Commissioning and Funding New Music

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Ticket Information

Conference information can be found on the CMS website.

3:15 PM
Presented By
College Music Society National Conference
Event Type
Other Events

The process of commissioning, performing, recording and publishing new music presents musicians and arts administrators with a range of challenges. Those challenges include finding sources of funding, authoring grant proposals, negotiating fees, managing intellectual property issues, executing contracts, navigating collaborative relationships and, with some commissions, forming consortia.

In this talk, Gerald Klickstein will introduce strategies and resources for performers, composers, ensemble directors and administrators to surmount all of those hurdles.

To streamline the task of identifying funders, Gerald Klickstein will share curated lists of grantmakers as well as online portals that bring together diverse sources of cultural support. We’ll delve into one portal to demonstrate how readily it can pinpoint local and state grantmakers in the U.S.

Following that, we'll examine a framework that facilitates the process of writing and winning grants. Participants will also survey options for fiscal sponsorship and weigh the pros and cons of crowdfunding.

Next, we’ll consider guidelines to determine composer fees as well as strategies for composers, performers, presenters, publishers and recording engineers to collaborate effectively and produce high-quality work.

After an overview of U.S. intellectual property law principles, we'll review best practices for handling copyright ownership and finalizing contracts between various stakeholders. The presentation will conclude with tips for consortium commissioning and examples of successful commissioning ventures.

Attendees will depart with wide-ranging resources that they and their students can promptly use to pursue commissioning initiatives. 


Speakers / Participants
Gerald Klickstein

Hyatt Regency Hotel - Kentucky Suite
320 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY