In June 1998 the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association (FWSOA) performed for the first time in its
new home, the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall. Our
first complete season in Bass Performance Hall began in September
1998. We are extremely excited about our new home. This Priority
Seating Policy is the tool used to determine the method of allocating
seats to our patrons for all FWSO events in Bass Performance Hall.
Factors Considered in Priority Seating Policy
The FWSOA is committed to an objective and equitable assignment
of seats in Bass Performance Hall. As we have stated in our printed
materials since the 1995-1996 season, a variety of factors will
determine a patron's seating priority for events in Bass Performance
Hall. This seating priority has determined the order in which patron's
seat requests are fulfilled since the opening of Bass Performance
Hall. This seating priority will also determine the order in which
patron's seat requests are fulfilled for all future seasons and
events in Bass Performance Hall. All of the factors detailed below
will be taken into consideration to determine your seating priority.
Length of Subscription
The number of continuous years you have subscribed since the 1995-1996
season will be considered in determining your priority. 1994-1995
subscribers who renewed for the 1995-1996 season will receive priority
over new subscribers in 1995-1996. Any lapse in subscription between
the 1995-1996 and the current season will reduce your priority.
The 1995-1996 season was chosen as our "Charter Subscription"
season because that is the most recent season where our records
Number of Series
Subscribers to multiple series each season since 1995-1996 will
receive priority over subscribers with a single series.
Length of Series
Subscribers who purchase full series will receive priority over
subscribers who purchase series with fewer concerts.
Additional priority will be given based on what area of the house
you have purchased subscription seats for in each season since 1995-1996.
Number of Seats
A patron will also receive priority based on the number of subscription
seats purchased each season since the 1995-1996 season.
The amount of contributed support to the FWSOA will be considered
when calculating your priority. Those patrons who contributed in
each season since the 1995-1996 season will receive additional priority.
Other factors that will be used when needed as tie-breakers, include
your volunteer support of the FWSOA and the date your renewal order
is received for the season being purchased. Also as a tie-breaker,
priority will be given to those individuals who donated to Bass
Rights of Renewal
Box Tier and Orchestra seats in Bass Performance Hall do not carry
an automatic "Right of Renewal" from season to season.
When you are assigned seats in these areas your seating assignment
is guaranteed for the full season series you have purchased. There
is no guarantee that you will be able to retain those seats for
upcoming seasons. Seat assignments in future seasons will continue
to be based on the Fort Worth Symphony Priority Seating Policy for
Bass Performance Hall. If we are unable to renew your exact seats
you will be given priority in receiving comparable seats.
Other Factors Affecting Seating Availability At
Bass Performance Hall
Designated Seat Patrons at Bass Performance Hall
A number of major donors to Bass Performance Hall ($100,000 or more)
receive the right to select their specific seats or boxes prior
to FWSOA subscribers. This is a contractual obligation on the part
of Bass Performance Hall and we have no control over this.
Maestro Circle Seating
A specific number of seats for each FWSOA performance will be reserved
for Maestro Circle Donors to the FWSOA. The purchase of seats in
this area will require a minimum donation each year in order to
purchase those seats. Any unassigned seats in this area will be
made available to our subscribers on an "as available"
basis without the right of annual renewal. For more information
about joining the Maestro Circle contact the Development Office
Patrons Who Attend With Friends
Where a group of patrons wish to be seated together, the priority
of the patron with the lowest priority in the group will apply to
all members in the group. It would be unfair to raise the priority
of all group members to the detriment of our other individual subscribers.
Number of Subscription Seats That May Be Ordered
You may order as many seats as you wish. Your seating priority position
will only extend to the number of seats you purchased for the season
preceding the season being purchased. For example if you purchased
2 seats in 1997-1998 and want 4 seats for 1998-1999, the first 2
seats will be assigned based on your priority position and the last
2 seats will be assigned after all other subscriber requests are
satisfied. You may choose to give up your seating priority in order
to get all your seats together. In this case, your seats would be
assigned after all other renewing subscribers but ahead of any new
subscribers. This may result in your not receiving any seats in
your desired series, day and area.
Right To Transfer Seats
Effective with the 1997-1998 season, subscribers are not able to
"assign" or transfer their seats to any other person or
entity. If you choose not to renew any or all of your subscription
seats, those unrenewed seats will be released to the FWSOA. We will
assign those seats to another patron based on our established seating
priority policies. You may not sell or otherwise transfer the renewal
rights to your seats.
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