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Documentary Score / What do you charge?

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Roberts Dec 21, 2020. 6 Replies

Hi all, I am seeking bidding advice.I've been asked by a producer friend to submit a bid to score an upcoming 70 minute documentary. I have no idea how many minutes of finished music will be…Continue

 

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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…"
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…"
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…"
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…"
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…"
Dec 17, 2020
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Documentary Score / What do you charge?

Hi all, I am seeking bidding advice.I've been asked by a producer friend to submit a bid to score an upcoming 70 minute documentary. I have no idea how many minutes of finished music will be required, but I'm guessing maybe 40-50 minutes of finished cues. I don't know their total budget, but I do know the quality of the footage and edit is excellent. It seems very well produced, and he said they "have some money" and to charge what I'm worth.Unfortunately I've never been able to gauge a range…See More
Dec 16, 2020
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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Film, Television, Web, Multimedia, Orchestra, Contemporary Ensembles
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical Film
Is music your main income source?
Yes!
Where do you live?
Atlanta GA
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I'v been composing for TV and Film for 20 years. In 1998 I launched Soundbyte inc. www.soundbyteinc.com, which is an Atlanta based audio post/music production facility with award winning credits in the TV and Film industry. Love working with orchestral samples like Spitfire and Cinematic Studio Strings.
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www.soundbyteinc.com

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