ABOUT THE MEMBERSHIP
The extent of LICA membership includes the highest attaining professional composers and the most gifted amateurs working on Long Island today. Many of our composers are on the music faculties of public schools and universities in the metropolitan area. Others lead or have led distinguished careers as engineers, physicians, lawyers as well as concert performing musicians. Their music has been commissioned, broadcast and recorded by bands, orchestras, opera companies, choruses and chamber ensembles worldwide. The honors and distinctions conferred upon our composers include the American Academy in Rome Prize, the Barlow Endowment, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, Marquis Who’s Who in America, National Endowment for the Arts, et al. Members recordings can be heard on labels such as Capstone, Bridge Records, ERM Naxos, 4Tay Records, GM Recordings, Innova, L.P. Records, RCA Red Label, et al.
Member Benefits & Application Procedure
Members’ compositions are performed at various venue sites in the boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, as well as in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Venue sites include high school, college, and library auditoriums. LICA has a list of excellent musicians who may be contacted and scheduled for performance. Concerts are recorded by professional audio engineers and recordings are made available on CD for a modest copying charge.
An opportunity for organizing concerts by any individual member(s) is afforded and strongly encouraged by the organization. Funding for concerts is provided in part by LICA, and by art and music granting organizations. A fee is usually charged to the venue site of the concert, such as a library. Members are welcome to participate in the performance of their music as a soloist, or as part of an ensemble such as a trio, or quartet.
Networking opportunities are concomitant with attending LICA concerts, member meetings, and special events. Member composers are listed on the LICA website with biographical and contact information, and compositions are entered into our online catalog.
Application for membership is made by mailing a request for membership to LICA Secretary, Jay Anthony Gach (contact details below). The applicant composer is or must have been a Long Island resident (Nassau, Suffolk, Queens or Brooklyn) or have confirmable Long Island associations, such as being employed on Long Island, a student attending a recognized Long Island educational institute, part-time resident, etc. This is a flexible prerequisite: the category of Associate Membership may accommodate extenuating circumstances.
The applicant should send several written musical scores that are appropriate for performance at LICA concerts. Our concerts offer chamber music, solo instrumental, small choir, vocal, electronic, etc. Recordings (CD’s) should accompany the music. E mailed pdf files or mp3’s may be substituted for mailed written scores. Biographical materials must also be included. The materials are then forwarded to the members of the New Membership committee for adjudication.
Membership decisions will be made official at the nearest LICA Board Meeting or General Meeting. (Board Meetings are held at a minimum of three per year; General Meetings are held twice a year.) The Board Secretary will then notify the applicant. A package of LICA material (by laws, programming policies, rules and regulations, current roster, etc.) with a request for dues will be sent to the successful applicant.
The address for submission is as follows:
Jay Anthony Gach
324 West Penn St.
Long Beach, NY 11561
Please, feel free to call our home office at 516-799-8815 for further information.