Commissioned Work

In the music business, a “commissioned work” refers to a creative project where a musician, composer, or songwriter is hired or commissioned to create music specifically for a client or project. This can encompass a wide range of musical compositions, from original songs and film scores to jingles for advertisements or soundtracks for video games.


One vital aspect of commissioned work is the compensation structure, which varies based on negotiated terms. This compensation can include upfront fees, kill fees, royalties, or a blend of both, ensuring that the creator’s efforts are duly rewarded.


Equally crucial are the rights and ownership stipulations. These are outlined in the commission agreement, delineating whether the client secures exclusive rights for their project. Simultaneously, the composer often retains ownership of the composition, affording them the flexibility to employ it in other contexts, thus preserving their creative autonomy.