Music Production Rates

Jonathan G. Shaw, running Shaw Music Studios, is a record producer and recording studio offering songwriting, music production, recording, post-production (mixing & mastering), and music marketing. Record your music professionally and easily. A division of Ibilion.

IMPORTANT NOTE: A 50% booking fee is needed to schedule your production time and the balance to deliver the final work. Express rates offer high value and fast lead times without any discounts. When booking at normal rates a 10% discount is offered on all productions fully paid in advance.

Recording STUDIO RAtes

ONE HOUR: Express: R700 | £46 | US$67 for today or tomorrow, no discounts (Normal: from 2 business days is R550 | £36 | US$52 per hour)
HALF-HOUR: Express: R500 | £32 | US$47 for today or tomorrow, no discounts (Normal: from 2 business days is R410 | £26 | US$36 per half hour)
NOTATION of lead sheets and instruments at hourly rates, please supply individual audio or MIDI tracks

IN-HOUSE MUSIC INSTRUMENT / VOICE OVER SESSION / RATE: same as the hourly studio rates and in addition to the studio time rate. Voice, guitar, bass, keyboard.

FILE BACKUP SERVICE: we keep backups of all files for up to one (1) year, and can retrieve and resend past files again: R50 | £5 | US$5 per retrieval per day

FREEBIES: take-away coffee, tea, bottled water, wi-fi

Music Production Packages


SINGLE SONG MUSIC PRODUCTION AND PROMOTION: Express: R22000 | £1060 | US$1350 (Normal: R17500 | £860 | US$1050)

  • Completion time: express: one month (normal: two months) depending on your availability
  • Single Song Music Production package
  • Artist 30 second promo trailers and profile video for social media
  • Collective management organisation (CMO) application assistance (royalties)
  • 4 x Social media setup and social media blast
  • Submission to social media influencer, bloggers and playlisters
  • Blanket and targeted radio submissions by genre utilising online radio pluggers
  • Two weeks advertising on Facebook, Google and Twitter
  • Press release sent to major news outlets and entertainment blogs
  • Artist profile revamp on Spotify and Apple Music
  • High-resolution artist profile studio photographs
  • Artist-featured music video (without extras or set designs)

SINGLE SONG MUSIC PRODUCTION: Express rate for 1 song in 2 weeks production time is R6500 | £420 | US$630 (Normal rate for 1 song is R4550 | £316 | US$430 per song for 4 weeks production time)

  • Package includes:
    • Arrangement, engineering, in-house session work, production, mixing, mastering, backtrack, instrumental and radio edit PLUS basic artwork (supply picture), digital aggregation, smart link and bulk radio emailer
    • Get two (2) hours studio time with us OR record vocals yourself: Send three takes of your lead vocal and I will comp, pitch correct and add harmonizer (if applicable)
    • Completion time: two weeks, depending on your availability (normal: four weeks)
    • In session or video call/conference pre-production
    • Track length limited to 4:30, thereafter R500 | US$45 per 0:30 extra.
  • Deal points: Ownership of the recording. Producer performer royalties only, roughly 15% for performer neighbouring rights of the recording in broadcast and public performance, as a non-featured performer (so this excludes your sales royalties or other sync revenue)
  • This excludes the cost of optional additional session musicians as well as outside facilities.
  • ADD R520 | £36 | US$52 for the stems (separate mix channels) once completed.
  • Score notation: ADD R2500 | £151 | US$230 for the full music score (notated sheet music) for the song

FILM SCORE, MUSIC BACKTRACKS, CUSTOM BEATS: Express: R3800 | £200 | US$270 (Normal: R2600 | £153 | US$233 ) per piece

  • Epic Music? Hip hop? Metal? Trap? Afrobeat? Amapiano? Electronica? Audio brand? On-hold music?
  • Get your instrumental perfect, the way you want it. Get your beats made to your spec.
  • Completion time: one week (Normal: two weeks)
  • Three (3) minutes in length
  • Excludes outside session musicians/facilities
  • Unattended to reduce your cost, otherwise book seven (7) hours at hourly rates.
  • Deal points: Ownership of the recording. Producer performer royalties 25% for performer neighbouring rights of the recording in broadcast and public performance, as a non-featured performer (so this excludes your sales royalties or other sync revenue) AND 25% composer’s rights.

RECORDING STUDIO RATE 7 HOURS: Express: R3500 | £167 | US$225 for the next available full work day (Normal: from one work week is R2750 | £155 | US$235) per 7 hours, 1-hour break. You are welcome to use this rate and split up the hours if booked in advance.

