Graphite Publishing has chosen a specific niche in the music publishing market. This is true in terms of how we publish, and it is just as true in terms of who we publish.
There are many accomplished composers who have chosen the profitable but difficult and time-consuming path of self-publishing. These composers either want the financial rewards of earning 100% royalties on their work after cost, or they want the flexibility of bypassing traditional music publishers and selling their own wares. Graphite is the middle ground between that and publishing through more traditional companies.
Graphite Publishing helps develop a composer's name and recognition, and consistently demonstrates that the names of Graphite Publishing and the composers it represents are synonymous with quality, excellence, and accessibility.
We are also creating and bolstering a community of composers linked together by the Graphite name. This community is important to both the individual composers and to the consumer.
For the composer, the success of any piece published under the Graphite name means more business and activity for the website (the only place to acquire Graphite music), which in turn means more attention to other Graphite composers.
For the consumer, the Graphite community represents a selection of quality, hand-picked composers who are offering the best of contemporary music. Having established this image, it is easier for a consumer to try out other Graphite composers, knowing that they will get quality material.
Graphite Publishing does not wish to represent a composer exclusively. In other words, we do not want to publish, sight unseen, everything one of our composers writes and forbid him or her to go to other publishers with those pieces. We still want to be selective of the pieces that get published through Graphite for consistency of the company's artistic image.
We also want to stress that just because a composer currently has other pieces published through another publishing house doesn't mean he or she can't also submit works to Graphite. Just as mentioned above, we're more interested in developing a composer's name and recognition, and having that composer represented by more than one publisher simply increases visability.