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Katy Wright

Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Results of ISM-RCO organists’ fees survey revealed

3:53, 5th September 2017

The results of the ISM-RCO survey of organists’ fees show considerable variation between rates paid in London and those paid in the rest of the UK.

Over 600 musicians took part in this survey, which was run by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) in partnership with the Royal College of Organists (RCO), and is the largest of its kind in the UK. The survey was carried out between 2 May and 2 July by independent statisticians at the University of Reading.

32% of survey respondents who were paid an annual salary reported that they had received a rise in their remuneration in 2016. Most of those reporting an increase received a rise of between 1.1% and 7%; the median increase was 2.7%.

For those who quoted a price for weddings, 41% said they charged more for audio or video recordings, and over a quarter charged double for both audio and video recordings.

Deborah Annetts, chief executive of the ISM, described the survey as ‘vital’, adding: ‘Organists and directors of music can make decisions about setting their fees with confidence, using these results as a point of reference.’’

These survey results are not recommendations. Competition law prevents the ISM – and other trade associations and organisations – from recommending rates for musicians’ freelance work.

www.ism.org/advice/organists-fees-survey-2017

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