Yes!, from time to time the creative team at Firehead Organ Works are interested in reviewing new work to add to our online catalog. We want to encourage composers to continue making music for the organ and hope to provide a resource for the best of that repertoire here at Firehead Organ Works.
Before you send us anything for review, please consider the following:
1. Firehead Organ Works is not a traditional print music publisher. Our website serves as a host and storefront for your creative work. All of our music is available for instant download only (with only incredibly rare and expensive exceptions) so you need to be comfortable with that concept.
2. Please review the works posted on our site. If your music does not share a synchronicity in terms of character, complexity, or idiomatic awareness, it is unlikely we would go to bat for you and include your music here. Also, if your music is a setting of something already posted on the site, it’s best to send something else. At least ask if we might be interested in seeing it before sending anything along.
3. We consider ourselves a collective of like minded artists and our site is intended to be a resource for those artists to exploit in the marketing of their own work. Our promotion on your behalf will be limited to Social Media outreach and not so much (if at all) to print media presentation. In other words, our intent here is for you to use our site to market your work. Our commitment to new artists is substantial (it costs good money to host and secure this site) so we’ll need to be keen on your submitted work to make an invitation.
4. While it should be evident that our primary bread and butter consists of music for the organ as a solo instrument, chamber music which includes the organ is something we prize. We are also keenly interested in works for organ and electronics.
5. Your profile on Firehead, should we decide to invite you join this collective, is important. This means for the site we will require a professional headshot in Hi Res, a SoundCloud or YouTube presence, scores that are engraved in Finale or Sibelius, and one or several Social Media accounts. This will enable us to connect you in our Social Media promos. In a media driven and content saturated world, the best way for you to make a lasting impression on your prospective patrons is to offer them an appealing online résumé to help them learn more about you and your creative accomplishments.
And one word of advice: be careful what you post on social media. What you say there, says a lot about you and as such may be a first impression to a prospective performer who is thinking about acquiring your music. Always treat yourself as a professional, talk about music, tell the world how your artistic journey is evolving, be respectful of others, and above all be an adult. We want you to succeed as a musician and a professional artist. We take you and your work seriously, and we expect you to do the same.
6. Firehead Organ Works is an extension of our advocacy work in which we seek to promote and sponsor new music for the organ. We feel that there will ever be more music to write for the organ and that artists who choose to do so should be encouraged and supported. We also feel that artists should retain ownership and control of their creative work and therefore we do not seek to acquire your copyright. It will remain with you even though it will potentially be listed on this site for sale and catalogued. You have the option to withdraw your music at anytime. We will ask you to sign a basic agreement should we accept your work for hosting here on our site. Royalty on sales is among the best in the industry. We deduct a reasonable administration fee on every sale that enables us to keep this site running.
Consider Firehead Organ Works as a corner shop where you can sell your music to an interested and sophisticated community of organists.
If you have any questions, contact us. If you feel we ought to review your work for inclusion, we’d love to hear from you.
Frederick Frahm & Huw Morgan, Directors
Firehead Organ Works