This is a very interesting blog post and worth a read:
Jon has taken the words out of my mouth.
As you will know from my site I am also a freelance composer and sound designer and I have been in Jons position too.
When reaching out and networking with other creative people and companies I regularly face the same response ‘sorry we use stock music’, it’s frustrating, demotivating and really sad to hear.
Music is definitely not valued anymore, not just by film makers but also by customers of commercial music.
When Apple Music came out I had an Armageddon moment ‘Wo, music is over’.
Yes it’s cheaper to make than it ever has been due to improvements in technology but you still have to invest hundreds in gear, and lots of hours in time to learning your craft.
I have played music for 22 years, within that time I have learnt to play instruments to a relatively high standard, studied the industry, recording techniques, sound creation, mixing, mastering, sat in 3 years of lecturers, read books, websites, watched videos, collaborated, experimented and taught music.
Don’t get me wrong, I have some great clients who come back regularly to me and I love working for them, but to gain new clients involves submitting proposals to freelance sites, potentially spending several hours producing a sample which may or may not get selected for a peanuts paying project.
I give endless/instant communication with my clients, any and as many file formats as they require, as many instruments and layers as the require and I am happy to revisit a project should requirements change or an alternate version be needed, and I do this because I believe in good service and doing the best I can for my client.
It is just a shame that something that requires so much skill,so much devotion is stolen through piracy sites and not appreciated by many other creatives as an important part of their product.
I work to a working rate of around £25ph, but when some these adverts online want you to spend endless hours on a project they want to pay $35 then it makes my living wage less than if I worked in a fast food chain!
This needs to stop and people need to value music again!