Some music for making money to.
January 19, 2013 12:21 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for perspectives on what music composers generally charge for work on video games and films.
posted by hanoixan to media & arts (3 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I've been composing for several years. I've done some short film scores (gratis for film students), and I just wrote all the music for my last company's most recent game. I didn't charge them because I enjoyed it, it was a good way to generate demo material, and I was already getting payed well as a software developer.
But now I'd like to actually do work for hire, and I'm not really sure what the going rates are for music composers in games and film. I understand there are a million composers out there already, but as it is something I love doing, that's not important to me.
Some factors I'd like to know more about:
- What do unknown composers on the scene usually charge versus established composers?
- Is it usually charged per minute of finished work, or is the time involved in client-initiated rewrites also part of the final bill?
- I understand that most composers provide package deals where they subcontract out to copyists, conductors, and musicians, but where in the process does that get hashed out vs. just using good samples?
- Do rates differ much by genre (for example, electronic versus realistic orchestral mockups)? Believe me, I'm not making a judgement call based on the talent required to do either, but I'm wondering if that's a perception of game producers and film directors.