Frequently Asked Questions

For Community Members Requesting Musicians

How do I request Ithaca College musicians to perform at my non-profit organization?

To request Ithaca College musicians, you must fill out the MusIC in the Community Request Form. This form is then submitted to the Community Engagement Assistant who will reach out to appropriate professors and students who may be interested in performing at the event. If a student musician is interested in your event, the Community Engagement Assistant will contact you. Students performing as featured performers at non-profit events may donate their time, but if they are request to perform background or dance music, then payment will be expected. Rates for student musicians are negotiable.

How do I request Ithaca College musicians for my private owed business or private event?

To request Ithaca College musicians for a private owned business or event, you must fill out the MusIC in the Community Request Form. This form is then submitted to the Community Engagement Assistant who will reach out to appropriate professors and students who may be interested in performing at the event. If a student musician is interested in your event, the Community Engagement Assistant will contact you. Students performing at private businesses or events must be paid. Rates for student musicians are negotiable.

Can I request a specific ensemble such as a string quartet or a jazz trio to play at my private event or business?

Yes. To request a specific ensemble, check the ensemble type on the MusIC in the Community form. If the ensemble is not listed, notate the type in the additional information section at the bottom of the form. Please note that the specific ensemble may not be available.

For Ithaca College Students

I am a School of Music student, how do I book a paid performance?

Every semester you should register your ensemble, so the Community Engagement Assistant knows that you are available to be contacted for paid performances. When an opportunity becomes available for your instrumentation the Community Engagement Assistant will contact the group's representative.

Is the community performance database open to all Ithaca College students?

No, the community performance database is only available to current Ithaca College School of Music students who are pursuing a degree in music. This service is to help build their professional career and gain performing experience. 

I do not have transportation to an off-campus performance, are there any opportunities on-campus?

Yes, there are on-campus opportunities. When searching for gigs on the Student Performance Database, select the category "On-Campus". Please continue to check the Database for new opportunities.

Can I request a community performance without using the online form?

No. We track all of the concerts and it is preferred by the community venue to have one primary contact person. Please use the form. If you know of an opportunity that is not listed on the database you may book it on your own, but it will not be affiliated with the School of Music.   

Do the venues have pianos?

Most, but not all of the venues have pianos. Please check the Student Performance Database to see if your intended venue has a piano available. 

Do I need to supply my own accompanist?

Yes, you do need to supply your own accompanist. Please speak with your studio professor about available student accompanists.

Can I cancel a booked performance if I do not feel prepared?

No, you may not cancel booked performance unless you have a major illness, severe weather warnings, or a family emergency. When you fill out the student form, you electronically sign an agreement that commits you to that performance. Venues specifically request Ithaca College School of Music students to play at their event. Unexpected cancellations are extremely inconvenient to all parties.

What type of musical selections is appropriate for a hospital setting?

Music that is consistently played at a loud dynamic is typically inappropriate for a hospital setting. Please speak to your studio professor about appropriate music selections.

Are the performances listed in the Community Performance Database paid?

No, gigs listed on the Student Performance Database are not paid. However, the School of Music gets paid opportunities throughout the school year. 

Where can I perform?

You can play at any of the locations that are listed on the Student Performance Database. Please log-in to see the available locations.

Can you book more than one performance per form?

No, there is only one performance per form. You must fill out a new form for each performance you would like to book. By doing this, it make it easier to track performances and get the information out more efficiently to the venues.

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