Rates for Music Preparation


• The majority of copying is charged by the page (see below) with the exception of scores, while editing, proofreading and librarian work is charged by the hour.
• All jobs include providing performance hard copies and/or PDF's of any scores and parts. 

Information needed for estimating the cost of a project.

Recording Sessions:

• The number of minutes of music and/or a total bar count.
• The number of starts (cues).
• The style of music (action/romantic/comedy) and/or the complexity of the score. An action film may have almost twice the bar count as a romantic film, thereby increasing the copying costs.
• The size of the orchestra and instrumentation, and if there are any doubles in the woodwinds?
• Will you be providing concert or transposed scores? A typical concert score will cost roughly 15% more than a transposed score.
• Whether or not a librarian is needed to attend the sessions.

Independent Composers:

• A photocopy of the manuscript score, or
• The duration of the music, instrumentation, tempi and complexity of the notation.

Glossary of Parts

• Single Line: A part for one player such as flute or trombone.
• Single Line Transposed: Same as a single line part, but for a transposing instrument such as clarinet in B flat or Horn in F.
• Divisi: A part for two players written on one staff.
• Chorded: A part with fully notated chord voicings such as a percussion mallet part.
• Keyboard: A bracketed double line part such as piano or harp.
• Master Rhythm: Also a bracketed double line part, but written for the rhythm section. Typically contains chord symbols, bass line, occasional drum figures, etc.
• Piano/Conductor: A highly condensed version of the full score having anywhere from two to four staves. Typically containing vocal melody with lyrics, essential lead lines, chord symbols and bass line.
• Lead Sheet: A single stave part containing the melody, chord symbols and lyrics.
• Song Copy: A three stave part for vocal melody and keyboard accompaniment.