Message from Bob Curnow, owner
July 5, 2011
Message from Bob Curnow, owner
December 10, 2013
Dear Friend of Sierra Music,
I'm sorry I've been so delinquent with writing a new message. It's funny the way business gets in the way of the business of communicating with the most important people involved in the business ........ YOU!
I don't plan to lay on you a bunch of marketing gibber-gabber (at least not this time). I just wish to tell you how much I appreciate your business here at Sierra Music. You know, this company has remained a small, one-owner operation from the beginning (July, 1976). Because of that, growth has always pretty much depended on me ..... alone. All, not some, all of the 650+ charts (and growing) in our catalog have been chosen by me on the merits of their historical importance and/or (in the case of new works) on their musical and educational value. This is work that I have loved doing.
Because I am a musician first and a businessman second, this company has a very different "vibe" than most. There have surely been times when my musical choices have not been great business decisions. But I have never regretted any of that, because I have not ever regretted putting any of our wonderful music into print. I've also made many, many decisions to put standards into print. Even though the royalty costs are high, standards are, and always have been, a huge part of the language of jazz. So, even though this cuts into our profit margin (now there's a hilarious thought ....... profit, that is), I never hesitiate to "go for it" when a classic chart on a standard tune deserves to be made available to all.
Making charts available to all, by the way, is also a real cancer in this or any business dealing in intellectual property when the charts are stolen (copied, made into PDFs, sold for pennies or given away) by those who don't understand what kind of damage this does (or maybe they don't care). It isn't just that it is a threat to any company trying to stay in business, it is a threat to EVERYONE who has ever created something original. Whether someone copies a CD, a movie, a book, an architectural design, or a chart from us, Alfred, Kendor, Hal Leonard or (well, there aren't many of us left) ........ it is not only illegal, it is a violation of all of us; a violation of a basic right to protection from theft, whether it be an idea or your car.
SO ...... when you see those free charts (or cheap ones), think about where they came from. Believe me, whoever is selling or giving away those charts had NOTHING to do with their creation. They are common, simple, ignorant thieves. PLEASE DO NOT HELP THEM!
I am a lucky guy in that I am able to edit, compose or arrange music most every day. I live with Finale for hours, preparing music for print and for you. I'm currently working on some "new" Buddy Rich charts for the coming year. I'm very excited about our new affiliation with Buddy's family. And, along with continuing to provide music from Kenton, Maynard, Holman, Hooper, Metheny, Basie and so many other established sources, we also strive to continue to add the music of new, younger composers who just knock me out with their charts.
The new flash drive that we are offering is a revelation to me. It is SO cool. With it, you are able to download to YOUR computer hard drive all of our mp3s and much, much more. This will give you immediate access to all of this terrific music. Please be sure to listen to all of our New Issues. Most of the mp3s are complete recordings done by my big band. I thank them for their superlative performance.
Please feel free to write to me or call me at any time with your suggestions or comments. Those things are important to me. And above all ......... SPREAD THE WORD. Please let your colleagues know where we are and what we are doing. That is how we'll stay in business. I thank you for that.
I continue to be grateful for your support of this company and our music, especially in these hard economic times.
Have a great year!
Best wishes, and thank you again for your support.
Bob Curnow, Owner/President
Sierra Music Publications, Inc.