John Roberts replied to John Roberts's discussion Documentary Score / What do you charge?
"Thanks. I haven't "won the gig" yet, but I think this is good info for others who understandably have no idea what to charge.

Unfortunately in our line of work, we often don't have agents or reps to be the bad guy, and fear of losing work often…"
Dec 21, 2020
Ingo Lee replied to John Roberts's discussion Documentary Score / What do you charge?
"Great news John, congratulations! 
Your instincts were much closer than my armature logic; of course it all depends on their budget like you say.  
I hope you can share with us here as the project progresses and as you are able, hopefully we can at…"
Dec 21, 2020
John Roberts replied to John Roberts's discussion Documentary Score / What do you charge?
"Thanks Ingo, 
Good points for sure. And yes I agree 50 minutes could be created quickly, but I am not a "fast" composer. I tend to spend lots of time on the non simple sections and would be hiring musicians for top line parts when needed. 

For what…"
Dec 21, 2020
Ingo Lee replied to John Roberts's discussion Documentary Score / What do you charge?
"Thank you John for discussing this.
I guess time length is irrelevant; a 3 minute pop song makes millions while 3 hr operas go broke right?
Having this credit in your CV is important so that's worth something, you could consider this as an…"
Dec 21, 2020
John Roberts replied to John Roberts's discussion Documentary Score / What do you charge?
"Thanks Ingo, I think your comments make a lot of sense and provide great insight. 
Most of the work I do is shorter length music for :30 spots and the budgets are all over the map. Generally they fall into 2 catagories.
A) we have no money but we…"
Dec 21, 2020
Ingo Lee replied to John Roberts's discussion Documentary Score / What do you charge?
"John since no one else is posting here I'll stick my nose in here although I'm an armature composer with no experience pricing out documentary scores.
I would think from your client list on your company website that you would have a pretty good…"
Dec 18, 2020

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