LARGE BAND/GROUP RECORDINGS: R3600 | £205 | US$315 per 7 hours, 1-hour break, including hospitality for between 5 to max. 10 people (lunch & drinks) (Requires advance booking)


  • Take your production to a professional level with pro mixing
  • Unlimited corrections “to your reasonable satisfaction”
  • Unattended to reduce your cost, otherwise book three (3) hours at hourly rates per song.
  • Can take longer if your stems are not organised, edited and processed the way you want!
  • 20 STEMS: Express: R1600 | £97 | US$145 (Normal: R1200 | £76 | US$100) per song up to 20 stems
    • Completion time: Express: 5 business days (Normal: approximately 14 business days)
  • PRODUCTION UPGRADE: Express: R3900 | £240 | US$3000 (Normal: R2600 | £155 | US$245) unlimited stems per song plus pitch correction, sound replacement and production enhancement, includes mixing and mastering
    • Completion time: Express: one-and-a-half weeks (Normal: four weeks)
  • 1 MIX AND MASTER: Express: R2200 | £140 | US$200 (Normal: R1650 | £95 | US$140)
    • Completion time: Express: 7 business days (Normal: between 14-21 business days)

MUSIC / AUDIO MASTERING: Express: R670 | £46 | US$62 (Normal: R510 | £40 | US$45 per track)

  • Completion time: Express: 2 business days (Normal: 7 business days)
  • Mastering is optimised for music streaming services.
  • Unattended to reduce your cost, otherwise book one (1) hour at hourly rates per song.
  • LIVE CONCERT MASTERING: Express: R560 | £31 | US$47 per half-hour length, 2 business days (Normal: R430 | £23 | US$37 per half-hour length, 7 business days)

STUDIO ENGINEER TRAINING: R850 | £55 | US$75 per hour (Requires advance booking)

  • Let us train you in the art of audio engineering and music production.
  • Music, music technology and music management students can apply for an internship.

Consultation Rates

Ibilion offers services to the cultural and creative industries (CCIs) and encompass the cultural, creative and copyright sectors, such as music, film, literature, dance, theatre, design, architecture, and other creative pursuits.

IMPORTANT NOTE: 50% deposit required to schedule your production and balance to receive files. 10% discount if paid in advance, excluding express (rush) rates.

INFORMATION CONSULTATION: same as the hourly studio rates

  • General information and feedback
  • One-on-one session either face-to-face, audio / video conferencing, or messaging apps. Fee excludes overhead (travel and accommodation) costs.

ANALYSIS CONSULTATION: Express: R2300 | £150 | US$200 for tomorrow (Normal: from two business days is R1600 | £101 | US$152) per hour per document OR retainer available

  • One-on-one sessions. Case examination, contract advice & drafting, marketing strategy, business planning, expert witness, etc. Fee excludes overhead costs.

MUSIC AND AUDIO CURATION AND CHOICE: same as the hourly studio rates

  • Determination of the right music fit for your style, whether for you as an artist or your corporate music / audio branding for your company.
  • Let us take you on a guided process of music taste and culture to find the right music for your needs and multimedia content project.
  • Suggestion of existing music recordings to fit your brand, assistance with clearance and licenses, or invest in original tailor-made music production for maximum impact and originality.

RESEARCH PROJECTS: quoted per project

  • Market research, cultural policy, management and strategy development projects.

CORPORATE WORKSHOPS: R4500 | £270 | US$260 per day OR R2900 | £176 | US$262 per half-day (three hours) (Requires advance booking)

  • Facilitation and presentation of an educational workshop for public attendance or corporate skills building, including virtual notes and examination. Excludes overhead / travel costs.

Digital Marketing Rates

CMO ASSISTANCE: R900 | £46 | US$60 per person for 4x royalty collection society’s online registrations, in person or on video call (Requires advance booking)

  • NOTE: Applying direct has a minimal fee
  • You need to have rights in both music and recordings as well as your ID and banking letter.

GRAPHIC AND VIDEO DESIGN: same as the hourly studio rates

  • Album and single music covers
  • Social media banners and video samplers
  • Lyric and photo videos
  • Online store canvasses and banners

DIGITAL MUSIC AGGREGATION: Express: per single R800 | £60 | US$80 but aggregation services may have waiting periods out of our control. (Normal: from 2 business days is R550 | £40 | US$50 per single OR R850 | £65 | US$80 per album)

  • We normally use CD Baby to deliver your song to all the major music retailers as it is a once off payment per release and they pay to local bank accounts.
  • Includes an Odesli smart link to the single / album with stores and social media connections
  • ADD R300 | US$27 Update your Spotify for Artists and Apple Music for Artists profiles: we’ll need your logins or access provided

SOCIAL MEDIA BLASTS: Express: R1200 | £56 | US$77 (Normal: R850 | £46 | US$60) per blast

  • Running five (5) strategic social media posts over a week, that includes one graphic and one video design for two posts and key links in other posts, along with key hashtags
  • Completion time: Express: one week (Normal: two weeks)

ONLINE ADVERTISING: R500 | £30 | US$35 admin fee, with minimum R50 | £3 | US$7 per day / credit per campaign (Requires advance booking)

  • Advertise through the major social media and online search platforms within your campaign budget, AND / OR
  • Utilising social media influencer and radio plugging online services (here a fair budget may be around R1150 to be effective).

BULK MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENTS: R700 | £37 | US$57 per submission OR the current media list (Requires advance booking)

  • Sending out your track to +- 130 radio stations, OR
  • Sending your music announcement +- 20 entertainment news and blog sites.
  • Personalised emails, tracking mail-opens and downloads
  • TRACK YOUR AIRPLAY: add R750 annually or R1750 once-off for us to set up your account with Radio Monitor

Need content development, detailed / targeted marketing strategies or creative industry consultation? Ask us about our B2B services within Ibilion.

Updated: 8 May 2023

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