What's the basic goal?
I have this song in my head. I want to share it with choirs that could do it justice, but they need the sheet music in order to learn it. I want to buy some technological aids that will help me easily transcribe this song into a readable score.
Tell me about the song.
It's a gospel anthem for five parts: SATB+D (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, and Diva soloist). It's meant to be sung a cappella, and would work best with a tenor-heavy choir (more than just a few voices in that part). The lyrics begin with the text of Philippians 2:9-11, and are centered on the theme of the holy name of Jesus. So, yes this is a Christian text, but there's no requirement that the choirs singing it buy into the theology. I'm a supporter of lay choirs performing sacred songs, and I think it will be entertaining to hear and fun to sing no matter what.
What is the current state of the song?
It's already done in my head. When this project gets funded, I can use the software to hear how it sounds when five overlapping voice parts are singing at once, after which I will make final adjustments, and create a PDF score.
What's the money for?
I'm going to use it to buy stuff that will help get this song on paper faster. I published my two prior works using free music notation software from MuseScore. It works great, but it's really intended for someone who has some music theory training, or an instrument they can play reasonably well -- not for me who has neither -- and it meant that it took me a VERY long time to turn the music in my head into notes in the program.
In order to make this happen more quickly, I will get a copy of the Sibelius 7 music notation software with the AudioScore add-on, and some upgrades for my computer that will make using said software easier and more productive. Those programs let me sing into the mic, and automagically transcribe what I sing into sheet music. I'm sure it will require tweaking and adjustments, but it will be worthwhile to at least start there.
What will the score look like?
Take a look at how I released my Hodie for Double Choir, (and feel free to Share Alike all over the place), and listen to how it sounds in midi. The basic document format will be similar for this new piece, but the GENRE OF SONG IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT. "Above Every Name" is a raucous clap-your-hands-for-joy style piece. Not at all like the Hodie.
I can't wait to share this song with the world!
The timeline works like this: I need the software before I can make the sheet music, some time to arrange the full song, time to edit it, time to spiff up the presentation of it, and then I'll register for copyright. The biggest lag comes then, because it takes between 4 and 6 months from the date of submission to receive my certificate of copyright.
I'm not a multimillion dollar company; I'm one artist. Which means I don't have a team of lawyers at my beck and call that can assist me in protecting my authorship rights. Moreover, I'm controlling my own licensing (rather than selling the rights to a publishing company who might fight those battles for me). So to make things as clear as possible, I don't release music until I have my certificate of copyright in hand from the feds. Here's http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/.
I want this music to be sung. The more performances the happier I am. This means I want as few barriers in between the performers and the composer as possible. The creative commons license lets me offer my work for free, directly to the choirs so it can get out there and get sung, without compromising my control on commercial uses. I retain the copyright. I usually include a note within the sheet music that explains the license, but since this is the internets, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/, which I use most frequently. For example, printing out fifty copies of the PDF so your choir can sing the song, and singing it at a free concert or at church, would be permissable without even checking with me. But putting up a youtube video of that performance would require checking with me because http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/03/technology/03youtube.html. In the future, I may very well give such permission -- more people seeing the song is appealing to me -- but it would require asking me first.
Because there's too many unknowns about it. I don't know when it would be available. I can't guarantee the quality of the recording. And while I do have a few leads on choirs willing to sing the song, and I don't have a contract with any of them that lets me use them to advertise my music. So I don't want to promise to reward you with something I can't end up delivering.
I am not a religious organization or other charity. I do not have 501c status. And I myself will be paying taxes on the proceeds.
I think taxes are the price of civilization and am happy to pay them.
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