Engaging professional artists

Selected Artists Guide

The Selected Artists Guide is created by the Making Music Selected Artists Panel, and lists a selection of outstanding musicians available to Making Music members to book.

The committee members' toolkit

The prospect of joining a music group committee for the first time can be daunting, so we've put together some resources to help you feel more confident about your role. Or even if you're well settled on a committee, it's always helpful to have guidance to refer to along the way. 

You'll need to have your website login handy to view most of these resources so if you don't have one, please get in touch with us.

Template contract for working with a Music Director

This model contract has been developed to provide a starting point for negotiations when engaging a Music Director.

Recommended rates for engaging professional musicians

This agreement, reached between the Musicians' Union and Making Music in 2017, and updated in December 2018, provides guideline minimum rates for groups when engaging freelance professional musicians. We hope that this will provide a simple and effective aid to ensure that members are able to budget for, and professionals able to receive, a fair rate of payment.

We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with the Musicians' Union, which is revolutionary in two ways:

Subsidies for engaging professional artists

In the current economic climate, where arts funding is scarcer than ever, it can be tough for amateur music groups to engage high-quality soloists for their concerts. To help to address this, Making Music runs the following schemes, helping member groups to engage artists at specially reduced or subsidised rates.

Selected Artists Subsidy application

To help some of our smaller promoting groups with the cost of booking professional artists we are introducing a new booking fee subsidy with this year's Selected Artist Guide.

Artist Expenses Subsidy (promoters) application

Apply for a subsidy of up to 50% of the travel and accommodation expenses for booking a professional artist for your promoting group.

Selected Artists guide - survey results

We recently surveyed the membership on what they would like to see more of, and how we can continue to improve the guide to make it as useful as possible.

What fees do groups pay for professional musicians? Full survey results.

Making Music is frequently asked by members how much others pay the various kinds of professional musicians they engage. The results of this survey provide some useful indications.

What fees do groups pay for professional musicians? Survey summary tables

This page summarises some of the results from our survey in January 2016, and then gives full findings on each type of musician, including average, lowest and highest fees, and ranges.