Our Story

Composers Edition is a unique and fully independent publishing enterprise proudly serving composers, performers and champions of contemporary music-making.

In the Autumn of 2011 Composers Edition founder Dan Goren was approached by a group of independent professional UK-based composers looking for a means to publish their own music in order to serve their community of musicians, ensembles, orchestras and choirs. The composers knew Dan from his time running New Voices and Contemporary Voices publishing services at the British Music Information Centre during 2000-2004. It was there that he also led a project which created a pioneering online browsable library of contemporary music. On 1 February 2013 with the support of the Holst Foundation, The Britten-Pears Foundation and Arts Council England, Dan and Sam Roberts launched Composers Edition with 11 composer members.

The initial offering was very straightforward. Composers Edition made top quality printed and digital editions of professional composers’ works available world-wide, selling directly via composersedition.com, with proceeds shared between itself and the composers who also retained all rights to their works and royalties from performances and broadcasts.

Composers Edition has grown in many respects since then. We now serve a community of over seventy composers and other rights-holders from across Europe, North America and Australasia. We publish more than 1600 musical works as well as books and educational publications, from solo and chamber pieces to choral and large scale orchestral works. We serve an ever growing global community of performers, libraries and educational institutions, providing hire as well as sales.

The same simple and efficient model remains at the core of what we do today. That said we’re always evolving and innovating to do our very best for composers, performers, buyers, retailers and distributors. In 2016 we started our news and media operation sharing the latest on our composers and the works through our website, mailing list and social media channels. In 2018 this evolved in to CE Club, a special free monthly email service through which partners including, musicians, fellow industry organisations and buyers can receive news, discounts on all our titles and special offers from us and our partners. We have been very pleased to strike up great trading relationships with many distributors, retailers and digital platforms around the world, helping our composers’ works reach musicians wherever they are. We work closely with our composers, through an ever developing range of services, helping them make the most of the professional opportunities they and their agents work hard to create. We also work with other partners on special publishing projects. For more details on our services for composers and other rights holders please head to ….

Our Ethos

We don’t believe in a special place for contemporary music, set apart from the rest of the world, a place which serves only those in the know. We believe in the transformative power of our composers’ creations to reach into the minds and hearts of listeners, whoever and wherever they are. Each work we publish has been created with passion, skill and integrity and it is our mission to make them as readily available as possible to musicians and their audiences. We do this by making the carefully crafted fruits of our composers and authors labours affordable and quickly available in high quality print editions and digitally online. At the same time we ensure that composers and authors receive decent returns from the sale of their works.

The composers we work with have proven themselves as creative artists capable of delivering the the highest standards whether it’s composing for a world-class symphony orchestra or commmitted community choir. For many people, the art of composing is shrouded in mystery which is why we especially appreciate the wonderful musicians through whose dedication our composers’ works reach the ears of listeners. They are the music’s ambassadors and we love to hear and share their stories.

Whether you’re a composer, performer, librarian or an administrator we want to help. We provide a friendly, open and proactive service to all. If you’d like to get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

Dan Goren
Director, Composers Edition