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Rates of Pay and Agreements

The Musicians’ Union helps to set appropriate rates of pay across all areas of musicians’ work, from session musicians and live performances to teaching rates. We also negotiate collective bargaining agreements with a wide range of employers to ensure that our members are properly treated and paid.

Last updated: 18 March 2021

Live performances rates

MU promulgated self-employed rates for live work.

Orchestral agreements

Agreed rates, terms and conditions for orchestral musicians, as well as MU promulgated rates.

Theatre agreements

Agreed rates, terms and conditions for theatre musicians.

Recording agreements

Agreed rates, terms and conditions for recording session musicians.

Music teaching rates

MU promulgated self-employed rates for music teaching, workshop leading and school concerts.

Composer fees

Fee guidelines for commissioned work, arrangers and copyists.