Tapspace is always accepting new submissions of creative works for percussion. Your submission will go into a review queue which we review by order of receipt. This process can often take several weeks to a few months, so we appreciate your patience while awaiting a response. It's important to us to give each submission the care and attention it deserves.
We prefer digital submissions rather than hard copy, as this saves time, money, and paper! If you'd like to submit something for review, we require all of the following items:
- Full score should be submitted in PDF format.
- Audio and/or video recording. Video is best for providing a realistic example of your work, even if the performance is less than stellar. For audio, we prefer live recordings for the same reason, but sequenced recordings will work as long as they have been made with a high level of realism. We do not consider Finale or Sibelius files to be audio recordings. (Note: The recording you submit is the single most important part of your submission, as it enables us to understand your intention. There simply isn't enough time to imagine what your work should sound like if your recording isn't reasonably close to accurate.)
- Brief bio.
- Other information about the piece such as duration, personnel requirements, skill level, and whether the piece is original, public domain, or an arrangement of a copyright-protected work.
- Valid email address.
We ask that you host your score and recordings at a shareable link from which we can access. Services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive are good inexpensive or free options. Alternately, you can submit through a file transfer service like WeTransfer, but only once you've filled out the required form (see below). Please note: Submissions without all required components will not be reviewed.
Lastly, we are unable to offer a critique of your work. As much as we appreciate your willingness to accept feedback, there simply isn't enough time to allow for that level of interaction. We thank you in advance for your understanding in this matter.
Some advice on submitting:
We're often asked how applicants can make their submissions stand out. Here are some suggestions:
We cannot stress enough the difference it makes to include a quality recording with your submission. While we realize not everyone has Virtual Drumline, or access to an ensemble to generate a live recording, there are still things that can be done much of the time to get even a MIDI recording to sound reasonably close to an actual performance. Even with the most detailed score, it is often impossible to imagine what a piece will sound like, at least not without investing a great deal of time to do so. You know what your piece sounds like in your head; make it your goal to provide us with a recording that sounds exactly that way.
While we don't evaluate work based entirely on how it's engraved, it is impossible not to make inferences if a submitted score is unreasonably messy or inaccurate when compared to the supplied recording. Take the time to proof and polish your notated manuscript.
Sometimes you can look at a score and tell that the parts are not playable. They may be out of range for the instrument, technically demanding to the point of ridiculous, or even musically unnecessary. This indicates to us that the work has not been played or worse, that its issues haven't been addressed by the composer/arranger after being played by real humans. It's vital to us that when directors buy one of our pieces, they get exactly what they expected (or better), and that details of playability have been thought through beforehand. When we receive a submission that is so far from standard, it's a big turn-off.
Finally, we will only review complete and fully realized compositions. The compositional process is a challenging one and it's easy to call it a day at "here's a sketched thought for a piece." Reviewing incomplete works isn't fair to you, or us, and we won't do it. Sending the full and complete picture is the best way to ensure your work gets our full and complete attention.