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Some questions you may have...

What's so special about Graphite Publishing?

As a composer, what are the benefits of publishing my works through Graphite?

Are there any costs incurred by the composer?

I've heard that Graphite intends to pay a generous royalty. Is this true?

What is the typical score price?

With Graphite's online sale of pdf documents, what's to say that someone won't pay for 20 copies of a piece and print 25 copies?

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The Company

Graphite Publishing is a music publishing company focused on presenting emerging composers and their works to the music industry by offering score sales online (via pdf documents).


What's so special about Graphite Publishing?


Rather than focusing solely on publishing music that pushes musical frontiers with a compromise in audience comprehension, or work that tips the excellence/accessibility scale more towards accessibility, Graphite will even the balance by promoting quality new music, but music that has the power and ability to be appreciated on a basic level on a first listen. Also, we will build popularity and excitement around a composer and the work he or she is doing, rather than single out one excellent piece. I.E., we’re trying to avoid publishing one-hit wonders.

One way to think about Graphite is to liken it to an art gallery. Not a museum, but a gallery. In a museum one will find one or two works by many different artists in an effort to represent a certain style, or period. In a gallery, the owner picks only a few artists to represent, but has to choose artists in whose art he or she believes, and whose work he/she wants to present to the community.

In terms of marketability, it's easiest to liken Graphite Publishing to specific music series put out by other publishers. As a conductor or performer purchases music from the series, and realizes that he or she trusts the brand of that series, a certain trust forms between the conductor/performer and the quality of music published from that series. We intend to build this same trust with musicians as an entire company, rather than as a particular arm of a company.



As a composer, what are the benefits of publishing my works through Graphite?


The benefit of publishing through Graphite is that we will create a network of composers that can help promote each other. If a conductor loves the work by Composer #1, and they learn to trust the material coming out of Graphite, they will give Composer #2 a chance, looking for the same high quality and accessibility the received from Composer #1, because both composers are connected by the Graphite name.

Also, Graphite has a priority to pay composers a high royalty for their work - one of the highest in the business. We're a company that was created by and for composers. Graphite believes that the composer should get the most profit from the sale of his or her creative product.


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Are there any costs incurred by the composer?

No. Since one of Graphite Publishing’s main goals is to promote composers, we do not believe that a composer should have to pay to have his or her work published.

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I've heard that Graphite intends to pay a generous royalty. Is this true?


Graphite has a priority to pay composers a high royalty for their work - one of the highest in the business. Graphite believes that the composer should get the most profit from the sale of his or her creative product. We also believe that acting as a true alternative to large publishing houses and self-publsihing, we have a responsibility to make it as beneficial to the composer as possible.

The concept we are adopting offers scores for sale online in pdf format, to be instantly dowloaded by a customer. The customer pays for how many scores they intend to make, downloads the file, and the transaction is complete. Graphite skips the costs of printing, storing inventory, and postage. We do need to cover the cost of digital online storage and upkeep of the website, but most of the overhead of traditional score sales has been avoided.


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What is the typical score price?

Choral scores sold online are $1 a copy. Customers buy the pdf and choose how many copies they will make of the score. We have a minimum order amount of 5 copies, and the copies are available in multiples of five. (So if customers need 57 copies of a score, they will end up buying 60.)

Scores for smaller ensembles (art songs, etc), are priced based on length at comparable prices. ($8-20). However, when the customer downloads art songs from us, they have the right to print two copies of the score (one for the singer and one for the accompanist, or one for the singer and one for the conductor/voice instructor, etc.) Parts are included in the price. The prices of larger scores are negotiated between the composer and Graphite Publishing.


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With Graphite's online sale of pdf documents, what's to say that someone won't pay for 20 copies of a piece and print 25 copies?


Many people are concerned with copyright infringment in today's world of the digital market. The way we see it, there is an equal chance of illegal copying with online pdf documents as there is with traditional sheet music.


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