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Monday, March 27, 2006
Howard Stokar F***in' Represents!

Is that expression still current, or have I just severely undermined my street cred? Anyway, Howard Stokar is one of the preeminent managers for classical composers; his roster is small but it features Steve Reich, and, as I recall, once included our own Anthony Cornicello. I'm wondering what people know about the state of the industry for professional representation of Classical composers.

My sense is that it's relatively uncommon for composers to engage agents or managers, but I wonder why and what the real story is. What kinds of representation can a classical composer get? Agents? Managers? What's the difference in this industry? What does the representative provide? What's the cost structure? At what point should one consider looking for an agent or manager, and what other factors should be considered? Will an agent or manager handle publicity, or should one hire a publicist too? What does a publicist cost? How effective are these kinds of people, anyway?

If you know about these issues, have professional representation, or have had it in the past, or are yourself a professional agent, manager, or publicist, please chime in. This isn't a subject I've really seen discussed, but it seems like the sort of thing that would be important to know about.

 



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