Back in January, I posted a blog about Musical America’s exciting new partnership with Edna Landau – “Ask Edna.” Since starting her new blog, Edna has addressed some excellent career-related questions by young musicians, and she has provided some insightful guidance and ideas to consider. Recently, I figured I would throw a question into the mix that would be very relevant to composers – the idea of self-publishing versus traditional publishing.
Edna graciously addressed my question this week, and as expected, she offered some keen insights and thoughts that I had not considered. In regards to seeking out the right publisher for your music, Edna says:
“You will certainly want to research the level of music organizations with whom they regularly do business; check whether they are staffed adequately to provide the marketing and promotional support, as well as individual attention, you are seeking; find out whether they meet regularly with their clients and travel to key performances and premieres, and who would be your primary and regular contact. It is important to feel a good chemistry with that person and to sense that you would be a priority for them, not unlike a good artist/manager relationship.”