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16 Jun 2015

Within Three Steps of Success: How to Become Featured

Within Three Steps of Success: How to Become FeaturedThe number of authors publishing sheet music at MusicaNeo is rapidly growing and is already approaching 1500. Therefore, the success of your sheet music store is becoming more and more dependent on your “visibility” at the platform: how often the links to your sheet music and site appear in the sections featuring composers and their work. Those are mainly the sections at the homepage: “Featured Members”, “Spotlight”, “Centerstage”, “Featured Sheet Music”, as well as the MusicaNeo Blog, newsletters and social networks – Facebook, Twitter, Google+.

Adding music scores to the MusicaNeo catalogue is not enough to guarantee the successful sheet music online publication. It is important to keep in mind that the more interesting and diverse information about the composer, his/her creative work, worldview, etc. is seen by MusicaNeo users – the bigger the interest of potential customers, the bigger the demand for composer’s sheet music.

It’s no secret that showing up frequently in the featured sections significantly increases the number of visitors of your personal site and raises the probability of purchases. MusicaNeo wants to offer all authors an equal chance to be noticed. As before, every composer has a free opportunity to be represented in the most popular sections of MusicaNeo. But this summer you can influence our choice! You have to make only three steps.

Become One of the 12 Featured Members of the Month

  1. Your personal site at MusicaNeo should contain at least 10 music scores. Not more than 50% of them should be available for free.
  2. Fill the description of your personal site, add your photo and some biographical data.
  3. Send us a text about your creative work, music views, plans and upcoming events – a post to be published in MusicaNeo blog. At our Facebook page you will find the list of suggested topics and inducing questions.

Advice: Do not forget to subscribe to our Facebook page and be the first to learn about all special offers and events!

Get Your Music Video Featured on the Centerstage

  1. Upload the sheet music of the composition to the MusicaNeo catalogue.
  2. Add the sheet music link to the description of the YouTube video that you would like to get featured at the MusicaNeo homepage.
  3. Send us the link to the video together with information about the composition.

Add Your Composition to our Featured Sheet Music

  1. Upload a quality sheet music file and an audio sample of the music piece that you would like to see among the Featured Sheet Music.
  2. Write a description of the sheet music. It can be either a description of the author’s vision, performing notes and comments, the history of the composition or any other info about the work. What inspired you? What difficulties did you encounter in the process of its creation? What do you want to tell the listener through this music? Send us the link to the sheet music.
  3. Let your colleagues and friends in social networks know about your personal site at MusicaNeo. Ask them to “like” your site and leave a review to your sheet music at MusicaNeo. The social network buttons are located at the main page of your personal site as well as directly on the compositions’ pages at MusicaNeo.

Get into the Spotlight at the MusicaNeo Homepage

  1. Complement your sheet music catalogue at MusicaNeo with at least 50 music scores.
  2. If the MusicaNeo list of your compositions does not have the information about you, send us a text for this page with interesting details about you and your music.
  3. If you have other websites, add a link to your site at MusicaNeo and let us know about it.

Important: Please send us texts written in one of the main languages of our platform – English, German, Russian, Portuguese.

Step by step, with the help of the opportunities provided by MusicaNeo you can conquer the attention of your audience and achieve a wider recognition. In your profile – the Promotion Guide section – you will find further recommendations from our specialists on online promotion, as well as banners and widgets embed the list of music scores into other websites.

Your expert opinion draws interest to your creative work. Do not forget to leave comments to the compositions you liked and to the articles in the MusicaNeo catalogue. You can also review our service at our Facebook page and tell your friends and colleagues about the possibilities of online sheet music publishing using the “Invite a friend” function in your profile.

Use all opportunities at MusicaNeo to make your publishing business a success on the Internet!

20 May 2015

Sheet Music Publishing at MusicaNeo: Little Tricks

Sheet Music Publishing at MusicaNeoThe uniqueness of the music platform MusicaNeo consists in the fact that from the moment of creating a personal site to receiving the author’s fee the entire process of sheet music publishing is automatic. From time to time, our Customers Support team receives emails from composers and publishers with various questions: whether the information about a certain composition is correct, how to avoid difficulties, how to raise interest in their music. The following hints from the MusicaNeo administrators will help you with the nuances of publishing sheet music online.

