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    Talking HELP!! Album cover painting rates? help me :(

    Hi there people! I have this commission request from a metal band to come up with a painting for them as their album cd cover, the artwork should look like something like this click me, but i've never taken in album cover commissions before so i was helping if any of you professionals out there can help me on it.

    I have no idea about the rates and my friends in the industry are also unsure of it, anyone of you guys can give me a heads up of the price in USD?

    Please help thanks for dropping by as well!

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    Get an Artist Guild Price guide or ask them what their budget is and decide if you can do it in their price range. Otherwise charge them your hourly rate.

    When people commission me to do a job I don't care what other people get. I want my rate. Part of being a professional is having a rate.

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    The Graphic Design Handbook asks for $1000-$5000 for an album cover and let me tell you I know a lot of artists that do album covers and NONE of them are getting close to that much. All of the album covers I've done in the past have been for $100-$400.

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    $1-5k seems pretty reasonable for big-name album covers. Smaller indie guys? Yeah, not quite as much.

    Just please don't do it for $100. Please?

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    Well sure if it's for U2 or something then I guess that would be OK but that type of status accounts for only 5% or less of the entire music industry.

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    Oh definitely. Not everyone is gonna make those sort of numbers. But asking for $1k for a cover is far from unreasonable. In the grand scheme of music production costs, $1k is a pretty small figure, given that it'll be the literal face of your product.

    $100, however, is just insulting for a cover. Anytime you're nearing minimum wage you should really rethink your rates.

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    I've done them for $100 before, but given my age it was worth it at the time. I've also told bands $200 or some other small figure and respond like I was out of my mind and crazy for asking so much. The problem is that a lot of bands have friends who will do stuff for free and they don't know what they're getting into when they ask a "real" artist.

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    $1-5k is great starting rates (not indie, but starting pro big label work). For a major album cover like U2 which was mentioned you're looking more like $30,000 or more.

    Same with novel covers. If you're starting out but professional level (not indie books), $1-5k. If you're handling someone like George R.R. Martin or Stephen King or someone you're looking at $30,000 or more.

    Hard to get to that level, but it's totally possible!

    But, yeah if you're looking at an indie band or something it's based on their budget because they're probably funding it rather than the record label. $400 is a good starting point.

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