For those of you who are student composers or who have student composers studying with you:
Call For Scores - 2013 PARMA Student Composer Competition
PARMA Recordings is pleased to announce the second annual PARMA Student Composer Competition. Ten winners will be selected by an independent panel of judges, and the winnersí pieces will be published in the digitally-distributed 2013 PARMA Anthology Of Music. One Grand Prize Winner will be selected to have their piece performed as part of the 2013 PARMA Music Festival, alongside performances by Richard Stoltzman, the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, and the PARMA Orchestra. All performer, production, and publicity costs will be completely subsidized by PARMA, and the piece will be incorporated into the official Festival program and promotional materials.
For more information and submission forms, see www.parmarecordings.com/composercompetition/
CFAMC member David Canfield has passed along a great opportunity he is offering to the CFAMC membership:
ďAs many of you know, I have a small CD company called Enharmonic Records. For years, I did very little to promote my releases, which are up to 22 by now, but last year, I finally began to promote my label, and obtained national distribution. The thrust of my releases has been to record worthwhile music by under-recorded composers. Only 2 or 3 of my issues to date have been performer-oriented.
ďI would like to propose that Enharmonic Records issue one CD per year by a member of CFAMC. This represents about ľ of our current total number of annual releases. Unlike many companies, I will not charge the person whose music I issue any money whatever (more and more the norm among smaller companies). On the other hand, given the unlikelihood that I would recoup the ca. $2000 in production costs, I will not be able to pay royalties for sales, or mechanical rights for the music that I issue.
ďHere are more details of my proposal:
- Interested CFAMC members would submit a proposal for a project, including recordings of the music to be issued, to me for a CD devoted exclusively to the memberís music.
- Lengths of works are completely up to the composer. Normally, though, I will consider only complete works, rather than one movement from a work. I will give equal consideration to one long work, or a number of shorter ones. The only stipulation is that the total timing of the CD will come out to between 55 & 80 minutes.
- I would use recordings of performances to which the member has rights of issuance (i.e., the performers have given/would give consent for such use without payment of royalties to them). These recordings should be good quality, both in sonics and in performance quality.
- I will provide 30 copies (at no charge) of the published CD to the CFAMC member whose music is recorded, to distribute to the performers, or family/friends.
- Further copies could be purchased from me at my cost ($3.00/CD), and copies would be available to other CFAMC members for Ĺ the regular retail price.
- The composer will supply all program notes for the music, biographical information of him/herself and any performers desired, in electronic form, for a booklet length of 8 pages (including cover and back page, which will be in color), and a color photo in digital form for use on the cover. The design for cover, booklet, tray card, and label will be done by Enharmonicís regular designer.
- I will select each yearís project from the proposals that I receive from however many members wish to submit one. My selection each year will be based primarily on salability factors that I know from my 35 years in the record business (certain genres of classical music sell better than others), and my impression of the quality of the music, recording and performance(s). Given the fact that I have wide tastes in types/styles of music, and the fact that virtually everything that Iíve heard by our membership on the Listening Pages and elsewhere has impressed me greatly, I would expect that Iíll have an embarrassment of riches offered to me. I will likely have enough projects to keep me going for several years, but if God blesses the project, Iím willing to put any monies received through the sales of these CDs into future projects. Consequently, it is possible that I can eventually do more than one such project per year.
- I can guarantee that any CDs released will be reviewed in magazines such as Fanfare and American Record Guide (I review for the former publication), although I cannot guarantee what the reviewer will say, obviously. Further, the CD in question will receive national distribution through Albany Music Distribution. I am currently working on international distribution, as well.
- There is no real deadline for this project. Iíll probably see what arrives by April 1st, and assuming that a few members will submit something by then, make my 2012 choice. However, itís also likely that Iíll receive more than one proposal that Iíll want to follow through with, which means that I may make a tentative choice for 2013ís issue as well. However, my offer is open-ended, so that any CFAMC member will be able submit any proposal for any project at any time. If it comes after Iíve made my decision for a given year (I will announce my decision to the organization, once Iíve made it), I will save it for consideration for the next yearís project. Thus, there will be essentially about a year for me to collect ideas for the CFAMC issue for the following year.
- Either live performances or studio recordings are acceptable, as long as the audience is reasonably quite in the former.
- I mentioned earlier that certain genres of music sell better than others, so all things being equal, Iíd give priority (in the order listed) to the following categories (this is not my own preference, as I like all genres, but that of the general classical music-buying public):
- Orchestra music
- Solo instrument (or voice) with orchestra
- Chamber music with strings (even a violin & piano work)
- Chamber music without strings
- Band music
- Solo piano
- Other instrumental solo works (e.g., unaccompanied clarinet)
- Vocal chamber music (voice with small ensemble, or with piano)
- Choral (either a capella, or accompanied by piano or organ)
ďNote that any combination of the above genres will be perfectly acceptable, and if you have, for instance, a choral piece in your proposal, it would be ďbalanced outĒ in prioritization by the inclusion of an orchestra or string chamber work (for instance).
ďI hope some of you will be motivated by the above to send me [David Canfield] your project ideas. One CD/year is not a lot to do, considering the number of such talented composers we have in our midst, but itís betteróI hopeóthan doing nothing. I would like to issue the first CD in this project in 2012.Ē
Anyone interested in submitting work for Davidís proposal can find his contact information in the Membersí Directory.