Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Prices vary widely depending on the type of services you are looking for. The needs of each client is unique and often projects arrive to us at different stages in development so there is no "one size fits all" approach to our pricing. Please fill out our estimate request for your project.
A Piano Vocal Score is the music equivalent of a script. It is the road map for the music director, cast, singers, choreographer, and performers of a musical and is required for workshops, development, and rehearsals. A show cannot develop and grow without one. Piano Vocal Scores typically include lyrics, chord symbols, dialogue cues, and other pertinent music and stage information for a production team.
A piano conductor score, unlike a piano vocal score or a standard orchestral score, is intended for a music director/conductor to lead a pit orchestra from the keyboard or piano. A Piano Conductor Score has its own part for the music director to play along with important stage information such as actor dialogue, action, visual cues, instrumental cues, click track information, and any other notational elements deemed pertinent to a successful live performance.
We do not offer refunds or discounts. All sales are final.
Our rates are typically billed per page for arrangements, music preparation, transcribing, manuscript editing & importing, orchestrations and transpositions. Original compositions and performance/rehearsal tracks are billed per minute of recorded music. All other work is billed hourly.
Music arrangements involve adapting and reimagining a musical composition to suit a specific performance or recording. They encompass creative decisions regarding instrumentation, dynamics, tempo, harmony, and other musical elements to bring out desired aesthetic or emotional qualities. From simple adaptations to complex, arrangements transform the original composition to accommodate performers and the intended medium, enhancing the emotional impact and creating a cohesive and engaging musical experience.
Music orchestrations involve the process of adapting a musical composition specifically for an orchestra, utilizing various instruments and sections to bring out the full potential of the piece. This entails carefully selecting and assigning parts to different instruments, considering their unique timbres and capabilities, and orchestrating the music in a way that enhances the desired emotional and sonic qualities. The orchestrator takes into account the composition's melody, harmonies, dynamics, and textures, and employs skillful instrumentation techniques to create a rich, balanced, and expressive musical tapestry that showcases the power and versatility of the orchestra.
Music composition is the creative process of constructing and organizing musical elements to form an original piece of music. It involves the conceptualization of melodies, harmonies, rhythms, textures, and structures, guided by the composer's artistic vision and intent.
A transcription, also known as a "take down", is a piece of music that has been transcribed and notated from a recording, live performance, or video recording. Transcribing requires extremely excellent listening skills and a very high level of precision, detail and proficient comprehension of music theory and the musical language.
Most transcriptions take about 1 to 3 days to complete depending on the complexity of the piece, our current workload, and the length of the piece of music.
Short answer is "Yes". We have been commissioned to create original pieces of music ranging from choral works, music for film/TV, musical theatre works, individual songs, and orchestral music.
Musicals that are licensed by the licensing companies (MTI, Concord) already provide these services as part of their show licensing.
Most of the backing and performance track clients we work with require either piano-only tracks for audition purposes or to be able to practice for a performance coming up. We've also provided tracks for original works to our clients who are performing their own materials in different venues across the globe.
Tracks include either a lossless WAV file and/or a compressed MP3 file. Some clients have requested MIDI files which we can provide as well. We have over 5,000 instruments and sounds available to us in our sample libraries so we work to give you the best quality possible.
We do not share or distribute our house style files (Finale, Sibelius, XML) as their contents, layouts and configurations are proprietary to the function of our business. We can create a custom template for you and your project and share the full Finale, Sibelius or XML files upon request with you.
We strongly discourage the use of freelance based websites for sheet music and transcription services. From our experience, and based on the feedback from our clients who have used these services in the past, the quality and accuracy of what Fiverr and Upwork provide is below sub par to the industry & publishing standards. Often we receive projects from clients who have started with these online services and have had to redo transcriptions and copyist work because the first round of work was unsalvageable and unuseable.
We receive an overwhelming number of inquiries to partner and collaborate with new theatre writers so we've had to become very selective with whom we choose to collaborate with on new musical theatre works. Contact us if you feel we may be a good fit.
This all depends on the show, type of budget, and where in the process it is in development. Most of the time orchestrators and arrangers do collect a portion of ticket sales or an advance in lieu of a royalty.