Co-op Press

Recording Grants

Co-op Press Fund Recording Assistance Grant
The Co-op Press Fund was established in 2000 as a means of encouraging performers to experience the excitement of collaborating with composer Sy Brandon. To date, over fifty grants have been awarded.

Purposes of the Grant:
To assist talented performers located within the United States in producing a professional quality CD for their own professional use and for commercial distribution through storefront, web-based and download retail outlets.

To promote the CD by submitting it for review in professional journals.

To enable the performers to have a new composition written for them by
Sy Brandon for the recording if desired or to record a composition of Sy Brandon that needs a professional recording from this list and earn $250 to $1000 towards recording costs. The amount awarded is determined by the length of the composition and the number of musicians needed. Contributions are paid once the CD goes to the manufacturer.

To enable the performer to earn money on sales of the CD and Download Cards at their performances, through their website, and to family and friends.
Application Process:
Applications are accepted throughout the year. Notification of awards usually occurs within two weeks after the application is received.

Complete the application form available via
download or apply online.

Include biographical information about the performers.

Include a digital recording of at least three works that demonstrate the musicianship of the performers. The works do not need to be the works intended for the CD.


A panel of judges will evaluated each application and base its decision on the following:

Quality of the performance as demonstrated on the submitted recordings.
Experience and reputation of the performers as demonstrated in the biography.
The compositions by Sy Brandon to be included on the CD.

Reviews of our CDS:

Musical Toronto’s review of May Phang’s Travels Through Time CD
International Tuba/Euphonium Association’s review of Echoes CD
James Wegg Review of Collage CD
James Wegg Review of Duozona’s Colors CD
James Wegg Review of Zodiac Trio CD

Click here to see a list of past recipients.

Benefits for the Performer(s):
The Co-op Press Fund will cover the following costs:

layout, reproduction, licensing, marketing and distribution.
Sy Brandon's commission fee if a new work is to be written.


Co-op Press will provide the performers with copies of music by Sy Brandon to be included on the CD free of charge.

The artist will receive 25 copies of the CD free. If additional copies are desired, they can be purchased at $5 each from Emeritus Recordings.

The artist will receive 100
CDBaby Download Cards for the album free.

While no royalties will be paid to the performers for CD sales at the Co-op Press web site and through its distribution partners, the performer keeps the entire selling price of the CD and Download Cards that he/she sells to audience members, through the performers website, and to family and friends.

Responsibilities of the Performers:

The grant proposal must contain plans to record one or more works by composer/arranger, Sy Brandon. The works can be an existing compositions for the applicant’s instrumentation from
this list of works that need a quality recording, and/or the applicant can have a composition written especially for the recording.

The performer will agree to provide Sy Brandon with a rehearsal recording of his compositions at least two weeks prior to the recording session for the composer's input.

Co-op Press and the performer(s) will decide by mutual agreement the repertoire that will be included on the CD. The length of the CD will be between 45 and 60 minutes. In cases where mutual agreement cannot be reached, Co-op Press has the final authority.

Co-op Press and the performer(s) will decide by mutual agreement whether the performance and recording quality is acceptable. In cases where mutual agreement cannot be reached, Co-op Press has the final authority.

The performer will be responsible for providing Emeritus Recordings with high quality digital recordings of the music to be included on the CD. Emeritus Recordings can provide editing services free of charge from the raw takes provided that the artist sends us the raw takes, instructions for editing, and a copy of the music.

The performer will be responsible for providing Emeritus Recordings with composer biographies, program notes, and contact information for licensing purposes for the music by composers other than Sy Brandon to be included on the CD.

The performer will be responsible for providing Emeritus Recordings with digital photos of the performers and cover art desired. Emeritus Recordings has an arsenal of cover art photos that can be used, if the performer desires.