What is music proof-reading?
Music proof-reading is a rather unique service, a quick search on Google reveals that there are very few other people providing a service anything like it, and yet, in our experience, it is something which many composers may find very helpful.
We have set up this service as a result of quite a few years going through scores which various people have sent in to NMN. Many of these scores are creatively sound, but display fundamental errors in layout, presentation, notation etc which we feel contribute to the songs not being shown off to their best advantage, and can easily lead to confusion and time wasted in rehearsals. It’s often things like missing accidentals, unpianistic chord voicing in piano parts, notes being “spelled” incorrectly (e.g. we once had a score sent in which was clearly in E flat major, but every time an E flat triad was written it was notated as D sharp, G and B flat!)
One of our passions here at NMN is helping to enable new, up-and-coming talent to be seen in the best light possible, and so we felt the time was right to offer this musical proofreading service – after all, authors have one, so why not composers?
How does the service work?
The service would entail a composer sending in their score, preferably electronically scorewritten using a program like Sibelius, Finale or Musescore, although handwritten scores sent in by post will be accepted. Upon receipt, it would be scrutinized for technical errors of the “wrong key signature” variety and these would be corrected. Anything which looks like it might affect the artistic intention of the composer (e.g. re-voicing chords or possibly re-aligning lyrics) would be referred back to the composer first for approval. The final, corrected version would be produced using our preferred score-writing program, Sibelius. The composer would receive the finished product as a pdf file (or, if a Sibelius user themselves, a .sib file if they prefer).
How much does the music proof-reading service cost?
Regarding cost, after taking advice from conventional text-based proofreaders, the consensus is that, due to the highly variable and potential complexity of the work, the fairest method involves logging the time taken and charging an hourly rate of £30 (subject to a minimum charge of £30).
I’m interested – what do I do next?
The first step (without obligation) is to complete a simple online form, and we’ll take it from there.
Simply click HERE to fill in the form, and we’ll look forward to helping you with your next masterpiece!