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Top Independent

Quinn Foster

Lafayette, LA, USA

Impactful Journalist & Copy Editor to the Rescue

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Kori Alizai

New Hampshire, USA

Music Artist & Influencer

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Alessandro Dri

33033 Codroipo, Province of Udine, Italy

Drum Recordings for your Best Music!

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Yöels :)

Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

Granola Psychedelia 🍫

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Linda Vilela


Versatile Session Vocalist (EDM, Pop, R&B, Jazz)

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Jordyn Shane

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Always ready for work.

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Flora Grafton

North Yorkshire, UK

Award-winning writer for hire

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Bobby Barz

Raleigh, NC, USA

"Changing The World One Bar At A Time"

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Limenimate Studios

Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

When life gives you Limes, let them do your art.

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Diego Rivadeneyra

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Classical Pianist and Composer

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Albert Anthony Felipe

New York, NY, USA

Master of beats, code, & illustrations

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Zoe Y.


Accurate music transcriptions + Cute art

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Thalius Garza

Fresno, CA, USA

Unique Electronic Music Producer

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ACR Musical

Kerala, India

Experienced Music Producer

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Kartik Sudhera

Gurugram, Haryana, India

Multi-Talented Creative Kid.

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Avi Patel

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Creating music that captivates 🎵

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Julia Veinblat

Brooklyn, NY, USA

Professional Female Vocalist

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Muse en Lystrala

London, UK

Composer, Performing Artist, Writer

Common projects for Musicians

Composing original music for films, games, or advertisements.

Providing live music performances for events or recordings.

Creating and recording backing tracks for songs or performances.

Offering music lessons or workshops.

Providing session work, such as playing instruments or singing vocals for a recording.

Arranging and orchestrating music for different ensembles.

Tips for working with and hiring Musicians

Understand your project

Define your project's musical needs. This could include the type of music, instruments, the length and format of the composition, and the atmosphere or mood you want to create.

Review their portfolio

Review the musician's past projects to get a sense of their style and versatility. Listen to their compositions, performances, and recordings to ensure they match your project's musical requirements.

Check their technical skills

Ensure that the musician is proficient in the necessary software and tools, such as DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations), MIDI controllers, and music notation software. Their ability to leverage these tools is crucial for your project's success.

Communication is vital

Good communication is key for a successful project. Ensure your musician is responsive and open to feedback. Regular updates on the project's progress can help mitigate any issues that may arise. Using Contra's in-built communication tools will ensure that all exchanges are documented and easily referenced.

How to hire Musicians

Define your needs

Before starting the hiring process, understand what you need from a Freelance Musician. This could include the type of music, the instruments involved, the length and format of the composition, and the mood of the music.

Post a detailed job

Posting a detailed job on Contra will attract the right freelancers. Include information about your project, the scope of the job, the skills required, and the project timeline.

Review applications

Review the applications and shortlist freelancers based on their skills, experience, and fit for your project. Listen to their past projects and read the reviews on their profile.

Conduct interviews

Interview the shortlisted freelancers. Discuss their experience, their approach to music creation, and their tools and software. Also, discuss your project specifics and expectations.

Make an offer

Once you've found the right musician, make an offer through Contra. This will include the project details, payment terms, and timeline.

3 questions to ask when interviewing Musicians

1. Can you discuss your experience with similar projects and what your approach was?

2. What software or equipment do you use to compose, record, and edit music?

3. How do you handle feedback and revisions during the music creation process?

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Freelancers on Contra come across very professionally. They actually seem to read your job posting and have directly relevant skills, which isn’t always the case on most other freelancer sites. On Contra, freelancers who matched with my job seemed to have the relevant skills I was seeking.

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Frequently asked

A freelance musician can offer a range of services, from live performances and session work to composing and arranging music. They can work across various genres and use multiple instruments and software tools to create, perform, and record music.

A freelance musician can offer a range of services, from live performances and session work to composing and arranging music. They can work across various genres and use multiple instruments and software tools to create, perform, and record music.

Hiring a freelance musician on Contra gives you access to top talent from around the world. You can review their portfolio, collaborate efficiently, and handle contracts and payments all in one place. Plus, Contra offers commission-free payments, making it a cost-effective solution for your musical needs.

Freelance musicians use a variety of tools depending on their specialization. These can include musical instruments, audio recording equipment, and software tools like Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs), music notation software, and various plugins and virtual instruments.

You can post a job on Contra detailing your project requirements. Musicians who match your requirements can then apply for the job. You can also browse through the profiles of freelance musicians and invite those you are interested in to apply.

Any project requiring original music, musical performances, or music-related services can benefit from a freelance musician. This could include composing music for a film or game, performing live at an event, recording backing tracks, and more.

The cost of hiring a freelance musician on Contra can vary based on the musician's experience, the complexity of the project, and the length of the engagement. On average, freelance musicians charge between $50 and $100 per hour.

Freelance musicians on Contra are paid on a commission-free basis. They can charge per project, per hour, or per milestone. Payments for each milestone are held in escrow and released only after you approve the deliverables for that milestone. The minimum charge to post an opportunity on Contra is either $250 or $25 per hour.

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