Fee schedule for composition commissions


In the case of a composition commission, a fee is agreed in advance between the client and the composer.
What is appropriate? The Nieuw Geneco ‘Honorariumtabel’ Fee Table, used by the entire sector, offers a solution. It is part of the broader Fair Practice Code for composition contracts.
The table below provides a matrix for calculating an appropriate fee for the creation of a composition. This is not about a genre or style. The determining factors are: the duration of the piece, the number of voices or parts and the complexity of the work for the composer.
The table shows the minimum appropriate fee. Naturally, a higher fee may be charged for extensive expertise and reputation. Please discuss with the composer/publisher what is appropriate for the new composition.

Explanatory notes

The term ‘duration’ may also be the total of several related pieces or tracks. 3 tracks of 4 minutes would count as 12 minutes. Also, one set of 60 minutes may be requested.

•The term ‘part’ is used for music played by orchestras and ensembles to indicate the strength, in which some musicians may have a unique part and others may double each other. For electronic music, the number of unique ‘tracks’ may be stated.
•If the composition allows a major part for improvisation or some other type of contribution of the musicians, this must be indicated as a percentage of the total work or ‘set’.
•For some composers, the writing of songs and other musical lyrics forms an important part of the creative process. This must be taken into account when determining the degree of complexity.