How does one go about commissioning or licensing work from creative folks (musicians, digital artists) in a way that is fair to both? Any handy resources or guides? I'd rather not go to massive content-farm-factory websites.

For what it's worth I'm in need of some music for a technically minded podcast idea I have floating in my head and what better way to support the Fediverse than to actually look at paying for a license for some intro music and B roll music.

I don't have a large budget but I would appreciate boosts in order to get advice from others who have done commissions before or to get visibility and/or get recommendations for people present on the Fediverse who also produce music and/or digital art and also accept commissions and/or license deals.

I am not trying to start a bidding war, nor solicit a "come to me with a proposal", etc. I don't want to waste other peoples' energy & time.

I just have no contacts and no network to even begin looking in.

@cj posts like this are a good place to start- I'm down to produce some backing tracks for your podcast, if my style is what you're looking for:

I haven't done commissioned pieces before (I usually do paid mix work for people), but I'm sure we could work something out that's reasonable.


@cj Typically I think for commissioned stuff, must composers charge per minute of finished audio. That way, you don't end up getting quoted an estimate and then getting sticker shock when they finish and say it took twice as long as they thought it would.

@Miredly Thanks for providing a link to your work, and I didn't know about the per-minute of finished audio rate! Both are very helpful.

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