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FEES AND PAYMENT - who pays for an organist and how - find out from this PAGE.

Organists Online is NOT an agency and DOES NOT set the fees for organists. When clients use the site to make direct contact with an organist, I have no idea what the financial arrangements are between them and what fees are paid. Similarly, if a client uses the online form to book an organist, that client says how much they want to pay. However, I do keep a record of the fees offered, and below are some statistical surveys, each covering the period 1 June - 31 May. Here is a brief explanation of the terms used:

MEAN: this is the raw average. It doesn't really tell us very much as one uncharacteristic figure (such as a fee of £1,000,000) would dramatically alter the mean without giving much idea of what most organists are getting.

MEDIAN: the midpoint. Half the fees offered were more than this and half were less. The median is more stable than the mean as one unusually high or low fee will make little overall change to the median.

MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM: these are self-explanatory - the highest and the lowest fees offered.

MODE: the most commonly offered fee. More clients offered this amount than any other.

Church: Ordinary church services where the congregation is paying the organist.

Private: a special church service, such as a baptism or remembrance service, where a family or private person is paying the organist.

Wedding, Funeral: self-explanatory.

Concert/Rehearsal: fees paid for accompanying a rehearsal/concert of a secular choir.

Singer: Singers Online provides vocalists. Just for the sake of interest, these are fees paid to singers on the same basis as Organists Online provides fees for organists. Most of these fees are for services/weddings/funerals or bumping up a part of a choir.

Instrument: Occasionally, Organists Online is asked to provide a piper for a funeral, a trumpeter for a wedding, or a traditional jazz band. These figures are included so that you can see what non-organists are being offered.