A commission is born when you ask me for a piece of new music. It is the highest honor you can bestow upon any composer and is my primary source of income. Commissions have all kinds of shapes, sizes, and reasons for being and are the spark that begins the life of most new art in modern times. The work commissioned usually takes the form of a musical score and parts – the language of music, but could also be in the form of a unique recording. Here is a document that has served as a baseline guide for commission rates for any years. Though a good place to start, keep in mind that I will do my best to work within your budget, which will remain private. I have created many works at rates much lower than those published in the Guide, based on my belief in the project’s goals, its the audience, exposure, and schedule availability.
Private individuals might want to commission a piece for someone they love, something they believe in, or in memory of someone passed. I’d love to hear from you – just send me an email with my site Contact Page.
An orchestra, ensemble, or group of musicians might want something new to premiere and keep exclusive rights for performance for a time. I’d love to hear from you – just send me an email with my site Contact Page.
A business might find commissioning a particularly excellent way to support the arts while controlling how the money is spent and to what purpose. If your company can only support the arts through a 501c3 non-profit, I can accept your commission through the Timucua Music Foundation. I’d love to hear from you – just send me an email with my site Contact Page
In every case, you and I would talk about what the piece means to you. We would decide the size of the ensemble, its duration, and possible performance scenarios and dates. If I can deliver the new work to your specifications (based upon my schedule and abilities), my fee would be based upon the amount of time to create the work and deliver the score and parts. We would draw up a simple contract to ensure we have a clear understanding of each of our roles.
What do you get for your investment? Besides becoming an essential member of my music family and supporter of the arts, you would, as commissioner, have the choice to have your identity forever associated with the piece. Including your name, ensemble, or business name in all print and digital publishing, program notes, liner notes (if recorded and released), and blockchain if the commission is an NFT, so is ever associated as patron of that music.
Here is a list of common items that we decide upon:
- Type of work:
A new music score crafted for live performance: symphony, opera, solo, quartet. etc.
One-of-a-kind or numbered copy of a unique composition (NFT only)
- Duration in minutes
- Delivery Date
- Materials: copying costs and fees
- First performance – date, musicians, location
- Exclusive rights of performance, if any
- Exclusive rights of recording, if any
- Synchronization/ media rights
- Score and Parts – who keeps them after first performances?
- My attendance at rehearsals
- My attendance at the premiere and any ensuing performances
- What are the consequences if I can’t deliver in time?
- Rights, ownership, copyright