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What to charge for website music

Postby Marbury » Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:31 pm

I have been asked to create a short piece of music for a company website to go with drone footage showing their premesis. I have never made music to order like this before, only libary tracks and have no idea what to charge. I was asked by my cousin who part owns the company so it's a bit difficult to come up with a price. She has just asked me what do they owe. I spent about half a day on the track so if anyone can give me a rough figure I will be happy. There is chance of future work as the drone videographer is interested in using me so I don't want to overcharge, but at the same time undersell myself.

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Re: What to charge for website music

Postby den83 » Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:30 am

£249
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Re: What to charge for website music

Postby blinddrew » Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:05 am

.95

On a more serious note, what's your average hourly take home from your other work? I'm guessing you have a ballpark figure in your head no matter how complex your various revenue streams?
Take that figure, times by 4, then knock off 10% to 20% for a mates-rates discount.
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Re: What to charge for website music

Postby Marbury » Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:46 am

In all honesty my combined incomes (including sfx and photography) don't even meet the minimum wage
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Re: What to charge for website music

Postby blinddrew » Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:33 pm

Times by 8 then ;)
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Re: What to charge for website music

Postby Guest271017 » Sat Aug 19, 2017 1:43 pm

I don't know, seems a way to get around paying the streaming royalties.

I understand giving a family member a break, but think long and hard before you work for others. Make sure family knows this is a one off deal for them and terms for others are different. GearSlutz has a few conversations about this subject going on.
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Re: What to charge for website music

Postby Marbury » Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:35 pm

I am thinking perhaps around £170 as a one off "mates rate" but after that nearer the £249 mark as quoted a few posts ago. The trouble is there are royalty free websites around where you can license tracks as low as a few $ for non broadcast video use.
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Re: What to charge for website music

Postby blinddrew » Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:23 pm

Are you thinking of using this bit of music for anything else? If not then you could sell them the rights outright and make a point of what they're getting compared to a very restricted one-use license.
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Re: What to charge for website music

Postby Marbury » Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:42 pm

It doesn't matter now anyway as they have come back to me (after initially telling me it's great and I will be getting more work from the drone videographer) and said it's too harsh with the video (something I could have easily dealt with) and because they are pushed for time they have sourced another track that works really well. So half a day's work for nothing and it's all very awkward as a relation is involved. Pretty depressing really :headbang:
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Re: What to charge for website music

Postby blinddrew » Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:50 pm

:(
Never work with children, animals or family relations.
Sorry about that.
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Re: What to charge for website music

Postby Marbury » Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:28 pm

Thanks for all your suggestions all the same.
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Re: What to charge for website music

Postby job » Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:06 pm

Stuff like this sucks. Part of me thinks that they should pay you anyway since they hired you to create music, which you did, then they said they're not paying you because they don't like it. Like, huh? Imagine hiring a prostitute for sex and then refusing to pay citing as the reason she wasn't good enough.

Answer to it isn't even getting more info from them since asking them what they want and they'll say you know, something good? Awesome, that really clears things up! Something lively, energetic, but still mellow, down-tempo, not hectic, but exciting!

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Re: What to charge for website music

Postby Marbury » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:27 am

It's not sour grapes but the music they have chosen is awful, really poor which makes me feel somewhat better.
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Re: What to charge for website music

Postby blinddrew » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:59 am

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Re: What to charge for website music

Postby Martin Walker » Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:41 pm

Yep, that must dilute the nasty taste in your mouth Marbury :smirk:
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