National Gig Rates
Updated: 03 November 2023 | 16:47 PM
Recommended minimum rates of pay for casual engagements in pubs, clubs and at functions, April 2023.
Single performance fees
- For musicians in groups performing in pubs and clubs of up to 3 hours: £147.00 per musician
- For musicians in groups performing at functions of up to 4 hours: £196.00 per musician
Setting up time
The engagement is payable at the full hourly rate from whatever time the musician is required to have his/her instruments and equipment set up.
Hourly rate of £49.00 payable at time and a half, therefore £73.50 per hour (or part thereof).
Distance fees and travel expenses
- Group A - £35.23 – Electric Guitar (inc’ Amp); Bass Guitar (inc’ Amp); Double Bass.
- Group B - £30.50 – Bass Sax, Tuba.
- Group C - £24.30 – 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.
- Group D – subject to individual negotiation – 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 between midnight and 2:00 am: £31.89
Payable when return would be after 2:00 am: £125.00
Payable per day to cover meals and expenses: £56.70
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.