The Minnesota Orchestra along with the American Composers Forum put on a Composers Institute each year.
This is an incredible program where seven composers are selected from a pool of applicants to have their works premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra in an all-new-music concert.
During the week leading up to the concert, the composers have intensive sections with performers in the orchestra as well as industry pros to learn the business.
I was fortunate enough to audit a few of the sessions this year, a free opportunity for members of the American Composers Forum.
In particular, I learned quite a bit about copyright registrations, performing rights organizations (ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC), writing for percussion, conductors’ preferences, and marketing yourself as a composer.
The sum total of this has inspired me to beef up this website and flesh out my catalog.
Stay tuned for coming attractions!