The rates below are a guide. If you want to talk about your project, get a specific quotation, or ask for clarity on anything that's confusing, drop us a line and we'll be more than happy to help.
Please note, the charge to hire our studio is included in all of our published rates. We do not charge extra for studio hire.
Voice-over rates are based on a number of variables. The more specific you are about what you want, the easier it is to give you an informed quote, and the read you need. To give you a price, we'll need to know the medium (radio, television, internet), the market (local, national, international), the length, the nature, and the use of the audio.
OUR BASIC SESSION FEE IS £220/hr plus VAT.
For commercials and corporate/web/explainer videos, our BSF (base fee) is £220 + VAT per hour of studio time. This also covers:
WHERE APPLICABLE USAGE IS CHARGED ON TOP.
This can get very complex very quickly, so we try to keep things as simple as possible, always working with the latest advice from Equity in mind. VAT at 20% is chargeable on all usage fees.
For radio, usage is charged as one fee per voice, per script, per station. In Northern Ireland, our usage starts at as little as £25 for a single voice/script/station for 12 months, depending on listenership.
For TV, things are slightly more complex. Here, the industry standard is to again charge usage per voice, per script, but as a percentage of the BSF, and calculated on the number of TVRs (Television Ratings Points). If you have a rough idea of TVRs, you can work out approximate usage via this (very handy) free calculator: https://www.usefee.tv
For Spotify and App pre-roll, usage is around £50 per 300,000 impressions.
In-store usage is based on the number of stores, as follows:
1 to 149 stores (and In-store demos) - £30
150 to 299 stores - £40
300+ stores - £50
If usage is to be renewed, we politely ask clients to inform us in advance.
OTHER TYPES OF WORK
For IVR/on-hold marketing, our minimum session rate is £200 + VAT, which includes up up to 15 prompts, and is chargeable only on our first session relating to a job. Each additional prompt is charged at £15, including updates to existing on hold marketing at a later date. The rate quoted is per-prompt, where each prompt is not more than 50 words. Longer prompts will be calculated pro-rata. While our IVR/on-hold marketing rates include usage, they do not include splitting of files or any post production, which will be negotiated on a per job basis.
With E-learning there are three price rates we offer: raw audio at £0.10 per word, edited audio at £0.17 per word, and edited audio with file creation at £0.20 per word. The minimum order amount is £200 + VAT.
For broadcast documentaries, we charge £660 + VAT per 1hr episode, including usage. Rates for shorter episodes, or feature length films, can be negotiated on a per job basis, largely dependent on usage.
ADR is charged at an all-in rate of £250 + VAT per studio hour.*
* In line with recent developments within the industry, we charge a 'Scream Premium' of 50% on all Session Fees. Sessions involving screaming are capped at a single hour per day.
With self-directed sessions (when you will not be listening in to us as we record), we will normally send you a sample to approve, or ask you to cite one of our previous projects as a guide to how you want us to voice your project. Assuming that the approach has been agreed - if you aren't 100% happy with the submitted recording afterwards, we are happy to attempt again until you are completely satisfied. If script changes are made after the recording, we will charge a revision fee. This fee will be proportionate to the extent of the changes made to the script,
With directed sessions (where you have listened in and provided feedback during the recording), we will give you a copy of every take recorded during the session, so you can pick and choose what you want. We will have agreed in advance how long the session should be to cover everything in your project, and confirmed a price accordingly. If the session necessitates going over the agreed time, then we will charge according to our basic studio fee rate of £220/hour+ VAT . This would be a minimum of £55 + VAT for up to 15 minutes, £110 + VAT for an extra half hour, or payment for the full hour for any longer. Any further changes, either to the script or project, will have to be negotiated and billed as a new order.
Once you have agreed we can send you an invoice for payment, the project is approved. Any further changes, either to the script or project, would have to be negotiated and billed as an new order. Please note: if we have recorded your script and delivered files, and not received notes or revisions within 30 days, we will consider the job complete and seek payment accordingly.
Payment Terms and Conditions:
Once either of our services have been officially engaged, the agreed fee is payable within 30 days of invoice via bank transfer. Payment via Paypal must be agreed in advance, and will incur a 6% charge to cover their fees.
If we have recorded your script and delivered files, and not received notes or revisions within 30 days, we will consider the job complete and seek payment accordingly.
If you think payment could take longer than 30 days, then this must be agreed to in advance. If outstanding payment exceeds thirty days without prior agreement, penalties will be applied to the total as per the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998.
After 90 days have passed since the date of our invoice, we will begin the process of formally involving our trade union, Equity UK. Once we have informed a client of this, the agreed fee - including all penalties - must be received within 7 days. if after this period, full payment has not been received, we will request that Equity add you to their roster of blacklisted organisations, and enact legal proceedings to recover all monies owed
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