Publishing Your Works
ATTENTION: Due to Dr. Hall's busy schedule, he is no longer publishing works by other composers. This may change in the near future, should he be able to free up some of his time and/or attain assistance from professional musicians who are experts in using Sibelius music writing software.
BACHSCHOLAR PUBLISHING: MISSION AND PURPOSE
We specialize in piano music formatted for PDF downloads for printing or e-reading. This means no work will ever go out of stock, out of print, or have to be specially ordered.
All our editions are produced in-house using our own proprietary engraving specifications. We have the best looking and best formatted digital sheet music in the world.
We are especially interested in resurrecting, engraving, and publishing undeservedly difficult to obtain or out of print works. We put much effort into engraving and publishing works that most other publishers devalue or overlook.
We are especially interested in publishing and promoting original musical works and arrangements by today's composers and arrangers. Composers who publish through us hold all copyrights, as BachScholar™ functions solely as the composer's publisher, producer, and distributor.
Composers who publish through us must be a member of ASCAP or BMI (or one of their international affiliates) and receive 50% gross sales royalties (paid quarterly) for all copies sold. We are operated and managed exclusively by professional musicians and are a family-owned company.
Our #1 goal is to make your great music available to the world through digital download sales!
INSTRUCTIONS TO CONTRIBUTORS: CATEGORIES AND TYPES OF COMPOSITIONS
We currently specialize in solo piano music. Following is a list of sub-genres within the broader piano category that we are interested in publishing (included but not limited to):
Pedagogical music for children and adult beginners, especially "simplified" arrangements of popular piano classics. If your talents lie in composing and editing beginning to intermediate level piano music, we would like to hear from you!
Original church or liturgical works for piano. If you have composed quality sacred piano works, we would like to hear from you!
Original jazz or ragtime piano compositions. If you are a pianist/composer with works in these areas, we would like to hear from you!
New age piano music. If you are pianist/composer with unique and potentially marketable new-age style piano works, we would like to hear from you!
Video game piano music. If you are pianist/composer with unique and potentially marketable video game style piano works, we would like to hear from you!
Technical exercises for piano. If you are a professor or pedagogue with original and useful technical exercises for piano, or, if you have unique skill and insight into editing standard exercises in the public domain, we would like to hear from you!
INSTRUCTIONS FOR CONTRIBUTORS: SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
We specialize in solo piano/keyboard music. Please see list above.
Please make sure your work fits on North American "letter" sized paper (8.5 x 11) or European "A4" paper (8.3 x 11.6). We cannot accept over-sized scores. Please attach a PDF of your score(s) to an email and send to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If possible, please provide an mp3 or audio file along with your score.
Along with your musical score and audio recording, please provide us with a brief summary of your background and experience.
Upon submission, your work need not be in polished form in terms of presentation and engraving. The most important selection criteria is not necessarily how beautiful and impressive your score looks, but rather, how universally appealing and potentially marketable your work is.
For legal reasons, it is best to limit transcriptions or arrangements to works in the public domain (usually anything originally published prior to January 1, 1923). In the case that you have arranged or paraphrased a work not in the public domain, we may be able to obtain permission from the copyright owner but will only do so if it is determined that your work has the potential of being particularly marketable and popular (this is because the copyright owners receive a portion of the royalties for works not in the public domain).