Friday, August 14, 2009

Royalty Statement 2009 (Part 1)

I got my annual royalty statement from Alfred Publishing this week! This is where they tell me which pieces sold how many copies. In this case, it's for the period from April 2008 through March 2009. Sales were significantly lower than I was expecting, but I suppose that's a result of the economy in general - schools have less money, budgets get cut, and sales of published music suffer. Hopefully, things will turn around next year.

The statement breaks the sales down to scores only and full sets (which include scores and parts) and also domestic and foreign sales. Here are my top five full sets, in domestic sales:

1. Gauntlet
2. Avatar
3. Gargoyles
4. Agincourt
5. A Breeze In the Keys

Gauntlet and Gargoyles were the first pieces I ever had published and, as always, I'm amazed that they remain so popular. A Breeze In the Keys is brand new, and the new ones always sell well. Sleigh Ride To New Haven is also new and didn't do as well. I knew that Agincourt was popular and expected it on the list, but Avatar is making a surprise appearance in the number two spot. That one is a few years old and I had no idea that it was so popular. Here are the top five sales of scores only (domestic):

1. Gauntlet
2. Avatar
3. Las Mariposas Exoticas
4. Agincourt
5. Gargoyles

Directors buy extra scores to give to the judges at state orchestra contests, so high sales here indicate popularity on the contest circuit. If a piece makes it on to a lot of state contest lists, it's gold: guaranteed sales. Gauntlet is on quite a few contest lists and it shows - sales of Gauntlet's scores were more than double that of the next-best-selling piece. Avatar's sales weren't shabby either, indicating that it's increasingly being used as a contest piece. I have high hopes for Agincourt here and hopefully, as it catches on, its sales will skyrocket.

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