Updated: 29 March 2021 | 14:29 PM
Minimum rates of pay per musician working as an accompanist, April 2021.
|2 hours minimum call
|3 hours minimum call
Dance class accompanists and ballet school
|Minimum call 1½ hours
||Preparation time (minutes)
||Exam Time (minutes)
Overtime an public holidays
Hourly rate of £43.00 payable at time and a half, therefore £64.50 per hour (or part thereof). Sundays or Bank Holidays to be paid at double time
Distance fees and travel expenses
|Electric guitar (incl. amp); Bass guitar (incl. amp); Double bass
||Bass sax, Tuba
||Contra bassoon; Baritone sax;
French horn + 1 other brass instrument;
Trombone + 1 other brass instrument or bag of mutes;
Two saxes; Cello; Bass clarinet; Pedalboards
|Drum kit; Percussion; Harps; Keyboards; P.A.
15% of fee for each additional instrument
Minimum of 15 mins per 2 hours playing
Payable when time of return is midnight – 2:00am - £27.07
Payable when return would be after 2:00am - £110.00
Payable per day to cover meals and expenses -£50.00
The MU’s live rates are based on an hourly rate which a self-employed musician needs to charge in order to earn an income, relative to their training, experience and expertise. Individual negotiations can be made based on these minimum rates.
If you’re self-employed, you do not have a contract of employment with an employer. You’re more likely to be contracted to provide services over a certain period of time for a fee and be in business in your own right. You’ll also pay your own tax and National Insurance Contributions. You don't have employment rights as such if you're self-employed as you are your own boss and can therefore decide how much to charge for your work and how much holiday to give yourself. You do have some legal protection. You must not be discriminated against and you're entitled to a safe and healthy working environment on your client's premises. Self-employed women who have recently left their jobs may be entitled to Maternity Allowance.