Music Publishing Podcast

Music Publishing Podcast
Nuts and bolts discussions on the business and practical aspects of being a composer in the 21st century
062: Darien Shulman on Composing for Television
Nov 21, 2017 • 65 min
Composer Darien Shulman returns to talk about his experience writing for a new television series.
061: Independent Music Publishers Cooperative
Nov 6, 2017 • 75 min
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.
059b: BONUS NewMusicShelf Call for Scores QA
Aug 17, 2017 • 70 min
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.
060: REBROADCAST David and Matthew Maslanka on Forging Your Own Path
Aug 15, 2017 • 57 min
In honor of David Maslanka’s memory, I’m rebroadcasting episode 38 on Forging Your Own Path.
059: NewMusicShelf
Aug 7, 2017 • 54 min
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 -…
058: Ed Windels on Being a 5-to-9 Composer
Jul 25, 2017 • 59 min
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.
057: Tony Manfredonia on Video Game Music
Jul 18, 2017 • 55 min
Composer Tony Manfredonia returns to talk about his bifurcated career of writing concert music and music for video games.
056: Griffin Candey on Securing Performances Before You Write
Jul 3, 2017 • 61 min
Composer Griffin Candey talks about the importance securing performances of new, large-scale works before you start writing them.
055: ADJ*ective New Music on Collectives
Jun 12, 2017 • 79 min
Dennis is joined this week by Jamie Leigh Sampson and Andrew Martin Smith to talk about their compose collective ADJ*ective New Music.
054: Commissioning with Megan Ihnen and Alex Shapiro
Jun 4, 2017 • 82 min
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.
053: Garrett Schumann on Live Streaming Events
May 30, 2017 • 64 min
Composer Garrett Schumann talks about building a local music scene, investing in yourself, and the nuts and bolts of economical live streaming.
052: One Year Anniversary Extravaganza
May 22, 2017 • 63 min
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.
051: New Music Gathering, Part 2
May 21, 2017 • 63 min
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.
050: New Music Gathering, Part 1
May 18, 2017 • 43 min
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.
049: Marc Ostrow on Legal and Legislative Developments
May 8, 2017 • 53 min
Entertainment lawyer Marc Ostrow returns to MPP to talk about recent legal and legislative developments in copyright and licensing.
048: Martha Mooke on Finding Balance
Apr 27, 2017 • 66 min
Composer/violist Martha Mooke talks about improvisation, following your passions, and finding balance.
047: Brian Coughlin on Embracing Variety
Apr 17, 2017 • 63 min
Composer/bassist Brian Coughlin talks about non-linear career paths, meaningful collaborations, being open to a variety of experiences, and learning from your mistakes.
046: Robert Paterson on Believing in Yourself and Support Systems
Apr 11, 2017 • 86 min
Composer Robert Paterson talks about running composition competitions, believing in yourself, dealing with rejection, and having support systems in place.
045: Reg Unterseher on Curation
Apr 4, 2017 • 60 min
Dennis talks with composer Reg Unterseher about the benefits of curation, the future of electronic scores, and different models of distribution and publication.
044: Darien Shulman on Commercial Music
Mar 28, 2017 • 81 min
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…
043: Alexandra Gardner on Composer Websites
Mar 21, 2017 • 73 min
Composer Alexandra Gardner (Ep. 9) returns to talk about what should and shouldn’t go into your composer website. Links: Alexandra Gardner Dale Trumbore: Seven Things to Remove from Your Website Caroline Shaw Agata Zubel Harold Meltzer
042: Jason Heath and working with School Ensembles
Mar 14, 2017 • 81 min
041: Kevin Clark on Kickstarter and the Economics of Art
Mar 6, 2017 • 75 min
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…
040: Jonathan Newman on Strength in Numbers
Feb 27, 2017 • 62 min
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…
039: Anne Lanzilotti on Collaboration and Commissioning
Feb 20, 2017 • 75 min
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…
038: David and Matthew Maslanka on Forging Your Own Path
Feb 13, 2017 • 56 min
For this week’s episode, I sat down to chat with David and Matthew Maslanka. David is a renowned composer, often known for his extensive catalog of works for wind ensemble; and Matthew, David’s son, is a euphonist and engraver, and handles the…
037: Dale Trumbore & Brandon Elliott on Recording Projects
Feb 6, 2017 • 80 min
In her first appearance on the show, exactly 30 episodes ago, Dale Trumbore mentioned How to Go On, her secular requiem commissioned by Choral Arts Initiative. She explained the plan to premiere and record the piece with the ensemble, and promised to…
036: Joshua Gersen on Youth Symphonies
Jan 30, 2017 • 52 min
Joshua Gersen is, in addition to being a composer, the Musical Director of the New York Youth Symphony and Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic. An advocate for new music, he helps to oversee the NYYS’s annual composer competition, which…
035: Scott Tegge on Diversified Revenue
Jan 23, 2017 • 80 min
Scott Tegge, tubist for the Gaudete Brass, knows how to hustle, and he’s genuinely an awesome guy. We met at the “composer hang” coordinated by Frank J. Oteri during the Midwest Clinic, and I knew right away that he had to be a guest on the show. In…
034: William J. Lackey on Administrative Skills
Jan 16, 2017 • 63 min
William J. Lackey is one of the many cool people I met at the Midwest Clinic. In addition to his work as a composer, Billy has been the Administrative Director at the Mizzou New Music Initiative, and served on the Boards of the newEar Contemporary…
033: Frank J. Oteri Part 2 - Audience
Jan 9, 2017 • 70 min
In Part 2 of my conversation with Frank J. Oteri, we talk about reconciling different genres, thinking about audiences and their (lack of) preconceptions, and amateurism.
