Majority of composers asked to work for little fee

Commissions are not a significant source of income for 66% of composers, according to a new survey by Sound and Music.  So for composers, second and even third jobs in teaching, performing or other sectors of the music industry are essential.

Of its 466 respondents who received commissions, they earned an average fee of £1392 per commission – which can take anything from days to months to fulfil. And the playing field isn’t all that level, as the top 1% composers earned 25% of the income captured by the survey. The lowest annual income from commissions reported was just £1.

Are you a composer? Do you get asked to work for little or no fee? Tell us about it. Email us at worknotplay@themu.org/