(All information on this page is Copyrighted, Richard Audd and RMA Music, 2014.)
First Performance Project
Recording the Un-performed Music of American Composers
RMA Music received three grants in 2010 to computer record the music of Native American composers. Three composers participated and were extremely satisfied with the results. The recordings aided those composers in seeking and achieving live performances.

The First Performance Project will be a grant funded project to record the un-performed music of American composers. The key words there are “will be”. We are interested in finding out whether composers (and how many) would like to participate in this project.

All music will be recorded using state of the art computers and programs.

THERE IS NO CHARGE TO THE COMPOSERS!  It will be a completely free service!


The original intent for this project was to go after the funding first and then find the composers. However, it has been decided to find out what the response might be first. It will help to find funding if we have a group of interested composers with music that meet the requirements.


Only the first 12 composers that respond will be given a place on the list of interested composers. The first 10 will be taken in order, once we have the funding. The other 2 composers will be on a waiting list in the event that any composer in the first 10 are able to gain a performance before they are recorded under this project.

One composer, who "stumbled" upon this website, has already submitted information on a score.


Composers will retain all rights such as performance, copyright, distribution, and publishing. Composers will receive 2 standard CD’s of the recording and 2 CD-Roms containing the final .wav and .mp3 files as well as a copy of the final MIDI file. (Recordings of concertos that meet the requirements below will receive .wav and .mp3 files with and without the soloist.)


The primary requirements are

1)       The composition must NOT have been performed in any public situation prior to its project application date. Personal MIDI recordings are not considered ‘performed’. By “personal”, the music may not have been offered for public consumption and/or sale through any digital medium or internet portal.

2)       The submitted music must be original material. The work may contain public domain material.

3)       The composer must be a citizen of the United States.

4)       The composer is only allowed to submit one work.


Why apply for this opportunity? There just might be composers out there who are as great as other composers in the past but who were not discovered until later in life. Also, as discovered in the Native American Recording Project, there are composers who are afraid of being “judged”. No judgment will be made in this project as to the quality of the writing. Composers who have not had their music performed will learn from their own mistakes and their accomplishments

All music will be accepted.


Also, the quality of the recordings will far exceed what most composers and musicians can achieve on their own if they are not instrumental performers. 

Just listen to the examples and excerpts below in a moment.


Additional restrictions on the compositions are

1)       The composition must be of a “serious, classical” nature. No rock, jazz, etc. “Commercial” music will be accepted only after RMA Music has the opportunity to examine the score. We are looking for band, chamber and orchestral music using standard instrumentation. We will accept electronic sounds that are part of the music but we cannot recreate those. They must be provided as a .wav file.

2)       Chorus or vocal accompaniments will be accepted but no vocal or choral sounds can be created electronically at this time.

3)       No music for solo pipe organ. A pipe organ may be used in a full orchestra instrumentation as long as there general stop indications.  

4)       No rock or jazz drum sets unless all instrument indications, notes, and rhythms are completely written out.

5)       Concertos will be recorded only for woodwinds and percussion and piano. No brass or string concertos.

6)       If a prepared piano is required, it is requested that the piano use the standard “Cage” piano settings.

7)       All compositions submitted must contain a copyright date and owner’s name (“© Copyright 1999 by Bill Smith’). Just placing this information on the score makes the work protected. The MIDI file that will be provided can be used to apply for copyright protection with the Library of Congress.

8)       Submitted scores must be copies, no originals. The scores will be marked up with recording notes.

9)       Composers will be required to sign a fact sheet and a recording contract  that covers any and all liabilities. (Click here to view these documents: .doc or .pdf).

10)      RMA Music has the right reject any music that does not meet all rules and guidelines.



We will inform you when the time comes of how and where to send scores. 

All works will eventually be recorded in the order in which we receive your information.

We need to know, during the waiting period for your recording, if the work has received a performance. If it has, we will remove the work from the list and 

wish you the best with your live recording.


For the moment we need to hear from you and have a description of your music. 

Information that we need includes: 

                 Your name and what city you live in. (We do not need addresses at this moment.);

                 We need an email address and a phone number;

                 Most importantly, we need to know the name of your composition;

                       the instrumentation required, the approximate length of the work, and

                       a brief description of the work;

                  The number of instruments and the length of the submitted work are keys 

                      to the amount of funding to be sought.

All privacy will be observed concerning all information sent.


We do ask for your permission to list your first name, last initial, and city of residence in the grant proposal. This will help us increase interest in the project if we have a list 

of genuinely interested composers. And it will help to draw up an estimated budget, 

based on the parameters of each musical work.


To contact us and send the requested information, email RMA Music at rmamusic@earthlink.net .


More information about RMA Music and its owner, Richard Audd, can be found on the resume page of this website or on the about page. 

(Please read the Interview on MIDI on the resume page.)

Richard has a page at YouTube that includes videos of some of his additional works.


We want to hear from you, so don’t be timid! Let the world hear your music.


"In everything that can be called Art, there is a quality of redemption."   

Raymond Chandler, The Simple Art Of Murder


(All information on this page is Copyrighted, Richard Audd and RMA Music, 2012.)

(Videos of Richard’s music utilizing live musicians and MIDI realizations are available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/MusicByAudd .)

  Musical Excerpts and Examples of Richard’s MIDI work:


             Concert Fanfare for Orchestra (Richard Audd, Copyright 1978, 1993 by Richard Audd)  (Award           winning Soundfont version.)

             Concerto For Orchestra, excerpt from the 3rd movement (V. Lutoslawski, 1956, Edition Eulenberg Inc.) 

             Dance from "editEdmaSTer" (Richard Audd, Copyright 1994 by Richard Audd) (Nine minutes.)

             Conflict #1 from “Thoughts, Conflicts, etc.” (Richard Audd, Copyright 1968 by Richard Audd)  

             Hansel and Gretel Overture (E. Humperdinck)


             4 Miniatures for Eb Clarinet and Prepared Piano, 4th Movement (Richard Audd, Copyright 1969 by Richard Audd)  


Earthday (Richard Audd, Copyright 1997 by Richard Audd)  

Song for Steve (Richard Audd, Copyright 1998 by Richard Audd)  

E.T. (John Williams, Copyright 1982, Music Corporation of America, Inc.)

Excerpts from works by Native American Composers:

           "Tracing Mississippi" Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, 3rd Movement (Jerod Tate, Copyright 2001)

            Canon for September 11 ("Voices from Ground Zero") (George Quincy, Copyright 2007 by Foxborough Jr. Music

            "Daughter of Dawn" (Film score) (David Yeagley, Copyright 2008)

            La Fiesta Mexicana, 3rd Movement (H.Owen Reed, Copyright 1954 by Mills Music, Inc.)

Appott (Richard Audd, Copyright 1967 by Richard Audd)  

Bach: Three-Part Invention, No.6 (Harpsichord version) 

Piano Sonata, 1st Movement (Paul Hindemith, Copyright 1936, 1964, B. Schott’s Shone, Mainz and Paul Hindemith)  

Indihyang (based on Sudanese "Pelog" Scale) (Amir Pasaribu, Copyright 1951 by Amir Pasaribu)


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