Music Composers Unite!
I have been making music for 6 years and I am now starting to practise scoring to picture in Cubase. I have a few potential clients that want to work with me too.
The simple question is: did you start scoring for free (as a volunteer) just to build your credits and portfolio before charging? If so, has it benefited when you show a client your track record?
You should also consider the fact that a decent client wouldn't ask for free stuff.
Far from "devaluing your craft," when you compose for free, you are improving, elevating, and perfecting your craft, whenever you write music with pure motives, and for the sake of the music itself, and the ideas contained in the music. The value of any music exists totally independently from any monetary value attached to the work, and depends entirely upon the internal, inherent, and formal content of the music: it's aesthetic worth.
Someone actually paid $5000 for a piece with a 2nd movement that was a minute of silence?
I feel like there's something different about composing music vs. cleaning carpets... I just can't put my finger on it.
Rodney Carlyle Money said:
Concerning my dad working his carpet cleaning business:
"Far from 'devaluing your craft,' when you clean people's homes and businesses for free, you are improving, elevating, and perfecting your craft, whenever you clean carpet with pure motives, and for the sake of the carpet itself, and the fibers contained in the carpet. The value of any carpet cleaned exists totally independently from any monetary value attached to the work, and depends entirely upon the internal, inherent, and formal content of the carpet: it's aesthetic worth."
I agree with Rodney and Rafal.It's one thing to work for your art on your own time. But if you are working for a client you should not work for free. Anyone who runs any kind of free-lance or contractor type business knows this,sometimes learned the hard way. Doing work for free is a terrible strategy if it is meant as marketing or advertising. You can however use your art, done on your own time, in your portfolio. If you want to do work for free compose for a nonprofit that you support.
It was a commercial for the school you work at... If they really paid you $5000 for those 30 seconds, then you're probably not being paid enough salary, my friend.
And yes, most cities in this country have local NBC affiliates, on which local commercials are shown.
That's great news about the trumpet piece. Be sure to let us know how much you're charging each one of them for the performance rights...