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June 7, 2019

Fees: just checking

evelyn @ 2:50 pm

This blog gets a lot of hits from people looking for information about organ fees, so here’s a bit of updating:


The Irish guidance notes mentioned in my post of 28 February 2012 are still as comprehensive and organised as before. Note the support given elsewhere on the website for training. To compare figures, however, you have to be able to work out what the euros mean, which these days can be a bit difficult.


The offerings page on the website of the Liturgy Office for the Church in England and Wales gives links to the Irish fee structure above, and also to the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) and the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM). However, all three links are at present broken. I’ve had a hunt around and found some up-to-date links for RSCM (here) and ISM (here). Note that the RSCM makes its recommended fees available only to members or affiliates.


The Catholic Church in Scotland doesn’t seem to offer any fees guidance online, unless I’ve just not been able to find it. My impression is that, with some notable exceptions, parish organists are generally unpaid, except for wedding and funeral fees. However, the inter-church Scottish Federation of Organists publishes its own recommended rates, which are those used by the Church of Scotland.

And finally:

The statement by the Irish Catholic Church which impressed me most when I first found their website is still there:

… it is essential that the value of music in the worship of the Church and the musicians’ training, skill and commitment are realistically recognised in monetary terms.

However,  the Scottish Federation of Organists warns:

‘ … it should also be noted that those who benefit from being paid the recommended scales should be competent to do so‘.



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