  1. The process of your creative work promotion is not limited to sheet music publishing. A personal site at MusicaNeo is a powerful tool for promoting your music, while your photo is a business card – it is the first thing the visitors see on the portal at the homepage, in the Community section, in the Contemporary Composers Index and at other sections of the site. More attention is paid to personal sites well filled with information. It is important to create a distinctive atmosphere and start an open, honest “conversation” with the visitors to give them the key to understanding your music.
  2. Your site’s address is the place where your music lives! The more often you post this address in the Internet, the more people will learn about your creative work. Share it with friends, colleagues, your music fans – everyone who you would like to invite. It is the only way they can find their way to your place.
  3. Do not underestimate the description of your sheet music. The more interesting, figurative and detailed, the better. Provide recommendations and instructions for performers, describe the process of the composition’s creation, its graphic structure, as well as events and emotions that inspired you to write this music piece – any important moment related to the creative process. You never know, which information will become an impetus for the potential customer.
  4. Make sure to upload audio files and mark a few pages for the preview of your sheet music! It will significantly raise interest in new compositions that are still not known to the wider public. It also gives your composition a chance to make it to our list of Featured Sheet Music.
  5. It’s better to upload audio-samples in .mp3 format. In this case it will be possible to listen to your music right in the browser with the help of the built-in music player.
  6. When setting the price for a performance license, please take into consideration the fact that the licenses are sold only together with the sheet music file. It means that the price for a music score with a performing license should not be lower than the price for a music score without one (of course, except for the cases when the author aims to stimulate the demand for the licenses).
  7. Pay attention to what your sheet music looks like after publication. At the moment the official file format at MusicaNeo is PDF, and the page size is A4. You can speed up the appearing of your sheet music in the catalogue by uploading the scores in this format. Do not forget to leave at least 1.5cm of blank space at the bottom of the page for the automatically added information about the author’s rights.
  8. Talking about the author’s rights, it is essential to mention that any materials used in your sheet music – including texts and images – could be protected. Uploading the music scores, make sure that you own the necessary rights for publishing all materials used.
  9. The catalogues of music instruments, genres and authors at MusicaNeo contain more than 35 000 names and items. Before adding something new, please check if the instrument, genre or name you need is not already in the catalogue. Let’s take care of the clarity and brevity in music categories together, so that the process of search for your music scores is easier.
  10. Have you noticed an ambiguity in the title, a mistake in the sheet music or simply would like to change the price? There is no need to delete the old publication – it can be edited in your profile at any time. If there is a need to make changes in the list of authors or if you have difficulties – contact our Customers Support and we’ll correct everything as soon as time permits!

Do you still have questions regarding the publication of your sheet music at MusicaNeo platform? Visit our F.A.Q. section, send us an email or simply leave a comment under this article.

Photo: Music sheet by Toshiyuki IMAI, CC BY-SA 2.0, Flickr

22 Apr 2015

Understanding Classical Music: 10 Simple Pieces of Advice

Music can be called the most elusive and intangible kind of art that endlessly depends on the human. Music exists only in the presence of a listener who perceives the music language. Without understanding the music speech, a music piece turns into a set of chaotic combination of sounds.

The attitude to music was changing throughout the centuries. Public tastes changed, new music trends were born. In the 20th century the music art split into two major branches – popular and classical. Today one can observe a big gap between popular and classical music.

In popular music, in most cases a limited set of harmonic means is used: a permanent rhythmic pattern and simple couplet or three-part forms. Easily memorized music themes repeat time and again. It all works well for an easier perception: the process of listening to such music does not cause any internal tension. The simpler, the better.

Classical music, on the contrary, follows the path of continuous complicating. More often composers besides using the common laws of music language development introduce new elements created on the basis of mathematic calculations. Deliberate refusal from the “classical rules” of musical fabric development leads to the fact that in many cases classical music is perceived as complicated and incomprehensible.

This and other factors become the reason for the decrease in popularity of classical music in the world. According to Google Trends information, the popularity of “classical music” request in Google search has decreased by over three times since 2005 and will presumably keep falling.

From our point of view, the reasons for this are the incomprehension of classical music language and, in many cases, the time gap between the author and the listener. Perhaps, the following pieces of advice will help someone to discover this wonderful world created by many exceptionally talented personalities over the centuries.

