We are always on the lookout for new compositions and arrangements with a view to publication. In particular, we are looking for brass band scores (as this is our core market), but we are keen to build our other music catalogues, including wind band, big band, chamber, piano and instrumental music. In order for you to get the right information you need prior to submitting, we have compiled this FAQ as a means of getting the answers to the questions you are likely to have.
Do you publish original compositions?
Yes! We actively encourage submissions of original compositions as they are the bedrock of music publishing.
I have arranged a pop song, will you consider this?
Of course. Whilst Devilish Publishing is a premium brand, we consider all submitted scores very carefully. We do not specialise in this form of publishing, but generally-speaking, we are unlikely to approve your arrangement for publication if it is very basic, unimaginative or derivative. Pop arrangements need not be complete rewrites, but they must support our overall "premium" brand. If in doubt, submit it to us anyway, what's the worst that can happen!?
My music is already typeset, will it be published faster?
No. Devilish Publishing is a premium brand and as such, ALL SCORES are typeset from the ground up. Our rigorous editorial and engraving process is designed to produce beautiful copy and ensure the best-possible layouts. This results in a product fit for the price range of our publications.
How can I increase my chances of music being accepted for publication?
There's no straight single answer for this, because our decision is based on several factors, some of which you will not have control over. However, always remember the following: Submit only your best work (1-3 pieces is fine). Ensure the copy is readable. Recordings can help (MIDI is perfectly fine). If you have a platform, tell us about it (including links to social media, etc). Major up-coming performances/recordings? - tell us!
How long does it take to hear back about a decision?
1-4 weeks is typical. We regret it is not always possible to reply to every submission, and certainly if you have not heard from us within 3 months, you should assume that the submission has been declined. Quite often, we know fairly quickly what the decision will be based on initial factors but we need a little more time to investigate further for commercial viability, and/or potential gaps in the market, etc.
How do I submit?
Easy! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your score in PDF format (Please DO NOT send us Sibelius or Finale files - they are useless to us!) along with links to MP3 or MIDI recordings. Don't forget to tell us about yourself in the email; things you have accomplished and things you have in the pipeline (if they are relevant) - think of the process as a job interview. If the files are large, you may want to consider a free email transfer service, such as wetransfer.com.