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Composer, emerge thyself!

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Can I come out yet?

Now that the smoke has cleared after last weekend’s ginormous recital/premiere extravaganza, it’s time to pop out of the foxhole and see what the past five months of preparation has wrought.

It was a big project. Self produce an evening long concert of new music, all written by myself. It seemed like the entrepreneurial thing for a fledgling composer to do.

For those of you that don’t know, self-production is a lot of work. Assembling the artists, coordinating schedules, finding venues… not to mention marketing and publicity, with a few grant applications on the side (all skills that have very little to do with composition). And then there’s the nitty gritty bits like laying out a program, distributing flyers around town, and buying the right amount of crackers for the post concert reception. And, of course, there’s the small matter of getting the music to sound right.

So how did it go?

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  1. Becky says:

    Wish I could have been there to see and hear your work Brian. I would have loved to hear what you have been working on. It sounds to me like it was a spectacular success! Your out of pocket was tiny and as for the hours…that’s what it takes to do what you want to do…it is all part of the package.

    Do you have any of the recordings and or video you could post online? Certainly not as good as being in the room and filling all of the senses but a good second.

    Glad you are playing out your dream. It takes guts. But of course you live with a woman who is smart and has a lot of guts.


    • Brian Rosen says:

      Thanks Becky. If you go to the “Listen” section of the blog, there are a series of videos from the concert. You can also find them on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/user/brianmrosen

      Hmm… if you’re interested in hearing the music and didn’t know where to look, I clearly need to do some redesigning of this website…

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Fantastic news here in Music vs Theater world! The San Francisco chapter of the American Composer’s Forum has seen fit to award me a Subito grant to help produce this weekend’s premiere of my song cycle (and other works)! This is a huge deal, not only will it make it much more likely that we’llContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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  1. Bun Bun says:

    That’s awesome, Rosen!

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Arts funding as psychological torture

Does arts funding do more harm than good? It’s no secret that arts funding is scarce, especially for smaller, unproven, “emerging” artists. I wrote a post a couple of months ago about how competitive it is to become eligible to apply for most grants, let alone to actually win any of those grants. The organizationsContinue Reading

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  1. Brian Young says:

    Well, I don’t remember the name of the event, or movement I heard about. But, NPR ran a story a few months back about a new thing in the arts. The basic idea is that groups of artists are throwing big dinner parties where the guests come with the intent to fund the art projects they like. I can’t even remember if during the parties, the artist pitch their ideas, or what. But, the guests are not meant to be deep pocketed well known patrons, but instead average art loving folk.

    The articles main point was that this direct connection between the artists and a larger pool of people giving smaller donations was working because the new patrons were feeling like they were important to the process.

    I don’t know if it’s a better idea. But, it’s an idea. 🙂

  2. Nolan Love says:

    Here’s an idea: Have the grant makers accept no applications, and rather take it upon themselves to discover art that they want to support. Artists can keep channeling resources toward evangelizing their wares to the general public, among whom will be said patrons. No overt rejection, but instead delightful acceptance & support for the chosen few.

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Mommy… where do independent operas come from?

Over there on the right side of the blog you’ll see a “tag cloud”. For those of my readers who are not familiar with the blogging world, a tag is a keyword that I associate with each post. Each post can have any number of keywords. And that tag cloud lists all the keywords usedContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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  1. David Rodwin says:

    It’s enough to make you give up, and get a job working for Disney on a show that’s a commercial piece of crap. But what do I know?

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