Back in 1750 composers were supported by Kings and Queens and all types of bizarre stuff by today’s standards.
Today, composers who want to hear their music have mainly 3 options:
Artist colonies suck because of the bottle neck of many applicants vs. one “winner”.
Contest and Fellowships are the same. Us composers have to spend hours upon hours just to fill out the wastless paperwork in hopes we’ll get the spot. That time could be better spent on writing beautiful music. And let’s face it, out of 1,000 applicants, it’s unlikely you’ll be chosen.
The 3rd option is to network until your face falls off. This is the most promising, but still takes almost a decade to get any traction. And the end result is null: no one will attend your concert because no one has heard your music before, and no one will hear your music because no one has ever heard you in concert. And usually the music, in my opinion, isn’t remarkable - so it rarely interests me.
So that’s it. And that’s what gets me upset and keeps me going every day. Why are composers dead before their music is performed? Why has it gotten this bad?
While there are other “miscellaneous” options as a composer, these are the main ones. But how is that not broken? The fact is this: YOU - right now, today - are the Kings and Queens of 1750. You are the supporters.
I get emails all day long about this. Composers can’t get musicians thrown together easily like a rock band ensemble can. And any effort by any orchestra to play new music is horribly executed.
Also consider, that new music sells poorly against a Beethoven piece or a Jennifer Higdon world premiere. So that’s the problem, and that’s what we’re determined to set out and change. I truly believe that art will bring the world together.
This community is strong. It’s amazing. It’s passionate. And together, we’re going to change the world.