American Composers Forum: Project Publishing consultant

Job Title:                 Project Publishing Consultant

Classification:         Contract, Part Time

Reports to:              Director of Artist Support

Compensation: $40/hour, 10-20 hours weekly

Location:                 Flexible, remote    

Date Posted:           May 19, 2022

Summary

ACF supports and advocates for individuals and groups creating music today by demonstrating the vitality and relevance of their art. We connect artists with collaborators, organizations, audiences, and resources. Through storytelling, publications, recordings, hosted gatherings, and industry leadership, we activate equitable opportunities for artists. We provide direct funding and mentorship to a broad and diverse field of music creators, highlighting those who have been historically excluded from participation. Visit www.composersforum.org for more information about ACF. 

Our commitment to being a racially equitable organization guides us and our work. The ACF Board and staff engage in continued intentional learning about / practicing principles of anti-racism, and we support an ecosystem that is equitable as well as inclusive. To this end, we strive to build a community with racial equity at the center. We seek to attract candidates with similar priorities and strongly encourage individuals who identify as BIPOC and/or other underrepresented identities to apply. (Please click here to read our statement of commitment to racial equity.) 

Reporting to Director of Artist Support, the Project Publishing Consultant provides key support to to music creators and contractors who are a part of ACF’s BandQuest and ChoralQuest programs. They oversee operations for the 36 published scores in ACF’s BandQuest and ChoralQuest catalog, assisting with the commissioning, licensing, publication, distribution, and promotion of works. Acting as a liaison between ACF staff, commissioned BandQuest/ChoralQuest artists, educators, and contractors, the Consultant responds to new print inquiries, ensures timely communications, and processes and negotiates licenses and reports to performing rights organizations.

Skills and Qualifications

A successful candidate is experienced as a creative artist themselves, or has experience working closely with music creators. The candidate has experience working with a publisher or being a self-published music creator. Knowledge of band and choral music, and experience with engraving and proofreading, are essential to this role. They must have effective communication and organizational skills, and the ability to adapt plans to accommodate shifting priorities and diverse perspectives and approaches.

 The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong planning and organizational skills, with proven ability to adapt to different environments.
  •  Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to support an inclusive community.
  •  Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience working with and reporting to performing rights organizations. 
  •  Knowledge of contracts and negotiation as well as music intellectual property issues, and ability to create and review. 
  • Experience with processing and negotiating licenses.
  • Ability to create and review commissioning agreements with details including mechanical, synchronization, and creation of derivative works. 
  • Ability to read and proofread notated music for band and chorus.
  • Familiarity with music notation software such as Finale or Sibelius.
  • Good computer skills; knowledge of MS Office applications necessary; ability to work in Adobe Creative Suite with use of InDesign.
  •  Commitment to racial equity and ACF’s mission and strategic plan.

 ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Act as a liaison between music creators, copyists/engravers, printers, distributors, and additional contractors throughout the process of creation, premiere performance, and preparation of musical materials for publication and promotion.
  • Process and negotiate licenses, and work with and report to performing rights organizations, including ASCAP and BMI.
  • Create and review commissioning agreements with details including mechanical, synchronization, and creation of derivative works.
  • Read and proofread notated music for band and chorus, working with programs such as Finale, Sibelius, Adobe Creative Suite, and InDesign.
  • Gather materials including artist bio, program notes, Hal Leonard stock numbers and barcode, Bowker ISBN numbers for score and score/parts, and ensure shipment to Hal Leonard for physical and digital distribution.
  • Assist with marketing and promotion of new works, along with prompting the fill catalog of works.  
  • Respond to new print inquiries and maintain ongoing communication related to requested changes from composers, and transferring CD-roms to digital medium.

Salary and Benefits

The salary for this part-time, exempt position is $40/hour. We value the artistic and other life activities of our staff and welcome flexible remote and work hours. This is a remote position. ACF will remain a permanently hybrid working environment.

Application 

Please send a resume and a cover letter describing how you will contribute to ACF’s stated mission to Haley Olson at [email protected].  

Please contact ACF staff only if you are unable to access the online platform or need additional accommodations.

Position is open until filled. Applications received by June 25, 2022 will be reviewed first.

Three references will be requested from those invited to interview. All inquiries will be held in confidence.