Compostion & Arranging
How I work
(Use the form at the bottom of this page to request a quote)
My policy for creating commissions is designed to insure accountability, satisfaction, and expediency for all involved parties. Here's how it works:
- 25% of payment upfront (detailed invoice will be provided)
- I send a MIDI audio file and a 1-page proof of the work product 5 days prior to the due date, at which point reasonable requests for revisions can be made.
- Remaining 75% of payment due at delivery. (Past-due payments will incur a weekly fee of 25% of original quote.)
Considerations (be ready to discuss):
- Will it be attributed, or anonymous?
- if anonymous, we will negotiate a reasonable anonymity fee based on your situation and distribution intentions.
- Are any players requesting a feature?
- What type of orchestration? Is it a standard ensemble, or something out of the ordinary?
- If the source work already exists, who owns the copyright?
- If you are requesting an original composition (i.e., "from scratch"), what distribution and ownership rights are you hoping for? In general, more ownership for you = higher rate.
I calculate my pricing based on a combination of the current federal minimum wage, materials costs (tech, reference material, etc) & industry standard rates for the type of work requested.
My base pricing is $20 per hour of work.
Your quote may vary depending on factors such as ensemble size, project timeline, and distribution intentions.
A 3-minute orchestration or arrangement of a piano score for symphony orchestra:
Average worktime per measure for 80-piece orchestra, incl. editing/parts: 45 min
Minimum number of hours to complete a 3-minute symphonic arrangement: 24 work hours (24 hrs x $20/hr = $480)
Rush job fee (10 days or less): $150
This breakdown reflects industry standard rates.
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