Important Update

All scheduled concerts have been postponed through July 31, 2021.

CLICK HERE to view a complete list of postponed concerts.

Like many other businesses and organizations, the Nashville Symphony has been profoundly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with losses thus far caused by the pandemic totaling $8 million, or nearly 30% of our annual income.  

The Nashville Symphony’s management has been exploring every available option to ensure the long-term sustainability of the institution. In light of our current challenges, postponing all scheduled concert activity for the next year is the best course of action to ensure that the Symphony can continue serving our community in the long run.

Without the ability to perform for the public, we are unable to generate essential operating revenue. And without that revenue, the Nashville Symphony faces a threat to its very existence. Until we have certainty that our economy can remain open, and that audiences are ready and able to return to large public gatherings, attempting to restart concert activity poses significant risks to our institution.

During this time, we will explore new concert formats that may enable us to resume activity sooner, and we will be envisioning a bright new future for your Nashville Symphony. 

If you have questions, please read below for detailed information. If you are unable to find the answer below, please click here to submit your inquiry.

Important Information for Ticket Holders

We are currently working to reschedule all 2020/21 concerts to the 2021/22 season, and we pledge to keep you informed of our progress along the way. If you are a ticket holder, our staff will contact you on July 15, 2020, to let you know about your options. At that time, you will be able to donate your tickets back to help support our Symphony; keep your tickets for your rescheduled concert(s); receive a flexible ticket credit; or request a refund.

Please note, we can only honor ticket requests once we open the Ticket Option Window on July 15. Thank you for your patience as our reduced staff will be working to provide you with the best possible service.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will the Nashville Symphony and Schermerhorn Symphony Center be closed?
Our current plan calls for suspending all concerts and events through July 31, 2021. The Nashville Symphony’s management and Board of Directors will regularly reassess the reopening date based on new information as it becomes available.

Why are you postponing all concert activity for an entire year?
This is one of the most difficult decisions we have ever had to make, but we believe that it is the best course of action to ensure that the Nashville Symphony can continue serving our community in the long run. Until we have certainty that the local economy can fully reopen – and stay open – we face tremendous risks in attempting to restart concert activity too quickly.

We have based our decision on four key factors:

  • We are dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of our patrons, musicians, staff and volunteers, along with the entire community. That means doing everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Our projected losses caused by the pandemic now total $8 million, or 30% of our annual revenue. These losses, combined with our high operating costs, have placed us in a very vulnerable financial position.
  • As our community continues to reopen, concert venues will be required to maintain social distancing for an unspecified amount of time. Because of our high operational costs – which total $2.3 million each month – we cannot sustainably operate with social distancing, due to the loss of revenue associated with reduced audience capacity.
  • Postponing the concert season we had originally planned provides us with what we hope will be sufficient time for the pandemic to run its course, and for the Nashville Symphony to conserve its limited resources until we have reasonable assurance that we can safely resume concerts and welcome the community back to our concert hall.

What if pandemic conditions improve more quickly than expected? Would you be able to restart sooner?
As new epidemiological information becomes available, along with new data from our own ongoing revenue studies and audience surveys, the Symphony’s management team and board of directors will assess whether the orchestra and the Schermerhorn may be able to resume activity sooner. Postponing our originally planned season gives us the logistical and financial flexibility we will need to reimagine new presentation formats as we reemerge from the pandemic into the “new normal.”

What is happening to all of the concerts you had scheduled for the next year?
We are making our best effort to reschedule all concerts through July 2021. We are working to move the Nashville Symphony’s entire 2020/21 season to the 2021/22 season, and we will be announcing rescheduled concerts as we confirm them. We appreciate your patience, as this process may require some time for us to complete.

I have tickets to one or more concerts that are being rescheduled. What should I do?
The Nashville Symphony will contact all ticket holders when we open the Ticket Option Window, which will happen no later than July 15, 2020. At that time, you will be able to indicate your preference for your concert tickets. Your options will include: donating your tickets back to the Nashville Symphony; keeping your tickets; converting the value to a ticket credit; or requesting a refund.

If you have contacted us prior to June 12 with a ticketing request, we have logged your preference, and we will follow up with you if necessary.

Season Ticket Holders: We are currently holding your seats and benefits for you, and we hope you keep your season tickets for the 2021/22 season. If so, we will issue your season tickets after we announce the rescheduled season. We will then open your priority ticket exchange window at that time. Thank you for your loyalty and patience.  

All Customers with Tickets: We are currently holding your seats for you, and we hope you keep your tickets for the rescheduled concert(s). If so, we will issue new tickets after we announce the new dates.

What if I want a refund for my concert tickets? As a community-supported not-for-profit organization, we hope that you will reconsider this decision. The Nashville Symphony is experiencing unprecedented losses due to the pandemic, and every dollar counts more than ever as we work to return the orchestra to its mission of serving the community. We hope you will consider donating back your tickets, keeping them for the rescheduled date(s), or converting them to credit.

Refund requests will be accepted from the time we open the Ticket Option Window (on or before July 15, 2020) through August 31, 2020. Please note it may take up to 12 weeks from the date of your request to process. We thank you for your patience, as we will be working with a reduced staff, and we anticipate receiving a high volume of patron inquiries.

I already have a Ticket Credit for the value of unused tickets on my Nashville Symphony account. What happens to that money?
We have extended the amount of time you have to apply your Ticket Credit on your Nashville Symphony account. This value can now be applied toward future ticket purchases through July 31, 2022, and you may apply this value toward any season ticket, single ticket or group ticket purchases.

What is happening to your musicians and staff?
A total of 79 musicians and 49 full-time staff, including our conductors, will be furloughed on July 1, 2020. This was an extremely difficult decision, but we are being forced to take this action, along with the rescheduling of the entire concert season, to ensure that the Nashville Symphony can conserve its resources and reemerge intact from the COVID-19 pandemic and remain sustainable for the long-term.

Will you continue to share virtual performances and activities on your website and social media platforms?
After musicians and staff are furloughed, we will be unable to continue producing virtual content. We are grateful for our partnership with 91 Classical, which will keep the music playing through the summer via its weekly Nashville Symphony broadcasts. Tune in to 91.1 FM or every Sunday evening at 8 pm CDT through September 6 to hear Nashville Symphony performances from the past season, along with some special broadcasts featuring our latest recordings.

When will you start performing concerts again? When will Schermerhorn Symphony Center reopen to the public?
It’s too early to say. The next concert season will officially begin in August 2021, but we will continue to assess pandemic conditions to determine whether we may be able to resume public activity sooner. 

Will you be continuing any education programs?
All in-person programming is suspended until we are able to resume public activity. We are currently working on providing virtual music education resources for the community while we are unable to offer our in-person programming. Check for updates.

Will you be holding your annual fundraising events, like Symphony Ball and Symphony Fashion Show?
We are currently exploring options for our fundraising events, the proceeds of which will go directly toward supporting the Nashville Symphony’s reemergence from this crisis. If you would like more information, please contact our Development Office at or 615.687.6494.

Is it possible to rent Schermerhorn Symphony Center for a private event?
At this time, we are not accepting rental inquiries. Please check for updates.

What can I do to help the Nashville Symphony right now?
We need our community’s support now more than ever. Please consider making a donation by visiting or calling 615.687.6494. Every gift we receive will help the Nashville Symphony reemerge from this shutdown. Your generosity will enable us to re-envision what the Symphony can be for Nashville, so that, upon reemerging, we can serve this remarkable community better than ever before.

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