Wednesday, June 26, 2013

ASCAP and other stuff.

Hello, all. In recent news, I'm now registered with the American Society of Composers, Artists, and Publishers (ASCAP) as a publisher under the name Michael Andrew Newell Productions. Now I'm awaiting ASCAP to approve my membership under the composer name Michael Andrew Newell. It's pretty original, I know, but at this point in the game, I might as well be known by my name and my music than anything else. On another note, I'm looking into doing my LLC paperwork in the near future to bring some continuity to my business.

I'm still getting back into the swing of things at work, but I am definitely making progress on revamping my compositions. I actually printed out the scores and took a red pen to five of my compositions just like I were grading myself. Especially with the knowledge I've gained from my friend and mentor, Ian Charleton. It is a slow process but my compositions will be better. My next task in orchestration is looking at Claude T. Smith's "Eternal Fath, Strong to Save" for wind ensemble. Definitely my assignment for leave.

I will be updating my website with the new content (media and documents) over the next week, so stay tuned for that. 

Until next time, adieu. 

Saturday, June 15, 2013


So here's what's been going on this last week:

- changed my website design to a brighter, more inviting layout. And the reflect my business cards as well.
- updated information on Facebook and the website splash page to give a more succinct impression of myself.
- Registered with ASCAP as a composer AND publisher! Still waiting on verification of my composer name...(turns out MY name is pretty common. Yes, that was sarcastic; I used to be in a Facebook group called "Mike Newell"). However, my publishing company, Michael Andrew Newell Productions is a go! I'm hoping I can create a better name in the future though.
- Started dissecting my a couple concert band compositions by, with pen and paper. Haven't done that since...a couple months ago for Arranging class.
- Registered a couple of my concert band works with the U.S. Copyright Office online. What a relief!

This is what I'm going to attempt to accomplish in the next week:

- get my social media talking better to each other, and in stead of Facebook be the hub, perhaps LinkedIn, which would be ideal.
- Get some more info on my info pages of my website...more background and such. This will also include more thorough write ups of my compositions.
- Hopefully I'll be registering for college next week at Thomas Edison State College!
- Finish a handful of of concert band scores and have them be the "final" edition (if there is such a thing).
- Studying a couple works for my composition lesson in orchestration.

I feel really productive as of the last week or so because I haven't neglected my business or social media, but it's really just me catching up from 8 months of not touching anything having to do with my websites. It's all part of the illusion really. I just gotta keep the steam going, especially as I go back to work next week.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Hiatus: Done!

Greetings, everyone! I know it has been quite a while since I've updated ANYTHING on any of my social media, but alas, I am back. And I am renewed. As per my last post in September last year, I attended the Unit Leaders Course at the Navy School Of Music. I thought I'd be label to maintain my social media while I was here...boy, was I wrong. That being said, after a long 8-month course, my hiatus has ended. With my new, renewed, and rejuvenated grasp of music, I'm ready to dissect all of my work and get it out there for the masses.

Here are a couple things to expect in the next few months as I get my routine back on track:

- I've used the term 'revamp' for my  compositions and arrangements in the past, but NOW I will really be revamping because of knowledges gained from my time at school, and with Mr. Ian Charleton. 
- update all social media with new information about myself, my experiences, and helpful information for composers/arrangers. 
- more consistent updates to my blog, and perhaps an experiment with a video blog (or vlog, I guess).
- in looking at my social media sites, it all seems pretty sterile in appearance, so I will investigate a more exciting layout expense.

I'm sure I will think of more things that need fixing as I go, but look out for all the new stuff as it happens. And, as always, tell your friends about!