CHORAL COMMISSION

For music involving singers, choirs and any other combination of vocalists with or without accompaniment, including gospel choirs, religious service music, school hymns, and any other vocal work.

Past Works
Commissioning Rates

As of: 1st January 2019

These rates are by per minute of composed music and are variable depending on the size and nature of the project:

1 - 2 Voices

with Piano

Per minute

E.g.

Voice I (Women)

Voice II (Men)

Piano

1 - 2 Voices

with Organ

Per minute

E.g.

Voice I (Women)

Voice II (Men)

Organ

SATB Choir

(Unaccompanied)

Per minute

E.g.

Soprano

Alto

Tenor

Bass

SATB Choir

with Piano

Per minute

E.g.

Soprano

Alto

Tenor

Bass

Piano

SATB Choir

with Organ

Per minute

E.g.

Soprano

Alto

Tenor

Bass

Organ

SATB Choir

with Orchestra

Per minute

E.g.

Soprano

Alto

Tenor

Bass

Orchestra

For other combinations of ensemble, feel free to contact me!

How the fees are paid:

50% on signing the "Commissioning Agreement", 50% on delivery of the score

All payments are made via PayPal or a direct bank transfer

What You Will Get

With each Choral Commission, you will receive:

2) A dedication of your choosing to appear at the top of the front page of the score forever

  • Additional dedications can be discussed

3) A license to have a maximum of 30 physical copies of the score​ printed at any time​

  • Additional limits can be discussed

4) Rights to give the worldwide exclusive premiere of the commission within 6 months after the score delivery date

  • Additional performance ​rights can be discussed (e.g. exclusive recording rights, city premieres)

5) A rough computer generated recording of the completed commission as a .MP3 digital file

  • Alongside a rough backing recording​ without the vocal parts for Choral commissions

1) The full score of the completed commission as a .PDF digital file

Optional Additions

These are optional additions that are not required alongside a commission, but may be of interest

Additional

Print Limit

Per 5 copies

E.g.

If you would like a license to print more than the 30 physical copies that your commission allows

Separate

Part Scores

Per part

Per minute

E.g.

If you want separate scores for each individual part (e.g. Piano score, Soprano score, etc.)

High Quality

Backing Audio

Per minute

E.g.

For a higher quality backing recording with hand-picked samples (can take several days depending on the number of instruments)

Find a text to set to music

Per text

E.g.

If you don't have a text for me to set, I can find one for you and get any permissions to use it if required

Original Text to Set to Music

Per stanza

E.g.

If you would also like me to write an original text to set to music should you not have one you would like me to set

FAQ

A general FAQ for all commissions can be found HERE. For choral specific questions:

What texts are you willing to set to music?

  • Any old text, so long as it is either in the public domain, a text you have written yourself, or a text that you have acquired the permission to use for a musical commission.

I don't have a text for you to set; can you find yourself, or create one from scratch?

  • If you would like me to find a text to set to music, I do charge a £10 fee as it can be time consuming to search for texts, and often go further to get the required permissions if needed (so I do encourage you to have your own text ready with any permissions secured!)

  • Alternatively, I can also create an original text to suit your required purpose and to also set to music. The rate for this is £25 per stanza of original text.

I don't see an option for vocal soloists, do you write for soloists?

  • I certainly do! The commissioning rates for a vocal soloist vary depending on how many other performers you would like the commission to be for (e.g. a single vocal soloist commission will cost less than a vocal soloist accompanied by SATB Choir and Orchestra)

I have a question that wasn't answered, how can I contact you?

  • Feel free to contact me over HERE for any further questions!

Submit a Commission

To get a quote for how much your commission will cost, fill out the form below.

I will respond to your request with a quote via email within 24 hours. If the quote is reasonable to you, I will then send you a copy of the "Commissioning Agreement" for us both to sign. After the first 50% of the commission fee is delivered, the composing shall begin!

© 2019 Jonathan Shaw