Do you need a special piece for a concert or other occasion? Would you like to become involved in the great tradition of patronage to composers, or to have your name on a future published work? Commissioning a piece also has great value in the experience of working together in the client/composer relationship — we get to talk about and plan the piece, according to your wishes and my talents. That means we talk about the kind of piece you’d like me to write — whether it’s a song, a chamber piece, an electroacoustic artwork (setting text or not) or something for larger forces such as an orchestral piece. I work with today’s sounds, combining my classical training (Western European) with jazz, pop, electronic, and any number of musical styles. In our preparatory discussion, I pay attention to your particular tastes and/or a narrative or instrumental style you want expressed — and since your name is on the piece, you invest in the future of the piece, the future of music, and leave your mark on the art of our era.
After we discuss the length and other parameters of the proposed work, we set a deadline. The budget is determined by the scope and instrumentation, and by the nature of the funding source. Costs vary and my prices are flexible, but you can get an idea of commissioning fee ranges from Meet the Composer; they have posted a quick guide. MTC can also help with the commissioning process or act as a fiscal agent for tax purposes.
When commissioned by performers, I ask about what kind of audience and program the piece is for, and what kinds of techniques and/or mood or style they want to explore. During the composition period we meet to work through the piece as its being generated, making adjustments per client requests and/or discussion, the performer often taking part in the creative process.
I enjoy working with clients, whether performers or non-musicians and welcome your inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Jennifer Griffith