A commissioned work (aka: work-for-hire) is where an individual or organization engages a composer/author to create an original piece of music.
There are many reasons to commission new music; memorializing a current or historic event, raising awareness and/or support for a cause or initiative, creating a theme song for a group or event or, to support the artistic endeavors of a composer. Whatever the reason or purpose, a creative work provides a lasting testimony to endure the passing of time. Commissioned works typically provide a gateway to expanded opportunities, enriching both client and creator.
Bruce is accepting new proposals. The cost of each work varies depending on the scope and size of the project, time invested, format upon completion, and expenses occurred.
Funding support is available for suitable projects. Canadian resources include the BC Arts Council, (as well as provincial-level arts councils in other provinces), SOCAN and the Canada Council for the Arts. There are also many smaller bursaries and funds available through various amateur and professional music organizations.
Sample of Bruce Coughlan’s Commissioned Work
Bring Lolita Home – Commissioned by the Orca Network to raise public awareness and educate people about the plight of marine mammals in captivity.
The Ghost of Simon Fraser Commissioned by BC Coast Mountain Tourism to commemorate the bi-centennial of Simon Fraser’s heroic journey down the mighty river that bares his name.
Let the River Run Free – Commissioned by Dam Sense to raise awareness about the history and ecological devastation caused by deadbeat dams along the lower Snake River.
Over Northern Skies – Commissioned by John Lovelace Productions (Wings Over Canada) to commemorate 100 years of Canadian flight.
Pioneer Days – Commissioned by the BC Farm Museum in Fort Langley, BC, to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2017.
Robbie McBeath – Commissioned by the Village of Kinlochbervie, Scotland to commemorate a local hero.