I’m excited to say that I have just been brought on as a composer by the production music library Musinc!  From now on, anything I write and record, once accepted into the library, will be available for licensing for film, TV, and other media.  The material from Airborne is already in the catalog.  There will also be opportunities for filmmakers and music supervisors to commission me to write custom pieces.

This is the beginning of a new chapter in my career.  I’ve always wanted to get into writing for film and TV, and now I have the chance to do that.  As an engineer, it is also a tremendous compliment, because I will be responsible for all my own recording, editing, mixing, and mastering.  In other words, this means they believe my engineering is good enough for recordings that will potentially be used in movies or TV.

I’m still trying to process all of this.  Wow!

So maybe you’re wondering, how is this going to affect my everyday life?  Well, not too much right now.  I’m still going to be staying in school to graduate from college.  I’m still going to be doing all of my work either sitting by myself in my tiny apartment at school or recording in my piano studio at my parent’s house back east.  I may be a professional composer, but at the same time, I’m really still just a nineteen-year-old music major trying to figure out life and make it through the semester—while composing and recording as much as I possibly can.

At work in my dorm studio

Working hard… In my dorm-room studio.

The thing about writing for production music libraries is that there’s no guarantee anyone will ever license your music at all.  It is quite possible that my tracks will just sit in the library, no one will use them, and I’ll never make a dime.  As a library composer, to avoid this, the best thing you can do is write as much music as possible to increase your chances of someone using something you wrote.  And that’s what I’m going to do…

I’m incredibly grateful for this opportunity, and I can’t wait to see what will happen next.  Thank you, to all of you who have supported me along the way and who have shared my music and spread the word about it.  I couldn’t have made it here without you.

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About Shelby Rawlings Blalock

I'm a 22-year-old composer, pianist, audio engineer, student, and GRAMMY Camp 2012 alum––a Charlottesville native making my way in Nashville! I write music for orchestra and small ensembles, but my debut solo piano album Airborne is available now on iTunes.

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  1. […] impressed listeners within and beyond the Piano Cloud community, and recently Shelby announced that she has just been brought on as a composer by the production music library Musinc. But she humbly […]

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  2. […] And somehow, this semester turned out to be my best one so far.  I found out that a piece I just finished will be performed by one of my university’s ensembles in the spring.  While still experiencing composer’s block, I was chosen to present my piano piece “Agitato” for a composition master class with a Pulitzer-winning composer who came to my school.  I was honored with the chance to perform two different piano pieces in both of the Composition Department recitals this semester.  And then came the opportunity with Musinc. […]

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  3. Wendy says:

    Shel, your northern relatives are all so proud of you! This is wonderful news! You are on your way to living your dream! All your hard work, tenacity & faith have paid off! God Bless!

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  4. swimmersbun says:

    Ah this is so exciting Sy!! Congrats!!

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