Music Composers Unite!
I am on several sites and thought I’d share what I’ve found for those who are considering it. This isn’t comprehensive research, just some quick impressions
Score Exchange - free to sign up, allows you to watermark your score, allows you to attach mp3s, tracks how many times mp3s listened to. Revisions to scores are easy, but take a few days to show up.
Sheetmusic Plus - free to sign up, select a few pages for preview, allows mp3 upload, does not track anything but sales, Revisions to scores easy and instantly live.
Musicaneo (European) - free to sign up, select a few pages for preview, which it watermarks, allows mp3 upload, tracks visits to all pieces, presents one tally. Initial upload takes a few days to be approved, as do revisions.
Lulu (book-oriented publisher) free to sign up, “peek-inside” preview (requires Flash), no mp3, revisions instantly live, tracks only sales. Allows you to add ISBN (means you can get on Amazon)
LKR Sheet Music - run through the Sons of Sibelius forum by Kevin Riley (a member here). Work is assisted by publisher. Free to sign up, subject to publisher’s approval, 1 page preview. Uses mp3 which you supply to publisher or which publisher can produce from a Finale or Sibelius file. Publisher pays you if sale takes place.
- Note: I have had purchases on Lulu and LKR
Sites I am not on
MuseScore - I did not go on this site because their online store is full of junk and crappy-looking scores.
JW Pepper - I did not go on this site because it is a payfor
Things I did not care about when I signed up
The financial arrangements
Very useful post Gav. I'm sure there are many of us out here who are busy producing music that will never see the light of day as we are writers, not publicists. It's also good to know that they actually work and that you have made some money from them (even a few pence is acknowledgement of work done).
Every pence is sacred, true that Graeme!
GREAT post Gav :)
Am I mistaken in thinking that I heard for LKR Sheet Music the payment is split 70/30% with 70% going to the publisher and only 30% going to the composer?
Is this the case?
How is it done on other sites?
Thanks so much
Thank you Kevin.
Kevin riley said:
Yes it is Bob.
Thanks Gav--Kevin Riley replied above.
Gav Brown said:
@Bob, I don’t know as I did not look. I’m sure the info is readily available without having to create an account.