  1. Polyphonic (multivoiced) music of Bach and Händel is often based on a dance rhythm which facilitates the perception. Listen attentively to the brightest returning melody. Its development is a journey where the composer invites you. Just follow the new adventures on this way. Don’t rush to understand everything at once, better go back to listening to the piece in a while. Gradually, your perception will delaminate and you will learn to follow all music lines simultaneously.
  2. The language of classical and romantic music of the 18-19th centuries is very close to the human speech intonation. Just give a close listen to the movement of the melody. You will easily learn to distinguish the narrative, interrogative and exclamative intonations.
  3. Every musical thought has beginning and end. Pay attention to the pauses.
  4. If you listen closely, you’ll be surprised to find out that in classical music melodies and themes also repeat. But they rarely repeat without changes. That’s why it seems to us that music is constantly developing.
  5. Rhythm and harmony will prompt you what image or emotion is expressed by music. Rely on your perception.
  6. In contemporary music, it is often hard to define the beginning and end of the section, music theme and phrase. Just relax and perceive the sound as a whole, as a ‘sound combination’ at a certain moment.
  7. Composers’ choice of instruments is not accidental. Tone quality is a paint that helps to express the necessary emotional state or draw the needed image. For example, the violin, cello and oboe are often used to imitate the human voice. The sound of the flute reminds of a bird’s singing. Try to draw parallels between the sounds common to your ear.
  8. Start your acquaintance with classical music from the music pieces you already know. In case it’s hard to pick, just have a look at our list of “Top 10 classical music pieces”.
  9. Do not run into extremes – leave contemporary and earlier-centuries music for later. Start with the golden mean – the Romantic period: Chopin, Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Dvořák and others.
  10. The process of studying the language of classical music requires time. Stock up on patience. Do not expect fast results.

The complicated and diverse world of classical music opens up only to those who make efforts to learn it. And it’s worth it! The most wonderful thing is that it’s never too late to start your journey to this amazing country created by the fantasy of genius composers. An entire world that exists only within your consciousness. That magic country is the place where the elegant images of princes and princesses come to life, where exotic animals live, outlandish flowers bloom and every turn has wondrous adventures prepared for you.

15 Mar 2015

MusicaNeo Sheet Music Catalogue: 200 000+ Music Scores Online!

MusicaNeo Sheet Music Catalogue: 200 000+ Music Scores Online!This year MusicaNeo hits a new landmark: over 200’000 music scores are now available for download and print. This new number is first of all the expression of your loyalty to MusicaNeo and the continuous support of thousands of users – composers, musicians, publishers, producers, teachers, music lovers and enthusiasts. Together, we have gone through various stages and have accomplished unique projects for the development of music education and modern art.

Alongside sheet music collections for modern instruments like piano, violin, guitar or flute, our catalogue also has sections for rare and exotic instruments, as divers as mellotron, heckelphon, hulusi, didgeridoo, Native American flute, cimbasso, mandola, dungchen, theorbo and many others. Then there is a special section with music works that can be performed on any instrument. This collection reflects a new trend in modern art – a sort of ‘tonal ecumenism’.

By the way, the first signs of this phenomenon (in hidden form as arrangements for other instruments) can already be found in the creative work of classical composers. Take for example the widely known Sonata for Violin and Piano by César Franck, deservedly loved by listeners and performers. It was written 130 years ago for another great musician Eugène Ysaÿe and was later arranged for many other instruments – cello, viola, flute, piano, saxophone and even tuba. The cello version of the sonata received the composer’s approval. Our Classical Sheet Music catalogue, along with the original version, contains the score of Franck’s sonata for solo organ.

The tendency of erasing tonal boundaries is most visible in pop music. Publishing houses do immense work to transpose popular songs for various instruments and combinations. For example, Ed Sheeran’s Grammy-nominated song “I See Fire” from the film “Hobbit” is present in various versions, including music scores for guitar, ukulele, clarinet and saxophone in our Pop Sheet Music catalogue.

The genre diversity of MusicaNeo’s sheet music archive is no less impressive. Contemporary composers try themselves in the most unexpected music genres and give space to the sound of folk motives of various peoples of the world. The best proof for this is the extensive Ethnic Sheet Music section that counts over 60 sub-categories.

Another unique feature of the MusicaNeo sheet music collection is the section of Contemporary Music works that can be purchased together with a performing license - directly from the composer. We are convinced that the future belongs to this method of managing author’s rights. This way, all profit from the performing right fee goes directly to the composer. With the help of modern technologies, MusicaNeo makes the way from composer to performer the shortest possible.

No matter how many music scores there are in our database, each published music work is a new discovery and handled with great care. All publications are thoroughly reviewed by our music experts’ team, in order to provide the highest quality of the sheet music published and the most accurate match with music categories. We are trying to provide each author an opportunity to promote his/her creative work using all available tools, including MusicaNeo’s featured sections, the site’s homepage, social networks and blogs.

How the MusicaNeo sheet music catalogue develops over the next years is a question of time. Today we are doing the utmost so that every user feels comfortable as part of the MusicaNeo community – an endlessly diverse community of musicians and creative people from various corners of the planet.