Help & Advice

The Guild of Church Musicians has built up a library of information useful to church musicians.  Some items are in the public domain and can be accessed from here, whilst others have been written specifically for Guild members.

Employment of musicians

Musicians in the Church of England

The Church of England's Legal Advisory Commission has produced in 2017 new official Guidance on the engagement of organists and musicians and the use of music in churches.  This comprehensive revision is probably the most significant advice ever offered on music in the Church of England and covers every imaginable scenario. Parish Music PDF download.

Organist's contract

The Guild of Church Musicians has been working, with the RCO, ISM and RSCM, and His Honour The Reverend and Worshipful Dr Rupert Bursell QC, on a new model contract for employed church organists. You may download the contract below. This specimen contract is produced for guidance only. It is not a substitute for specific legal advice tailored to individual circumstances. Please also bear in mind that legal and regulatory requirements change from time to time. We can accept no liability to persons who use all or any part of this specimen contract.

Download the Word document.


The Guild of Church Musicians is committed to the support and well-being of all children and adults who are involved with the organisation; or come in to contact with officers or members during Guild activities. The Guild of Church Musicians has published a policy on Safeguarding that can be downloaded below.

Safguarding Policy PDF.

Everything Else An Organist Should Know

Help and advice for organists, reproduced from Everything Else An Organist Should Know by Robert Leach and Barry Williams.

Open the book.

Guild Publications

Guild Publications, a new initiative under the joint editorship of Roger Wilkes and Hugh Benham, is designed to publish items, unavailable elsewhere, which are relevant to Christian worship, and to the performance and/or study of church music – notably original compositions, arrangements, and study booklets.

Find out more.