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PACT Agreement and Consent Forms

Updated: 16 January 2024 | 13:07 PM

The PACT (Producers’ Alliance for Cinema and Television) and the Musicians' Union agreement applies to content produced by independent TV production companies (producing content for all broadcasters, including the BBC) and film production companies. The agreement sets out the minimum terms and conditions for engaging session musicians, and covers:

  • TV broadcast, cinematic release, online use
  • musicians engaged to record specially composed music (e.g. titles, jingles or incidental music)
  • the reuse of existing performance footage.
  • secondary commercial audio visual products (DVD/DTO etc),
  • rates for signed bands and artists (Established Self-Contained Groups)
  • the Scale 4 Combined Use rate is currently applied to music recorded for computer games.

Rates of pay and fees for 2024

Limited use recording fees

Type Fee  Overtime
Basic 3 hour session £229.04 £22.93 per 15 mins (max 30 minutes) 
4 out of 5 hour session  £228.88   £22.93 per 6 mins

Combined use recording fees

Scale                   Fee per hour Overtime (per 15 mins)
1 £155.16 £46.29
2 £122.45 £37.50
3 £111.56 £33.73
4 £91.56 £27.79
Low budget       £79.15         £24.02                    

Additional fees

Doubling Overdubbing
Plus 12% of session fee Plus 110% of session fee per overdub


Category A £32.09
Category B £22.68 (cap £32.09)
Category C £14.63
Category D By negotiation


Member services for recording musicians