Seeing this mentioned by a few people in some excellent posts within another thread actually aroused my curiosity about the topic, and I thought it important enough to warrant its own thread, so here goes... Do you consider your MD/Conductor to be employed, or are they self-employed. i.e. is he/she an employee of the band, or do they actually work for themselves on a self-employed basis. Do you have a "contract of service" or a "contract for services" (as defined by HM Revenue & Customs) with your MD...? or do you have neither of those, in which case which category does your MD/Conductor fall into...? OK, can of worms well and truely opened... let the debate commence.