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The Portfolio Composer

Feb 9, 2017

David Maslanka is best known for his more than 40 works for wind ensemble. His music is deeply informed by meditative explorations of dream spaces. Matthew Maslanka is the owner and general manager of Maslanka Press. He publishes many of David Maslanka’s works and manages David's residencies and commissions.

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Composer David Maslanka and his son Matthew discuss the creation and operation of Maslanka Press and building your self-publishing business.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Self-publishing
  • Showing up
  • Taking it one step at a time
  • Persistence
  • Working like a demon
  • Having faith in choosing a composing career
  • The self-study Harvard MBA
  • Follow the money
  • Have a book keeper and accountant
  • Getting back to people timely
  • Making a good visual presentation
  • Building a team
  • Hiring an assistant
  • Black Ribbon
  • Sell, don't rent your music
  • Asia Pacific Band Director's Association
  • One person/director/performer at a time
  • Maximizing your options


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