Ep 99-Dennis Tobenski on Contracts & Musical Citizenship

Ep 99-Dennis Tobenski on Contracts & Musical Citizenship

Dennis Tobenski is a composer of acoustic new music whose work has been described by Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times as “distinctive and engaging”. Dennis also hosts the Music Publishing Podcast, a weekly hour-long show exploring the business and practical aspects of being a concert musician in the 21st Century. The podcast comes out of The Composer’s Guide to Doing Business, a blog series that he wrote from 2012 to 2015, and can be read on Dennis’ website. He lives in New York City with his husband Darien Scott Shulman and their cats Pistachio and D’Artagnan.

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In this episode composer and podcaster Dennis Tobenski discusses contracts and why we need to be good musical citizens.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Tobenski Music Press
  • Contracts
  • Making expectations known
  • Repercussions for breaking the contract
  • Items to include in your contracts:
    • Scope of the project
    • Instrumentation
    • Timeline
    • Expectations
    • How to deal with problems
    • Payments and installmnets
  • Dealing with friends
  • The Music Publishing Podcast
  • Musical citizenship
  • The Composer’s Guide to Doing Business
  • Ethical marketing
  • Garrett Hope’s interview on MPP
  • Finding your audience
  • Make sure you have a contract
  • Freelance survival guide
  • Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.


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