National Gig Rates
Updated: 29 March 2021 | 14:29 PM
Recommended minimum rates of pay for casual engagements in pubs, clubs and at functions, April 2021.
Pay for casual engagements
|For groups performing in pubs and clubs of up to 3 hours
|For groups performing at functions of up to 4 hours
|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 £43.00 payable at time and a half, therefore £64.50 per hour (or part thereof)
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.