I am not a contributing musician, I am a filmmaker and motion graphics artist in LA, but I have purchased many things off activeden’s sites. I am looking around for more music now. The prices are very reasonable and it has become a good resource for me.
Reading through this thread, the issues of pricing and contracts are really similar for artists in different fields as well…and I recognize all these issues myself. It’s always tough to price creative work.
Even though everything seems to be picking up from the recession (2010 sucked), the expectations are through the roof and the budgets are non-existant. I have done work this year for big mainstream companies that have pathetic budgets but expect the world. I am lucky if a client has budgeted for motion graphics or logo creation, much less given a thought to custom music. When someone asks you “how much?” you should ask them what they budgeted for. This shows how serious they are about the music.
I think too, companies are a bit intimidated by trying to find a composer. They think it’s going to cost too much and it’s one more flaky artist to deal with. So many times, these decisions are left up to people in my position.
So I just want to say a thank you to everyone that contributes. I think this is a great site and it has lead me to all of you. At least in film/animation/games, it’s the relationships that you cultivate with other artists, directors, producers, etc that lead to bigger and better projects. By putting your stuff on AudioJungle, you are able to meet and work with a lot more people…so this exposure can only help you.
And one good rule I live by….don’t dwell on any project too long…just get it done. Not everything you work on will be a artistic masterpiece. Sometimes you may have to machine something out and rather than it being a soul sucking exercise just consider it sharpening your tools…and don’t do any work you resent…life is too short.