WMGSO is always on the lookout for submissions of new arrangements of video game music to play. Interested in writing for us? Please do! To ensure we’re able to play what you write, please consider these guidelines.
Before starting an arrangement:
- Check over our existing repertoire and works-in-progress list - we usually won’t take something if we’ve already got a similar arrangement of the same source material.
- Look over our formatting guidelines. These guidelines are here to help you format your score in a way that’ll be easiest for us to start playing. You may also reference our current instrumentation list.
Once you’re ready to submit…
- The transposed score, engraved for 11x17 page size
- The parts, including a “strings” part which has all the string parts together, similar parts for the woodwinds, brass and percussion/rhythm instruments, and a “chorus” part (if applicable) which includes all the vocal staves
If the piece is accepted into the repertoire after our review, we’ll need from you:
- Transposed conductor’s score set to an 11x17 page size and optimized for the extra space, provided in PDF. Include the name of the piece and a version date or number as a header or footer for each page. On the first page, also include the copyright owner’s information, the composer(s)’s name(s) and arranger(s)’ name(s), and the year in which the arrangement was produced. Make sure to include page numbers.
- PDFs for each part, set to 8x11 pages, including the name (or part of the name) and a version date or number as a header or footer on each page. If possible, please include some indicator of the version date/number in the filename (eg. “GinsoTree_Piano_01312016 v022.pdf”) and in the zip file filename if applicable. Make sure to include page numbers.
- For the section leader review, a “strings” part which contains all the string lines in a grand staff, similar to a choral SATB part.
- A complete list of source materials (name(s) of piece(s) and of the source game(s), and of the composer(s)). This is required to secure performance rights.
- A complete list of instrumentation, indicating number of wind & brass players required on each part (eg. Alto Sax 1&2).
- A draft of program notes. Usually this is a brief outline of the game and the context of the music within the game. One or two paragraphs will suffice.
- If this is a choral piece with lyrics that are not in English or Latin, a pronunciation guide.
- For joint choral/orchestral pieces, a piano reduction score for the choir's accompanist during rehearsals.
- The arrangement file in the file format of your notation software (to allow us to correct typos quickly, should it be needed). We welcome scores made with a variety of notation softwares, including but not limited to Sibelius, Finale, Lilypond, and Musescore.
Items 4, 5 and 6 may be included as a cover page or appendix to the full score.
No monies will be given in either direction. WMGSO will not charge you a fee for score appraisal or the advice of its musical director and reviewers. WMGSO will not pay you a fee for your music, its performance, or its recording. However, if the music is performed, we will acknowledge you as the arranger in the printed program and may use your name in the publicity material. Should you wish, WMGSO will issue you two (non-transferable) tickets to a performance date of your choice. You are also free to publicize that WMGSO is performing your arrangement.