032: Frank J. Oteri Part 1 - Originality
Jan 2, 2017 • 71 min
To say that Frank J. Oteri has a multi-faceted career in music is a gross understatement. In addition to his own work as a composer, he has been the Co-Editor for NewMusicBox since it was created in 1999, where he writes and reports on all manner of…
031: Reena Esmail on Gender and Race in Concert Music
Dec 28, 2016 • 79 min
Composer Reena Esmail ( joins Dennis to discuss a range of topics, including being a woman composer and a composer of color.
030: Stacy Garrop on Overcoming Shyness
Dec 24, 2016 • 66 min
After several weeks of emailing to set up this episode, Stacy Garrop and I met in person at The Midwest Clinic, and had a wonderful time getting to know one another between Clinic events. A few days after I returned to NYC, we sat down for this…
029: The Midwest Clinic
Dec 19, 2016 • 89 min
I’m joined this week by a number of friends and colleagues to break down The Midwest Clinic, which we all just attended – most of us for the first time. Trudy Chan returns to the show, then Frank Oteri (Trudy’s husband, and the founder/co-editor…
028: Scott Winship Analyzes NMUSA Project Grant Proposals
Dec 5, 2016 • 69 min
After we spoke in Episode 19, Scott mentioned that we should have looked at one of my previous NMUSA Project Grant applications as an example to help other applicants, and I immediately started kicking myself for not thinking of that earlier. So this…
027: Lessons Learned and the Six Month Anniversary with Jay Venute
Nov 28, 2016 • 71 min
Jay Venute is the wit and talent behind Jerk Birds and the webcomic Doodle Park. He’s also a very close friend, a regular listener to the show despite not being a musician, and a constant sounding board for my myriad harebrained ideas. This week, we…
026: Angela Myles Beeching on Time Management
Nov 14, 2016 • 65 min
Angela Myles Beeching, author of the well-known book Beyond Talent: Creating a Successful Career in Music, has created and run entrepreneurship programs in a number of major music schools throughout the country, and now is a full-time career…
025: Trudy Chan on Showing Up
Nov 7, 2016 • 68 min
Trudy Chan has had a multifaceted career in music. The former Senior Manager of Promotion at Boosey & Hawkes, Trudy now heads her own boutique composer management company, and works as a collaborative pianist, most notably as one half of the Cheah…
024: Garrett Hope and Masterminding
Oct 31, 2016 • 42 min
My friend and fellow podcaster – and MPP Superfriend – Garrett Hope is back this week to talk with me about an idea that’s not super-well-known within the music community, but has been helping artists, professionals, and small business owners…
023: Emily Bookwalter on Citizenship and Community
Oct 25, 2016 • 85 min
Emily Bookwalter is a violist, the Director of External Affairs for the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and the Executive Director of New Amsterdam Records. In short, Emily does all the things. This is a fantastic conversation where we riff on…
022: Kathleen Supove on Forging Your Own Path
Oct 17, 2016 • 59 min
Kathleen Supové is an excellent pianist with a flair for the theatrical and a deep love for new music. Although she studied within the classical tradition, she feels the need to forge new paths and create new traditions for new music. We spoke a few…
021: Seth Hanes on Reaching Out
Oct 10, 2016 • 56 min
Seth Hanes is Philadelphia-based horn player and entrepreneur, and runs the excellent website The Musician’s Guide to Hustling, where he helps musicians get more gigs and create more – and more rewarding – connections with other musicians. I met…
020: Marc Peloquin on Rolling with the Punches
Oct 3, 2016 • 77 min
In June 2005, my composition teacher at the time, Daron Hagen, told me that he was having his Pianos Variations premiered by a pianist named Marc Peloquin at the…
019: Scott Winship on the New Music USA Project Grants
Sep 26, 2016 • 83 min
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…
018: Rhymes With Opera on New American Opera
Sep 19, 2016 • 70 min
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…
017: Rose Marshack on Teaching Music Business
Sep 12, 2016 • 55 min
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…
016 : Daniel Gilliam on Classical Radio
Sep 5, 2016 • 59 min
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…
015 Garrett Hope on Marketing and Helping Other Composers
Aug 30, 2016 • 65 min
Garrett Hope is a composer, entrepreneur, and business coach, as well as the podcaster behind The Portfolio Composer (originally titled Composer on Fire). Like me, he loves helping other composers to navigate their careers, and he’s currently…
014: Marc Ostrow on 100% Licensing
Aug 23, 2016 • 74 min
Three months after his first appearance on the show, entertainment/copyright lawyer and MPP Superfriend Marc Ostrow is back to talk some more about Fair Use, with me supplying a few hypothetical situations. But more importantly, Marc lays out the…
MPP013: Megan Ihnen on New American Art Song
Aug 16, 2016 • 73 min
Megan Ihnen is a Des Moines, IA-based mezzo-soprano and “tireless promoter of contemporary classical music for the voice.” For this week’s episode, we sat down to talk about building community, being generous, and writing for the voice….
