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Making Music

Updated: 23 June 2021 | 16:07 PM

An agreement between Making Music and Musicians' Union for self-employed orchestral musicians working for non-professional orchestras.

  • It includes minimum recommended rates
  • It is tailored to amateur music groups

Rates of pay for freelance players effective from 1 October 2020

Concert rates

a concert of up to three hours in length with a rehearsal of up to three hours in length on the same day

Tutti Sub-Principal Principal
£107.10 £113.22 £121.38

Single call (3 hours) on a day other than concert day

Tutti Sub-Principal Principal
£64.26 £67.93 £72.83


35p per mile


By negotiation

Late Return

Midnight and 12:30am 12:30am and 1:00am 1:00am and 2:00am
£4.95 £9.85 £14.80

Early call

8:00am and 8:30am 7:30am and 8:00am 6:00am and 7:30am
£4.95 £9.85 £14.80

For more information please see the full agreement. 


Contact details

Orchestras Official: Morris Stemp
Musicians’ Union, 61 Bloom Street, Manchester, M1 3LY
0161 233 4000