NewBandMusic was formed in order to:
-provide band directors with an easy way to find and acquire
high-quality new music
-provide self-published composers with a free way to have their
Note: newbandmusic.org has been mostly dormant since 2017.
The site has had significant success, leading to hundreds of
sales/performances and several publishing contracts, and pieces listed
on our site ended up being honored as a winner or finalist in two
Sousa-Ostwald Awards, the Frederick Fennell Prize, and the Barlow
Endowment among other competitions.
That said, the pieces that were benefitting the most from our promotion
ended up being similar (in both compositional style and composer
demographics) to the kinds of pieces and composers that were already
finding success in the band world. In addition, as time went by, our
social media posts were being shown to fewer and fewer followers:
during the first few years, roughly 40% of the Facebook group members
would be shown our posts: In 2016, it dropped sharply and within a few
months it was under 5%. The site still remains up: people are still
visiting it, and even 1 sale per year makes it worth the domain cost.
That said, there are now other organizations that are centered on the
works of living composers, and they have the financial backing to do it
more effectively than this site currently can. I highly suggest
visiting those sites below:
Many of the band works originally listed on this site have found a home with Murphy Music Press, which publishes/distributes a substantial amount of music by younger composers.
The Institute for Composer Diversity
has a database where you can search for band works by composers who are
women, non-binary, and/or people of color. There are many valid
complaints about the structure and management of ICD, but searching the
database is still a good way to explore new music if you're willing to
put in some work.