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CC21: A Creative Commons-Fueled New Music Advertising Experiment

Creative Commons License
All CC21 compositions are licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License,
and all scores are clearly labeled as such.

Discover the value of free music.

Updated: 10/16/2011
Grand Total: ~12 states
(We're also on Facebook)

The map above shows the geographic reach of my cc21 project performances. The goal was to get my music performed in 21 states in 21 weeks.

Light green = A performer has agreed to perform my music in this state.
Medium green = A performance date has been scheduled for one or more works.
Dark green = A performance has taken place.

A project summary is forthcoming. In the meantime, read below for details on the project:

- Are you a performer hungry for new repertoire?
- Are you a listener who wants more new music in your area?
- Are you a composer curious about getting your music performed?

Join the experiment, and see how Creative Commons and the idea of free music are helping me increase my work's exposure.

Here is the list of works available for performance:
* Two Coffins for tenor and grand piano
* Sea Mistress for tenor and piano
* Music for Busking for solo violin or viola
* Siblings for solo piano
* My Beloved Is Mine for unaccompanied solo soprano
* Kepler-16b for violin and viola


(click icon for downloadable PDF score)

The Two Coffins
for tenor and grand piano
CC21-1 Two Coffins.pdf CC21-1 Two Coffins.pdf
Size : 201.365 Kb
Type : pdf
CC21-1a Two Coffins piano only.mp3 CC21-1a Two Coffins piano only.mp3
Size : 4735.131 Kb
Type : mp3

Hear the audio:

Completed: 07/02/2011
Performance in: Alabama

Sea Mistress
for tenor and piano
CC21-1b Sea Mistress.pdf CC21-1b Sea Mistress.pdf
Size : 281.451 Kb
Type : pdf

Performance in: Alabama

Music for Busking
for violin or viola
CC21-2a Music for Busking violin.pdf CC21-2a Music for Busking violin.pdf
Size : 256.932 Kb
Type : pdf
CC21-2b Music for Busking viola.pdf CC21-2b Music for Busking viola.pdf
Size : 260.176 Kb
Type : pdf

Completed: 07/16/2011
Performances in: KS, MO, IL, IN, OH, WV, & PA (all 7/29 - 8/4)

for solo piano
(new transcription of a work from 2005)
CC21-3 Siblings.pdf CC21-3 Siblings.pdf
Size : 293.849 Kb
Type : pdf

I. Mark

II. Kristine

III. Dale

Completed: 04/20/2005
(newly transcribed 07/22/2011)

My Beloved Is Mine
for solo soprano (unaccompanied)

CC21-4 My Beloved Is Mine.pdf CC21-4 My Beloved Is Mine.pdf
Size : 143.764 Kb
Type : pdf

Performances in: Maryland, Virginia, and Wisconsin

for violin and viola

CC21-5 Kepler-16b Suite.pdf CC21-5 Kepler-16b Suite.pdf
Size : 202.968 Kb
Type : pdf

(click to download MP3)
CC21-5 Kepler-16b Suite.mp3 CC21-5 Kepler-16b Suite.mp3
Size : 9007.346 Kb
Type : mp3

Completed: 10/15/2011


cc21: A Creative Commons-Fueled New Music Advertising Experiment

The Problem

Contemporary classical music has some big problems. Performers with a taste for new works often lack the funding to purchase scores or pay mechanical rights to record copyrighted works, and lack the time and expertise to research a specific work's copyright status.

We composers have problems of our own. Not enough performers know about the amazing music we create! Even worse, we're competing with a pantheon of long-dead composers with name recognition, massive catalogs, and zero-cost performance/recording rights and (often) scores. I may have a remedy for the situation, but it's a little risky.

The Remedy (?)

Creative Commons is a framework giving creators an upfront, standardized way to grant specific copyright permissions to their work. Through these licenses, individual works are made freely available, with optional source-attribution and licensing requirements, and optional restrictions on derivative works and commercial reuse.

Essentially, Creative Commons allows creative types to give away their product in a limited way, in support of (presumably) wider distribution and notoriety, (presumably) greater generation of auxiliary income sources (commissions, etc.), and the wider culture of art as community property. The downsides, of course, are the (potential) lost revenue from score and royalty payments and other income, and the irrevocability of the license.

The Experiment

To test whether Creative Commons is one viable option in the emerging artist-entrepreneur's portfolio, I am conducting an experiment. I'm writing a set of chamber pieces, and releasing the score of each under a Creative Commons license: "Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0)", to be precise:
Creative Commons License.
This means anyone may download the score at no cost, as long as they cite me as the composer and do not make income from it. I retain any rights not specifically granted under the license. And the license only applies to the works I'm writing specially for this project, not to my entire catalog. So, if this experiment turns out to be the terrible marketing mistake that some have predicted, that damage is contained to a 21-week window in my creative output.

The Goal

Through word-of-mouth promotion and unabashed begging, I hope to get my music played in 21 different states over 21 weeks. If the performers like the music, they can freely pass it along to others, and/or commission additional works from me.

This project began on Monday, May 30th, 2011 (Memorial Day), and ends on October 15th, 2011, one week before the College Music Society's National Conference. Catch my 5-minute CMS Lightning Talk on the topic, and find out the real value (if any) of free music.

The latest progress updates are at the top of this page. For more information or to get involved, please visit the Facebook page or Contact me using the Subject line "cc21".









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