In which geographic areas does Music For All
We perform throughout New Jersey, in the five boroughs of New
York City, in Connecticut, the Greater Philadelphia area, and Los Angeles and Orange
Counties of California.
What kinds of musicians perform for MFAS?
We hire professional musicians in a wide variety of categories
- classical, popular, jazz, Broadway, ethnic music of all kinds
- and all instruments and voices.
What's involved in a performance and how
long is an average program?
Each program involves considerable interaction with the audience.
The nature of the interaction will vary depending upon the kind
of audience - educational for young people, nostalgic and reminiscent
for senior audiences, etc., Music For All Seasons will give you
guidelines. Each program lasts from 50 - 60 minutes. In a few facilities,
usually serving young children, two or more shorter programs may
be substituted for the one longer program.
How many musicians perform at the average
The average is from one to three, although we use some quartets
and, very occasionally, larger groups.
Do the musicians get paid for their performances?
All musicians are paid a professional fee for their services. Fees
are negotiated on an individual basis.
How do I apply to work with the organization?
Send a resume, a recording of your performance, and, if possible,
a list of upcoming locations where you will be performing live.
Send all materials to:
Music For All Seasons, Inc.
336 Park Avenue, Suite 2R
Scotch Plains, New Jersey 07076-1100
No fax or email applications are accepted.
If I am accepted, will there be any training?
Yes. In initial meetings, we will discuss with you how to tailor
your programs to the needs of specific audiences and will offer
suggestions on the types of music and ways of presenting it that
have proved the most successful. Usually a staff member from the
organization will attend your first few programs and offer suggestions
based upon his or her observations.
I'm a great musician, but I'm uncomfortable
talking with the audience between numbers. Is this a requirement?
If you are performing alone, yes, this is a requirement. However,
if you are part of a group and the other members of the group are
willing to do the talking, your part can be kept to a minimum. You
may well find that, after a few times, you will feel more comfortable
about speaking to the audience.
What kinds of facilities will I be sent to?
Do I have any say in where I will be asked to perform?
We try to send musicians to those kinds of facilities for which
they are best suited. Working with young children in a hospital
setting requires special skills, and some people have a natural
affinity for it, so we will send them to facilities serving children.
If you are a percussionist, it is unlikely that we would send you
to the intensive care unit of a hospital. Many of our musicians
have been uncomfortable with the idea of working in a prison; however,
we have encouraged them to try and always with very positive results.
Prison audiences are some of our most appreciative and successful.
How far in advance will I be booked?
Performances are generally booked six to eight weeks in advance
and, providing we know your schedule, can be built around your other
professional activities. Occasionally you will be called at the
last moment to fill in for a cancellation. Directions, contact names,
and other details will be sent to you in plenty of time before each
Is there an opportunity for me to meet and
talk with other musicians who work for MFAS to exchange ideas and
Yes, through the Musicians' Network on musicforallseasons.org.
How have other musicians described their experience
of working with under-served audiences?
Several of our musicians have described their work with us as the
most important and satisfying work they do. For many musicians,
MFAS' programs provide opportunities for growth and awareness of
the needs of special audiences. These performances also offer opportunities
to become more comfortable in dealing with people who have various
Click here to see some of our musicians' experiences in their own words
If I have any other questions, how do I ask
Just e-mail us at email@example.com
and we will be happy to respond.