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Minimum fee recommendations and collective agreements in the music sector

This listing of minimum fee recommendations serves as an orientation guide for musicians and organizers in the field of music.

Collective agreements exist in some areas of the music business: for example, the large orchestras in Austrian provinces, as well as the orchestras of the State Opera and Vereinigte Bühnen Wien have collective agreements. The Austrian Promoters’ Association has also concluded a collective agreement with the Austrian Trade Union Federation/Younion for union members.

The respective interest groups have developed minimum fee recommendations for freelance composers and musicians. These are non-binding, and are therefore not subject to antitrust laws.

In Austria there are three professional associations that publish minimum fee recommendations, the Austrian Composers’ Association (ÖKB) and the Musicians’ Guild. The Austrian Federation of Trade Unions/Younion is also involved in the development of these guidelines.

In the summer of 2020, the IG Freie Musikschaffende/Austrian Association of Freelance Musicians was founded, and has developed recommendations especially for the freelance orchestra musicians and private teachers.

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Minimum fees for compositions

The recommendations for minimum fees for compositions were developed jointly by the Austrian Composers’ Association (ÖKB) and the Austrian Trade Union Federation/younion.

Reference Rates in Euro        
Number of performers or parts

Duration of  the composition:

up to 10 minutes

Duration of the composition:

10-20 minutes

Duration of the composition:

20-30 minutes

Duration of the composition:

Full-length

1-2 from 1.845,- from 2.460,- from 3.075,- x
3-9 from 2.460,- from 3.075,- from 3.690,- from 9.840,-
10-19 from 3.690,- from 4.305,- from 4.920,- from 12.300,-
20 or more from 4.305,- from 4.920,- from 5.535,- from 14.760,-
Music Theatres     from 9.840,- from 18.450.-
Large Halls     from 12.300,- from 24.600,-
 

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Minimum fees for live performances

The Musicians’ Guild is a non-profit organization of active musicians and the largest interest group for freelance musicians in Austria.

It recommends the following minimum fees for performances by ensembles and bands whose members perform individual parts, such as a four-piece pop band or small classical ensembles. The lowest recommended fee – for a regional act – is 350 Euro per person. There are no recommendations for solo performance fees in the literal sense.

  • concert international act: EUR 750,-
  • concert national act: EUR 550,-
  • concert regional act: EUR 350,-
  • Playback performance radio: EUR 450,
  • Playback performance television: EUR 750,-
  • Rehearsal fee
    – 1 day (max. 8 hours): 50% of the evening fee
    – Sunday and public holiday surcharge: 50% of the evening fee
  • Performance rights for concert recordings: 1 evening fee
  • Television Recording/Broadcast: 2 evening fees
  • Picture/sound recording: 1 evening fee

Hint: Minimum fee recommendations sound carriers, advertising a.o.

Further minimum fee recommendations of the Musicians‘ Guild such as for sound carriers or advertising can be found here:
https://www.musikergilde.at/de/beratung/tontraeger.html
https://www.musikergilde.at/de/beratung/werbung.html
https://www.musikergilde.at/de/beratung/sonstige.html

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Minimum fees for free orchestra projects and for music lessons

The IG Freie Musikschaffende / Austrian Association of Freelance Musicians (IGFM) was founded in summer 2020. As one of its first activities, it has developed fee recommendations for freelance orchestra projects.

Based on the results of its calculation, The IGFM recommends following the Austrian orchestra collective agreement model. These minimum fees are to be adjusted for inflation every 2 years.

The recommendations are based on the working period / rehearsal unit system: one unit is defined as a rehearsal of maximum 3 hours, with one 20-minute break.

The IGFM recommends for free orchestra projects:

  • a minimum fee of 94,16 euros per rehearsal unit
  • a minimum fee of 188.32 euros per concert unit

The IGFM recommends a fee of approximately 60 euros per hour (before taxes) for private for private instrumental and singing lessons. This fee should be adjusted according to the personal situation.

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Collective agreement for musicians

This collective agreement was concluded between the Austrian Promoters’ Association and the Austrian Federation of Trade Unions, younion – die Daseinsgewerkschaft (= The Existence Trade Union). It applies if a member of the promoters’ association hires musicians.

Collective agreement for musicians from 1st May 2019 (Salary scale)
Anlage A/1 zu § 32 des Musikerkollektivvertrages.

Collective agreement
       
  daily four times a week three times a week two times a week

Up to 4 hours per working day

€ 1.282,92 € 942,63 € 792,07 € 556,21
Up to 5 hours per working day € 1.489,10 €1.069,85 €911,09 €628,84
Up to 6 hours per working day € 1.624,00 €1.165,33 €987,90 €692,13

 

For the so-called itinerant service, which is only provided once a week, 37 Euro gross per working hour up to 6 hours, and 30.70 Euro gross for more working hours.

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Minimum wage in Austria under collective agreements

There is no statutory minimum wage in Austria. However, 99% of employees are covered by collective agreements and are therefore entitled to a minimum wage. The WKO (Chamber of Commerce) and ÖGB (Austrian Federation of Trade Unions) have agreed upon a minimum wage of 1.500 euros per month in most collective agreements.

The total costs for the employers, at a gross salary of 1.500 euros paid 14 times per year, are about 27.300 euros (depending on the province).

In comparison: In Germany the minimum wage is regulated by law and amounts to 9.35 euros gross per hour as of 2020. There is a vacation entitlement and the right for getting continued payment of wages in case of illness.

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Additional Links

Austria

The minimum fees of the Freelance Theatre Work Interest Group are already being applied in some areas of Vienna’s MA7 (Magistrate Department for Cultural Affairs) promotion of the performing arts.

The Fine Arts Interest Group publishes fee recommendations for exhibitions.

The Authors Interest Group recommends minimum fees for readings and discussions.

Recommended fees of the Association of Cultural Mediators in the Museum and Exhibition Sector (status 2018)

The Federal Chamber of Architects and Engineering Consultants offers a calculation program.

The designaustria Interest Group also provides a fee calculator as calculation aid.

A few years ago, the Culture Interest Group developed a salary scale and fee recommendations for the area of cultural initiatives.

International

The German Orchestra Association publishes fee recommendations for the independent orchestra/choir sector for both ensemble members and soloists.

The initiative art but fair advocates fair working conditions and appropriate fees in the performing arts and in music and lists best-practice models.

This information is published with the kind permission of:

IG Freie Musikschaffende / Austrian Association of Freelance Musicians (IGFM)
Musikergilde
Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund/younion
Österreichischer Komponistenbund (ÖKB)

As of September 2020