We have put together the below advice for musicians who travel by car/van for work, and are worried about the fuel and cost of living crisis.
Some of the union's collective agreements allow for mileage to be paid by the engager at a fixed rate. For members engaged for one-off gigs, we advise that expenses should be factored into the contract and discussed with the engager.
The union’s published mileage rate from April 2022, under our promulgated rates, will be going up to 0.55pm a mile. The hourly rate for time spent travelling from April 2022 will also be going up to £11.25 per hour.
The AA have a useful calculator to work out what your mileage costs are likely to be. You can put in the cost of a litre of fuel (which calculates the price based on an average rate of 45 mpg.), adjust the miles per gallon, and include multiple journey stages.
Please note that HMRC allows for 45p per mile so anything additional will have to be declared for tax purposes.
The increase in fuel prices and the cost of living are a great source of uncertainty for many people right now. If you are concerned how this may impact your work as a musician, please reach out to Citizens Advice, Help Musicians UK or your Regional Office.