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ISM Fees Survey 2022/23

The ISM's annual fees survey is available to complete now.

Each year, hundreds of instrumental teachers take part in the ISM’s annual fees survey which covers private teaching, work in schools (both employed and self-employed), examining and accompanying. The survey is the largest of its kind, open to all musicians who teach instrumental lessons, examine and accompany (not just ISM members) and is conducted by an independent statistician. The results indicate what other music professionals charge for their services across the UK and are available to both members and non-members.

Respondents to the annual survey play a vital role in helping us to understand how external events are impacting the sector, promote best practice and lobby third party organisations who have control over terms and conditions and rates of pay. The results also allow us to track and monitor trends across the country which are raised as areas of concern by members and non-members alike, such as room rental and admin fees.

This year, in addition to the annual data we collect on fees, we are also interested in understanding more about teachers’ employment status and the types of contracts teachers are engaged on as well as the impact of the cost of living and energy crises.

Instrumental teachers are a vital part of the music education eco-system and it is important that your voice is heard. The survey is open to all private instrumental teachers and instrumental teachers working in schools across the UK (not just ISM members) and can be accessed below. The results will be published in the Spring.

Please do consider completing the survey and sharing with your networks.

Disclaimer: it is important to note that the results of the survey are not recommendations and competition law prevents us – and other trade associations and organisations – from recommending rates for musicians’ freelance work.