Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective Clients

Why should I consider hiring CMG for my project?
CMG offers a customized proposal for each project designed to meet the needs and budget of every client. Further, our contract is fully negotiable, only 3 pages long, and offers Prepayment of Rights which gives composers full ownership of their music while compensating musicians for future use.
How can I be assured that CMG musicians will perform well?
CMG hires LA’s top instrumentalists and vocalists with decades of experience. Further, one must go through a referral process in order to be included in the private online database.
What other perks are available for my project?
CMG offers the following branding for your project: Soundtrack Recorded by CMG Music Recording in Hollywood. Also, our Prepayment of Rights allows full re-use of the recorded material.
Which recording studios/venues does CMG use ?
CMG provides musicians for scoring sessions and live events in all of the amazing recording studios, scoring stages, and venues in the greater LA area.  
When is payment for my session due?
50% is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance is due one week prior to the session/event date. This prepaid balance must include possible overtime fees so that musicians may be paid at the time of service. Any unused monies will be refunded within 7-10 business days. Early dismissal does not constitute a refund.
Can I have security guards at my session/live event?
CMG can provide security guards at any session/live event and will factor that fee into the project’s budget upon request.
Can I take pictures and video of the session/live event?
Yes! However, the contractor will confirm with you in advance, to maintain the privacy of the session and its performers.

Prospective Colleagues

How much does it cost to be added to the CMG private online database?
CMG requires a one-time fee of $25 to create and maintain your profile in the private online database. All instrumentalists and vocalists working on CMG contracts are required to have an active profile in our proprietary database.
How will our work be recognized?
CMG allows branding as follows: Soundtrack Recorded by CMG Music Recording in Hollywood.
Who can become a colleague of CMG?
One must be referred in order to be added to the private online database. Put the name of the referring person in the appropriate space on the application. This is for quality control and to ensure that all instrumentalists and vocalists hired by CMG are top professionals.
What if I am a member of AFM or SAG/AFTRA?
CMG will hire AFM and SAG/AFTRA members for all sessions booked on a union CBA. For non-union sessions, it is suggested that one resign in good standing and apply for Beck Status rights, also known as going “Fi-core”. This will allow you to do both union and non-union work legally without penalty or repercussion.  Acceptance of non-union recording sessions is at the discretion of the union member.  For more information and instructions, please see the Beck Status / Fi-core page.
When will I be paid?
Payments (including cartage) will be made at the time of service. Payments for overtime, or additional doubling/overdubbing, etc. may be at the time of service or within 7-10 business days.

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