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Prices and rate lists
« on: November 03, 2017, 09:48:28 AM »
Good afternoon everyone!

I wanted to write this post into 'General Messages' but there was no 'New Topic' option, so I decided to write it here. Hope you don't mind.

As a composer and musician, I consider that the prices and rate lists (always approximate, of course) are an important issue for our union, both to avoid inequalities and to negotiate with clients. Therefore I would like to ask you if you have any information about the following:

(i) The rates of the compositions and arrangements (soloist, duet, quartet, film music, video game, etc.)?
(ii) The rates of music copyist (per page, set, particellas, etc.)?
(iii) The rates of transcription of recordings (melody, chords, etc.)?

There was a list of the American Composers Association I think and some other links on the internet but I would like to ask you here in this forum. I think sharing this information would be interesting for all of us. Thanks!

P.D. Some composers from Europe as I?

Best regards & have a nice weekend!


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Re: Prices and rate lists
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2017, 11:18:22 AM »
I believe it is different in each country.
This from the Canadian league of Composers:

Schedule of Minimum Commissioning Fees
The fees indicated are the CLC’s suggested minimum rates, effective January 1, 2015
*Please note that rates were raised on January 1, 2013 from previous rates.

I Chamber Ensembles Fee per minute
  • One or two parts $425
  • Three or four $475
  • Five to Eight $535
  • Nine to Fifteen $615

II Orchestra Fee per minute
  • Chamber orchestra up to 15 parts $615
  • Orchestra over 15 parts $790

III Chorus Fee per minute
  • A cappella (or with piano or other solo instrument) up to seven parts $475
  • A cappella (or with piano or other solo instrument) eight parts or more $535
  • With instrumental ensemble (up to eight performers) $560
  • With chamber orchestra (over nine to fifteen performers) $700
  • With full orchestra (over 15 parts) $850

IV Electroacoustic Music per minute
  • Plus studio rental unless provided $560
  • For the addition of an electronic part or tape to an ensemble add $145 to the appropriate rate

V Stage works
  • Opera, ballet, multi-media, functional music: to be negotiated

VI Suggested music copying rate
  • $14 per page

Commission fees do not include expenses for copying and reproduction, which should be assumed by the commissioner. The composer is responsible for providing a legible score which can be reproduced.

The fee for any composition over 20 minutes in duration, in all categories, is to be negotiated.
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Re: Prices and rate lists
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2017, 04:03:43 AM »
Thank you Michel.R.E for your contribution! Yes, the rates are different in each country.

Here you have some information I found on internet:

'Commissioning music: a basic guide (meet the composer)':
More resources:

Best regards!