The categories ‘LOW / MEDIUM / HIGH’, for the purposes of this survey relate to a wide variety of factors, including but not limited to, the production budget, composer experience, and the commercial profile of the production.
The LOW category may include:
- Lower than average production budgets
- Commissioning of a less experienced composer with few credits
- Commissioning of a simpler and/or shorter than average score
- Contracting for a non-exclusive synchronisation licence of the original music
- Allowing the composer to retain ownership of the master recording including re-use rights in the music
- Limiting the territories, licence period and/or the formats licensed
- Negotiating a share of the producer’s profits, DVD or online revenue for the composer
Note: the fee does not entitle the producer to any share of performance royalty income.
The MEDIUM category may include:
- An average production budget
- Commissioning a composer of average experience and skill
- Commissioning a score of average duration and complexity for the production type
- Allowing the producer to retain ownership of the master recording
- Prior to any rights vested with APRA, the fee includes an exclusive synchronisation license of the music, in perpetuity, throughout the universe, for all visual formats
- The right of the producer to re-use the music and master recording in future related programs, series or productions for an additional per minute fee. (As negotiated but generally $600 per min).
Note: the fee does not entitle the producer to any share of performance royalty income. There is also no obligation of the composer to contract any live musicians or additional music production services, and does not include the cost of any supervision, re-mastering, re-mixing or editing costs associated with the production of a soundtrack album.
The HIGH category may include:
- A higher than average production budget
- Commissioning a more experienced, highly skilled composer with many credits
- Commissioning a musically complex and/or longer than average score
- Allowing the producer re-use rights in the master and the music for future related programs, series or productions without further payment
- A particularly short period of time to complete the work
- The producer, in some cases, receiving a share of the publisher’s share of performance royalty income
- The use of live musicians and/or additional music production personnel and facilities within the ‘package deal’ fee