I am a young but successful composer. I’ve had many
commissions from professional ensembles and my works have been performed
nationally and internationally. One of my works was recently premiered at a
choral festival, and I was in the audience for the performance. After the
concert, many conductors came up to me asking if their ensembles could perform
the piece as well. I gave them my contact information, and that was that. When
I checked my email later that day, I had a new message from one of the
We met earlier. I’m contacting you to ask about getting copies of the music for
How many copies do you need?
need 50 copies of the music.
That will be $3.50 a copy, for a total of $175.
It was a few days before I heard back from him.
be performing your work. I figured the publicity would be payment enough for a
young composer. It’s really a good opportunity for you.
sorry, but I simply cannot give you the music without payment.
unfortunate. I really want my choir to perform your composition!
Me: I’d be
happy to sell you 50 copies of it for $175!
He never responded. However, four other directors
contacted me and purchased the music for their ensembles, and I received
commissions from a few more for new pieces. I suppose I didn’t need his “opportunity” after all.