Work Submission Instructions

Follow these step-by-step instructions to upload and submit a new work for inclusion in the NMS catalog:

1. Product Name

Type the title of your work

2. Year Composed

Enter the year your work was composed. For example:

  • 2012
  • 2002-2005
  • 1997, rev. 2006

3. Description

Provide a very short description of the work such as:

for string quartet

for mixed choir SATB, a cappella

seven songs on poems by Robert Burns
for tenor and piano

for large orchestra

concerto for oboe with chamber orchestra

4. Audio

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5. Perusal Score

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6. Duration

7. Instrumentation

For large ensemble pieces, or works with non-standard instrumentation, use this space to list individual voices and instruments. For small ensembles or works with standard instrumentation, leave this blank.

For example, if your “Description” above states “for voice and chamber ensemble”, or “flute solo with mixed ensemble”, you should use this space to spell out the exact instrumentation.

Examples of standard instrumentation:

  • string quartet
  • woodwind quintet
  • voice and piano
  • string orchestra

For large ensemble works, like orchestral and band works, be as specific as possible here.
Eg., soprano or tenor solist, 3(III=picc).3.3.3-

8. Text

Provide the poet/author/lyricist, and possibly a link to the text online. If your work has no text, leave this blank.

9. Movements

For multi-movement works, list them here. Otherwise, leave blank.

10. Songs

For song cycles, list individual songs here. Otherwise, leave blank.

11. Program Notes

Provide program notes here.

12. Certification

Click on this checkbox to certify that you are the copyright owner of the work, or the authorized representative of the copyright owner, and have the rights and permissions necessary to sell the work through NewMusicShelf.

13. This field

In this text area beneath the individual works information fields, select “Text” on the upper-righthand corner, then type a single space or &nbsp; (this is the code for a “non-breaking space”)

This is a temporary workaround. If you skip this step, the information you’ve entered above won’t be displayed.

14. Product Short Description

Again, select “Text” on the upper-righthand corner, then type a single space or &nbsp;

15. Product Data

a. Check both “Virtual” and “Downloadable”

b. Set your price in “Regular price ($)”

c. Click “Add File”

d. In “File Name”, type your last name followed by the title of the piece

e. In “File URL”, click “Choose File”, drag your PDF or ZIP file of compiled score and parts into the window, then click “Insert file URL”

f. Leave all other settings here alone

Note: I prefer that you use your Last Name and the Title of your work as your filename (Eg., Tobenski Letter from a Young Poet) so that the score file is easily searchable.

Note 2: All files here should be in either PDF or ZIP format. ZIPs should contain PDFs of the score/score and parts, and may contain other standard file types to facilitate performance or rehearsal, such as MP3s.

16. Product Categories

Back toward the top of the screen on the right, select the appropriate categories for your work.

For example, if your work is a string quartet, select:
String Quartet
in the tree of categories.

In this example, be careful not to select “Strings” under the “Solo” category by mistake!

17. Product Tags

Add a handful of tags to make your work easier to find when people search around the site. You can duplicate category information (though this isn’t necessary), or you can use words and phrases that describe your work, like “art song” or “love song” or “theme and variations”. If your work uses a text on a certain theme, such as “winter,” “Christmas,” or “death,” be sure to include that here, as well. (These keywords should also appear in your program note for maximum effectiveness!)

18. Product Image

a. Click “Select product image”

b. Drag the file into the window

c. When the file has finished uploading, click “Set product image.”

Note: I prefer that you use your Last Name and the Title of your work as your filename (Eg., Tobenski Letter from a Young Poet) so that the image is easily searchable.

19. Submit

Click Publish/Submit!

Your work will be submitted for approval, at which point NMS will clean up any small things that need fixing and approve the work to be sold in the store!

On occasion, NMS may ask you to make some more substantial changes prior to approval.