We are thrilled that you are considering an event at Spectrum.
Please note that we are ramping up slowly but surely after an enjoyable, inspiring re-opening in February. For the next couple months, we will have occasional events proactively organized to prove out different aspects of the space. We probably will not have a regular curatorial mechanism in place until June. Please feel free to check back with us then. When you submit a proposal, please include work samples (or, preferably, links to them), preferred booking dates, and brief (1 - 2 paragraphs each) biography and program statements that could be used in a listing or a press release.
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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 within two weeks of 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 only a scant (or nonexistent) audience attends your concert here.
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.
Spectrum's at times has an excellent acoustic piano on generous loan from Steinway Pianos at Park Avenue Pianos
. Regardless of current piano status, no performers may use any inside-the-piano techniques. We apologize sincerely for this restriction.
Spectrum does not receive outside funding. While we do not charge a rental fee to present events during our regular hours, we do give a portion of admissions to those maintaining / providing the space and to pay our (small) staff. We usually have a 50/50 door split with performers, with the understanding that only one staff member is necessary to run the event. We generally provide one staff member per event, 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, payable by cash, Venmo or PayPal. Electronic ticketing is prohibitively consumptive of time and also involves additional fees; it is therefore avoided. We generally allow one comp per performer; 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.
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.