Choir Ninja, with Ryan Guth
About This Show
Formerly the Find Your Forte podcast - Step up to the podium with purpose and make the most of your public or private school's choral program with solutions you never saw coming! Join Choir Ninja, Ryan Guth as he brings you weekly interviews with veteran in-the-trenches choral directors on how to manage your choir, teach concepts like sight-singing and group vocal technique, market your program, and help inspire a love of choral music in your students each day.
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Three Avenues for Publishing Music, with Ryan Main
3 days ago
A composition entrepreneur, Ryan Main explains the three paths to getting your music published, and tells you what you need to do to succeed in each of them. Through the successes and failures of Kansas City Music Publishing, Ryan learned the nuts and bolts of publishing, and today he shares with you the pros and cons of the three main avenues for publication: traditional publishing houses, an innovative online publishing company, and self-publishing. Listen Highlight to Tweet: “The trick to any of this...is to just start doing it, and the pieces will fall into place.” - Ryan Main Show Notes: Traditional publishers: Useful for… • A low-profile composer • A prolific composer • A composer/director looking to raise their profile • A composer looking for more commissionsBut… • For every 1,000 sales you could expect to make about $200 • If a publishing company likes your piece they will promote it more, if it barely makes the cut, it may not even be on a reading session Publishing with an innovative publishing company: Useful for… • A composer with at least some profile • A composer who knows they have gold on their hands • A composer who wants to make money but doesn’t want to self-publish (For every 1,000 sales, you could expect to make about $1,400)But… • If a publishing company likes your piece they will promote it more, if it barely makes the cut, they may not promote it • Many don’t offer printed music, specifically with JW Pepper, which is a huge market share Self-publishing: Useful for… • A composer with at least some profile • A composer who knows they have gold on their hands • A composer who wants to make money (For every 1,000 sales, you could expect to make about $2,000)But… • Time investment up front • Financial investment up front • Steep learning curve • It is entirely up to you to promote your music Things you will need to get your music published through traditional or innovative companies • Good writing • Good engraving • Good recording • Thick skin Things you will need to self-publish: • Good writing • Good engraving • Good recording • Thick skin • An entrepreneurial spirit Things you will need to self-publish printed music:
Episodes of This Show
7 days ago
Rated 5 out of
Ryan is inspiring! He knows how to speak in a way that motivates me to go into work each day and "step up to the podium with purpose". Love listening each week!
Date published: 2015-10-15