Ends on September 15, 2017


The BSO’s Symphony for Our City program allows the BSO to provide in-depth musical experiences across BSO performance types to up to ten area non-profit organizations.  The program allows the BSO to build deeper relationships with representatives from various organizations across the greater Boston area, bringing together individuals of various backgrounds, and informing the BSO’s work through reciprocal relationships.  The BSO will provide participants a higher level of access and connection to the symphony and orchestral music through the program.


Program Summary:

Each year, the BSO will partner with up to ten community-based organizations in the greater Boston area through an open application process.  Chosen non-profit partners will engage with the BSO throughout the year by attending two concert opportunities at Symphony Hall, and one at the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood (Summer 2018).

Up to 25 tickets will be allotted for each experience, per organization.  Representatives must be 13 years of age or older to participate in the Symphony for our City program.  Participants will also be asked to attend either a pre- or post-concert educational activity around each performance.  Each activity will be designed to build personal connection to the art form, and to build connections across constituents from each group.  In order to build meaningful relationships throughout the year, each organization is expected to bring their constituents to all THREE concert experiences and accompanying events.

NOTE: Symphony for Our City is a program designed to build relationships within the participating group and the BSO, and to build personal connection to orchestral music, and is not intended to be a “ticket-giveaway” program.  Tickets to concerts beyond those listed above will not be provided through this program or by the BSO’s Education and Community Engagement Department.

Participating partners must agree to the following:

  • Attend a  kick-off meeting at Symphony Hall (Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 4:00pm)
  • Share communication of BSO activities and events with their constituent group throughout the year, as requested by the BSO
  • Coordinate constituent attendance for the three concerts/accompanying educational events
  • The coordinator or another staff representative must be present at each concert experience
  • Actively promote the relationship within their organization to trustees, staff, and volunteers as appropriate (examples: website listing, email contact, etc.)
  • Submit copies of any newsletter inserts, flyers, or internet-based publicity to the BSO for pre-approval
  • Provide feedback from the organization about the program experience to the BSO via a completed post-program evaluation form that the BSO will provide to all partners

Eligibility and Application process:

  • Applicants should be nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)3 designation or similar fiscal sponsorship (schools are not eligible to apply)
  • Applicants must be located within Boston proper or the Greater Boston area to allow for full participation
  • Participating representatives must be 13 years of age or older (for the purpose of participation in the pre- or post-concert educational activities)
  • The BSO will review applications and make selections with the following criteria:
    • Suitability for the program based on the organization’s constituents and mission
    • The need to include a wide range of organizations from across human service areas and communities; partners will be chosen with an emphasis on diversity of mission, budget size, and geography
      • Geographically, the program will serve nonprofit organizations in both Boston proper and the Greater Boston area
      • At least one half of selected nonprofits will be located in the City of Boston
      • A focus of selection will be the inclusion of organizations from a broad range of sizes and backgrounds
    • Ability to attend to all three events included in the program
    • The need for up to ten partner organizations at any one time, with representation by both new and returning relationships in the program
    • If the organization has been a part of BSO community work in the past, their engagement in all activity offerings and quality of communication

Applications for the program are due by Friday, September 15.

Application Timeline:

  • September 15, 2017 - Application Deadline
  • September 25, 2017 - Organizations selected and applicants notified
  • October 12, 2017 - Coordinator Meeting at Symphony Hall – 4:00pm