Monday, April 05, 2021

Compensation Survey for Collaborative Pianists in Higher Education

Working at a university, conservator, or college is one of the most common ways to get employment as a collaborative pianist. However, many of these positions don't pay particularly well, offer limited or no benefits, and might not even be at a faculty level. Making things more challenging is that very little information is available about what types of position each university has and how much they pay; this information is traditionally locked down operational info. 

A new survey by Mary Trotter and John Gilmour aims to change that. About their survey and its aims:

Calling all collaborative pianists who work in university settings!

We have crafted a survey to gather data about how professional collaborative pianists are compensated at institutions of higher education in the United States. We hope to make this data available to all so that ALL of us can be paid what we're worth! Please take 5 minutes and fill it out! We hope to reach as many fellow pianists as possible, so please share with colleagues and friends! Contact us with any questions at accompanistsurvey [at] gmail dot com.

It is vitally important that collaborative pianists know the scope of what is available for them in the profession and how much these positions traditionally pay. Please fill out this survey if you have the time - note that this survey at present only includes pianists working at US institutions. Here's the link:

Compensation Survey for Collaborative Pianists in Higher Education 

(Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash)

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