Score Follower secures permissions from all relevant parties. We license, partner, and collaborate with numerous major and independent record labels, publishers, institutions and music organizations in an effort to promote contemporary music.
What is the Score Follower Library?
The Score Follower Library (SFL) is a paid, faceted search tool that allows users to filter through Score Follower’s public archive of works by instrumentation, work duration, composer nationality, and other useful facets. Check out our demo here.
How will the Score Follower Library benefit my institution?
Our project curates some of the most exciting contemporary notated music written today. The composers and artists that we feature are among the very top in the music field boasting prizes and accomplishments such as the Grawemeyer Award, Siemens Music Prize, BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge, and Pulitzer Prize, among many others. We also curate 20th Century works that are considered essential repertoire in the history of western music (think Arnold Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire”). Through the Score Follower Library, any user can conduct a granular search of our catalogue of more than a 1000 works. Professors will be able to narrow their searches instantly as results populate in real time in order to locate a desired video to embed in their presentations. Music ensembles with fluid instrumentations will be able to search repertoire that fit their specific program requirements. Students will be exposed to new repertoire and new ways of notating their ideas. Score Follower specializes in sourcing recent premieres from major and emerging composers to give the best overview of the field of contemporary and experimental music. The Score Follower Library represents a meaningful way to keep one’s finger on the pulse of contemporary music making.
How does Score Follower curate its collection?
Score Follower has several major projects that serve the collection, including our FollowMyScore call for works, Mediated Scores, Featured Composer Series, the Classics Series and more. Additionally, we have a team of expert curators that source works by reaching out to composers, ensembles, record labels, and publishers. We find this model supports a wide variety of works that includes the latest premieres by both established and early-career composers in addition to pieces critical to the history of contemporary music. Score Follower prioritizes composers from diverse backgrounds and seeks to champion their work.
BUILDING AN ARCHIVE IN REAL-TIME
Not only are we building an archive of music, but we’re building it in real-time. Most often, the works we curate are only one year old by the time we publish them to YouTube. These are works that are written by the composer, performed and recorded by the ensemble, and finally curated and produced by us, within approximately 12 months.