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Editorial/Music Submissions

Submitting music to C. L. Barnhouse Co. for publication consideration


We accept unsolicited music submissions from composers who are seeking a publisher.
If you have music that you feel might fit our needs, please send the following:

  1. A cover letter with your name, address, phone, and email address, also listing the title(s) of the music you are submitting.
  2. Full score file, in Finale or Sibelius format, for each title you are submitting. Finale is preferred, but we accept submissions in either format.  Please do not send any parts.
  3. Recording of each title you are submitting. A “live” performance in MP3 format is preferable; synthesized renditions created from Finale or Sibelius are also acceptable.

Send materials electronically to editorial@barnhouse.com.  Do not submit materials via any other delivery method.  “Hardcopy” materials sent by postal mail or other delivery services will not be considered, returned, or acknowledged.

By submitting a work for consideration you are indicating that it is not presently submitted for publication elsewhere and has not been previously published in whole or in part.

IMPORTANT: We do not review submissions between January and August. Please be patient if you submit music, as we receive many submissions, and the review process is time-consuming. Be assured, however, that we do review all submissions received, and that we will eventually respond whether or not we are interested in publishing your music.


  • Marching Band music
  • Choral music
  • Songs with lyrics intended for the commercial “pop” music market.
  • Arrangements of any copyrighted works, for which you do not own the copyright.  We cannot review unauthorized arrangements of copyrighted works.

If you are a composer and would like to submit music to us for publication consideration, please review the following editorial policies and guidelines.

  1. We publish instrumental music intended primarily for the educational market. We are primarily interested in submissions for concert band and jazz ensemble.  As such, we are most interested in works similar in style, content, difficulty, duration, and instrumentation to new publications currently being produced at the C. L. Barnhouse Co. If you are unfamiliar with our products, please acquaint yourself with them to help determine if your music might be of interest to us.
  2. Your instrumentation should conform to that of current Barnhouse publications, in one of our established series: concert band, “Command” series for middle school/junior high band, “Sound Foundations” and “Rising Band” series, or jazz ensemble series. If you are unsure as to these established instrumentations, please review scores posted on our website.
  3. Difficulty for regular Concert Band submissions should be in the Grade 3 to Grade 4 area. While we do occasionally publish works harder than this, we are mostly interested in concert band works of “medium” to “medium-difficult” levels. Difficulty for “Command” series submissions should be in the Grade 2 to Grade 3 area. Difficulty for “Sound Foundations” and “Rising Band” series submissions should be in the Grade ½ to Grade 2 area. Difficulty for jazz ensemble submissions should be in the Grade 2 to Grade 3 ½ area. Also, difficulty level should be balanced throughout the instrumentation; that is, works with Grade 5 clarinet parts and Grade 2 brass parts are not publishable.
  4. The duration of submissions must be reasonable to the grade level and programming uses of that piece. A seven-minute grade 2 piece or a 1 ½ minute grade 4 contest piece would eliminate most sales of those numbers; therefore, we would probably not be interested in them.
  5. Style of music should approximate works similar to our current new releases. We are not interested in atonal, experimental, or non-melodic/harmonic music. While works in less-traditional styles may have merit, it is usually not of interest to our customers. We are interested in publishing music that directors will find useful as teaching material, students will enjoy learning from and performing, and to which audiences will enjoy listening.
  6. We do not produce new publications at this time for marching band, choral music or vocal solo. Please do not send submissions of this kind of music.
  7. We are not interested in arrangements of copyrighted works owned by others. Please do not send music of this nature to us.

Please understand that our decision to accept or decline a work for publication is based upon many factors, of which musical value is only one. Because the educational band marketplace is a very crowded one, with many publishing companies producing many new products each year; and because the number of potential customers is limited, the number of works that we accept for publication is restricted. In addition to musical value and content, and also potential usefulness to educators as teaching material, we can only publish works which we feel have the sales potential to recover and surpass our expenses of production and publication. If you submit music to us which we do not accept for publication, please understand that our decision is based upon all of these factors. There are many works that could be published; however, we must limit ourselves to those works with which we feel as though we might be successful.