Organists and Ceremonies Rates
Updated: 29 June 2022 | 13:48 PM
Recommended minimum rates of pay for organists and ceremonies, April 2022.
- A maximum of 1,5 hours: £75.50
- After which overtime payable at £11.50 per 15 minutes or part thereof.
Special services include weddings, funerals, carol and memorial services, festivals etc.
- A maximum of 1,5 hours: £123.50
- After which overtime payable at £20.58 per 15 minutes or part thereof.
- Minimum fee: £75.00
- Per additional service: £38.25
- For playing at the funeral service and at the crematorium - double fee.
- A maximum of 1,5 hours: £63.00
- After which overtime payable at £10.50 per 15 minutes or part thereof.
|3 hours per week
||£7,845.291 per annum
(£150.88 per week)
|4 hours per week
||£10,304.82 per annum
(£196.16 per week)
|5 hours per week
||£12,808.85 per annum (£246.32 per week)
||pro rata in 15-minute units: £12.50
The musician is entitled to 28 days holiday in line with Working Time Regulations.
Bank holidays when worked are payable at double time.
A video recording for private purposes of a wedding or other ‘special service’ may be made subject to:
- the organist giving his/her permission
- a fee of £70.75 being paid.
Distance fees and travel expenses
- Group A - £31.45 – Electric Guitar (inc’ Amp); Bass Guitar (inc’ Amp); Double Bass.
- Group B - £27.16 – Bass Sax, Tuba.
- Group C - £21.64 – 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: £28.40
Payable when return would be after 2:00 am: £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.