Hello Everyone. The Composer Collective is something I have always wanted to do, for almost 20 years now, and finally with the help of talented composer Matt Gates, we went into business almost 2 years ago. We are now 1600 composers strong, and collaborate on mostly Films, Shorts, and TV programming although there is also the occasional commercial work and even music prep (orchestrating, mockup, copying, etc).
Last year (2008) we scored over 25 large scale projects, with over 400 composers credited. We are on track in 2009 to double that number.
Over the next few months we are converting from our old online workspace to our new web "Studio". I welcome you to come to "The Studio" at The Composer Collective, to register for free and join in some of the discussions. Until further notice, the link is an IP not a domain name, and is: THE COMPOSER COLLECTIVE - THE STUDIO (beta)
I signed up, but I'm still a little unclear about how this works. I've been composing most of my life, but I don't have the equipment to produce film-ready music. All I can contribute at this point is the score; someone else would have to realize the production. Is there still a way that I can participate?
I would also like some clarification on how any music I upload has effected my ownership and rights to the music I have created. I feel it would be better if there was more clarification on this issue.
I have looked through the FAQ and this all seems fine - however what puts me off is this message:
Music uploaded to this website becomes licensed property of The Composer Collective, and the form submitter hereby agrees to give full rights to license and derive material for the purposes of fulfilling our oblligations to our Clients, and further indemnifies and holds harmless The Composer Collective and it's assigns against any copyright infringement or rights disputes as to the originating material or ideas.
Yes. A tiny share of something is of course worth more than 100% of nothing. That's a good point to bring up. It's important for everyone to realize the significance of sharing we are doing here. These gigs could have gone to one composer each. Instead, for instance, on Chamaco, a film starring Martin Sheen and Michael Madsen, 25 composers get to put that down on their resume. And the resultant score is phenomenal and almost too consistent.