Submission Guidelines

We welcome your story ideas!

Publicists and writers:

  • Article ideas must directly address the concerns and interests of the orchestra field. Consider whether there is a specific orchestral connection in your story before pitching an idea to us.
  • Topics of interest include classical music trends, orchestra repertoire, new American orchestral music, business models, concert programming, diversity, technology, emerging artists, pops programs, public advocacy, nonprofit and board governance, and classical-music festivals.
  • Writers: Symphony accepts articles from freelance writers. Send queries with writing samples or a summary of published work that relates to Symphony subject matter. Symphony requires first publication; we purchase first-time print and internet rights. Payments to writers are made upon manuscript acceptance. We rarely accept unsolicited manuscripts without substantial editing. We prefer written queries presenting ideas that we can shape with the writer to match our readers’ interests.
  • Press releases and other announcements concerning orchestras and classical music may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • We reprint excerpts from books and articles that focus on the orchestra field.
  • We welcome reprint requests. Reprints must include a line crediting Symphony that appears with all subsequent publications.

Contact us:

Chester Lane, senior editor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Jennifer Melick, managing editor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Mailing address for queries and submissions:

Symphony
League of American Orchestras
33 West 60th Street, Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10023

Sample issues:

Available free of charge at symphony.org.

Printed copies available upon request from Jennifer Melick, managing editor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Photographers:

We rarely commission photos. We occasionally purchase rights to existing photos. Photographers with a classical-music bent may send us samples at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Illustrators and cartoonists:

We rarely commission original illustrations or purchase rights to existing artwork. However, artists with a track record in classical-music subject matter may send samples to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .