The deal as far as composers are concerned
is that twofish provides you with a way to make your material
available to a wider audience, and if you wish, receive payment
when your material is used in public. We don't currently make
any charge for composers using the site, though it's possible
we may have to one day to offset storage and bandwidth charges.
We'd obviously let you know in good time if that happened.
In order to ensure a good experience for
people searching the site, we ask that you provide your material
in the form of the set of files described below. We realise that
a certain amount of effort may be involved in this, but we think
you'll agree it's worth it.
- The sheet music in .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) format. Most people
have the reader on their computers already, and this provides
a reliable and widely accepted file format. You can make a few
pdf's for free at Adobe's
site, and some scanners can make them at the touch of a button.
Windows users can also make pdf's with the free pdf995.
Mac OS 8.x and over users should check out PrintToPDF
($20 shareware), and Mac OSX users have it built into the print
dialogue, so there's really no excuse!
- The text of the song/hymn/anthem in plaintext (.txt) format.
You also need to know what the title is.
- The credits as you wish them to appear, for both words and
music. As part of the submissions process we ask you to confirm
that you hold the copyright to the material.
- A word or two to descibe the subject of the song/anthem/hymn.
- You need to tell us whether you think a congregation could
sing your song/hymn, or whether it's just for a choir or music
group to sing.
- We'll need your email address, and some other contact details.
- You'll need to decide if you want payment for public use
of your material, and if so, how you wish to collect that. To
save confusion, we're limiting your options to the post or PayPal. For the latter you'll
need to set up a business account, but it's not hard and is free.
You can also indicate if your song is covered by the CCL scheme.
You can also offer the following, as an
option (either now or later) :
- A brief note, for example 'oboe part available' or 'the second
verse sometimes works well as a solo'.
- A bible reference. This can help people
find your song as they're preparing an act of worship.
- A midi file. These are nice and small, and give people who
can't read music an idea of how your material might sound. To
make one you'll need some kind of sequencing program, and ideally
a piano keyboard attached to your computer. Have a look at VersionTracker for
suitable programs. Midi
File Creator would seem to be a cheap option for Windows
types. Mac users could try Midi
- An .mp3 audio file. The free iTunes
is probably the easiest way to make these from a CD. Otherwise,
check out mp3
creator for Windows, or Audio
Recorder for mac or just search on Google
for similar programs. We ask you to keep your files as small
as possible (no larger than 500k please), just putting up an
excerpt of your song, so as to save space on our servers.