there is some regional variation in
rates charged by harpists, the list
below indicates "average rates"
currently charged by
conservatory-trained harpists for
harp bookings in the Capital
District (Albany) of NY.
These rates represent the minimum
price charged for the booking.
The minimum booking accepted is
for a duration of 1 hour and the
maximum is for 3
hour or brunch, indoors: $300
Up to 90 minutes of harp background
music during a cocktail hour or
cocktail package, indoors: $400
Wedding ceremony followed immediately
by cocktail hour in the same location
- harp does not need to be moved more
than 75 feet to an adjacent room for
cocktails. Up to 2.5 hours total of
package or "extended
cocktail hour," indoors:
Up to 3 hours total of harp background
music during cocktails and while
guests are dining.
service, indoors: $300
Up to 90 minutes of harp music total;
includes prelude, incidental music or
are surcharges to the above
rates for special
circumstances. (See below.)
for Flute & Harp combination:
add 30% to the above rates.
for Outdoor Functions: add minimum
of 25% to the above rates.
In addition, the harpist must be
sheltered by a porch roof, gazebo or
waterproof tent during all outdoor
events, as harps are very sensitive to
sunlight or moisture. All outdoor
events must have a contingency plan in
place to move indoors during inclement
weather, or the booking will not be
for Lateness: $50 per late half
Engagements are expected to start
within 30 minutes of the contracted
time. A late fee of $50 per additional
half hour may be imposed if the event
starts or ends after the contracted
for Premium engagements: add minimum
of 25% to the above rates. Bookings on any holiday or
holiday eve are considered "premium"
engagements and charged accordingly.
(Examples are: Christmas, New Year's,
Thanksgiving weekend, Mother's or
Father's Day, Valentine's Day, St.
Patrick's Day, etc.)
for out-of-town functions: Add hotel, meals, and current
IRS mileage charge to the basic rate.
for excess mileage:
An additional mileage charge will be
assessed for all events more than 40
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Discounts: Some charitable 501c
institutions (i.e. nursing homes,
hospice) may qualify for a small
discount. Please inquire for special
pricing for these events.
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verbal agreement has been executed, a
written contract will be sent to each
client confirming the details of the
engagement, including the fee. The
client signs the contract and returns
it to the harpist with a deposit to
hold the date. (Orchestral bookings
and charitable institutions are exempt
A deposit is required to "hold" the
date of the engagement. Payment is
accepted via PayPal. (http://www.paypal.com). Make payment to: