skip to main content

Organists and Ceremonies Rates

Updated: 29 March 2021 | 14:29 PM
Rates

Recommended minimum rates of pay for organists and ceremonies, April 2021.

Casual engagements

Regular services

A maximum of one and a half hours After which overtime payable at
£69.50 £11.50 per 15 minutes or part thereof

Special services

(weddings, funerals, carol and memorial services, festivals etc.)

A maximum of one and a half hours After which overtime payable at
£114.50 £19.00 per 15 minutes or part thereof

Crematoria

Minimum fee Per additional service
£69.50 £35.50

For playing at the funeral service and at the crematorium - double fee.

Rehearsals

A maximum of one and a half hours After which overtime payable at
£58.50 £9.66 per 15 minutes or part thereof

Resident organists

3 hours per week 4 hours per week 5 hours per week Overtime
£7,278.21 per annum
(£137.90 per week)
£9,559.20 per annum
(£183.83 per week)
£11,882.05 per annum
(£228.50 per week)
pro rata in 15 minute units:
£11.50

Holiday pay

The musician is entitled to 28 days holiday in line with Working Time Regulations.

Bank holidays when worked are payable at double time.

Video recording

A video recording for private purposes of a wedding or other ‘special service’ may be made subject a) to the organist giving his/her permission b) to a fee of £65.50 being paid

Distance fees and travel expenses

Distance fees Fuel fees Congestion / Toll Charges /
Parking
£10.80 per hour pro rata

Travel time and mileage
52p per mile

HMRC guidance
All charges to be paid
by engager

Porterage

Group A Group B Group C
 
Group D
 
£29.98 £25.89 £20.63 Negotiable
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.

Doubling/Trebling/Quadrupling

15% of fee for each additional instrument

Breaks

Minimum of 15 mins per 2 hours playing

Late fees

Payable when time of return is midnight – 2:00am - £27.07

Overnight stay

Payable when return would be after 2:00am - £110.00

Subsistence

Payable per day to cover meals and expenses -£50.00

Downloads

Guidance notes

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.