of having a full-time day job in addition to your composing. 

Jul 18, 2017

Composer Tony Manfredonia returns to talk about his bifurcated career of writing concert music and music for video games.

Jul 3, 2017

Composer Griffin Candey talks about the importance securing performances of new, large-scale works before you start writing them.

Jun 12, 2017

Dennis is joined this week by Jamie Leigh Sampson and Andrew Martin Smith to talk about their compose collective ADJ*ective New Music.

Jun 5, 2017

Mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen and composer Alex Shapiro return to MPP to talk about the ins and outs of commissioning new music from the perspective of the composer and the commissioner.

May 30, 2017

Composer Garrett Schumann talks about building a local music scene, investing in yourself, and the nuts and bolts of economical live streaming.

May 23, 2017

MPP celebrates one year of episodes with reflection on the past year, a look ahead to the coming months, and a drink with return guest Jay Venute.

May 22, 2017

Dennis is joined by composers Tony Manfredonia and Ed Windels to share even more reactions to the third New Music Gathering, held in Bowling Green, OH.

May 18, 2017

Dennis is joined by soprano Elisabeth Halliday and composer Spencer Arias to talk about their reactions to the third New Music Gathering, held in Bowling Green, OH.

May 8, 2017

Entertainment lawyer Marc Ostrow returns to MPP to talk about recent legal and legislative developments in copyright and licensing.

Apr 28, 2017

Composer/violist Martha Mooke talks about improvisation, following your passions, and finding balance.

Apr 17, 2017

Composer/bassist Brian Coughlin talks about non-linear career paths, meaningful collaborations, being open to a variety of experiences, and learning from your mistakes.

Apr 11, 2017

Composer Robert Paterson talks about running composition competitions, believing in yourself, dealing with rejection, and having support systems in place.

Apr 4, 2017

Dennis talks with composer Reg Unterseher about the benefits of curation, the future of electronic scores, and different models of distribution and publication.

Mar 28, 2017

After ten months of doing this show, I finally managed to get my husband, Darien Shulman, on the podcast! Darien is a composer who started his musical career as a concert music composer, and has made the transition to writing for TV and film. 

In this week's episode, we talk about different philosophies of music education, writing for commercials, and what it takes to kill your darlings.

Mar 21, 2017

Composer Alexandra Gardner (Ep. 9) returns to talk about what should and shouldn’t go into your composer website.

Alexandra Gardner
Dale Trumbore: Seven Things to Remove from Your Website
Caroline Shaw
Agata Zubel
Harold Meltzer

Mar 6, 2017

Kevin Clark is a philanthropy consultant, product manager, and composer working to help artists thrive. He is the brains behind the New Music USA project platform, and speaks and writes about arts economics, technology in the arts and non-profit worlds, and philanthropy.

During the course of our conversation, we talked about some of the interesting up-and-coming organizations that he consults for, making art sustainable, Baumol's cost disease, and fundraising with Kickstarter.

Feb 27, 2017

In addition to his work as a composer, Jonathan Newman is the Director of Composition & Coordinator of New Music at the Shenandoah Conservatory; he was also a founding member of the composer consortium BCM International.

During the course of our conversation, we talked about writing for educational ensembles, the history and impact of BCM International, and being “pigeonholed”.

Jonathan on Facebook
Jonathan on Twitter
BCM International
BCM Forums

Feb 20, 2017

Anne Lanzilotti is a violist, composer, and fierce advocate of contemporary music. She is a member of The Rhythm Method string quartet, co-founder for Kalikolehua — El Sistema Hawai‘i, and a member of the string faculty at NYU Steinhardt, and she created “Shaken Not Stuttered”, an online resource of extended techniques for strings used in Andrew Norman’s orchestral and chamber works.

During the course of our conversation, she and I talked about collaboration, the joys and challenges of commissioning, and new music advocacy.

Anne Lanzilotti
Shaken Not Stuttered
The Rhythm Method
Kalikolehua — El Sistema Hawai‘i

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