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Singer - Classical

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Classical singers perform as soloists or as members of a choir or opera chorus.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The range of earnings is wide and depends on an individual's experience. Classical singers tend to be paid for each concert or recital they give, or for a particular length of performance run, maybe 8 or 12 weeks. For the very few really famous classical singers the sky is the limit.

The Musicians' Union and Equity websites show recommended minimum pay rates (updated every year). For example, the recommended weekly rate for opera singers is £394.00 according to UK Theatre/SOLT (Society of London Theatre)/Equity Agreement Rates (1 October 2018-29 September 2019).

There are many pay rates listed, which depend on the venue (such as opera house or concert hall) and the type of performance (live, recorded or broadcast).

Conditions

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Getting In

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
687
2.5 %
FALL
2024
670
  United Kingdom
2019
20975
1.7 %
RISE
2024
21335

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What Does it Take?

You should have:

You also need:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Creative and Cultural Skills website has a careers section called Creative Choices which has information on working in the music industry.

Young Scot and Creative Scotland operate the 'Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund', which aims to support young people aged 11-25 and interested in developing creative or artistic skills. Both individuals and groups can apply for funding ranging from £50 to £1,000. For more information see the Young Scot website.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)
Tel: 020 7636 5400
Website: http://www.abrsm.org/
Twitter: @ABRSM
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abrsm

Creative and Cultural Skills
Tel: 020 7015 1800
E-mail: info@ccskills.org.uk
Website: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/
Website (2): https://ccskills.org.uk/careers
Twitter: @CCskills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ccskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

Equity
Tel: 020 7379 6000
E-mail: info@equity.org.uk
Website: http://www.equity.org.uk/
Twitter: @EquityUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EquityUK

Membership of Equity is open not just those in the acting profession but to anyone working professionally in the field of entertainment.

Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)
Tel: 020 7221 3499
E-mail: membership@ism.org
Website: http://www.ism.org/
Twitter: @ISM_music
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ISMusicians

Musicians' Union (MU)
Tel: 0141 341 2960
Website: http://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/
Twitter: @WeAreTheMU
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Musicians.Union

Scottish Drama Training Network
Tel: 0141 270 8349
Website: http://sdtn.org/
Twitter: @SDTNtweets
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sdtnofficial/

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