It continues to amaze me how often I run into people in a variety of settings who are willing to pay for a plumber but think a musician or a music therapist should give their services for free.
Putting aside the musician aspect, let’s address the music therapy services I offer to senior living communities.
Here’s a starter list of what the fees cover:
- 30+ years experience as a board certified music therapist (Requires a bachelor’s degree + 6 month internship + passing a board exam to obtain certification)
- Continuing education and training
- Annual fees for maintaining Board Certification
- Time spent
- preparing the session
- traveling to and from the session
- documenting the session
- cleaning equipment used in the session
- Purchasing and maintaining equipment/instruments used in the session
- Liability insurance
- Membership in the American Music Therapy Association which also provides access to two music therapy publications and many support services.
- Administrative time to handle emails, accounts and schedules
- Office supplies
- Software and technology updates
- My salary
Yes, I DO EXPECT payment for my services. Do I sometimes I choose to support and chose to give my time for special events? Yes, but, in general I expect payment. Don’t you expect payment for your work?