skip to main content

Making Music

Updated: 04 December 2020 | 10:11 AM

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 December 2018

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
£105.00 £111.00 £119.00

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

Tutti Sub-Principal Principal
£63.00 £66.60 £71.40

Overtime - by negotiation

Overtime is often quantified as time and a half, pro-rata to the fee


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


Please see Making Music Agreement Notes


Contact details

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