- Article ideas must have a specific or implied connection to the concerns and interests of the orchestra field. General interest classical-music subjects may meet our needs, but it's best to consider whether there is a specific orchestral connection in your story before pitching an idea to us.
- Symphony accepts several features and columns each issue from freelance writers. We welcome new writers who have a clear command of classical music or arts-related subjects.
- We publish recurring columns on: orchestra history; orchestra repertoire; new American orchestral music; orchestras and technology/Internet; recent books on music; commentary; public advocacy for orchestras. Most are open to freelance writers.
- We publish features on: classical music trends and developments in the orchestra industry; soloist and conductor profiles; orchestra profiles; festivals, etc. Half to two-thirds of our features are by freelance writers.
- We rarely accept submitted manuscripts without substantial editing. Written queries presenting ideas that we can shape, with the writer, to match our readers' interests are preferred.
- We accept reprints and book excerpts/adaptations when they match our readers' interests.
- Send queries by email or postal mail with writing samples or a summary of published work that relates to Symphony subject matter. (If samples must be returned, send SASE.)
- Fees are negotiable. Payment upon acceptance; publication approximately 10 weeks after acceptance. Symphony requires first printing; we purchase first-time print and Internet rights.
- Any requests for reprints are referred to the writer, though articles cannot be reprinted without edits and a line crediting Symphony must run with all subsequent publications.
Send queries to:
Address for Queries and Submissions:
33 West 60th Street, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10023
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