Commissions

Ever wanted to commission a custom song just for you? You could have your own theme song, commemorate a special occasion, or send a unique gift to a friend or loved one!

Jingles: $25
A jingle is under 30 seconds, with a simple sentiment and just a few lines of lyrics. Could be a theme for your podcast or YouTube channel, or just for fun! You’ll receive a recording of the song when it is complete (mp3/aif), along with lyrics and chords. Price includes vocals and ukulele; other instruments may be available for an additional fee.
Estimated delivery time: 2-4 weeks.

Short Songs: $50
Short songs are about a minute. These are perfect for birthday presents, personal theme songs, or custom lullabies for the new baby in your life! You’ll receive a recording of the song when it is complete (mp3/aif), along with lyrics and chords. Price includes vocals and ukulele; other instruments may be available for an additional fee.
Estimated delivery time: 4-6 weeks.

Proper Songs: $100-300
Proper songs are 2-5 minutes long. Do you want a song to celebrate a special milestone, like an anniversary? Or have you just always wanted a song on a certain topic to exist, and the world’s musicians have yet to oblige? Send me an e-mail, and I’ll give you a price quote based on the complexity of your request. You’ll receive a recording of the song when it is complete (mp3/aif), along with lyrics and chords. Price includes vocals and ukulele; other instruments may be available for an additional fee.
Estimated delivery time: 1-2 months.

Background Music: Price varies
Ever noticed how dull some Kickstarter videos are to watch? There always has to be that bit where the creator talks about their plans, and a talking head just going on about the details is where you’ll lose a lot of potential donors. Adding instrumental music to the background of your video can help keep the energy up, make it more interesting to watch, and just generally feel more cohesive! Contact me for a quote based on your specific needs.

Samples:
Jingle written for a Kickstarter video
Short song written for a birthday present
Short song written from a Tumblr prompt

Short song written for a prompt-based songwriting challenge
Proper song written for art trade with online comic Tanglefoot
Segment theme written for podcast Comedy Bang! Bang!

FAQ

“I need a song for a birthday/anniversary/wedding/quinceañera and time is of the essence! Can you work with my schedule??”
Probably! Contact me with your timeline, and I’ll let you know what I can do.

“What if you send me the final song and there’s something about it I don’t like? Will you make edits?”
I do not include any revamps in my non-commercial commissions because I’ve found most people don’t need them, and this way I can keep my prices accessible! However, if you require any changes we can discuss an additional fee, depending on the complexity of your request. If you’re nervous about this, contact me and we can discuss options.

“What if I want music for a podcast/YouTube channel/webseries that will be making money?”
These prices are assuming private or non-commercial use; if you want a song for commercial use, contact me and we can work out something specific!

“What if I want music for a podcast/YouTube channel/webseries that will almost certainly NOT be making any money?”
If you’re not selling advertising and don’t have a sponsor, you can buy a “non-commercial” commission. I’ll just ask that we both sign an agreement to that effect, so if anything changes we have a contract to re-negotiate.

“So do I just own this song outright now?”
Not entirely. You will be asked to agree to a fairly informal usage agreement, and I retain some rights to my work. If you want the song for a specific purpose and aren’t sure about usage rights, just ask!

Commissions are currently: OPEN

Contact: thegirl@sarahshay.com