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How Much Money Musicians Really Earn

How Much Does The Average Musician Earn

Today new research has been published by the Musicians Union which reveals extremely low levels of pay for the professional musician and a rather ominous future.


In and amongst the cold hard facts, we see that 60% of professionals have worked for free in the past year, making for the music industry to be extremely desolate in terms of financial gains.


It is often that musicians are forced into having to work for no wage as they come under the pretence that their portfolio will grow and thus become more competitive amongst other professionals and potentially increase their earnings as a result.


Even though the British government has ploughed £6 million into boosting the creative industries we are still seeing that the music industry is a highly competitive one with the average earnings of professionals to be in the range of just £10,000 - £20,000 per annum. Considering the fact that we are talking about trained professionals here, 21% of the industry is working for a negligible £0 to £10,000 per year.

In light of the financial difficulties the Musicians Union has promptly revealed a campaign named 'Work Not Play' which aims to encourage musicians to be paid fairly for their work. If you would like to know what the statistics really are then please see our table listed to the right.


Edd Harris



Today new research has been published by the Musicians Union which reveals extremely low levels of pay for the professional musician and a rather ominous future. In and amongst the cold hard facts, we see that 60% of professionals...

Edd Harris 11th December 2013

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