Some musicians are very happy to “give” their skills and time to the Church – in this case, a modest honorary function may be the highest thing expected. If this is the case, it is always important to reach an agreement so that the Church and the musicians are aware of expectations and commitment. In the UK, there are no standard expectations, homework or qualifications for church musicians. (This is in stark contrast to some Scandinavian countries and Germany.) Each Church must therefore reflect on what is appropriate in its particular circumstances. In this regard, it is important to bear in mind that the Council must assist ministers or office holders, church bodies or ecclesiastical councils and musicians in discussing and negotiating appropriate levels of remuneration. Here you will find revised instructions from the Church of England and a standard contract for church musicians. Diplomas and diplomas of music or church certificates and diplomas provide guidance on the skills and abilities of a church musician. But there are also very experienced and capable ecclesiastical musicians without special qualifications in music or sacred music. For many years, the RSCM has issued recommended minimum rates for salaries, hourly rates and fees for church musicians. Rates are nothing more than a starting point for discussions between the parish priest or the holder, the church committee or council and the musician or musician of the church.

These rates are only available to affiliates and individual members of RSCM and RSCM volunteers. You can download the document from our online store if you are logged in as an affiliate or individual member. Prices are not available for non-members. The RSCM advises all churches and musicians to establish an official contract or letter from Acland as part of the billing process. This is just as important when a church musician is a volunteer or a volunteer, as when he employs a church musician as an employee – and for all the different types of engagement between the two. You can find a contract model here. In the end, a church can only pay for what it can afford. If a church musician is paid significantly less than a recommended rate, there is a risk that such a person will feel acquired if things go less well.