Apply to perform in the 2013-2014 Midtown Concerts series
We are now accepting concert proposals from artists and ensembles for engagement on Midtown Concerts' 2013-2014 season. We welcome your ideas!
Our series is intended to showcase music from roughly 1100-1800, performed in a historically-informed style, on period instruments. The series is open to all professional early music performers, solists and ensembles, both established and emerging.
Our application process has gone online! If you are interested in appearing on Midtown Concerts, please read through the performance requirements below, and then click on the link at the bottom to fill out the simple application form.
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2013 at midnight. The form automatically goes off-line at that time, so there are no exceptions.
Applications will be judged by a committee of distinguished professional artists and members of the Gotham Early Music Scene board and staff, in June, 2013. Contracts for 2013-2014 will be issued in July, 2013. All materials requested on the application must be in hand, including programs, for a contract to be issued.
Our series comprises weekly concerts of 35 minutes each, on Thursdays at 1:15, in midtown Manhattan. Open to the public at no charge, it is intended to showcase music from roughly 1100-1800, performed in a historically-informed style, on period instruments. The series is open to all professional early music ensembles and recitalists. We pay a modest honorarium of $100 per performer, with a total cap of $500 per concert. We do not pay travel expenses.
Preference will be given 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 - ABSOLUTELY NO EQUAL TEMPERAMENT. - 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: We will make a harpsichord available to you, your choice of A=415 or A=440 pitch. This will be a small Italian-type instrument of 4 octaves. YOU will be responsible for the tuning, and assisting in moving and setting up the harpsichord (which will be stored at the venue, but not in the performance space itself) both before and AFTER the concert. If you cannot tune, do not apply. Do not program pieces which require a five-octave French harpsichord unless you plan to bring your own. Sometimes, a donated harpsichord of 5 octaves has been available, but we cannot count on it. Other instruments: 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.
CHANGING YOUR PROGRAM after your contract is issued: our publicity begins in July and our 2013-2014 brochure will list the entire season. After printing, we can allow only minor changes in repertoire or personnel, for cause. Significant changes may void your contract, and we may substitute another ensemble in your place . Last-minute illness of artists will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
If you have questions about the application process, please feel free to contact us via email or phone (212-866-0468).
To begin the application process, please clickHERE.