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Dear artist,

ALAS, the deadline for submitting a concert proposal for the 2017-2018 season has passed.

Please "watch this space" in March, 2018 for submission of a proposal for the 2018-2019 season. 


Open to the public at no charge, the Midtown Concerts series is intended to enlarge and diversify the audience for early music and provide additional performance opportunities for artists. The series is open to all professional early music performers, soloists and ensembles, both established and emerging.


Our series comprises weekly concerts of 40-45 minutes each, on Thursdays at 1:15, at the Chapel of St. Bart's Church on Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan, from September through June. it is intended to showcase music from roughly 1100-1800, performed in historically-informed style, on period instruments.

Preference will be given to ensembles who have made a long-term commitment to performing with one another, though ad hoc groups offering an innovative or especially interesting program concept will be considered.

We expect all ensembles to perform solely in historical performance style. This means:
- historical temperament and pitch
- period instruments ONLY
- no crossover music with other genres, or arrangements of large pieces, i.e., no vocal recitals of early opera arias with solo harpsichord accompaniment replacing orchestral instrumentation.

If you have a special program that you feel is worthy of consideration (for example, a modern composer has written music for your period instrument ensemble), e-mail us, and we will tell you if we feel that it fits into our series format.

For Keyboard Players:

Midtown Concerts can supply a basic Flemish single manual instrument. It will transpose for a'=415 or 440 Hz. It is 8 x 4 with a buff stop, all with stop levers in the keywell. The range is from C' to d"' (51 notes). Plastic jacks and plectra. It is OK for continuo purposes; if you are proposing a solo recital or repertoire requiring a more sophisticated instrument, you probably should plan to bring your own. We cannot pay rental or cartage, however.

YOU will be responsible for the tuning, and assisting in moving and setting up the harpsichord (which is stored at the venue, but not in the performance space itself) both before and AFTER the concert. If you cannot tune, do not submit a proposal.

We do not provide an organ or a fortepiano for the concerts. We will accept submissions from performers who propose to move and tune their own instruments. Unfortunately, our budget means we cannot provide cartage money.


Each concert will be recorded. With your permission via signed release, it will be available for later broadcast/webcast on one or more classical radio stations. You will have an opportunity to listen to the recording and withhold any or all pieces from broadcasting.

Concert images and videos may be posted on the Midtown Concerts blog and Facebook page.

We are creating a Midtown Concerts YouTube channel, and, with your permission, we will post videos of your concert.


Proposals will be reviewed in late May, 2017. As we often receive more proposals than there are concert dates, not all proposals will be accepted. We make choices based on overall programmatic considerations, frequency of any prior appearances, logistics, etc. You will be notified of your proposal status by the beginning of June, 2017.

Contracts for 2017-2018 will be issued in July, 2017. All materials requested in the online proposal form must be in hand, including programs, for a contract to be issued. We pay a modest honorarium of $100 per performer, with a total cap of $500 per concert. We also provide a high-quality recording, program booklets, a CD sales table, publicity, and front-of-house services. We do not pay travel expenses, cartage, or instrument rentals.

CHANGING YOUR PROGRAM after your contract is issued: our publicity begins in August and our 2017-2018 brochure will list the entire season. After printing, we can allow only minor changes in repertoire or personnel, since many patrons rely exclusively on the printed brochure. If you must make last-minute changes due to artist illness or similar unavoidable events, please let us know as soon as possible.


In addition to basic contact information about you and/or your group, we ask for a program title and description, instruments used, bios, photos, and links or uploads to audio files illustrating your work. You need not complete the proposal all at once. For artists with websites and the usual complement of publicity assets experience has shown that the proposal can be finished in about 30 minutes.

If you have questions about the proposal process, please feel free to contact us via email or phone (212-866-0468).

Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier for anyone seeking a respite from the midtown hustle and bustle. Ensembles are chosen by a jury of early-music specialists from the metropolitan area.

The Chapel at St. Bartholomew's Church
50th St. and Park Avenue

Time: 1:15-2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.