Schott Music Corporation and European American Music Distributors, LLC have announced the launch of Project Schott New York (PSNY), a digital music publishing platform which aims to facilitate the discovery, purchase, and discussion of new music online. The site, which went live yesterday, already contains a selection of works by a total of 35 living composers—most of whom are based in the United States. Although some of these composers—such as Alvin Singleton and Joseph Schwantner—have long been on the roster of Schott/European American, others featured on PSNY, such as Pierre Jalbert and David Felder, have relationships with other publishing firms and most are currently self-published—including Richard Carrick, Annie Gosfield, Phil Kline, Hannah Lash, Lei Liang, David T. Little, Keeril Makan, Alex Mincek, and Kate Soper.
Each of the composers included have their own index page on the site which contains a photo, a biography and outside links to other sites for their music, in addition to specific inner links to the works of theirs which are available on PSNY. The more than 70 pieces on the site thus far range from solo to chamber ensemble works and chronologically span five decades, from Tobias Picker’s String Quartet No. 2 composed in 1976 to Kamran Ince’s Two Step Passion for sopranino saxophone, piano, melodica, violin, and cello or Christopher Cerrone’s How to Breathe Underwater for male voice, bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, and pre-recorded electronics, both of which were completed this year. For the works chosen for PSNY, site visitors can peruse through an excerpt from the score and have the ability to directly purchase either a complete set of digital materials or, for visitors with mailing addresses in the United States, a printed score and/or set of parts which will be shipped to them in the mail upon payment. In some cases, where they are available, there are also complete audio streams for works available through the site as well as extensive program notes. A search engine allows visitors to find repertoire for specific instruments that is featured on the site and, according to the press release issued today, there will soon additionally be videos, reviews, audience generated comments, weekly repertoire and performance highlights, plus blog posts with targeted suggestions for programmers, producers and performers.
For find out more about PSNY, visit eamdllc.com/psny.