The Music Referral Service

The Music Referral Service (aka The Gig Office) offers a valuable service to NEC students and alumni. The MRS receives about 1000 requests for musicians each year. All current NEC students and recent alumni are eligible to use the MRS. Students simply register with the service, attend a short orientation, and then are welcome to bid on gigs of interest throughout the year.

Students that are registered with the MRS can expect to be referred to private clients seeking musicians for:

  • Weddings
  • Religious services
  • Corporate events
  • Private parties
  • Memorial services


The MRS can also help students learn how to:

  • Speak to clients
  • Negotiate fees
  • Organize performance groups
  • Keep accurate records


The MRS is a great way to make money and gain valuable experience in the “real world” as an active gigging musician. Average pay rate is $125.00 per musician, per hour. The MRS averages approximately $100,000.00 in gigs each year.


To learn more about the Music Referral Service and see current listings please stop by the office. We are located in the St. Botolph Building, Room 227. You can also reach us by phone at (617) 585-1170, or email us at

If you are interested in hiring a student musician please visit our page titled "Hire A Musician."