Booking


We are thrilled that you are considering presenting an event at Spectrum. Please note that, due to the volume of submissions we receive, it is not possible for us to respond to every message. We will be in touch directly and promptly if we are interested in presenting your work. In your proposal, please include work samples (or, preferably, links to them), preferred booking dates, and information about yourself.

Please review the contents of this page in detail before sending your materials to spectrum.booking@spectrumnyc.com.

Volume

Unfortunately, due to the acoustical properties of our space and the disposition of our surrounding neighbors, Spectrum is unable to present high-amplitude concerts. We are generally unable to present events with loud drums, amplified bass, and some louder acoustic instruments. Please do not hesitate to ask questions or be in touch with staff directly during the booking process about these concerns. If you do not observe our restrictions, you will be asked to alter your performance mid-set; if you continue being unable to observe the restrictions, you will be asked to stop.

We’re very sorry that this is our current situation, but we are committed to working with you to find appropriate solutions for your event.

Multiple New York Dates

Especially if you are visiting from out of town, please avoid booking other concerts with the same ensemble in New York City the same week as your performance at Spectrum. We understand the desire to present your music in different places, but no one wins when you split your audience and no one attends your concert here.

Dates

Spectrum generally produces events on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. If you are seeking to perform on a weeknight, please keep in mind we likely will not be able to accommodate your request. Events generally start at 7PM, and end by 10PM. We accept proposals for both single sets and entire evenings.

Piano Policy

Spectrum's current acoustic piano is on generous loan from Steinway Pianos at Park Avenue Pianos. As part of our policy of keeping the piano in excellent shape, no performers may use any inside-the-piano techniques. We apologize sincerely for this restriction.

Finances

Spectrum does not receive outside funding. While do not charge a rental fee to present events during our regular hours, we do keep a portion of admissions to maintain our space and pay our (small) staff. We enforce a strict 70/30 split of door proceedings if one staff member is present, and a 50/50 split if two. We generally provide one staff member per concert, but please include in your proposal if you require additional support. We reserve the right to assign additional staff if your proposed event requires it.

Our standard ticket policy is $15 general / $10 students and seniors, cash only. If you would prefer a different financial arrangement, please explicitly include in your booking request. We generally allow one comp per performer, or up to 20% of your audience; please be reasonable.

If you are interested in renting Spectrum’s space for larger outside event, please don’t hesitate to reach out! Rental costs will apply for events outside our programming.

Event Policies

When booking an event, we generally allot 2 staffed hours before your start time for load-in, setup, and soundcheck. If you require more time, please communicate these needs when booking, in which case staff may be present for an additional $20/hr. Note that load-in and soundcheck time may be earlier in the evening if we have multiple events on a given date.

Spectrum does not record all concerts in our space, but we can provide audio and video documentation for a small fee. If you are interested in recording, please let us know during the booking process. Audio recording (room stereo pair) is $50; audio and video is $80. Please let us know if you are interested in multi-track recording, and we will discuss rates with you based on the details of your performance. You may record your own events and bring in outside help, but please communicate this in advance. We do offer mic stands and small camera tripods.

As Spectrum doubles as an office during business hours, we ask that you please be respectful of the space. Please throw out any trash you create, and do not go upstairs to the loft area without explicit permission from staff. Performers who do not follow these rules will not be invited back.

Equipment

Spectrum's backline includes:
• Professional sound system with Yamaha LS9-16 mixing console, with stereo, 5.1, or 8.1 surround-sound speaker system and extended-range subwoofer
• 2 Vox AC15 guitar amplifiers
• Custom bass amp
• Full drum kit including cymbals
• Steinway D grand piano
• Yamaha CP33 stage piano
• 2 Keyboard stands
• 7 Music stands
• Projector and screen
• Wide range of microphones and speakers; contact us for details

If you require more equipment than our backline provides, please let us know during booking.




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