Fees Schedule
Composing, Arranging & Orchestration
| Conducting, Producing & Recording

Rates

Terms & Conditions
Composition
Score Arranging, Orchestration, Transcription
Electronic Arranging, Orchestration, Transcription, Scoring
Conducting, Producing, Recording
Payment

Derek Williams’ Portfolio includes samples of work in these fields.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The below rates are a guideline.  For larger commissions, a fixed fee can be negotiated.
  2. Rates for commissions include jingles, films, television, recordings and special events
  3. For high profile commissions, a zero fee or reduced fee can be negotiated in exchange for producer’s points, royalties, mechanical copyright, and/or other revenue streams.
  4. Credits for roles such as “Arranger, Producer” applicable for film, video, documentary and other moving image media shall be clearly visible immediately beneath that of Composer and of appropriate prominence.
  5. Some works submitted for arranging attract copyright royalties
  6. The Intellectual Property of all commissions remains with the Composer.
  7. Any creative contribution over and above orchestration, shall attract an additional agreed amount
  8. Compressed samples of ongoing work may be viewed in progress at mutually convenient times.
  9. The finished commission will be surrendered to the client upon receipt of all moneys owing.
  10. Payment terms are 1/3 of the total in advance, 1/3 on completion of half the work, and the final 1/3 when completed to the client’s satisfaction.
  11. All credit cards are acceptable.
  12. There is no charge for travel unless it exceeds 60 minutes duration per day, or involves special transportation costs.
  13. Consultation is generally free, provided that it directly relates to the commission.
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Composition

Fees for royalty free music are generally calculated at double the Orchestration and Arranging rates below.

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Score Arranging, Orchestration, Transcription

  • rates are per vertical bar/measure or part thereof
  • over 30 lines is negotiable on pro rata of six lines

CURRENCY:

UK

Euro*

USA*

Australia*

LINES:

£

$

$

1 – 6 lines:

4.00

5.00

7.00

6.50

7 - 12 lines:

7.00

9.00

12.00

11.50

13 - 18 lines:

9.50

12.00

15.50

15.00

19 - 24 lines:

12.50

15.50

20.00

19.50

25 - 30 lines:

15.50

19.50

25.00

24.00

* subject to exchange rates (based on fees recommended by MAGA )

How to calculate line usage
  • Piano consisting of three staves: left hand, right hand, chords, vocal line and lyric line equals five lines.
  • Guitar consisting of chords and notation/rhythm slashes equals two lines.
  • Drums equal one line.
  • Percussion equals one line for each instrument staff.
  • Harp and Celesta equals two lines.
  • Brass and Woodwind equals one line per instrument, even when block written.
  • Choral equals one line for each vocal part, even when block form.
  • Lyrics equal one line.
  • A typical cabaret arrangement consisting of four rhythm and three front lines would amount to 12 lines, therefore attracting the 7-12 vertical bar/measure rate.
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Electronic Arranging, Orchestration, Transcription, Scoring

Two alternative methods are available for calculating Electronic Arranging fees:

1. CASUAL HIRE:  Charged by the hour/day:

MINIMUM FEE (UK*):

3 hour call

/+ hours

/day

Electronic Programming:

£

£

£

Casual rates:

170

55

500


2. FIXED FEE: Charged as below, per duration of completed music, Arranged,
                                Recorded, Mixed and Mastered:

MINIMUM FEE (UK*):

3 minutes

/+ min.

LINEUP:

£

£

Solo instrument:

120

30

Quartet:

380

85

Big Band:

1200

250

Chamber Orchestra:

1500

300

Symphony/Film Orchestra:

2000

400

other lineups and durations negotiable pro rata

 

*INTERNATIONAL:

USA

Euro

Australia

Conversion factor:

£ x 1.56

£ x 1.18

£ x 1.70

(subject to exchange rates)

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Conducting, Producing, Recording


MINIMUM FEE (UK*):

3 hour call

/+ hours

/day

SERVICE:

£

£

£

Conducting:

170

55

500

Producing:

190

60

600

Engineering (private studio):

100

40

550

other durations negotiable pro rata

 

*INTERNATIONAL:

USA

Euro

Australia

Conversion factor:

£ x 1.56

£ x 1.18

£ x 1.70

(subject to exchange rates)

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Payment

Payment may be made by cheque, bank transfer, or securely online using any major credit card

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Download

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Derek Williams' CV