Hire an MSM Musician
Email address *
The Center for Music Entrepreneurship (CME) regularly connects talented students and alumni of Manhattan School of Music (MSM) with a range of off-campus opportunities. We welcome the opportunity to facilitate your request to Hire an MSM Musician.
To utilize this service, please share details about your event/opportunity by completing the form below.

The CME will review your information and then have a qualified musician -- one who is interested and available -- contact you. You and the musician will finalize all logistics, including a contract.

Though there is no fee to use the CME's referral service, clients are required to directly pay musicians a professional fee. The CME does not issue contracts and is not responsible for final negotiations between the client and musician; the CME only assists in connecting potential clients with musicians. However, if needed, after reviewing your form, the CME can make suggestions based on guidelines set forth by the American Federation of Musicians that take into account the professional level of MSM musicians as well as your specific needs.

NOTE: This form is for hiring musicians for one-time/short-term gigs. To share details about longer-term positions / opportunities or to request a teacher for private lessons, please email us directly at cme@msmnyc.edu.

When is the event? *
We generally advise clients to share requests no more than 2-3 months in advance. This allows ample time to find qualified musicians while keeping cancellations and confusion to a minimum. However, if it would be helpful to you, we're always happy to discuss the Hire a Musician process well in advance.
What is the type of event? (check all that apply) *
What time would you like the musicians to begin and end playing? *
Musicians must be able to leave at the indicated end time. Please indicate and provide details if the musician(s) will have to set up in multiple locations.
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Where is the event? *
Please include the name of venue, street address, city, state, and zip.
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Is this event private, public, and/or associated with an organization? *
If associated with an organization, please indicate the name of the organization.
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Approximately how many guests will attend? *
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What style/genre of music are you looking for? *
What type of musician(s) are you looking for? *
Examples: solo guitar, piano, jazz trio, classical string quartet, voice and piano, a coloratura soprano, etc.
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How will their music add to the event?
Check all that apply
If you are hiring a pianist, please describe the venue's piano, if known: *
If utilizing a venue's piano, clients need to make sure it has been recently tuned.
Is there pre-existing amplification equipment in the space? *
Your name: *
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Phone: *
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Preferred contact method: *
If phone, what are the best hours to call?
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Please describe your relationship to the event: *
Example: "brother of the bride" or "host"
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Who will be responsible for signing the contract and paying the musician(s)? *
Please also share are any additional contacts that the musician(s) should have.
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What is your budget range for hiring musicians? *
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If not accessible by NYC public transportation, will travel be compensated? *
Have you ever hired professional musicians before? *
If yes, have you ever used our Hire a Musician service before?
Are there any other details of which the musician(s) should be aware?
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A copy of your responses will be emailed to the address you provided.
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