Film Music Magazine reported a new 2006-2007 Film & TV Music Salary and Rate Survey, detailing pay rates for music-related occupations for a wide variety of types of film, television and video game projects. The survey's findings are based on data provided by leading industry agents, composers, contractors, orchestrators, music editors, music supervisors, musicians, scoring mixers, and officials from various unions, guilds and orchestras.
Among the survey's findings:
The full report is available for download: $12.95 through November 20, 2006 at: http://www.FilmMusicRates.com
- Composers at the middle and low budget levels of the industry are seeing a major drop in composer fees. The low range for cable networks now features a package deal of $5,000 to score an entire movie of the week, with the network retaining publishing of the music. Composer fees for both film and television projects show a significant decline since the survey was last conducted in 2004.
- Song Licensing fees for film and television are declining for all but the most popular films/songs. Some production companies are now asking for co-publishing (a percentage of the publishing royalties) for song placements, a practice almost unheard of only a few years ago.
- Competition is increasing for recording musicians worldwide, especially from Eastern European orchestras where rates can range from $20-$30 per hour not including facilities and studio.
- The industry's top few composers are making higher pay than ever, with pay for top composers ranging between $1m and $2 million dollars for a package deal including orchestral costs.