ScoreStreet, a website for classical and other composers offering an alternative publishing model, was launched in July, according to a press release at the New Music Box website. The service will charge a monthly fee of $29.95, and all royalties will be paid directly to composers on a quarterly basis, in contrast to traditional publishing arrangements, through which composers assign part or all of their copyright to a publisher in exchange for printing and promotion of their music. The company sets prices for materials on the site, and registers works with performing rights organizations; it also offers, for additional fees, editorial and promotional services, and assistance negotiating commissioning and collaboration agreements for composers. ScoreStreet’s CEO is Mark D. Ostrow, a composer and former senior attorney with BMI and general manager of the New York office of the publisher Boosey & Hawkes; the president is Stephen Culbertson, president of Subito Music Publishing and chairman of ASCAP’s Special Classification Committee. Stephen Rauch, former senior executive at the Hal Leonard Corporation, is also a co-owner of the site.
Posted August 7, 2013