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 the following items:
- Full score in PDF format
- Program notes or brief synopsis of the work
- Performance notes (if applicable)
- 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.
- 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:
Here are our best suggestions on how to put your best foot forward when submitting:
We cannot stress enough the difference a quality recording makes 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 make even a MIDI recording 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, which we aren't able to do). You know what your piece is supposed to sound like; please make it a goal to provide us with a recording that accurately reflects your intent.
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.
Playability is important, and individual parts should fall generally within the skill level range you specify. That doesn't mean that all parts have to be at the same level of difficulty; sometimes there is a featured performer or group within the piece, and that's fine. But if it seems obvious that one or more parts is clearly out of range on the instrument(s), technically demanding to the point of ridiculousness, or even musically unnecessary, this is an indication that the work has either not been played, or that its issues haven't been sufficiently addressed. It's very important to us that when someone buy one of our pieces, they get exactly what they expected (or better), and that details of playability have been thought through beforehand and are commensurate with the skill level specified.
Finally, we will only review complete and fully realized compositions. Please don't send sketches, single movements, or incomplete thoughts.