MUSIC TRANSCRIPTION, ENGRAVING & PUBLISHING SERVICE
Writing arrangements or compiling a music book from sheet music (music engraving/scoring) is less costly than writing from transcribed material. If there’s no sheet music, I need to do the transcription first, and this time needs to be factored into the bill. I use sibelius software to provide the finished score and this can be sent in pdf or paper format.
2019 Music transcription fees vary on the internet from £55 per hour of work to £20 per minute of music (melody/chords) or £5 per bar of music. Music engraving fees alone range from £10-£20 per page of music.
Music transcription is painstaking work, and I aim to do it well. I consider my rates extremely fair, based on negotiated rates between the Musician's Union and American Federation of Musicians. My rates are as follows:
£30 per hour - transcription from audio
£20 per page - engraving (scoring from written manuscript)
£100 - transcription of a one off lead sheet or song (up to 2 pages)
I specialise in the transcription & engraving of folk & traditional music. Lead sheets, easy choir arrangements and depending on workload, I will consider easy piano & band arrangements. A Lead sheet is very simple to follow, but can include a lot of information:
RECENT EXAMPLE OF COMPILING A MUSIC BOOK:
A 48 page tune book of 55 tunes - transcription & scoring (melody line & chords) capped to 2 hours per tune/song.
Design of music book (cover, contents, intro, images, conversion of scores to pdf and placing into book format) - capped at 10 hours
Editing - capped at 4 hours but not included in billing - part of the process!
Barcode & registration on international publications database £50
Copies of 2 sample books £15
A project such as this, realistically costs me in the region of £3,000 in time and resources.
I can offer special rates to folk musicians looking to release a music book of their work. This would be a joint venture, with myself as publisher (the person that prepares, and issues “printed” original works, compositions and musical arrangements. This work includes music transcription and engraving/scoring) and keeping some control of the printed publication - and a way of making back the revenue in the long-term! So, a project simliar to the example above could cost in the region of £1500 in advance of work. In the region of £850 if written manuscript is provided. Then, if the book retails at £10 - you would order copies direct from me with my percentage of the RRP paid upon order (min order of 100). Book printed on 120gsm paper with colour 300gsm cover - saddle stitched.
Book will include complete design, editing, barcode & registration to international publication database (worth £50 alone), covers, introduction, contents, photos/illustrations (if required) and of course the tunes/songs in melody line and chords format. Plus, submission to the British Library and 5 others in UK, Ireland & Wales. A big project such a this could take anything from 6-12 months if transcription is involved aswell as engraving. If written manuscript is provided, I will base costs at my engraving rate only and completion time should be less! EACH PROJECT IS INDIVIDUAL & ALWAYS HAPPY TO NEGOTIATE. PLEASE ENQUIRE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.