Accompanist Fees and Policies

Updated September 15, 2017

When I began working as an accompanist, I was surprised by how informal my employment arrangements were. Some employers required tax forms and/or time sheets, some asked for invoices, and others needed no paperwork at all. The hourly rate varied widely, ranging from babysitter wages to professional musicians’ wages.

To establish my own rates for freelance work, I searched online to find documentation from other universities. I found these excellent resources, which include detailed information on fees, cancellation policies, and guidelines.

Westminster Choir College (page 37)

DePauw University School of Music

Western Carolina University School of Music (page 33)

University of Tennessee School of Music

Drake University

MTNA Competition Fees (scroll to the bottom)

Incorporated Society of Musicians (UK)

If you know of any similar resources, please let me know, and I’ll add it to the list.


5 thoughts on “Accompanist Fees and Policies

  1. Aimee S says:

    I can’t wait till I have a gig for you to play at…We might have to get married again so you can play at the wedding!

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