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a non-profit project

A Division of Ars Nova Press®

The ARS NOVA project, is a venture intended to bring the best composers and their music to the forefront in today's world of music and make their compositions available through the auspices of ARS NOVA PRESS®, a nonprofit corporation. ARS NOVA MUSIC™, a subsidiary of ARS NOVA PRESS®, acts as a reprint service to reissue works that have gone out-of-print and will release new compositions that composers are interested in submitting for publication consideration.

The ARS NOVA MUSIC™ project has a special mission -- the promotion of quality music literature that has not found publication acceptance elsewhere. It is a company dedicated to quality rather than commercial considerations; a company dedicated to music as an art.

ARS NOVA MUSIC™ serves as an archive of compositions for future generations, preserving and making available to the public the finest traditions of our musical culture. It concerns itself with the rescue of fine music that would otherwise disappear into oblivion. ARS NOVA MUSIC™ seeks and supports composers who create music for public consumption, not music for the sake of curiosity or self aggrandizement. It will achieve a public benefit through the music the composers are creating and the preservation of the heritage they are establishing.

The Ars Nova Mission

The ARS NOVA MISSION is not only to act as a heritage preservation society through the reintroduction of out-of-print works, but to introduce and promote works that would otherwise be unavailable to the public at large. This will be done through a number of venues: a website, publication, performance, and recording.

RECOGNITION will be achieved through the website featuring a biography and picture of each composer, a complete listing of all of each composer's published works, and a catalog of all available recordings of each composer's creations. ARS NOVA MUSIC™, the publishing arm of ARS NOVA PRESS®, will make printed editions available for purchase by the general public. In addition, articles and advertisements regarding the member composers and their music will appear in leading music journals and magazines. ARS NOVA MUSIC™ will sponsor special performances and concerts of members' music. In addition, professional quality recordings by selected artists and groups will be made available for the promotion of members' music throughout the music listening world.

MEMBERSHIP is open to all interested composers whose music meets the standards determined by the Editorial Selection Committee (a group of five selected from the membership, the Board of Directors, and concerned individuals outside the corporation appointed by the president of ARS NOVA PRESS®). Submitting manuscripts for consideration for membership may be initiated by invitation of the board, by recommendation of group members, or by a composer interested in being a candidate. Nominations for posthumous membership may be made by any interested parties. Music manuscripts submitted for deceased composers shall be examined by the Editorial Selection Committee subject to the standards applied to living composers' creations. Composers of works approved for publication will be automatically offered membership in the ARS NOVA COMPOSERS GROUP. To become a member of the ARS NOVA COMPOSERS GROUP, an applicant should consider the criteria by clicking on COMPOSERS APPLICATION INFORMATION on the home page or at the end of this section, and then complete and submit an application form.

Composer Selection

COMPOSERS selected for membership are those who can support a common purpose: the purpose of promoting creations that can be satisfying listening experiences for audiences as well as being intellectually stimulating. To attain this goal, the composer must be willing to create music that does not serve the prime purpose of being ego-driven constructions to satisfy his own "needs of acceptance" from his equally ego-driven peers. It must serve the purpose of being a fulfilling experience that will communicate the composer's musical message to the listener.

This does not limit the composer from any experimentation with sounds and designs that may suit his or her fancy. However it allows ARS NOVA PRESS® to select the material it wishes to publish. The main goal of ARS NOVA PRESS® is the promotion of those composers who are willing to produce music that will satisfy both the emotional and intellectual listening aspects of audiences. It is serving as a reinforcement of music standards--a defense against pointless creativity in our waning culture. This task will be a goal of the gifted composers assembled as a group by ARS NOVA PRESS®, who create, or are interested in creating within these guidelines and standards.

There Is a Need

THERE IS A NEED. Throughout history there have been leaders who are interested in experimenting with new techniques--composers who have been on the "cutting edge" of the creative experience. These composers can be referred to as the "avante-garde." But in the 20th century, a cleavage occurred between the composer and his/her audience. Be it the result of social, political, and or economic pressures of the 20th century, be it a response to the ugliness or brutality of World War I, music, as a part of our civilization, reflected much that was nihilistic creating a cultural upheaval. A certain indifference and lack of concern regarding the structures of music--the overthrow of pitches, durations, form, rhythm, the normal language of music--in the headlong rush into the future, created a frenetic world of art leaving in its wake no set standards to give meaning to avante-garde creations. In this nihilistic world of sound displays, "music" no longer has the purpose of communication (unless anger and confusion is a form of communication). Frequently, the sound patterns displayed better serve to disorient than communicate. Audiences have responded with disbelief and, at times, disgust in response to what seems to be chaos more than art. At best they politely wait until a more satisfying experience can be had, or the audience simply doesn't reappear at future concerts containing avante-garde creations.

With only new horizons of confusion left for experimental construction of sound, the avante-garde can only return to viable methods of the past or totally alienate their audiences. Concert halls, to be filled with appreciators, must turn to composers who will create meaningful concert experiences--music that presents a return, for audiences, to intellectually stimulating and emotionally satisfying listening experiences.

IN CONCLUSION, it behooves us to take up the challenge and the responsibility to do our utmost to preserve that shred of musical culture that remains. A great and vast, although frequently hidden, heritage has been supplied by those creative spirits that came before us and are among us. We dare not let that heritage slip into oblivion while we still have the opportunity to preserve it. Let us pledge that we, as lovers of art and culture, will not let the Philistines among us prevail.