Much of the world’s best music is freely available without for performance without copyright restrictions. Examples include some of the greatest works ever written – Mozart’s Requiem, and all of Beethoven’s symphonies.
Many of our best-loved Christmas carols and “traditional” music (such as “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”) are also free for use by everyone around the world. Great music, with no fees attached.
Free does not mean “poor quality” or without value. Likewise, having to pay for something doesn’t mean you get your money’s worth.
I believe that the current standard copyright disadvantages choirs and new musicians alike.
Standard copyright makes new choral music very expensive to perform, and prevents choirs from taking a risk with new composers. It costs so much to buy copies for everyone and pay performance costs that it is easier to just stick with stuff everyone knows.
I’ve made my music freely available under Creative Commons licences for choirs around the world. This makes my music readily available for choirs to perform, and results in more performances for me, and a wider variety of new music available for choirs. Everyone wins.
Have a look around this site. Listen to some of the samples. Feel free to print copies out, and share them with your choir or friends. Sing them. Try them out. They’re free to share and perform – no costs attached, ever.
Let’s all make music – together! 🙂