Have any of you seen this effort, Holy Measures, to bypass liturgical publishers and allow composers to sell directly to musicians? Lots of browsing options, so it appears pretty well organized. NPM noted this is the effort of a member, part-time church musicians Matt Wessel.
In the Facebook era, I suppose it is possible to tag something, “I like this,” and give it some measure of endorsement. Personally, I like the old-fashioned way: write for your parish, the people with whom you worship. And if it goes farther, so be it. On the other hand, I couldn’t argue against extra income. That always comes in handy when paying dentist bills, or sending a child to camp.
I haven’t perused any of their music yet. Anything of good quality? I don’t see any recognizable names among the composers. It strikes me that Holy Measures places the consumer in the position of the editing board of a music publisher. Unfortunately, there is no benefit of sending submissions back to the composer for revision. I could see a cooperative venture like this work if composers committed themselves to reviewing each others’ work and urging colleagues to better output. I know I’ve benefitted from feedback from any number of people. I wouldn’t submit an item for publication today without knowing it had gone through the ringer.
Have a look at the site and tell us what you think. What if Vatican II had taken place in the past decade, and this opportunity was here as part of a music reform movement? Would Garage Band, Sibelius, and blogging have overtaken the nascent post-conciliar publishers?