The New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music

Hire a Musician

Bring the joy of live music to your special event! The New School Jazz Gig Office provides outstanding performers for all occasions. You can hire some of today's most talented young musicians to play jazz and a variety of other musical styles at your private or corporate event. Artists referred for gigs are jazz students earning their BFA degrees at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, internationally renowned as one of the world's finest music conservatories. 

New School Jazz Gig Office musicians have been hired for weddings, private parties, corporate black-tie galas, cultural events, and for many other occasions. Our groups have performed in a wide variety of locations, including The Neue Galerie, Bill T. Jones Dance Company/New York Live Arts, the Four Seasons, Le Cirque, the Yale Club, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park, Hudson River Park, and the Bern International Jazz Festival. 

To request a musician or an ensemble, please contact:
Phil Ballman
Office of Special Programs
Arnhold Hall
55 West 13th Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212.229.5896 x4591
Fax: 212.229.8936
Email: ballmanp@newschool.edu  

When making your request, please include the following information about the upcoming event:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Location
  • Nature of the event
  • Type of music and instrumentation you wish to have (call us for a free consultation)
  • Size of audience and venue

Our rates are $75 per musician per hour, with a one-hour minimum. Musicians are responsible for travel costs if your event is reachable by subway or PATH train; otherwise a $25 per person travel surcharge may apply.

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