what we do : : We make videos of contemporary music scores that turn pages along with the accompanying recordings. You can find our videos on our two YouTube channels: SCORE FOLLOWER and INCIPITSIFY. We also help build the new music community through social media like YouTube, our Discord server, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Our activities encourage exposure for new music composers, performers, publishers, and recording labels alike, through a meeting place on the internet that is accessible to all.
permissions : : All of our uploads—scores, recordings, texts—are legally obtained. We secure permission from all relevant parties, including composers, performers, publishers, & record companies. We frequently collaborate with major international publishers, labels, and many smaller independent houses to make sure that we are respecting our community while creating the most reliable content possible. For a list of our partners, scroll down and see below.
commitment to diversity : : As an organization, Score Follower is deeply committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity in contemporary music. Towards this goal, we actively seek out, research, and curate work by underrepresented individuals. Score Follower strives to keep these issues at the forefront of discussion through our curation and work in the community.
our mission : : Score Follower strives to provide access to contemporary music for all. Through our activities, we also aim to strengthen, diversify, and connect our musical community. Our dedication to others in the field motivates our commitment to procuring legally obtained scores and recordings – we believe it is important to ask permission first. By respecting our community and representing our field as well as we can, Score Follower aims to be a new kind of informational resource and center for the online community.
why we do it : : Contemporary notated music can be daunting for those without formal musical education or guided exposure. We have met so many people who think they “don’t know how to appreciate” contemporary “classical” music. This might be because of a lack of music notation-reading knowledge, or lack of context for this kind of listening, or a feeling of distance from the instrumentation or rhetoric. Regardless, we believe that anyone who wants to listen to contemporary music should be able to, and should be comfortable in approaching it. As such, one of our organization’s goals is to demystify contemporary notated music through our score and recording videos, which provide core materials for study and discovery.
Our focus on scores and recordings comes from our individual backgrounds as formally trained composers, which emphasized the importance of written notation as both a document of and instruction for the music we hear. This rigorous background has shaped our expertise, score-reading skills, and perspectives on the field of contemporary music. We intend to take what we know and appreciate about the materials of contemporary music and extend it to those with interest but who lack access. Through our videos on our YouTube channels, we streamline access to these materials of contemporary music and provide a quality resource for our field in an approachable, relatable form. Our videos are the basis for our internet-based community, which serves as an open forum for engagement, discussion, and learning.