Upon receiving notice of my successful completion of the AGO Service Playing Exam earlier this year, I learned that in addition to the warm fuzzy feeling to which I am entitled every time I place the initials SPC after my name, I am also now justified in asking for an increase in pay for my organistic endeavors.
Wow! An increase in pay for going to church and playing the organ. Sweet!
Of course, since I play for my LDS ward, a church which has no paid ministry—including organists, unless of course you count the fab five—even doubling my pay will leave my income pretty much where it is now. But still it made me feel good to think that out there in the world somewhere, someone would be willing to part with their hard-earned money just to hear me do what I’ve been doing for free for the past seven years.
Check this out…Maybe you’ll see that your musical contributions are worth more than you knew:
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Salary Guide for Musicians
Employed by Religious Institutions
• Single service (organist only or director only, no separate rehearsal) $100-$225
• Additional services (organist or director only) not requiring additional preparation $50-$125
• Rehearsal fees range from $25-$100/hour, depending on whether the substitute is organist only, director only, or organist-director combination and the preparation required
• Service fees are $100-$225 (service only)
• Rehearsals $25-$100/hour, depending on the difficulty of the music and the participation of choirs, soloists, or instrumentalists.
• Service fees are $100-$350 (service only)
• Wedding rehearsal with bridal party is $50-$100/hour.
• Additional rehearsals are $30-$50/hour.
• The charge for contracting singers/instrumentalists is $15-$35/person hired.
• The current, federally approved business standard mileage rate for reimbursement of business travel is charged if visits to church for practice, rehearsal, and service exceed 20 miles per round trip.