Rent the Hall
Rent Symphony Hall
All fees are subject to change without notice.
Expenses are determined by production requirements - please use this for budget purposes only. For information and bookings, please contact Events Services at (617) 638-9240.
Monday through Thursday: $5,400
Friday through Sunday: $5,700
Holidays (state & federal): $6,800
- Five (5) hours of time on premises incl. the two and a half (2.5) hour Duration of Performance & (2.5) hours preceding said performance
- BSO stage personnel – does not incl. outside vendors
- Environmental controls as determined by BSO
- Standard concert lighting (white)
- Electrician & HVAC technician if required
- One (1) rehearsal within two and half (2.5) hours of Performance. (Subject to Availability)
Front of House Personnel
Front of House personnel for (1) concert: $4,800
- Front of House Manager
- Additional FOH supervisors, staff, coat check, door, matron & access coordinators as determined by BSO
- Private security for all front/back of house locations
Boston Police security detail: $1,400
Orchestra/Band Rehearsal [Three (3) hours – additional time pro-rated]: $1,800
Solo Piano / Soloist Rehearsal [Three (3) hours – additional time pro-rated]: $1,000
NOTE: Requests for sound checks that require an artist or artists to be on stage in excess of thirty (30) minutes will be considered rehearsals in the sole judgment of BSO.
Entertainment License: $150
Box Office Services: $1,400
- ticket sales via Box Office, phone & web
- staffing on night of performance
- weekly sales reporting
Ticket printing: $300
Consignment (excess of 500 tickets): $1,000
Stage Seats (when possible, per seat): $15
House PA (D&B Q1)$2000
- Services include:
- House P.A. system incl. Digico SD10 board
- up to two (2) hours of advance work prior to the show date
- A1: ten (10) hours
- Services include:
- brief microphone usage from stage: $500
NOTE: Additional fees apply for our monitor system, rental equipment, OT, etc. All rental equipment requested by the client will be arranged for by BSO and will be charged to LICENSEE at the prevailing rate.
Lighting Designer: $500
- Services include:
- one (1) spotlight operator: $400
NOTE: BSO has (1) spotlight – additional spotlights, if required, will be rented on behalf of LICENSEE. All spotlights require IATSE Local #11operators.
20K Projector, 18K Projector, Seasonal Projection Screen, Projectionist: $5,000
NOTE: Cost of Projectionist is based on ten (10) hour day-rate. Extra charges will apply if additional Projectionist or Services are needed.
Instrumentation / Stage Construction
Steinway Piano (includes one  tuning by BSO technician): $500
Organ & Console (includes one  tuning by BSO vendor): $2,800
Choral Risers: $1,600
Platform Decks (per platform): $75
Stage Extension (all lengths): $3,000
NOTE: Fee may be waived, in writing, by BSO dependant on Hall performance schedule.
No Intermission: $500
Balloon Drop: $750
Additional Load - In (per hour): $750
NOTE: This will apply to those who request access 4 hours or more prior to the stated Duration of Engagement.
Parking Permits (cost is dependent on fees from the City)): Price Based On Needs
Program Inserts: $150
Excess electrical (*): $150
NOTE: Fee levied for any additional power tie is for sound, lights, busses, catering equipment, etc beyond the normal limits of Symphony Hall.
- Books, CD's & DVD's: 10%
- All other types: 30%
NOTE: Commission is based on the gross sales after tax of each type of item. MA state sales tax is 6.25%.
Function / Special Event
Additional space is leased for a three (3) hour event basis. Additional time can be arranged pending availability.
Higginson Hall (North & South): $3,900
Higginson Hall South: $2,300
Higginson Hall North: $2,100
Nathan R. Miller Room: $1,200
Cabot-Cahners Room: $2,750
O'Block / Kay Room (not available pre-concert): $2,500
Overtime begins two and one half (2.5) hours after the stated Duration of Performance. Overtime begins immediately after.
00 to 15 minutes: $750
16 to 30 minutes: $1,500
31 to 45 minutes: $2,250
46 to 60 minutes: $3,000
61 to 75 minutes: $3,750
Audio / Video Recording & Broadcast
Separate contract(s) govern the broadcast/reproduction/distribution of all material recording in Symphony Hall.
BSO will contract for and arrange all recording equipment & services on behalf of LICENSEE.
Prices listed below include the cost of audio studio usage, one (1) engineer at a ten (10) hour day-rate, and royalty fee.
Prices listed below include the cost of video control room, audio room, one (1) audio engineer at a ten (10) hour day-rate, one (1) video engineer at a ten (10) hour day rate, and royalty fee.
NOTE: The cost of a second video engineer (V2) at a ten (10) hour day-rate will be an additional $600. Use of Video Control Room and Engineer(s) beyond ten (10) hours will be subject to an additional charge of $500 per hour.
Archival (includes one camera): $6,450
Non-Commercial(includes three cameras): $8,600
Commercial(includes six cameras) : $12,000
Video Control Room (Commercial)
- Includes six Sony BRCX1000 robotic cameras, recording, switching, camera operation, graphics production and playback (a full list of equipment is available).
- Pricing includes one Video Engineer (V1) for basic camera operation, switching of cameras, graphics, and recording. Additional crew at the expense of the client. Symphony Hall production staff can book additional crew as needed.
Video Control Room (Non-Commercial)
- Includes three Sony BRCX1000 robotic cameras, recording, switching, and camera operation.
Video Control Room (Archival)
- Includes one Sony BRCX1000 robotic camera, recording, and camera operation.
Additional Services and Overtime
- Additional camera Canon C100 Mark II also available for $300/day (no operator). Operator can be booked based on client’s production needs.
- Post production priced at $600/10 hours; half day rates also available.
- Client is responsible for transmission. Hard drive supplied by the client for recordings.