Commissioned Works

Bruce Coughlan has published hundreds of compositions throughout his songwriting career, a number of which have been commissioned works.

A commission is a work-for-hire arrangement in which an individual, group or organization engages a composer/author to create an original piece of music. There are any number of reasons to commission new music, which might include:

  • Memorializing an event, current or historic.
  • Raising awareness or garnering support for a cause or initiative.
  • Celebrating an event or milestone (wedding, birthday, anniversary, etc.)
  • Paying homage to a person or group’s deeds and/or achievements.
  • Creating a theme song for a group or production.
  • Supporting the artistic endeavors of a composer.
  • For the satisfaction of bringing new art into the world (an occasion in itself)

Whatever the reason or purpose, a creative work provides a lasting testimony which endures the passing of time. Commissioned works typically provide a gateway to expanded opportunities, enriching both client and creator.

Here are a few examples of Bruce’s commissioned works:

Bring Lolita Home – Commissioned by the Orca Network to raise public awareness and education about the plight of marine mammals in captivity.

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.

Pioneer Days – Commissioned by the BC Farm Museum in Fort Langley, BC, to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2017.

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.

Over Northern Skies – Commissioned by John Lovelace Productions (Wings Over Canada) to commemorate 100 years of Canadian flight.

Robbie McBeath – Commissioned by the Village of Kinlochbervie, Scotland to commemorate a local hero.

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.

Commission Music