012: Thomas Deneuville on Social Networking and Email Marketing
Aug 9, 2016 • 81 min
Thomas Deneuville is another musician whose friendship I owe to Twitter, which is only fitting considering his affinity to and facility with social media. Thomas is the founder of the online new music magazine I Care If You Listen, which he created in…
011: Kurt Knecht & Jennifer Rosenblatt on MusicSpoke and digital distribution
Aug 2, 2016 • 63 min
In November 2015, Dale Trumbore recommended that Kurt Knecht and I talk about me joining MusicSpoke, an online retailer of self-published scores run by Kurt and his wife Jennifer Rosenblatt. I’ve been a MusicSpoke composer ever since, and have a…
010: Choral Music with Dominick DiOrio
Jul 25, 2016 • 68 min
Composer & conductor Dominick DiOrio is a supremely talented musician, and we have many friends in common who have raved about him to me over the years. He’s a widely-respected choral conductor, and a huge champion of new music, so I’ve been…
MPP9: Alexandra Gardner on Score Pricing, Websites, and Networking
Jul 13, 2016 • 66 min
Alexandra Gardner is a great composer who, thanks in no small part to her time as an Associate Editor for NewMusicBox, knows a lot about the nuts and bolts workings of the concert music world. For this week, she and I sat down to talk about a wide…
MPP8: Social Media and Talking about Music with Rob Deemer
Jul 6, 2016 • 68 min
After having never met Rob Deemer before in person, I had TWO conversations with him in less than a week for the podcast! Conversation No. 1 was marred by some unexpected audio issues, so we re-recorded less than a week later, and that’s what you’re…
MPP7: Dale Trumbore on Taking a Methodical Approach to Your Career
Jun 21, 2016 • 81 min
Dale is a composer whose career I’ve enjoyed following over the years. I’m always intrigued by the projects that she takes on, and I love the interesting and super-savvy ways that she tackles each one. In the course of our conversation, we talked…
MPP6: Engraving and Score Production with Noah Luna
Jun 14, 2016 • 66 min
For this week’s episode, I sat down with San Jose-based composer and engraver Noah Luna to talk about the importance of having professional-quality scores and parts. He offered some great advice on some little things that composers can do to improve…
MPP5: Erin Rogers on Publishing and Licensing
Jun 7, 2016 • 84 min
Erin Rogers is a super-talented composer and saxophonist who I’ve known for a couple of years. We met for the first time over lunch many years ago while I was in the early stages of writing the Composer’s Guide, where we had a wonderful…
MPP4: Copyright and Fair Use with Marc Ostrow
May 31, 2016 • 90 min
Copyright is the bedrock of every artist’s career – it secures rights and offers protections that allow us to build careers on solid ground without undue worry of our works being stolen or exploited without our knowledge or consent. The Founding…
MPP3: Mental Health and Self-Doubt with Chris Cresswell
May 25, 2016 • 91 min
Composer Chris Cresswell and I have known each other for a couple of years, and we never fail to to have long, rambling, fun conversations. Today was no different in this trans-Atlantic chat about self-doubt, finding joy in composing, and mental…
MPP2: Jennifer Jolley on Rejection and Collaboration
May 23, 2016 • 62 min
Third time’s a charm! After a sudden scheduling conflict and a Google Hangouts technological nightmare, Jenn Jolley and I finally sat down to talk about her music, her blog, and the opera company that she helped to found. In this episode, we touched…
MPP1: Alex Shapiro and the Business Mindset
May 22, 2016 • 73 min
To kick off the Music Publishing Podcast, I sat down to chat with Alex Shapiro, a fantastic composer and friend who writes and speaks regularly about composers’ career issues, and is a Writer Member of the ASCAP Board of Directors. Appropriately…
MPP0: Getting to Know You
May 22, 2016 • 5 min
So you’re in the concert music world, and you’re looking to improve your career. Maybe you’re a composer who’s heard a bit about self-publishing, but you’re not totally sure what that fully means, or what you should be doing. Maybe you’re a performer…