If you're interested in composition and classical music in general, surely you must know others who share your interest?
Where did you learn music? If you went to music school, do you have contacts among your former teachers or fellow students who would be keen to hear,
and perhaps perform, your music? Have you approached them?
Most composers are also musicians. Do you have fellow-musicians who would be interested in your music? Do you have a job or appointment (such as
church organist or music teacher) that puts you in touch with other musicians or could be used to give your music public exposure?
Do you know fellow-musicians in your town or local community? Is there a local chamber group or orchestra who might be interested in rehearsing and
performing your music? Most composers have close ties with musicians, and often write pieces especially for them. Have you considered getting in touch
with some musicians like that—not national or international stars, but members of your local classical-music community?
Are there any community groups or organisations promoting culture at local or state level who could help you?
If you want to find an agent and get your music published, you have to show at least a potential demand for it. So you have to get it performed, so
that people can hear it. If it's any good, audiences will respond, you'll create a buzz, and people will approach you with offers. Even if they don't,
you'll end up with testimonials, references, press notices (local reporters nearly always give sympathetic review to local artists) and some juicy
recorded material to help get an agent or publisher interested.
If, on the other hand, you're just a lonely soul writing manuscript in your study, or making home recordings on a synthesiser, you're unlikely to get
anywhere. Music is not a sound that comes out of speakers, you know; music is people making sounds for other people to listen to. It is always
live; a recording is just a facsimile of music, never the real thing.
Music is always
a communal activity. To make it (in both senses of the word), you need to get people on your side. Even someone as cantankerous
and anti-social as Beethoven had his Count Waldstein.
edit on 6/3/13 by Astyanax because: of a couple of bum notes.