MGM Springfield takes over management of Symphony Hall under initial 4-month, $110,000 interim contract

MGM Springfield has an interim contract with the city to take over management of Symphony Hall. Under the agreement, the city is proposing to pay an initial fee of $110,000 to MGM to cover costs for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends June 30. The City Council must approve the funds while negotiations continue for a permanent long-term contract, said Timothy J. Plante, the city’s chief administrative and financial officer. “The new contract aims to enhance the City of Springfield’s role as the sports and entertainment capital of Massachusetts and to position Symphony Hall to compete effectively in the northeast marketplace,” Plante said in a request for the funds to the City Council. “This partnership will help to bring higher quality and more frequent performances to Symphony Hall. This will also have a synergistic effect with other recent public and private investments in Springfield’s downtown, and will help to drive continued economic development in the city.”

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